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Also on Tuesday: Young Legal Drama

As a non-Shondaland enthusiast, I was surprised how much I didn’t mind “For the People” (ABC, 10 p.m.), its new legal series. Perhaps because the pilot is the first day of work for the very young prosecutors and defense lawyers in the Southern District of New York Federal Court — and before the procedural settles [...]

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Monday TV: ‘Jane’ Goodall in the Wild

Jane Goodall was sent to Tanzania to study chimpanzees at 26 in part because she had no scientific background and thus no preconceived notions. She was able to get close to the animals and observe how much closer they were to humans than previously thought (they used tools, she discovered). Her solitary life in the [...]

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New Judges, Network for ‘American Idol’

In its incessant promos, the rebooted American Idol has already indicated which direction it will be going, when it returns tonight after a two year absence on a new network, ABC. It’s all those back stories about singers doing it for their family, or taking their last shot, or telling their grandma they’re going to [...]

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Also on Sunday Dim New ‘Deception’

A particularly dumb caper police drama is the new “Deception” (ABC, 10 p.m.) in which an illusionist volunteers to help solve crimes. Presumably, he’ll cut bad guys in half. The problem premise is compounded by the annoying performance of Jack Cutmore-Scott as the magician (which, come to think of it, may be called for in [...]

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Saturday TV: Pre-Madness Championships

The brackets of March Madness have their start in what happens this weekend, on championship week of men’s college basketball. It all starts early with UMBC vs. Vermont (ESPN2, 11 a.m.) in the America East championship, followed by Cornell vs. Harvard (ESPNU, 12:30 p.m.) and Yale vs. Pennsylvania (ESPN2, 3 p.m.) in the Ivy League [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Collateral’ Amid New Streaming

Streaming services dump a whole lot more programming again this Friday. Chief among them is the new four part British import “Collateral” (Netflix, streaming), Carey Mulligan plays a London detective inspector who uncovers a drug conspiracy while investigating the murder of a pizza silvery man. Jeany Spark, John Simm and Haley Squires also star in [...]

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Thursday TV: Mindy’s New ‘Champions’

Mindy Kaling isn’t in the new network sitcom she co-created,  “Champions” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.) nearly enough. She appears as an ex of a clueless gym rat played by Anders Holm of “Workaholics,”  bringing the kid they had 15 years earlier for him to raise. Newcomer J.J. Totah plays the gay kid as a mini-Mindy — [...]

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Wednesday TV: Cute ‘Life Sentence’

Can a series succeed on cuteness alone? If so then there is a life for “Life Sentence” (The CW, 9 p.m.). Lucy Hale stars as a young woman who thought she had cancer but doesn’t any more. Which sounds great, except that people had been keeping a whole lot of bad news from her during [...]

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Tuesday TV: Saluting ‘Mister Rogers’ at 50

Michael Keaton returns to the Pittsburgh public TV station where he was a member of the crew on one of the more beloved children’s shows of TV history as the special “Mister Rogers: It’s You That I Like” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) marks the 50th anniversary of Fred Rogers’ kindly experiment communicating with [...]

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Monday TV: Mental Health Movies

A two-day, 10 film event on Turner Classic Movies, Mental Illness in the Movies, looks at how the malady has been treated in Hollywood. It begins tonight with Joanne Woodward in “The Three Faces of Eve” (8 p.m.), and four other films that were also up for Oscars, “The Snake Pit” (10 p.m.), “David and [...]

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