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Jimmy Kimmel hosts virtual 72nd Emmy Awards

By Kevin McDonough Review enough television and the notion of "better" or "best" begins to blur. Is "Fargo" better than "The Crown"? Who knows, and frankly, who cares? I've watched every episode of both series. More than once. With that … more

Dazzling but violent 'Ratched' debuts on Netflix

By Kevin McDonough Beautiful, breathtaking and violent, "Ratched" debuts on Netflix. Sarah Paulson ("American Crime Story") stars in a meditation on the character of Mildred Ratched, the sadistic nurse at the center of Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over … more

A week of 'The Tonight Show' almost lost to history

By Kevin McDonough Now streaming on Peacock, "The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show" offers a memorable glance at an all-but-forgotten moment in TV history. In early 1968, "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson was five years into his … more

'Country Music Awards' broadcast from 3 locations

By Kevin McDonough Keith Urban hosts the "55th Academy of Country Music Awards" (8 p.m., CBS). For the first time, the ACM awards will be broadcast from Nashville and take place in three separate venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville's … more

Fake town halls and the myth of the undecided voter

By Kevin McDonough Pretending things are normal when conditions are extreme is delusional. California is on fire! Have a nice day. A contagious disease has claimed nearly 200,000 American lives. Let's play football! George Stephanopoulos hosts … more

'Coastal Elites' scrapes the bottom of the barrel

By Kevin McDonough "Coastal Elites" (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-MA) sets out to do the impossible. And fails spectacularly. A political satire of our COVID-ravaged times produced under the peculiar conditions of social distancing, "Elites" … more

Crude, charmless 'Duchess' debuts on Netflix

By Kevin McDonough It often takes a bad show to reveal just how difficult it can be to make a good one. There's an art to creating characters, both bad and good. And it's simply more difficult to present an obnoxious or disturbing character than … more

2020 NFL season begins, rife with uncertainies

By Kevin McDonough Let's pretend everything's "normal"! Not unlike divorcing parents putting on a show for the kids over a holiday dinner, the Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans in the opening night game (8:20 p.m., NBC) of the 2020 NFL … more

'Woke' is funny as well as thought-provoking

By Kevin McDonough Can a sitcom channel rage? If it did, would it still be a "comedy"? Those and other questions are the main subject of "Woke," an amusing comedy streaming on Hulu beginning today. Lamorne Morris stars as Keef Knight, a nice … more

'Biography: I Want My MTV' profiles a phenomenon

By Kevin McDonough A recent tweet from "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin made the rounds some weeks back, reminding the movie's fans that he had turned 40 and that they should feel old. On that note, it's well worth noting that next Aug. 1, … more

Labor Day weekend offers some musical gems

By Kevin McDonough Starz premieres "Power Book II: Ghost" (9 p.m. Sunday, Starz, TV-MA). A spin-off of its popular series "Power," set in the intersection of the music and club scene and organized crime, it picks up in the aftermath of that … more

Highly-anticipated live-action 'Mulan' debuts

By Kevin McDonough For what it's worth, today may go down in history. It marks the unusual launch of "Mulan," the epic live-action remake of the 1998 Disney cartoon. Originally scheduled for a theatrical release in late March, the film has become … more

Fresh streaming mysteries via New Zealand, Sweden

By Kevin McDonough We may be stuck at home, but we can still "travel" to other shores on our screens. Set among vivid New Zealand scenery, "The Sounds" begins streaming today on Acorn. A bright and attractive couple, Maggie (Rachelle Lefevre, … more

MTV's 'Ghosted' is both fleeting and profound

By Kevin McDonough Future historians studying our weird times might do well to pore over "Ghosted: Love Gone Missing" (9 p.m., MTV, TV-14). Combining heartbreak and social media forensics, "Ghosted" returns for a second season. Faced with a … more

TCM rescues women films, filmmakers from obscurity

By Kevin McDonough As the saying goes, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." How about women ignored for 12 decades? TCM launches "Women Make Film" (8 p.m.), a 12-week series of hourlong examinations of women filmmakers from the earliest … more

CNN offers 'After Truth': The cost of fake news

By Kevin McDonough Back in the day, most schoolchildren learned about George Washington, who could not tell a lie. It turns out, the cherry tree tale was a bit of a fable. Even that lesson in honesty was a little embroidered. "After Truth" (10 … more

Streaming services offer up many new viewing options

By Kevin McDonough Friday's movie debuts include "All Together Now," streaming on Netflix, a teen melodrama based on the book "Sorta Like a Rock Star" by Matthew Quick. Auli'i Cravalho stars as Amber Appleton, a bright, talented and immensely … more

'Madea's Farewell Play' begins streaming on BET+ app

By Kevin McDonough It's never easy to say goodbye. Particularly when you keep a social distance. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Farewell Play" was a sold-out hit in live theaters in 2019 and ran through February of this year, when it was forced to close … more

What happened to Pablo Escobar's African hippos?

By Kevin McDonough "The Hunt for Escobar's Hippos" (8 p.m., Smithsonian) is not your average animal story. I'm not saying it's the next "Tiger King," but it certainly has its weird elements. While the tale of drug lord Pablo Escobar has been … more

Netflix debuts 'Emily's Wonder Lab' for kid scientists

By Kevin McDonough Wanna let off some STEAM? Netflix debuts "Emily's Wonder Lab," a kid-friendly exposure to the laboratory hosted by professional science enthusiast Emily Calandrelli. The West Virginia native has been blending science education … more
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