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Sunday TV: National Memorial Day Concert

Not sure how the leading men of CBS procedurals — Joe Montagna of “Criminal Minds,” Gary Sinise of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and Laurence Fishburne of “CSI” — became the permanent spokesmen of the National Memorial Day Concert (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings). Tough guys, I guess (though Fishburne’s current show is the comedy [...]

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Saturday TV: Memorial Day Movies

The Memorial Day Marathon on Turner Classic Movies continues all day, starting with movies about what’s called “the forgotten war,” the Korean War. It begins with “Target Zero” (7 a.m.) and continues with “The Hook” (8:45 a.m.), “One Minute to Zero” (10:30 a.m.), “The Rack” (12:30 p.m.), “Men in War” (2:30 p.m.), “The Steel Helmet” [...]

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Friday TV: Cooking with Jacques

“Food,” says chef Jacques Pépin, “is a conversation. “And maybe that’s why cooking shows are popular,” he told reporters earlier this year, “because in our time of political correctness, that’s probably about the only thing we can talk about is food.” The 81-year-old chef and author is the subject of tonight’s documentary “Jacques Pépin: The [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Love Actually’ Update

The 2003 romantic comedy “Love Actually” (Showtime 2, 8 p.m.) never got an official sequel despite its popularity, especially at Christmastime. That changes tonight, sort of, in a 15 minute update from writer-director Richard Curtis called “Red Nose Day Actually,” in accordance with “The Red Nose Day Special” (NBC, 10 p.m.) to raise funds and [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Dirty Dancing’ Done Cheap

High on the list of unnecessary, unasked for things on TV this season is a three hour musical remake of the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing” (ABC, 8 p.m.) about romance in the Catskills in 1963. I like to imagine Abigail Breslin squealing when she got the Jennifer Grey role, as she did when she got [...]

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Tuesday TV: Dark Force in the White House

He’s already been regularly depicted as a menacing Skeletor figure on “Saturday Night Live.” But what does the role of Setphen Cannon continue to be at the White House? A new report on “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m.) looks at his role in the jarring rollout of the travel ban and other struggles that have marked [...]

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Monday TV: The Bachelorette and Color

“The most diverse cast ever” is what they’re promising on “The Bachelorette” (ABC, 9 p.m.), which couldn’t even wait until she was eliminated from “The Bachelor” to tell Rachel Lindsay she’d be their first woman of color handing our roses. She has to do so, though, on the first season of the series to start [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘Twin Peaks’ 25 Years Later

What should one expect from the surprise reboot of David Lynch’s legendary “Twin Peaks” (Showtime, 9 p.m.), picking up 25 years after it went off the air? No advance copies were made available for review and there have been only scant teases of what will transpire. Kyle MacLachlan will return as Agent Dale Cooper and [...]

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Saturday TV: De Niro Does Madoff

After Richard Dreyfuss already played Bernie Madoff on a two night mini-series, it hardly seems necessary to hash it out again. But although HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO, 8 p.m.) begins dourly as he’s arrested for a $65 billion Ponzi scheme and marquee star Robert De Niro seems as stoic as the swindler, Barry [...]

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Friday TV: Another Old Crime to Unravel

The brutal, unsolved murder of a nun in Baltimore in 1969 is not something her ex-students, now retired and grandmothers, will let go. So they meet in Facebook groups and continue to collect evidence that is carefully parsed out with music and overhead photography in the latest true crime documentary series, “The Keepers” (Netflix, streaming). Did [...]

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