Category Archives: Winter Press Tour 2019

Saturday TV: Swashbuckling All Day

A dozen Errol Flynn movies seems right for a late summer Saturday. It starts today on Turner Classic Movies with “Footsteps in the Dark” (6 a.m.), “Northern Pursuit” (8 a.m.), “The Master of Ballantrae” (10 a.m.), “The Sea Hawk” (11:45 a.m.), “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (2 p.m.), “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” […]

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Don’t Miss Terrific ‘Perpetual Grace LTD’

Whenever people ask for a TV recommendation, I have always offered “The Patriot” (Amazon Prime, streaming), Steve Conrad’s quirky, low key but effective European spy thriller that has had a couple of seasons (still online, go to it!) and is awaiting a green light for a third. In the meantime, Conrad takes his same sensibilities, […]

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Embodying the Dazzle of ‘Fosse / Verdon’

Gorgeous-looking, high-end limited series with top stars doing Emmy-worthy work depicting in many cases real people has usually been under the aegis of Ryan Murphy at FX. But with Murphy moving to Netflix with his impending projects, the network with so many impressive original shows has turned to some of the top names in musical […]

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Also Tonight: Revisiting Reconstruction

One of the most important, but least told aspects of American history, is that of the time that came immediately after the Civil War. Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s latest history project, “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) seeks to provide a better context for a time “when black people […]

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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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