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The Charley Pride Story on PBS

Charley Pride is a singular story in country music. Subject of a new black History Month “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), the focus of “Charley Pride; I’m Just Me” is not the first African-American in country music (that would be Grand Ole Opry harmonica cat DeFord Bailey). But he is arguably the first [...]

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Hulu’s Own Press Tour Fyre Festival

Greeting a group of weary reporters nearing the end of the more than two week TV Critics Association winter press tour, Hulu senior vice president of originals Craig Erwich tied it into a recent documentary hit on his network. “Thanks for being here,” he said, “basically living through Fyre Festival 2.” Food was nominally better [...]

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‘Catch-22′ Brings Clooney Back to TCA

There was an extra reminder at a well-attended session of the TV Critics Association winter press tour that pictures were not allowed, since the ever-photogenic George Clooney was entering for a session for a six-part adaptation of “Catch-22” coming to Hulu May 17. Clooney not only produces and directs, he also strains his neck muscles [...]

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Tuesday: ‘Miracle Workers,’ ‘Boomerang’

“Miracle Workers” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.), the new comedy from Simon Rich (“Men Seeking Woman”) has Steve Buscemi as God, feeling ambivalent about his creation; Daniel Radcliffe as a low level angel. “It’s sort of like a cross between the Old Testament and ‘Goonies,’” Rich said Monday at the TV Critics Association winter press tour. For [...]

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Several Documentaries on Tap for HBO

Documentary films seemed to take a greater portion of HBO’s high-profile programming. There were panels for two impending films, Alex Gibney’s look into the implosion of the Silicon Valley startup Theranos, whose valuation went from $9 billion to zero, “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” running March 18, and Laura Berg’s four part [...]

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Streep Wanted In On ‘Big Little Lies’

After an afternoon of mostly dour documentaries of fraud, and a bracing limited series about nuclear meltdown After days of rain, cool weather and clouds, the sun came out at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena and in an HBO session kicking off six days of cable and streaming services, HBO brought [...]

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Recreating the Fosse / Verdon Magic

The classiest thing presented so far at the TV Critics Association winter press tour is an eight-episode limited series on the relationship of choreographer and director Bob Fosse and his wife Gwen Verdon. “Fosse / Verdon,” which starts April 9 on FX is not only about a powerhouse figures from stage and screen of the [...]

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Peak TV’s Plateau and Other FX News

Peak TV took a pause last year. Instead of steady, explosive growth of the number of scripted TV series with original episodes, there was just a 2 percent increase from 2017. It’s still an inhuman amount of shows — 496 compared to last year’s 487. “Overall, this was a very slow growth year, but bucked [...]

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Cranston’s Next Series is on Showtime

The next big TV role for Bryan Cranston will be in Showtime’s legal thriller “Your Honor,” a limited series coming next year from Robert and Michelle King, the team behind “The Good Wife” and “The Good Fight.” Also part of the project is Peter Moffat, originator of “The Night Of” on HBO. Production begins this [...]

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‘Roswell’ Writer Changed Role at TCA

Not so long ago, Carina Adly MacKenzie (pictured top, center)  sat among the reporters at the TV Critics Association press tour. This week she sat facing them, as one of the executive producers of the CW series “Roswell, New Mexico.” “I’m making up snarky tweets right now that I would be writing about these things [...]

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