Category Archives: What’s On TV

Saturday TV: ‘Voyagers’ Kids in Space

Neil Burger’s space movie “Voyagers” (HBO, 8 p.m.), with Lily-Rose Depp, Tye Sheridan, Fionn Whitehead, Madison Hu and Colin Farrell, makes its premium cable debut.  College football dominates primetime broadcast TV, with Alabama at Texas A&M (CBS, 8 p.m.), Michigan at Nebraska (ABC, 7:37 p.m.) and Utah at Southern California (Fox, 8 p.m.) capping a […]

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Friday TV: Madonna, Bieber in Concert

Maybe the way to experience big tours is not in concert halls but at home watching streaming services. Tonight there are two such experiences. “Madame X” (Paramount+, streaming) chronicles the world tour by Madonna in a concert captured in Lisbon. “Justin Bieber: Our World” (Amazon Prime, streaming) follows that pop stars actions leading up to […]

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Thursday TV: Her ’15 Minutes of Shame’

Already the executive producer of FX;s “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” Monica Lewinsky is also behind the new documentary “ 15 Minutes of Shame” (HBO Max, streaming). “Imagine waking up with the whole world talking about you,” she says. “Trust me. I know a little something about this.” The documentary, directed by Max Joseph (pictured with […]

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Wednesday TV: Let Us Now Praise Fauci

The heroic work of the long-serving director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is told in the absorbing and ultimately uplifting  new documentary “Fauci” (Disney+, streaming). In the new film, Dr. Anthony Fauci is frank about his difficult days in the Trump administration, and half the film flips back 25 years to […]

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Tuesday TV: Rita Moreno Profiled on PBS

The still-feisty Rita Moreno, who turns 90 later this year, talks about her career of more than 70 years in a two-hour profile of her on “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).  The 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards (BET, 9 p.m.), held last Friday in Atlanta, gets a TV showcase. Cardi B, Lil […]

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Monday TV: When ICE Changes Your Plans

Emily Cohen Ibañez’s documentary “Fruits of Labor” follows Ashley, an ambitious teenager looking to graduate high school and go to college. But the teen has a change of plans when ICE raids threaten her family, and she has to go to work. The film makes its debut on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). […]

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Sunday TV: Prince William Saves the Earth

Prince William hosts “The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet” (Discovery+, streaming), a five part series highlighting innovative solutions to the climate crisis. Sir David Attenborough joins him in showcasing five finalists for what’s being billed as the most prestigious global environmental prize in history. It airs on the regular Discovery Channel Oct. 16; the award […]

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Saturday: Owen Wilson Helps ‘SNL’ turn 47

Owen Wilson hosts the 47th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.), a mainstay whose cast has changed only incrementally this year. Gone is Beck Bennett, who was with the show for eight seasons. Also gone is Lauren Holt, who spent last season as a barely seen featured player. Aristotle Athari, James Austin […]

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Friday TV: ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

Since “The Sopranos” was the most game changing series in TV  history, it’s fitting that the long, long awaited prequel “The Many Saints of Newark” (HBO Max, streaming) is available on the small screen (as well as in theaters). David Chase crafted the prequel with a nifty casting turn: James Gandolfini’s son Michael playing a […]

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Thursday: Weirdness of ‘The Way Down’

I’m a sucker for documentaries about cults and over-the-top evangelists, so “The Way Down” (HBO Max, streaming) fits that bill. Especially since Remnant Fellowship Church leader Gwen Shamblin Lara looks like a Barbie crossed with the Martian spy from “Mars Attacks!” The founder of a questionable “Christian weight loss program,” her connection to the scriptures […]

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