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By Kevin McDonough Catering to television viewers is a difficult business. But one thing is certain: We just can't get enough murder. Whether we watch grim true-crime docuseries, formulaic procedurals or "cozy" bloodless whodunits set in … more
By Kevin McDonough Few stories generate more news coverage, viewer obsession and social media memes than those of missing-person cases. Every year more than 600,000 people go missing. Many are children who are the subject of custody battles or … more
By Kevin McDonough Facing a fall television schedule unlike any we've seen, it's comforting to note that "The Simpsons" (8 p.m., Sunday, Fox, TV-14) is back. For its 35th season, no less. In the season premiere, "Homer's Crossing," the … more
By Kevin McDonough Tales of grift and graft are often so complex that it's almost a relief when we hear about brazen corruption. I'm not talking about the recent allegations against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez involving gold bars and pockets … more
By Kevin McDonough Proof that even the silliest show can be significant, "The Golden Bachelor" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) arrives. For some time now, it's been very apparent that the audience for network television has gotten older, and now consists … more
By Kevin McDonough Executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and the creators of "Vanderpump Rules," the new Hulu series "Love in Fairhope" may be the addictive hybrid series you didn't know you craved. It seems to answer the unasked question: What … more
By Kevin McDonough What a difference a strike makes. Seems only yesterday that ABC consigned "Dancing with the Stars" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) to the Disney+ streaming app. But with a paucity of original scripted programming to air, the dancing … more
Given all the repeats necessitated by Hollywood strikes, Fox is in the fortunate position of having saved an original cartoon for its fall schedule. Set in ancient Greece - or some snide cartoon approximation of the classical world - "Krapopolis" (8 … more
WWE's popular television show, "Friday Night Smackdown," will be moving from Fox to USA Network next year under a new five-year domestic media rights partnership with NBCUniversal. "Smackdown," a weekly two-hour live program that features … more
Peacock streams the three-part miniseries "The Continental: From the World of John Wick." Actually, the first two episodes unfold today, and the third arrives on Oct. 6. Set in the 1970s, this prequel does not star Keanu Reeves but imagines how … more
By Kevin McDonough Max introduces the 12-episode animated family comedy "Young Love." A spinoff of the Oscar-winning 2019 short "Hair Love," it follows two youngish Chicago parents and their daughter as they face life and career … more
By Kevin McDonough Now in its 12th season, "American Horror Story" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA) has been giving audiences the creeps since 2011. Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, "AHS" has traveled from haunted houses to nunneries, freak shows, … more
By Kevin McDonough Netflix streams the 2023 documentary profile "The Saint of Second Chances." Co-directed by Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville ("20 Feet From Stardom") and Jeff Malmberg ("Marwencol"), it profiles Mike Veeck, the son of Hall of … more
By Kevin McDonough The recently syndicated news magazine "48 Hours" (Saturday, CBS) enters its 37th season with reports on well-covered true-crime stories. "The Gilgo Beach Serial Killings" (9 p.m.) profiles Rex Heuermann, accused of killing … more
By Kevin McDonough Prime Video imports the British drama "Wilderness." Based on a novel by B.E. Jones, it stars Jenna Coleman ("Doctor Who," "Victoria") and Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Liv and Will, impossibly good-looking wealthy types. The pilot … more
By Kevin McDonough Good lord, it's come to this. And it's only going to get worse. "Buddy Games" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) offers the summer camp fun-and-games vibes of "Survivor" without leaving camp. Actor Josh Duhamel hosts "Games," a series … more
By Kevin McDonough A workplace saga that turns into a psychological thriller with ominous overtones, "The Other Black Girl" begins streaming on Hulu. Set in a starchy firm called Wagner Books, "Other" stars Sinclair Daniel as Nella, an … more
By Kevin McDonough The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (8 p.m., MTV, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount, VH1) air once again. Highlights include the presentation of the Video Vanguard Award to international star Shakira, a staple of … more
By Kevin McDonough Apple TV+ streams "The Changeling," a contemporary fairy tale with horror overtones based on the book by Victor LaValle. The best horror tales sneak up on you and invest the ordinary with the strange and unsettling, just … more
By Kevin McDonough Do we watch television for escapism, or just to confirm our internalized dread? Time was, I marveled at the makers of "Lost" for offering viewers a tropical island retreat as a setting for their cosmic head-scratcher. The gang … more
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