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Sunday TV: Amy Adams in ‘Sharp Objects’

It’s good to see Amy Adams operate, starring as a dark journalist investigating murders of young girls in her Missouri hometown in HBO’s newest series “Sharp Objects” (HBO, 9 p.m.). Director Jean-Marc Vallée gets the most out of the local landscape and the story by “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn. The cast includes such welcome [...]

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Saturday TV: 105th Tour de France Begins

International sport provides refreshing change this summer. Here is more of it with the 105th Tour de France (NBC Sports Network, 5 a.m., 8 p.m.). Part travelogue, part intense competition, it starts with a flat run from Noirmoutier-en-l’ile to Fontebay-Le-Comte. World Cup quarterfinals have  Sweden vs. England (Fox, 10 a.m.) and Russia vs. Croatia (Fox, [...]

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Friday TV: ‘White Fang,’ Now Animated

Jack London’s century old tale “White Fang” (Netflix, streaming) gets a full length animated version, with Nick offer man, Paul Giamatti and Rashida Jones lending their voices. Jerry Seinfeld has driven his little comedy show from Crackle to the world-renown Netflix for his 10th season. Among the passengers this time around in “Comedians in Cars [...]

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Thursday TV: Steve McQueen Month Starts

Steve McQueen is star of the month on Turner Classic Movies with Thursday night roster of movies that begins with “The Blob” (8 p.m.), “The Magnificent” (9:45 p.m.), “Never So Few” (midnight), “Somebody Up There Likes Me” (2:15 a.m.) and “The Swarm” (4:15 a.m.). The first houseguest is evicted on a live “Big Brother” (CBS, [...]

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July Fourth TV: Rocket’s Red Glare, Etc.

Still don’t understand the phenomena of fireworks on TV, but there is a lot of it again tonight. “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” (NBC, 8 p.m.) has, in addition to pyrotechnics over the East River, performances from Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, American Authors and Brandon Victor Dixon. Its hosts are [...]

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Tuesday TV: Several Short Comedy Sets

Netflix has been churning out a lot of comedy specials in recent months. Tonight, they start giving lesser-known comics a shot at that kind of fame with 15-minute sets on a show called “The Comedy Lineup” (Netflix, streaming). Among the performers are Sabrina Jalees, pictured, along with Tim Dillon, Michelle Buteau, Jak Knight, Sam Jay, [...]

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Monday TV: At the Pyrotechnic Festival

Before you light up your own fireworks this week, get a load of the work at the annual National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, the basis of Viktor Jakovleski’s explosive documentary “Brimstone & Glory,” making its bow on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings), and which looks into the often dangerous lives of pyrotechnicians. [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘Power’ Back for Season Five

“Power” (Starz, 8 p.m.) begins its fifth season with Omari Hardwick’s character Ghost teamed up with his former nemesis Kanan, played by 50 cent, who also happens to be an executive producer. The third and final season starts for “The Tunnel: Vengeance” (PBS, 10:30 p.m., check local listings) with the burning of a boat carrying [...]

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Saturday TV: Baby’s Got Back Porch

He likes big bedrooms and he cannot lie; you other brothers can’t deny. Premiering tonight is “Sir Mix-A-Lot’s House Remix” (DIY, 8 p.m.). And now every old rapper has a house renovation show. “Ransom” (CBS, 9 p.m.) ends its season with two episodes. First, there is the negotiation for the release of a couple being [...]

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Friday TV: Hugh Grant in New Miniseries

On the new three part miniseries set in 1960s England, “A Very English Scandal” (Amazon, streaming) Hugh Grant plays a closeted politician in the UK who hooks up with a stable boy. But when things go wrong with the relationship, he tries desperately to hide it. Elsewhere online, Betty Gilpin and Alison Brie return for [...]

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