Category Archives: Winter Press Tour 2018

Channeling Troubled Donny Hathaway

There’s a transcendent moment in “Twisted Melodies,” the one-man Donny Hathaway show by Kelvin Roston Jr. at Mosaic Theater Company, in which the audience and performer are one, singing and clapping to “The Ghetto,” under his direction, and getting a groove on. Already Roston’s Hathaway has broken the fourth wall and recognized the audience surrounding him […]

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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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The Jayhawks Get Twangy

Talk about rainy day music. The last licks of Hurricane Michael were blowing rain into Virginia the soaking night of the Jayhawks’ return to The Birchmere. And it was the band’s 15 year old album Rainy Day Music that dominated the generous 24-song show. Not just because it contains a lot of the band’s strongest […]

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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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