Category Archives: What’s On TV

Monday TV: PBS Brings the Laughs

PBS is known for many things, from great documentaries to British drama, but it has never been known for humor. In fact, I maintain they’ve never booked straight comedy other than The Mark Twain Award (“Monty Python” was an import picked up by individual stations). Therefore, it may be entering a new realm tonight with [...]

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Sunday TV: Here Comes ‘Batwoman’

While another “Batman” character dominates the movies, here’s yet another starting a TV show. Ruby Rose stars as “Batwoman” (CW, 8 p.m.), TV’s first openly lesbian superhero, who decides to don a cape and protect Gotham City three years after Bruce Wayne has gone missing (and presumably blown his cover). It’s meant to mesh with [...]

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Saturday: Phoebe Waller-Bridge on ‘SNL’

The tall Emmy winning Phoebe Waller-Bridge of “Fleabag” fame hosts a new “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) with even taller musical guest Taylor Swift. The comedian addresses his mental health struggles amid his latest standup special from Brooklyn, “Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh” (HBO, 10 p.m.). Broadcast TV is dominated again by college football [...]

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Friday TV: Kids With Strange Powers

“Raising Dion” (Netflix, streaming) is yet another series about a young boy who has mysterious superhero abilities. Alisha Wainwright plays his mom; Michael B. Jordan, a producer of the series,  his late father. Also starring is Jason Ritter. A different young boy gets lost in a field of tall grass, and when a a pregnant [...]

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Thursday TV: Alicia Keys, Others, Sing

The second half of the “iHeartRadio Music Festival” (CW, 8 p.m.) from Las Vegas features performances from Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Chance the Rapper, Zac Brown and Mumford & Sons. The revival’s second season won’t officially start until next week, but in its place today is a casting special for “Temptation Island” (USA, 10 p.m.) [...]

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Wednesday TV: Fox’s New ‘Almost Family’

The best of the new “Almost Family” (Fox, 9 p.m.) plays like an instant-sisterhood of women played by Brittany Snow, Emily Osment and Megalyn Echikunwoke. But the reason they’re half sisters is because a fertility doctor – Snow’s father — used his own DNA on unwitting women. Timothy Hutton is the shamed doctor, which seems [...]

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Tuesday TV: Investigating the Crown Prince

On a special two hour “Frontline” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) correspondent Martin Smith looks at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, including his ties to the murder of Jamal Kashoggi a year ago Wednesday. Asif Kapadia’s documentary “Diego Maradona” (HBO, 9 p.m.) profiles the Argentine soccer star who became consumed with his own [...]

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Monday TV: Remembering the Regime

Victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco battle against a state-imposed amnesia of his crimes against humanity, in organizing the groundbreaking “Argentine Lawsuit” in the documentary “The Silence of Others” making its debut tonight on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). A wide variety of talents have been turned into competitive TV show, [...]

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Also on Sunday: Durrells Continue in Corfu

Public television has two premieres tonight of British imports, the fourth season start of “The Durrells in Corfu” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), in which a mysterious new guest places Louisa’s boarding house under police scrutiny, and the fifth and final season of “Poldark” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), which begins with the return of Ross to the capital. [...]

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Saturday TV: A 45th Season Start for ‘SNL’

Woody Harrelson hosts the 45th (!) season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) where the cold open almost has to be the “Godfather” inspired phone conversation between the presidents of the Ukraine and U.S. that Adam Schiff envisioned. One hitch: Alec Baldwin said he was done impersonating Trump. Also gone this season is [...]

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