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Documentaries reflect on 2 decades since 9/11

By Kevin McDonough Next month brings the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. For some, the past two decades have passed by in a blink of an eye. For others born then or since, that period has encompassed and defined their … more

Cena and Momoa: Big men on the small screen

By Kevin McDonough Are the waning days of August a good time for "Vacation Friends"? The 2021 comedy film begins streaming today on Hulu. A tale of social mortification, it stars Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji as Marcus and Emily, horrified to … more

The kids aren't alright: 'Life or Parole' on A&E

By Kevin McDonough A&E's focus on true-crime series continues with the second season premiere of "Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole" (9 p.m., TV-14). The subject explores contradictory impulses. Society needs to punish violence and homicide, … more

'American Horror Story' returns with 2 terrifying stories

By Kevin McDonough A decade can fly when you're scared half to death. It's been 10 years since "American Horror Story" debuted on FX, bringing a lurid and stylish brand of frights to cable television. Over the past decade, these tales have taken … more

'Untold: Caitlyn Jenner' recalls oft-told tale

By Kevin McDonough Call me old-fashioned; titles should mean something. There's a poetic license in naming books or films that allows for a certain fudge factor. But when TV series are brazenly mislabeled, they risk becoming ridiculous. This … more

Sandra Oh stars in academic comedy 'The Chair'

By Kevin McDonough Sandra Oh ("Killing Eve") returns to episodic television in the academic farce "The Chair," streaming on Netflix starting today. Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Oh) has been named chair of the English faculty at the fading but prestigious … more

Epix offers scary, mysterious 'Chapelwaite'

By Kevin McDonough Inspired by Stephen King's short story "Jerusalem's Lot," the new series "Chapelwaite" (9 p.m. Sunday, Epix, TV-MA) offers a lurid, gothic take on the mid-19th century. As a boy, Charles Boone (Adrien Brody) saw his father … more

A&E docuseries 'Accused: Guilty or Innocent?' returns

By Kevin McDonough Viewers can't get enough of true-crime docuseries. But will they stick around for the process of finding justice? A&E certainly hopes so. It's introducing the second season of "Accused: Guilty or Innocent?" (10 p.m., … more

Hulu's 'Nine Perfect Strangers' is truly addictive

By Kevin McDonough A melodrama shot through with tragedy that's never afraid to be ridiculous, "Nine Perfect Strangers" is addictive television. A series set at a posh wellness resort, "Nine" invites comparisons to HBO's just-completed "The White … more

Documentary 'Deal with the Devil' is riveting

By Kevin McDonough The best documentaries have the ability to inspire great scripted dramas. I would be surprised if the subject of tonight's "Untold" is not already in development. Unlike most Netflix offerings, the "Untold" sports … more

Add 'Spin' to the Disney teen musical franchise

By Kevin McDonough Disney's teen musical romance formula adds another dimension. "Spin" (8 p.m., Disney Channel, TV-PG) stars Avantika Vandanapu as Rhea Kumar, a dutiful daughter of an extended Indian American family. Rhea's sedate life … more

'Heels' sets melodrama in rural wrestling circuit

By Kevin McDonough "Heels" (9 p.m., Sunday, Starz, TV-MA) debuts, an elegiac melodrama set in an old-school, family run professional wrestling federation located in rural Georgia. The budgets are low and the arena ancient, but the stakes and … more

Hulu's 'Homeroom' captures high school life during COVID

By Kevin McDonough The 2021 documentary "Homeroom" follows the graduating class of 2020 to discuss changes to their native Oakland, California, a city beset by rising crime and homelessness as well as rising housing prices and gentrification … more

Why do celebrities pretend to be ordinary?

By Kevin McDonough The hardest role a famous actor can play is him- or herself. It's a performance that few demand or enjoy. On the new series "Family Game Fight" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG), real-life married couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard play … more

Camp classic 'Fantasy Island' gets FOX remake

By Kevin McDonough Netflix muscles into ESPN's "30 for 30" niche with "Untold," a series of sports documentaries offering a broader perspective on widely reported controversies that allows athletes to tell their side of the story. Unlike most … more

Olympics closing ceremonies air Sunday

By Kevin McDonough If they handed out Emmys for inspired titles and demented and contrived plots, I'd bestow a statue or two to "Psycho Storm Chaser" (8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime). Abby (Tara Erickson) is a dedicated nurse who is determined to ride … more

Gordon-Levitt's 'Mr. Corman' is painful to watch

By Kevin McDonough The miseries of youth never cease. Particularly when you never grow up. Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("500 Days of Summer," "Third Rock from the Sun") stars in "Mr. Corman," a dramedy streaming on Apple TV+ that he also created, wrote … more

Kevin Hart talk show begins, 'Departure' returns

By Kevin McDonough Peacock expands. Having added many viewers with its Olympic coverage, the streaming service introduces a new talk show, "Hart to Heart," featuring comedian/actor Kevin Hart. Set in what appears to be a wine cellar, Hart's chat … more

Disney showcases new talent on 'Short Circuit'

By Kevin McDonough Every television viewer with a brain has wondered why, with so much time to fill, networks don't take a flier on something ... "different." Particularly in the summer, when viewership is down and repeats are rife. The short … more

Streamed Olympics and 'live' sports coverage

By Kevin McDonough Look for highlights from men's diving, track and field and gymnastics events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (8 p.m., NBC). Highlights from the day's games can also be streamed on Peacock, NBC Universal's free streaming service. … more
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