Category Archives: What’s On TV

Sunday TV: Another Holiday Competition

Jonathan Bennett hosts another new Christmas cooking competition with “Holiday Wars” (Food, 9 p.m.), which pits bakers and candy makers against each other. It precedes a new season start for “Holiday Gingerbread Showdown” (Food, 10 p.m.). The imported Philippine film “Dead Kids” (Netflix, streaming), , about high schoolers who plot to abduct the school’s arrogant rich kid, [...]

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Saturday: It’s A Wonderful You Know What

One it seemed that every time an angel got its wings, you’d be seeing “It’s a Wonderful Life” (NBC, 8 p.m.) on TV. But with NBC restricting its showings, it makes the first of  only two scheduled seasonal appearances tonight, albeit stretched out over three hours. The next appearance is Christmas Eve. Here is a very [...]

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Friday TV: Kacey Musgraves’ Xmas Special

For her first big holiday special, the Grammy-winning country star goes streaming with “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show” (Amazon, streaming), with appearances from Lana Del Rey, Dan Levy, Fred Armison, Camila Cabello, Leon Bridges, James Corden, Kendall Jenner, Zooey Deschanel, Troye Sivan and the Radio City Rockettes. “Atlantics” (Netflix, streaming), a Senegal-France-Belgium co-production won the [...]

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Thursday: ‘Servant,’ Low Flying Balloons

M. Night Shyamalan has come up with a creepy new series “Servant” (Apple +, streaming) in which Lauren Ambrose and Toby Kebbell star as a couple who hire a live-in nanny to care for the doll they’ve gotten to replace their dead son. The first three episodes will be available today; there will be 10 [...]

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Wednesday TV: Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

Martin Scorsese brings in his repertoire players from past mob films — including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel — and throws in Al Pacino for the formidable saga “The Irishman” (Netflix, streaming) which hits the small screen just weeks after its theatrical release. A three hour running time allows a survey of [...]

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Tuesday TV: Last Drive for Lindsey Vonn

At 34, the four-time Olympic gold medal skiier Lindsey Vonn faced her last competitive downhill at the World Championships in Sweden earlier this year. It’s captured in the documentary “Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season” (HBO, 10 p.m.) by directors Steve and Todd Jones. It’s been a big few weeks for Dolly Parton — co-hosting the [...]

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Monday TV: Higher Learning Behind Bars

For years, she was the co-director who toiled on a number of Ken Burns’ biggest projects. Now Lynn Novick steps out on her own with a four-hour documentary series about a program that proves the power of higher education in prison. “College Behind Bars” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) looks at the Bard Prison [...]

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Sunday: ‘Downton’ Echoes in ‘Chaperone’

Haley Lu Richardson plays a fictionalized version of 1920s flapper Louise Brooks, coming to New York from Kansas to study dance with a stern chaperone played by Elizabeth McGovern in the full-length “Masterpiece” feature “The Chaperone” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). McGovern is not the only talent from “Downton Abbey”; the piece is also written [...]

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Saturday TV: Americana Music Awards

“Austin City Limits Presents: The 18th Annual Americana Awards” (PBS, 11 p.m. check local listings) presents the musical highlights of the event, held in September at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Performances come from winners Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt with John Prine, and Elvis Costello, joining Jim Lauderdale on “Red Cotton” and “Blame It On Cane.” [...]

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Friday TV: Dolly’s Songs as Episodes

Each of the eight episodes of the new “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” (Netflix, streaming) takes off from one of her songs, from “Two Doors Down” to “Jolene,” with a new cast every week that includes Julianne Hough, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kimberly Williams-Paisley with occasional cameos by the flashy singer-songwriter herself. In the future, social media will [...]

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