Category Archives: What’s On TV

Friday TV: Elisabeth Moss in ‘Shining Girl’

The latest series starring Elisabeth Moss, “Shining Girl” (Apple TV+, streaming) is based on a 2013 novel about a reporter assaulted by what turns out to be a time-traveling serial killer. Jamie Bell, Wagner Moura and Amy Brenneman also star.  There would seem little reason to remake a perfect little comedy like “Call Your Agent!” […]

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Thursday TV: ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

Jon Krakauer’s Mormon crime classic “Under the Banner of Heaven” (Hulu, streaming) can’t be easy to adapt into a new series. But with Andrew Garfield on board as a detective torn between his religion and a bloody polygamist murder, and Daisy Edgar-Jones as an alluring victim, It has a lot going for it. The 50th […]

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Wednesday TV: The Boxer from Auschwitz

HBO marks Holocaust Day of Remembrance with a powerful new Barry Levinson film about a Polish man who survived Auschwitz by participating in cruel boxing matches held for the enjoyment of Nazi jailers and is haunted by the past each time he returns to the ring after the war, his only hope being to use […]

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Tuesday TV: Songs of Holocaust Survivors

A group of singer songwriters met up with Holocaust survivors in the Hudson Valley to help share their stories and possibly help their healing through song, culminating in an emotional concert. It’s captured in the documentary special “We Remember: Songs of Survivors” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings). It may provide a feel good moment […]

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Monday TV: A Return to Baltimore’s Police

The legacy of “The Wire” only seems to have grown in the 12 years since its final episode. Its excellence in depicting the police and dealers in Baltimore’s never-ending war on drugs continues in the new six-episode “We Own This City” (HBO, 9 p.m.) from David Simon and George Pelacanos, based on Justin Fenton’s book […]

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Sunday TV: Another Man Falls to Earth

There would seem no reason to remake a movie so well associated with David Bowie, but the smartly-written new series version of “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) has plenty of its own charm, thanks largely to the total commitment of Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role and nearly as good work […]

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Saturday TV: Bogdanovich’s ‘Saint Jack’

Turner Classic Movies’ two-night salute to Peter Bogdanavich, who died in January at 82 concludes with the little seen “Saint Jack” (8 p.m.), starring Ben Gazzara as an American pimp in Saigon, based on a novel by Paul Theroux. The book had been suggested to Bogdanovich and his girlfriend Cybill Shepherd by Orson Welles; the […]

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Friday TV: Foy in ‘A Very British Scandal’

Having played Queen Elizabeth on “The Crown,” Claire Foy plays a lesser royal — Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, an icy gold-digging socialite who snared the odious Ian Campbell, Duke of Argyll (Paul Bettany) in order to snare his estate. It all fell apart and was all over the British tabloids in the early 1960s. […]

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Thursday TV: ‘The Flight Attendant’ is Back

Kaley Cuoco returns for the second season of “The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max, streaming). The former stewardess is living in Los Angeles, where she is a part time CIA asset. But witnessing a murder leads her into another caper in a season shot in Berlin and Reykjavik. It begins with two episodes, with new episode […]

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Tuesday TV: How Big Oil Thwarted Action

A sprawling and deeply-researched new three-part report on “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) concentrates on the fossil fuel industry and their efforts to bury proof of its role in delaying and preventing action on climate change in the past 40 years. A natural for Earth Day, it also comes at a time when […]

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