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Sitting on top of the world is an everyday occurrence for Jeff Evans. He's an expert mountaineer and medic who leads rescue parties on Mount Everest, the Himalayan peak that rises 29,029 feet above sea level. He's also the star of the six-part … more
By Kevin McDonough "American Masters" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings) profiles and celebrates TV producer Norman Lear. As someone who writes about TV, and sits on the receiving end of its publicity machinery, I am a firm believer that … more
Here's a novel idea for a sitcom. Have the wife and mom go back to work and leave the hapless husband largely in charge of the kids and let hilarity ensue. If this sounds familiar, it's because it's … more
By Kevin McDonough There are several ways to appreciate "Rats" (9 p.m. Saturday, Discovery). Directed by Morgan Spurlock and inspired by the book "Rats" by Robert Sullivan, this effort may leave you nauseated, obsessed with keeping your toilet … more
By Kevin McDonough Two variations on modern musicals dominate the night. "Great Performances" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) celebrates Broadway's hottest ticket with "Hamilton's America," and the audaciously silly and surprisingly … more
In the spirit of Halloween, Fox offers a brand-new production of the 1973 London stage musical turned 1975 cult movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again" (8 p.m., TV-14). The original appeared as a … more
By Kevin McDonough Hugh Laurie ("House") returns to medical practice in "Chance," a new thriller streaming today on Hulu. Laurie plays Dr. Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based neuropsychiatrist. The doctor and his patients are introduced as Chance … more
By Kevin McDonough "American Experience" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) enters its 28th season with "Tesla." Now acclaimed as "the patron saint of geeks," Nikola Tesla literally lit up the world. "Tesla" follows a scientist who dared to … more
By Kevin McDonough How do you continue a comedy based on a high-concept, one-note joke? The pleasant comedy "Jane the Virgin" (9 p.m., CW, TV-PG) seemed audacious when it arrived two autumns ago … more
By Kevin McDonough Irrational witch-hunts are hardly a thing of the past. That is the point of the powerful and acclaimed 2016 documentary "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four" (8 p.m. Saturday, ID). If you think the recent … more
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