Category Archives: What’s On TV

Sunday TV: Winning Emmys from Home

It won’t be the most disrupted Emmys ever (that happened after 9/11 it was rescheduled twice and finally held in November). This year The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.) will try to bypass the pandemic by showing presenters, nominees and winners from home from 130 different feeds all coming into the empty Staples Center, […]

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Saturday TV: Recalling the Life of ‘RBG’

The 2018 documentary “RBG” (CNN, 10 p.m.), about the remarkable life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, gets a replay. It’s the film where she she says she wants to be remembered “as someone who did whatever she could, with whatever limited talent she had, to move society along in the direction I would like it to […]

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Friday TV: Nurse Ratched’s Early Days

Not sure that the backstory of the Big Nurse in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (that won Louise Fletcher an Oscar in 1975) needs to be told. But the new “Ratched” (Netflix, streaming), like the past Ryan Murphy productions for the service, is gussied up in set design, costumes and a big cast of […]

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Thursday TV: Drama Seeks Vanished Plane

Archie Panjabi of “The Good Wife” stars alongside Christopher Plummer as investigators trying to figure out the disappearance of an air liner over the Atlantic in the drama series “Departure” (Peacock, streaming), imported from Canada. Not to be confused with the Amanda Seyfried movie of the same name, the imported German series “The Last Word” […]

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Wednesday TV: ACM Awards Tries Again

Postponed from April, The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS, 8 p.m.) is finally presented — from Nashville for the first time — with live and taped performances from its most iconic venues, the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe — all still minus an audience. Performers include Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, […]

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Tuesday TV: Freezing the Tyke for Later

It sounds like a science fiction movie, but the documentary “Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice” (Netflix, streaming) follows a family from Thailand who decide to cryogenically freeze the brain of their adorable two-year-old daughter through an Arizona company in an effort to give her a chance of a later life.   “Frontline” (PBS, […]

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Monday TV: Dancing with Reality Stars

Given the success of “Tiger King” and the lingering stories about her first husband’s disappearance, the booking of Carole Baskin is a delicious addition to the 29th season of “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.), where other reality stars include “Cheer” coach Monica Aldana, Nev Schulman of “Catfish,”  Chrishell Stause of “Selling Sunset,” and […]

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Sunday TV: Another New Detective for PBS

Wunmi Mosaku plays the latest imported European detective on public television — “Van der Valk” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) who works out of Amsterdam and works tonight on a political caper. “Lovecraft Country” (HBO, 9 p.m.) takes a strange turn to night as the blues singer Ruby makes a transformation into a white […]

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Saturday TV: ‘Coastal Elites’ Speak Out

If the series of entertaining monologues by top stars that make up the hyper-topical “Coastal Elites” (Fox, 8 p.m.) make it feel seem like a play. Paul Rudnick conceived it that way and even staged it before the world shutdown. Now the COVID world plays into some of the stories even as it makes the […]

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Friday TV: Katherine Ryan’s ‘The Duchess’

The Canadian comic Katherine Ryan stars in the new series based on her life as a single mom living in London and considering a second child in the ribald series “The Duchess” (Netflix, streaming). The French comedy series “Family Business” (Netflix, streaming) about a butcher shop turned pot dispensary, returns for a second season.  England’s […]

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