Category Archives: Winter Press Tour 2017

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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How Trent Reznor Met Ken Burns

It seemed an odd contrast: The sexagenarian Beatle bob of Ken Burns vs. the darker, calculated spikes of the rock star. But where the documentarian is pegged with using (or overusing) old timey fiddle music on his epics like “The Civil War” or “National Parks,” Trent Reznor is slashing and burning in Nine Inch Nails. [...]

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Little Hope for ‘The Young Pope’

One of HBO’s most confounding new series — more than “The Leftovers,” more than “Westworld” — begins tonight with “The Young Pope” (HBO, 9 p.m.). Already a target on internet memes, the Italian series stars Jude Law as an arrogant new American pope who angers the college of cardinals and acts weird, but not weirdly [...]

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When David Lynch Met TV Press Tour

What are we to expect of “Twin Peaks”? The bizarre and exasperating series that shook up the zeitgeist more than a half century ago is suddenly back with an 18 hour return, on Showtime. It picks up in real time 25 years later with many of the same characters. There have been few hints at [...]

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