Category Archives: Winter Press Tour 2018

New Judges, Network for ‘American Idol’

In its incessant promos, the rebooted American Idol has already indicated which direction it will be going, when it returns tonight after a two year absence on a new network, ABC. It’s all those back stories about singers doing it for their family, or taking their last shot, or telling their grandma they’re going to [...]

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Nas Takes ‘Illmatic’ to the Kennedy Center

Putting an orchestral score to hip hop tracks is the kind of gimmick you’d see as a one shot thing at the Grammys — staged more for the visual impact than how it all sounded. There was something very different about Nas taking the whole of his striking debut album “Illmatic” and having it scored [...]

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Attenborough Dives Into ‘Blue Planet II’

Sir Richard Attenborough usually gets closer to his subject matter than he is able to in “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” (BBC America, 9 p.m.). Concentrating on the 3/4 of the planet that is ocean, it finds a lot of sea creatures so obscure you might think they may be making it up after a [...]

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Catherine Zeta-Jones as Drug Godmother

Catherine Zeta-Jones returns to television for the first time in a big way since a 1996 “Titanic” miniseries (though she was briefly in “Feud: Bette vs. Joan” last year, in the fact-based “Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.). She portrays the notorious Colombian drug lord (or is it lady?) for the Medellin [...]

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Lorraine Hansberry on ‘American Masters’

It seems odd at first that the “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m. ET, check local listings) tonight on the playwright Lorraine Hansberry seems longer than the film last week on PBS about James Baldwin. After all, Hansberry wrote just one play of significance in her short life: the enduring 1959 “A Raisin in the Sun,” [...]

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Saturday TV: First College Football Saturday; ‘Get Low’

They’ve been teasing NFL football with preseason games for a month, but college football returns like a sudden midfield pileup. Among the many, many games that kick off the season’s first Saturday are South Florida at Notre Dame (NBC, 3:320 p.m.), Boise State vs. Georgia (ESPN, 8 p.m.), Tulsa at Oklahoma State (FX, 8 p.m.), [...]

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Among the Quakers

Statistically, it’s hard to wrap your head around the number: The 350th meeting of New England Yearly Meeting. For three and a half centuries the Religious Society of Friends have been gathering summers in New England, for many years in Newport’s large and still-standing Meeting House. In recent years, it’s been in the more space-age [...]

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