Category Archives: What’s On TV

Saturday TV: Correspondents and Not

The year’s big night of political satire was pulled when the president said he wouldn’t play along, particularly on the 100th day of his term. So The White House Correspondents Dinner (CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC, 9:30 p.m.) goes back to scholarship awards and a set from Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show” — and no keynote [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Dear White People,’ the Series

Justin Simien’s adaptation of his own movie of the same name, “Dear White People” (Netflix, streaming) is a 10-episode series about a group of students at a fictional Ivy League university negotiating the supposedly post-racial society, political correctness, woke-ness and the rest. It does so with wit and insight and has a strong cast that [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘The President Show’

The White House Correspondent’s Dinner and its alternatives Saturday are upstaged two days early with “The President Show” (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.), in which Anthony Atamanuik channels the bizarre cadences and flights of fancy of the odd White House occupant. Judging from his appearance on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.), [...]

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Happening Now

There are certain shows that require one to break down and get the streaming service subscription:  “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” on Netflix; “Transparent” on Amazon Prime. Now, it’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming) on Hulu. What was once a site for mainly NBC reruns is now something worth putting in [...]

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The Colors of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Primary colors make their point in the beautifully shot “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming), starting today with a trio of episodes. Director Reed Morano is a former cinematographer, true (“Vinyl,” “Looking” but also Beyonce’s “Lemonade”). But she told reporters at the TV Critics Association press tour earlier this year that color was important in interpreting [...]

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Also on Wednesday: More of ‘Gomorrah’

Never saw the first season of “Gomorrah” (Sundance, 10 p.m.), but here’s season two. Italy’s most popular series is about a Neapolitan crime organization whose members are fighting for control. The new “Reasonable Doubt” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.) takes a look at old murder cases to see whether there should be appeals. “Law & Order: [...]

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Tuesday TV: New ‘Genius,’ ‘Great News’

Geoffrey Rush seems just the right guy to play the elder Albert Einstein in the new 10-episode miniseries “Genius” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.); impetuous and mercurial, he looks like he’ll stick his tongue out at any moment. But in telling the story, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, who gave Nat Geo it’s last big budget [...]

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Monday TV: Can Holocaust Humor Exist?

In politics, tossing off the Holocaust and Hitler for comparison is never a good idea. What about making a joke of them? The documentary “The Last Laugh” looks at where exactly one should draw the line for laughs. Or should one? As some of the comics note in the film, making its debut on “Independent Lens” [...]

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Sunday TV: New ‘Mary Kills People’

The Canadian import “Mary Kills People” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) has a bit of a “Breaking Bad” feel – a darkly comic drama about a doctor who covertly assists with euthanasia at night. Things go wrong, and she’s on the verge of having her world as a single mom upended. It helps considerably that Caroline Dhavernas [...]

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Saturday TV: Oprah in ‘Henrietta Lacks’

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO, 8 p.m.) brings light to the story of the African-American woman whose cells unwittingly were used for decades of research and breakthroughs, but does so through usual Hollywood methods: Now it’s the story of the white science writer (Rose Byrne) who has  to track down the understandably suspicious [...]

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