Category Archives: Winter Press Tour 2018

Thursday TV: Sackhoff’s Back in Space

Sci-fi favorite Katee Sackhoff returns as an astronaut leading a team looking for the source of a mysterious alien artifact that is found on Earth in “Another Life” (Netflix, streaming), a new 10-episode series. Selma Blair and Jake Abel also star Martha’s dad falls off the roof while fixing the TV antenna on “Baskets” (FX, [...]

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Wednesday TV: Reanimated Lear Sitcoms

I’m more excited than I should be for “Live in Font of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’” (ABC, 8 p.m.), in which classic scripts from the past are taken up by casts that include Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei as Archie and Edith Bunker, and Jamie Foxx and [...]

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Jason Isbell Saves Nashville

For a place that calls itself Music City, Nashville can be pretty lacking. The town’s central musical gathering place, Broadway is a compendium of increasingly generic day-drinking bars with incongruous names of country stars dead (Johnny Cash, George Jones) and alive (Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, even Kid Rock, god help us), full of bands [...]

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Upholding Family Legacy in ‘Little Women’

The BBC shifts to American literature (and a largely American cast) for its version of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” on “Masterpiece” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings). While the three hour adaptation by “Call the Midwife” creator Heidi Thomas may be highlighted by the appearance of TV legend Angela Lansbury briefly in the role [...]

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Thursday TV: More TV and Film Awards

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association throws in with the Broadcast Film Critics Association to combine their night of handing out honors with the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Award (The CW, 8 p.m.). Olivia Munn, left, hosts the live event. “Feud: Bette & Joan” received the most nominations among the TV shows. “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot [...]

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Who Was Azaria’s ‘Brockmire’ Inspiration?

There are a lot of vile jokes and uproarious situations in the series “Brockmire,” in which Hank Azaria plays a slightly unhinged alcoholic sports announcer. But there’s nothing funnier in the show, which begins its second season on IFC tonight, than Azaria’s central impersonation of a Midwestern sports announcer who uses that flat cadence to [...]

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Antonio Banderas Becomes Picasso

Smoldering leading man Antonio Banderas takes a big turn Wednesday portraying the second 20th century giant to get the spotlight in the miniseries “Genius: Picasso” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.). Odd that the man who portrayed Zorro and Pancho Villa would play the bald, white-haired artist in a striped sweater, even though the series has provided [...]

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Detective Thriller with ‘Fleabag’ Touch

What might have been another dreary detective chasing serial killer series is turned on its head when women portray both roles, exploring the kinds of things that aren’t often considered in such dramas. In the stylish new “Killing Eve” (BBC America, 8 p.m.), the versatile Sandra Oh plays a frazzled, half-American desk jockey at Mi-5 [...]

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Al Pacino Becomes Joe Paterno for HBO

Al Pacino has specialized in playing actual people for HBO films, from Roy Cohen to Phil Spector, Jack Kavorkian and now Joe Paterno, in an understated and effective portrayal of the beloved Penn State coach whose image was tarnished by its proximity to the considerable claims of sexual misconduct of his former defensive coordinator, Jerry [...]

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‘Trading Spaces’ Doubles Down in Return

You may be seeing double in the return of “Trading Spaces” (TLC, 8 p.m.), the granddaddy of the home improvement shows, returning tonight a decade after it went off the air. Not only has the cast roughly doubled to 16 (while still including old favorites like Paige Davis, Ty Pennington, Vern Yip and  Frank Bielec), but [...]

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