Category Archives: General

Friday TV: Amy Schumer in ‘Life & Beth’

Amy Schumer finally has a property that best shows off her comic persona by writing, producing and starring in “Life & Beth” (Hulu, streaming) about a woman who breaks up with her boyfriend and meets a vinter. The series has a swell cast that includes Michael Cera, Laura Benanti, Michael Rapport and Susannah Flood.  “Human […]

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Monday TV: ‘The Julia Child Challenge’

Eight home cooks compete (and maybe speak in a funny accent) in the new culinary competition, “The Julia Child Challenge” (Food, 9 p.m.). Antonia Lofaso is head judge. The new four-part true-crime documentary series “Secrets of the Chippendale Murders” (A&E, 10 p.m.) follows tonight’s episode of “Secrets of Playboy” (A&E, 9 p.m.), which was the […]

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Capital Radio Playlist, 2-7-22

An early February day began with the installation of the Artist Calls the Song, from the Clash (choosing Sam the Sam) and Arthur Conley (presenting a handful of sweet soul greats). Presented my five votes for 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees (and played a few other women nominated this year). There were […]

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Thursday TV: Mob Family Reunion

The crime world of the once Teflon Don and the Gambino mob family are covered in the new two hour special “Truth and Lies: The Last Gangster” (ABC, 8 p.m.) that pairs Diane Sawyer’s rare 1997 interview with Sammy “The Bull” Gravano with new interviews with his son and daughter, John Gotti Jr., the daughters […]

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Monday TV: New Sitcom ‘American Auto’

The underused Ana Gasteyer stars as a new automotive executive in the workplace comedy “American Auto” (NBC, 10 p.m.). From the maker of “Superstore,” Justin Spitzer, the show is just getting a preview tonight with a pair of episodes before it begins its regular run Jan. 4. Jon Barinholtz, Harried Dyer, Humphrey Ker and Michael […]

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CygnusRadio Playlist, 11-22-21

Returned to a regular radio show today, not on the radio exactly, but on the internet. Cygnus Radio.com has me on Monday afternoons and I began shakily as usual, with loud music and whisper soft patter. Tried to adjust the levels as I went along, through a long set marking the 58th anniversary of the […]

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The Magnetic Fields in Residence in D.C.

Prolific songwriter Stephin Merritt seems to respond best to creative prompts. Sixty=Nine Love Songs? Sure. A dozen songs that start with the letter I? Easy. One song representing each year of your 50-year-old life? Okay. All have been projects for his band The Magnetic Fields over the years. The latest was 30 songs each clocking […]

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Sunday TV: ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’

The CW returns to the world of reality competition as its players return to their childhood in a revival of “Legends of the Hidden Temple” (The CW, 8 p.m.), the old Nickelodeon children’s game that gives grown-ups a shot this time. Like Netflix’ “Floor is Lava,” it gives adults a chance to compete like kids. […]

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Tuesday TV: The Sinkhole by the Tar Pit

“La Brea” (NBC, 9 p.m.) may seem like too direct a metaphor for network TV: tumbling down a sinkhole. Like a lot of sci-fi tinged broadcast series begin like this: blowing its budget on special effects which in this case sends victims down a widening hole on Wilshire Boulevard. Natalie Zea is among those falling. […]

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The 2021 Fall TV Season: Fridays

Fridays have become so paltry in network programming, it’s almost not worth going through with our night-by-night look at the new fall season on broadcast TV. One of the two new titles planned has already been canceled: an ill-concieved reality show called “The Activist,” whose contestants were to be judged not by any social advances […]

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