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Sunday TV: Oscars and Surrounding Hype

The practically unflappable Jimmy Kimmel hosts The 89th Academy Awards (ABC 8:30 p.m.) and he’ll probably do a pretty good job. “La La Land” leads all films with 14 nominations, tying a record But “Moonlight” has been coming on strong, especially at the Independent Spirit Award Saturday. Among those singing the best song nominations will be [...]

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Saturday TV: Independent Spirit Awards

The best thing about Oscar weekend for true film buffs is the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards (IFC, 5 p.m.), shining a line on less well known films of the year, (“American Honey,” which got six nominations) although some of them have turned up amid Academy Awards nominees as well (“Moonlight” also got six). Other [...]

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Friday TV: Quirky New ‘Patriot’

The appealing new “Patriot” (Amazon, streaming) takes a quirky road to spy thriller as an intelligence officer played by Michael Dorman goes undercover, just barely makes his assignment to pose as an employee in a Milwaukee pipe company in order to stop Iranian nuke building. One of his weaknesses seems to be in confessing all [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Sun Records’ Gets a Spin

I was the worst audience for the hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet” despite my love for the music, because I had serious issues with all its changed details about the rise of rock ’n’ roll in Memphis. But the spin-off TV series “Sun Records” (CMT, 10 p.m.) has plenty of time to sort out those [...]

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Tuesday TV: Maya Angelou’s Long Life

More than a year after it premiered at Sundance, “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” gets a Black History Month showcase on “American Masters” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings). The two hour film by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack includes Angelou’s work as a calypso singer of some note, her work with Malcolm [...]

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Monday TV: ‘The Talk’ and ‘The Breaks’

Most black and Latino parents have to, at some point, sit down their children, especially their sons, and have “the talk.” That is to say, how to behave when stopped by the police. The sensitivity and importance of this conversation is the basis of the two hour documentary “The Talk — Race in America” (PBS, [...]

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Pete Holmes Introduces Himself Again

There will be a couple of new series on premium cable this season about comedy, comedians and the trials of comedy clubs — not that that’s ever been done before. But the best of them is “Crashing” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.) in which the affable, familiar-looking Pete Holmes tells somewhat of his own story growing up [...]

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Also on Sunday: ‘Little Lies,’ ‘Good Fight’

It used to be a nice surprise when a movie star deigned to appear in a TV series. Now there’s such a glut there may be too many of them clamoring to get in. Take for example “Big Little Lies” (HBO, 9 p.m.) a glossy new series about rival moms in ritzy Malibu would be notable [...]

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Saturday TV: ‘Planet Earth II,’ Slam Dunk

Racer snakes make life tough for baby marine iguanas — not only online but in its original form, as part of “Planet Earth II” (BBC America, AMC, Sundance, 9 p.m.), with its dazzling photography once more breezily narrated by David Attenborough. The only slight complaint I’d have it that it tends to give the false [...]

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Friday TV: Celebrities on the NBA Court

All-Star Weekend begins not in Charlotte, where it was originally scheduled but wisely boycotted by the NBA, but in New Orleans. Tonight’s All-Star Celebrity Game (ESPN, 7 p.m.) at the Superdome includes such unusual players as Mark Cuban, Master P and his son Romeo Miller, Anthony Mackie, Andy Grammar Tom Cavanagh, Nick Cannon, Kris Wu and [...]

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