Category Archives: What’s On TV

Don’t Miss ‘Get Shorty’

Just as “Fargo” successfully advanced the spirit of the original film without exactly duplicating it, the new variation of “Get Shorty” (Epix, 10 p.m.) takes the spirit of the Elmore Leonard novel made into a popular John Travolta movie in 1995. Set in the present day, Chris O’Dowd plays the mob heavy who suddenly gets [...]

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Also On Sunday: 2017 Teen Choice Awards

Not to be confused with last weekend’s TCA Awards from the Television Critics Association, the much more popular Teen Choice Awards (Fox, 8 p.m.) holds its 19th annual event from the University of Southern California’s Galen Center to honor the most popular in music, film, TV, sports, fashion and even the internet. It’s hosted by [...]

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Saturday TV: New Voices for ‘Duck Tales’

You can barely understand the accent on “Broadchurch,” and here’s David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck on a reboot of “Duck Tales” (Disney XD, hourly). It also features Dany Pudi, Ben Schwartz and Bobby Moynihan as Huey, Dewey and Louie; Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack and Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack. The animation is rudimentary, but [...]

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Friday TV: New from Netflix, ‘Atypical’

Inclusion of special needs young people in TV shows can be tricky, especially in comedies. But there’s a sweet, honest tone to the new “Atypical” (Netflix, streaming) which stars Keir Gilchrist as a high school senior on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. But he’s obsessed with penguins, has a turtle as a best [...]

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Thursday TV: Summer ‘Weekend Update’

When they broke the summer hiatus of “Saturday Night Live” to do primetime Weekend Update shows last year, they had a whole Presidential election to cover. You’d almost expect them to skip it in a non-election year, except the news pace may be faster now than ever. And there’s a lot for Colin Jost and [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Mr. Mercedes’ Drives Up

The estimable Brendan Gleeson portrays the grizzled Irish detective who is obsessed with investigating a killer called “Mr. Mercedes” (DirecTV, 8 p.m.) The cast includes Holland Taylor, Kelly Lynch and Mary-Louise Parker and is run by TV vet David E. Kelley. Other literary lights, from A.M. Homes to Dennis Lehane, are individual writer Peter Stormare and Johan [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ the Show

The latest late night segment to break off into its own show is “Carpool Karaoke” (Apple Music, 9 p.m.), in which celebrates take off and sing as they drive around with James Corden. The first to climb in is Will Smith. Future episode pair celebs and singers; two episode premiere each week. Whether it’s worth [...]

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Monday TV: Brillo and Bachelorette Finale

Documentarian Lisanne Skyler tries to track an Andy Warhol work her parents traded for a drawing a couple of years after they bought it for $1,000 in the film “Brillo Box (3¢ Off)” (HBO, 10 p.m.). She finds it was recently resold again for more than $3 million. The worst thing about a finale for [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘Ray Donovan’ Returns

Susan Sarandon is featured in season five of “Ray Donovan” (Showtime, 9 p.m.), playing a studio head. Liev Schreiber’s title character is starting his court-ordered anger management course.  The show’s season premiere bumps “Twin Peaks: The Return” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) an hour earlier. Its official logline is “What story is that, Charlie?” “Sharknado 5: Global [...]

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Saturday TV: Some More Son of Sam

The 40th anniversary of the arrest of David Berkowitz, who killed six people and wounded seven in a1976 spree, brings another documentary, “Son of Sam: The Hunt for a Killer” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.). The New York serial killer was deceptive, Dr. Scott Bonn, who interviewed him in prison four years ago, told reporters at [...]

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