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By Kevin McDonough Is the History Channel a library of ideas? Or an attic of old stuff? When it concerns itself with history at all, History falls very much in the "stuff" category. Ideas about history are harder to dramatize. And it's more … more
By Kevin McDonough There are good sitcoms and bad sitcoms - and then there are sitcoms that remind you why you stopped watching sitcoms. Arriving tonight as part of the four-sitcom bloc that announces CBS' return from football, "The McCarthys" … more
By Kevin McDonough Television has rarely made much room for poets and poetry. So attention must be paid to "A Poet in New York" (8 p.m., BBC America), an ambitious glance at the painful final months and weeks of the life of brilliant but … more
Proof that Halloween has become a big ordeal on the order of Christmas arrives with "The Great Halloween Fright Fight" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). Long gone are the days of merely putting a candle into a jack-o'-lantern and leaving … more
Ed Asner narrates "The Amityville Horror Murders" (9 p.m. Saturday, Reelz), a glance at Hollywood's enduring obsession with the haunted house tale. - Catherine Bell ("JAG") returns as Cassie Nightingale, the most thoroughly … more
"Constantine" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14) becomes the third DC comic book to be adapted as a series this fall. Darker than Fox's "Gotham" and far more violent than the CW's "The Flash," it follows NBC's habit of shelving ambitious … more
The DIY network goes truly old school "The Shatner Project" (10 p.m.) not only engages in the celebrity home makeover genre, but stars one of television's most enduring figures. As TV legends go, Shatner is right up there with Cloris Leachman and … more
"Ben Franklin's Balloons" on "NOVA" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) recalls a revolutionary moment in human achievement. Man's ability to leave the ground was pioneered by a pair of brothers - but they weren't … more
Perhaps humans aren't as unique as we think. "Real Apes of the Planet" (8 p.m., Animal Planet, TV-G) celebrates the 400 or more species of higher primates and explores ways that human behavior resembles those of chimps, apes, … more
By Kevin McDonough Are family ties more powerful than fate? Featuring a story resembling a fairy tale or a modern nightmare, the documentary "Twin Sisters" on "Independent Lens" (10 p.m., PBS, … more
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