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Sunday TV: ‘Escape’ End, ‘Deadly Class’

A new adaptation of the graphic novel “Deadly Class” (Syfy, 9 p.m.) gets a full-episode preview. Lana Condor and Benedict Wong star in the series, set in the 1980s at an academy for the Deadly Arts, where teens are being raised to lead crime families. Its start date is Jan. 16. The law closes in [...]

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Saturday TV: Cotton and Orange Bowls

There’s a handful of college football bowl games today with South Carolina vs. Virginia (ABC, noon) in the Belk Bowl, Florida vs. Michigan (ESPN, noon) in the Peach Bowl, Nevada vs. Arkansas State (CBS Sports, 1 p.m.). But there are also games where teams can actually advance, with Notre Dame vs. Clemson (ESPN, 4 p.m). in the Cotton Bowl and Oklahoma vs. Alabama (ESPN, 8 p.m.) in [...]

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Friday TV: A Changeable ‘Black Mirror’

It’s a series that has always tested the moral boundaries of its watchers in an age of robotics and artificial intelligence. Now the single episode “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” (Netflix, streaming) will put you on the record. The story of a video game programmer tumbling into the netherworld of fantasy and reality is charted by the [...]

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Thursday TV: Charlie Brown, Axe Throwing

Let’s not sugarcoat it: There’s not a lot happening in the TV world today. Networks have taken the week off. Late night hosts are vacationing. Streaming services aren’t exactly flooding the gap. There are are some of those college football bowl games scattered through the day with Temple vs. Duke (ESPN, 1:30 p.m.) in the [...]

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Changes at the Kennedy Center Honors

Things are a little different for “The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS, 8 p.m.), usually the classiest thing on network TV between the holidays. First, the roster of honorees — Cher, Reba McEntire, Wayne Shorter, Philip Glass and the creators of “Hamilton” are seen posing together, as in a tableau, on the Kennedy Center [...]

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Also on Wednesday: Recalling Apollo 8

The astronauts and engineers of Apollo 8 recall the first mission orbiting the moon, which occurred 50 years ago this week, on a new “Nova” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). All three crewmen for the dangerous mission, ordered up at the last minute as pat of the space race vs. Russia, are still alive [...]

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Tuesday TV: Orphans for Christmas

It’s common in the UK to have a special episode on Christmas Day, something that’s only slowly being adopted in the U.S. There is, however, the “Call the Midwife Holiday Special” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), special for the day, in which Sister Mildred arrives with four Chinese orphans. Orphans are also involved in [...]

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Monday: Tituss Burgess Leads the Choir

Silent Night is also known as the year’s worst night for late night TV with all but one of the usual late night shows pre-empted and the one that appears is a rerun. In their place is “Christmas Eve Mass” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) led by Pope Francis from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The other, [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘Watership Down’ by Computer

The popular 1972 Richard Adams novel, which was made into a 1978 animated movie, now gets a stiffer CGI version in a four episode series of “Watership Down” (Netflix, streaming), a coproduction with the BBC using the voices of Ben Kingsley, Tom Wilkinson, James McAvoy and John Boyega. The raucous “Sally4Ever” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.) ends [...]

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Saturday TV: Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’

Wes Anderson’s charming “Isle of Dogs” (HBO, 8 p.m.) makes its debut on premium cable with its exacting tale of Japanese politics and a ploy to rid the island of canines. Half the fun is guessing the voice cast that includes Liev Schreiber, Edward Norton, Bill Muray and Jeff Goldblum. But here’s another good non-holiday [...]

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