Category Archives: What’s On TV

Monday TV: New ‘Twilight Zone’ Take

It was so striking in its earliest incarnation 60 years ago that Rod Serling’s sly and thought-provoking anthology was revived with the same name twice more in 1985 and 2002, while the original series still gets a huge audience in annual marathons. The latest incarnation of “The Twilight Zone” (CBS All Access, streaming) comes from [...]

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Sunday TV: Selina Meyer’s Last Campaign

As real political life reaches its own heights of absurdity, it would seem “Veep” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.) would have a tough time to match it. Instead, it goes into overdrive for its seventh and final season as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selena Myer decides to run for president against a field that also includes Jonah, whose political [...]

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Saturday TV: Spotlight on One Nominee

The release of Jessie Smollett this week has turned The 50th NAACP Image Awards (TV One, 8 p.m.), into another cultural impasse. He’s been nominated for an award for his work in “Empire” and some are outraged that he would even show up. Whatever happens, he’s taking attention away from Regina King, nominated in three [...]

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Friday TV: A New ‘Hanna’ on the Loose

Saoirse Ronan starred in the 2011 movie about the teenager raised to be a killer, but in the new series with the same name “Hanna” (Amazon, streaming), Esme Creed-Miles takes on the role, with Mireille Enos playing the CIA agent who is hunting her. In another big budget streaming movie, Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Abby’s’ Outside Audience

The big news for the new sitcom “Abby’s” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.), about a neighborhood’s illegal backyard bar and its denizens, is that it’s shot before a live audience – outside. It’s got a pretty good cast with Natalie Morales in the title role, with Neil Flynn and Nelson Franklin among the cast. It’s from Josh [...]

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Wednesday TV: Staten Island Vampires

“Flight of the Conchords” star Jermaine Clement wrote and starred in a deadpan 2015 movie about ordinary and somewhat hapless urban vampires in a mockumentary style. Now he’s behind (but no longer stars in) a TV version with the same name. “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX, 10 p.m.), now set in Staten Island, [...]

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Tuesday TV: End of ‘Miracle Workers’

Daniel Radcliffe’s character risks all in an attempt to save Earth and all of mankind on the series finale of “Miracle Workers” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.), Simon Rich’s allegory starring Steve Buscemi as a bored God who wants to destroy the world. “Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid” (Netflix, streaming) is a comedy special actually filmed in [...]

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Monday TV: Stresses Shortening U.S. Lives

Weekend events will only add to the stresses of half of America whose jitters are already at epidemic levels according to the new documentary “One Nation Under Stress” (HBO, 9 p.m.) by Marc Levin, which follows studies by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on why America which had one of the highest life expectancies in the world [...]

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Sunday TV: On Sports Betting ‘Action’

As sports betting opens up — and the tournament that causes so much wagering continues – a new four part documentary series looks at the possible results on society in “Action” (Showtime, 8 p.m.), which concentrates mostly on the 2018 NFL season. “Madam Secretary” (CBS, 10 p.m.) mulls a presidential run. Krusty reboots “Itchy and [...]

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Saturday TV: ‘The Atlanta Child Murders’

Will Packer is better known as a comedy producer for films like “Ride Along” and “Girls Trip,” but he’s always been haunted by the forgotten case of 29 dead black children in Atlanta over 23 months 40 years ago. He revisits the case in the three part “The Atlanta Child Murders” (Investigation Discovery, 8 p.m.), [...]

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