Category Archives: What’s On TV

Saturday TV: A Stuffed ‘Spielberg’ Salute

Steven Spielberg has probably made too many movies by now to try and squeeze his entire life and work into a single movie. But the filmmaker seems expansive on his life and choices so the biographical  “Spielberg” (HBO, 8 pm.) contrasts memorable scenes with his own unexplored feelings — kids in peril, missing fathers, and [...]

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Friday TV: Hispanic Awards, ‘Suburra’

Gael Garcia Bernal of “Mozart in the Jungle” and Lusi Fonsi, singer of the hit “Despacito,” are among honorees on the 30th “The Hispanic Heritage Awards” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). There’s also a shout out to Dreamers in the event, held last month in Washington, D.C.  It’s preceded by Raul Malo of the [...]

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Thursday TV: Olivia Pope and All That

“Scandal” (ABC, 9 p.m.) returns for its seventh and last season. Preposterous when it debuted, now it has the problem of being not quite as crazy as the real thing. At any rate, action begins with Olivia trying to avoid an international incident 100 days into the Mellie administration, as Quinn Perkins & Associates tries [...]

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Wednesday TV: A Look Inside North Korea

Things change so quickly these days it must be hard for “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) to keep fully up to date. In covering the escalating tensions with North Korea, who knows what the latest goading has been to the derisively nicknamed “Rocket Man” or what test missile has since been launched? A [...]

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Tuesday TV: New Shows (Probably) Fail

On the new comedy “The Mayor” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.), a brash young rapper (Brandon Michael Hall) runs for office to boost his music career, but ends up getting elected. Somehow the election of somebody who doesn’t have the slightest experience doesn’t seem so funny these days. And the tone of this rushed effort, which includes [...]

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Monday TV: Old Schtick in Apartments

The eye-rolling new sitcom “9JKL” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.), whose title refers to adjoining apartment numbers, is from “Royal Pains” star Mark Feuerstein and his wife, about the time that he was single and living in an apartment next to his parents — sitcom throwbacks Eliot Gould and Linda Lavin – and his brother’s family. Except [...]

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After a Long Wait, More ‘Curb’

In the six years since “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO, 10 p.m.) has been on the air, any number of shows have followed, aiming for the same cringe factor. And Larry David sat back and watched it all try to fill the vacuum of years of no “Curb.” When David appeared at the TV Critics Association [...]

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Also on Sunday: Third Season for ‘Poldark’

“Poldark” begins its third season on “Masterpiece” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) with the disappearance of Dwight after he elopes with Caroline. Season 29 of “The Simpsons” (Fox, 8 p.m.) begins in the medical world, where Marge’s mother is turned into an Ice Walker. It’s Indianapolis at Seattle (NBC, 8:20 p.m.) on Sunday Night [...]

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On Saturday: ‘SNL’ Reaches 43rd Season

The 43rd season of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) premieres, with Ryan Gosling hosting and Jay-Z as musical guest. “Versailles” (Ovation, 10 p.m.) begins its second season. The cast takes on a slightly different look as well. With the departures last season of Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata, three new cast members [...]

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Also on Friday: Examining Mass Shootings

It happens so often now that it often doesn’t even make the first page. Mass shootings occur at a numbing pace and nothing is done to slow gun violence. On average, a mass shooting occurs every single day in the U.S. The new documentary series “Active Shooter: America Under Fire” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) takes a [...]

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