Category Archives: What’s On TV

Wednesday TV: Weaver Revisits Fossey

Sigourney Weaver memorably portrayed naturalist Dian Fossey nearly 30 years ago in Michael Apted’s “Gorillas in the Mist” and has maintained a fondness for her ever since, such that she provides her voice in the three part documentary series “Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) that begins tonight, using rare archival [...]

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Tuesday TV: New ‘Stripped’ on Bravo

People have so far been only too glad to go naked and afraid in the secluded outdoor endeavors for popular cable series. Now, the new “Stripped” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) brings it all indoors, where participants agree to spend 21 days without possessions, clothing or access to Bravo shows. It’s based on a Danish reality series [...]

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Monday TV: Life and Times of Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee may be most famous as the Jason Robards stand in during the Watergate drama, but as the family-produced “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” (HBO, 8 p.m.) shows, there were several other important chapters to the Washington Post editor’s life — particularly palling around with JFK and in printing the [...]

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Sunday: ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ Turns 50

It could have been the high water mark for TV comedy variety shows when “The Carol Burnett Show” began its run half a century ago this fall. Some of the surviving cast members including Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner and Burnett join Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Bill Hades, Bernadette Peters, Martin Short and Jim Carrey for [...]

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Saturday: Who’s Afraid of Michelle Wolf?

One of the smartest and funniest correspondents on “The Daily Show” is Michelle Wolf. As good as she is in those five minute bits, can she sustain an hour standup special? Maybe if she didn’t point out how shrill her voice was, right off the bat. Reminding us of that undercuts some of “Michelle Wolf: [...]

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Friday TV: Many New Streaming Things

From Germany and dubbed comes the series “Dark” (Netflix, streaming), a supernatural thriller about a death of a boy near the caves not far from a nuclear power plant that is meant to live up to its title. It’s fun to find a series so full of new faces populating the four families at play. [...]

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Thursday TV: Original Charlie Brown Tree

The first, and best, Peanuts special is back for its first holiday run at the end of November: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (ABC, 8 p.m.). It’s paired with a theme park celebration “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration” (ABC, 9 p.m.) with Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey hosting and performances from Jason Derulo, [...]

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‘Mrs. Maisel’ Begins Marvelously

The pilot episode for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon, streaming) is so fresh and entertaining, I almost started tearing up my (premature, yet due tomorrow) Year End Top 10 list. It stars Rachel Brosnahan, who was such a standout in “House of Cards,” now doing something completely different – a wisecracking, well-appointed Upper West Side [...]

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Also Wednesday: Awkward Tree Lighting

Scratch one “Today” show host from the ill-timed annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (NBC, 8 p.m.). Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will still be there to assist in lighting the tree in the 85th annual ceremony. But Matt Lauer, fired just this morning, may just be lit in effigy. Performers, meant to take [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘Drunk History Christmas’

Here’s one holiday special I can get behind: the “Drunk History Christmas Special” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) in which Rich Fulcher drinks and tells the tale of how Christmas trees got into the White House during the administration of Teddy Roosevelt, played here by Ken Marino. Rob Corddry, Colin Hanks and Phil Hendrike also show [...]

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