Category Archives: Winter Press Tour 2017

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Happening Now

There are certain shows that require one to break down and get the streaming service subscription:  “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” on Netflix; “Transparent” on Amazon Prime. Now, it’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming) on Hulu. What was once a site for mainly NBC reruns is now something worth putting in [...]

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The Colors of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Primary colors make their point in the beautifully shot “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming), starting today with a trio of episodes. Director Reed Morano is a former cinematographer, true (“Vinyl,” “Looking” but also Beyonce’s “Lemonade”). But she told reporters at the TV Critics Association press tour earlier this year that color was important in interpreting [...]

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Season Three of ‘Fargo’ Finally Here

It may have seemed an impossible task to get the feel of the singular Cohen Brothers classic after which it is named, but Noah Hawley not only achieved that with “Fargo” (FX, 10 p.m.) in its first season, he has been able to replicate it ever since. The third season that starts tonight may have [...]

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A ‘Feud’ That Illuminates Women’s Roles

Delicious for its melding of Hollywood lore and golden age gossip, done up with a lavishness that is 10 times the budget of the pulpy film it portrays, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX, 10 p.m.) is the series of the season, as smart and irresistible in its way as Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story: The [...]

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Also on Sunday: CNN Faith Sampling

Just as Anthony Bordain travels the world and samples food on his “Parts Unkown,” so will the writer and commentator Reza Aslan sample on his new show “Believer with Reza Aslan” (CNN, 10 p.m.). At the TV Critics Association winter press tour earlier this year, he described it to me as “kind of like what [...]

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Pete Holmes Introduces Himself Again

There will be a couple of new series on premium cable this season about comedy, comedians and the trials of comedy clubs — not that that’s ever been done before. But the best of them is “Crashing” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.) in which the affable, familiar-looking Pete Holmes tells somewhat of his own story growing up [...]

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‘Tower’ Focuses on Mass Shooting Victims

Public television presents a rather grim Valentine’s Day by documenting two notorious U.S. shootouts. The better of them can be found in Keith Maitland’s sensitive “Tower” making its TV debut on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). It rises above the usual way to handle one of the first cases of mass shooting [...]

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Hawley’s Mind-Blowing New ‘Legion’

I grew out of superhero stories about the time I hit adulthood, so there’s little in the current crush of TV series from Marvel and DC to be of interest. At least until tonight’s “Legion” (FX, 10 p.m.). That’s solely because of the genius behind it, Noah Hawley, who adhered to Cohen Brothers codes when [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Baskets’ Comes Back

The second season of the delightfully deadpan “Baskets” (FX, 10 p.m.) begins with Zach Galifianakis’ Chip jumping trains like a hobo and throwing in with a traveling homeless circus troupe where he can at least put his Parisian training to use. Back in Bakersfield, his mother (Louie Anderson) hardly notices he’s missing though Martha is [...]

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With Obama Goes the Anger Translator

The end of Barack Obama administration Friday also means the end of Luther, Obama’s Anger Translator. While the 44th President was cool and calm in the Oval Office, what he really was thinking was interpreted in the character created by Keenan Michael Key in “Key & Peele.” Key performed it most memorably with Obama himself [...]

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