Category Archives: What’s On TV

Tuesday TV: Amusing ‘Trial & Error’

Overdue satire of the overpopulate true crime saga comes courtesy “Trial & Error” (NBC, 10 and 10:30 p.m.), which recalls the mockumentary heyday of “The Office” with the small town sweetness of “Parks & Recreation.” John Lithgow is swell as the defendant in the murder of his wife, piling up suspicion as he maintains his [...]

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Monday TV: ‘Cries from Syria’ on HBO

The tragedy of Syria is laid out in Evgeny Afineevsky’s hour-long documentary “Cries from Syria” (HBO, 10 p.m.), that traces from the beginnings of its conflict to its current refugee crisis. Helen Mirren narrates. Good riddance to the worst bachelor yet Nick Viall, who chooses between two finalists Raven Gates and Vanessa Grimaldi and makes the [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘American Crime’ in Carolina

John Ridley’s “American Crime” (ABC, 10 p.m.) is something of a miracle for broadcast TV: a nuanced, multi-layered drama about serious issues, compellingly directed with a top-notch repertoire cast returning for a new story each season. For season three, it turns to rural America, focusing on all kinds of economic slavery — from migrant workers [...]

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Saturday TV: Cena Hosts Kids’ Choice

Let the slime fall: The 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.) will hand out awards to favorites in movies, TV and music. Chris Pratt, Kevin Hart, Demi Lovato and the Chainsmokers are scheduled to appear. Performers include Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Capello and Little Mix. John Cena hosts. The comic and standup comic has [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Love’ – Not in Air, Streaming

There are a lot of series to binge in a day or two on the streaming services, but “Love” (Netflix, streaming) is just about the only one I have so far. Season one of the Judd Apatow-co-produced comedy moved just as amiably as one of his movies. It stars co-creator Paul Rust as a geeky [...]

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Thursday TV: Fox is ‘Kicking & Screaming’

A mainstay in some corners of cable, the paired survivor gambit moves to broadcast networks. In “Kicking & Screaming” (Fox, 9 p.m.) seasoned survivalists are paired with pampered counterparts and put into extreme wilderness areas full of dangerous animals and bad weather. To compete! The host is Hannah Simone — Cece from “New Girl.” A [...]

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Wednesday TV: Familiar ‘Survivor’ Faces

The 34th season of “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.) debuts with its 500th episode. With all this history, they’re bringing back “favorite” old players who supposedly changed the game during their session. This includes at least one two-time winners and faces by now so familiar you’re beginning to be sick of them (Ozzie?). And that goofy [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘The Americans’ Returns

I’ve been in a minority by being underwhelmed by “The Americans” (FX, 10 p.m.) all these years. The slow moving costume drama of spies in our midst during the Reagan years was undermined by memories of Boris and Natasha. By now, the daughter is wise to her parents jobs and things move just as slowly [...]

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Monday TV: Harmony Before the Ban

It can be no more timely than on the day of a new travel ban announcement to show the benefit of world-uniting, cross cultural exchange. A beautiful mix of the East and Western transitions are the basis of Yo Yo Ma’s innovative and very beautiful international ensemble the Silk Road. What began as one time [...]

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A ‘Feud’ That Illuminates Women’s Roles

Delicious for its melding of Hollywood lore and golden age gossip, done up with a lavishness that is 10 times the budget of the pulpy film it portrays, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX, 10 p.m.) is the series of the season, as smart and irresistible in its way as Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story: The [...]

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