Category Archives: What’s On TV

Also on Saturday: Kentucky Derby, Etc.

It’s probably a good day to stay inside, to avoid people hopped up on mint juleps or margaritas, as The Kentucky Derby (NBC, 2:30 p.m.) coincides with Cinco de Mayo for the first time in a while. Despite four hours of coverage, the actual race itself, with a post time of 6:46 p.m. EDT, runs [...]

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Friday TV: Cold War Jazz Ambassadors

The coolest weapon in America’s Cold War may have been the efforts by the U.S. State Department to show off the country’s jazz greats in international tours that would counter the bad press the Soviet Union was spreading about U.S. racial discrimination. Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Dave Brubeck and their [...]

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Thursday TV: A Gildersleeve Afternoon

Let us now praise “The Great Gildersleeve” (TCM, 3 p.m.). First introduced on the “Fibber McGee and Molly” radio show in 1939, the pompous Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve and his trilling voice, as played by the mustachioed Harold Peary, became popular enough to star in his own radio show and into a handful of feature films [...]

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Wednesday TV: Serena Williams at Home

The life of tennis champ Serena Williams, including her marriage to Reddit inventor Alexis Ohanian, her complicated pregnancy and her eventual return to competition is the basis of the new five-part documentary series “Being Serena” (HBO, 10 p.m.). Shot in 2017 by HBO Sports, it’s full of that kind of limitation – lots of plinky [...]

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Tuesday TV: John Mulaney Standup Show

With a previous special and a recent “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig under his belt, the comic presents the best of a recent multi-day stand at Radio City Music hall on “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City” (Netflix, streaming). A new “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) reported by Laura Sullivan and Rick [...]

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Monday TV: All-Athlete ‘Dancing with Stars’

Athletes have always had an edge on “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.) because of the grace their natural body control, competitive drive and determination to train and more than 10 have won, from Apolo Ohno to Kristi Yamaguchi. The new season is all athletes, from NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and baseball’s [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘Homeland’ Winds Up Season

“Homeland” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) reaches its seventh season finale with Carrie and Saul taking on the whole of Russia and Elizabeth Marvel fighting to get back to the White House. There’s one season left after this. I liked this season’s second episode of “Westworld” (HBO, 9 p.m.) better than the premiere, even though its body [...]

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Saturday TV: Michelle Wolf’s Turn in D.C.

For the second year in a row, a top “Daily Show” correspondent steps up at the annual high point of political humor, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC, 8 p.m.). Michelle Wolf, who rose quickly on Comedy Central and is soon to have her own show on Netflix, will perform at the event, [...]

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Friday TV: Sandler and Rock, for Netflix

It probably won’t be great, but Chris Rock and Adam Sandler as battling in-laws has promise in the online comedy “The Week Of” (Netflix, streaming), one of a typical load of streaming titles premiering today. Rachel Dratch and Steve Buscemi round out the cast. In the new movie “Candy Jar” (Netflix, streaming, Jacob Latimore and [...]

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Thursday TV: A Third Season for ‘Quantico’

“Quantico” (ABC, 10 p.m.), begins its third season with three years having gone by since the last — with Alex living peacefully in Italy, though Ryan needs her to help rescue Shelby from an arms dealer. Marlee Matlin joins the cast. The first round of The NFL Draft (Fox, ESPN, NFL 8 p.m.) gets a prime time [...]

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