Category Archives: What’s On TV

Nas Takes ‘Illmatic’ to the Kennedy Center

Putting an orchestral score to hip hop tracks is the kind of gimmick you’d see as a one shot thing at the Grammys — staged more for the visual impact than how it all sounded. There was something very different about Nas taking the whole of his striking debut album “Illmatic” and having it scored [...]

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Also Friday: ’2 Dope Queens’ on Big Stage

I was expecting a bit more, frankly, from “2 Dope Queens” (HBO, 11:30 p.m.), the much anticipated new four-episode series from Jessica Williams of “The Daily Show” and her friend Phoebe Robinson. Moving their podcast to a giant Brooklyn Theatre isn’t backed up much by writing or production. They riff with one another, say “he-ey” [...]

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Thursday TV: Another Bad Teacher

Glenn Howerton is the second star of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” to try and bring a similarly disruptive kind of comedy to broadcast TV. He stars in the new “A.P. Bio” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.) about a malevolent former Ivy League philosophy teacher who resents teaching high school and makes his students do his bidding [...]

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Wednesday TV: Critters With Cameras

David Letterman may have been a pioneer in the field. But his MonkeyCam was mostly played for the ridiculous fun that it was. It’s more serious on a multi-episode series on “Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) called “Animals with Cameras.” Using creatures as unwitting cinematographers, a team led by Gordon Buchanan affixes cameras [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘Citizen Rose’ vs. POTUS

Rose McGowan, one of the more prominent prominent members of the #MeToo movement, had begin speaking out about her abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein before the New York Times had published its reports. And she’s been taping herself the past three years, leading up to her moment as a spokeswoman for outrage. It’s [...]

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Monday TV: All About the Avett Bros

Judd Apatow may be becoming, in addition to comedy director and writer and stand-up, a documentarian. In addition to an upcoming four hour work on his mentor Garry Shandling, he’s got a strong music biography in “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers” (HBO, 8 p.m.). With the kind of attention only a [...]

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Sunday TV: Hip Hop Takeover on Grammys

Lady Gaga, Rihanna, U2 and Elton John are all scheduled to perform at The 60th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS, 7:30 p.m.) as well as three others nominated for album of the year — Bruno Mars (above), Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino, who are competing against Jay-Z and Lorde in the category. This will be the [...]

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Saturday TV: Conan in Haiti

America’s best goodwill ambassador is not the one in Switzerland this weekend. It may be the read-headed one who rushed down to a neighboring island country after the President disparaged it. The latest in his splendid series of international specials “Conan Without Borders: Haiti” (TBS, 10 p.m.) celebrates that country’s people, who have a few [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Dirty Money’ Cites Corruption

It’s hard to top the sheer productivity of Alex Gibney who produced more than a half dozen documentaries last year and directed a couple more. Before he releases the miniseries “The Looming Tower” for Hulu next month on the run up to 9/11, he produced the documentary series “Dirty Money” (Netflix, streaming) about corruption in [...]

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Thursday TV: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars

A third edition of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” (VH1, 8 p.m.) begins, bringing back such names as Trixie Mattel, Thorgy Thor, Shangela, Kennedy Davenport, Chi Chi DeVayne and BenDeLaCreme. Marc Jacobs joins Todrick Hall and Vanessa Williams as a judge. And there will be a spoof of “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming). The ultimate [...]

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