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Buzzfeed partners with Netflix on 'Follow This'

By Kevin McDonough Netflix introduces "Follow This" (TV-MA), a series of 15-minute documentaries featuring the editorial staff of Buzzfeed, a popular site where old-school journalism meets the culture of viral content by generating web … more

Recent fast-breaking news prompts end to vacations

By Kevin McDonough August is supposed to be a slow news month. It's easy to forget that the just-completed "Sharknado" movie spoof franchise was inspired by summertime cable news' focus on shark attacks and approaching tropical storms. "Real" … more

'The President Show' looks back from 2030

By Kevin McDonough Nobody will accuse "The President Show" (11 p.m., Comedy Central, TV-14) of subtlety. But it transcends the mere impersonation and regurgitation of recent events so often seen on … more

'Greenleaf' begins its 3rd season with an IRS audit

By Kevin McDonough The sudsy and addictive melodrama "Greenleaf" (10 p.m., OWN, TV-14) enters a third season. The setting of a black megachurch and a dynastic religious family is just about perfect for soap opera, providing financial scandals, … more

Farm Aid 2018 airs live on AXS TV on Saturday

By Kevin McDonough Willie Nelson will host Farm Aid 2018 (7 p.m. Saturday, AXS TV), live from Hartford, Connecticut, featuring performances by Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves … more

Netflix launches slow-moving 'Disenchantment'

By Kevin McDonough Back in the 20th century, a premium network touted itself with the slogan, "It's not television, it's HBO." We're slowly arriving at a point where there's "More Netflix than television." Or "All television has moved to … more

Showtime airs film on legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd

By Kevin McDonough Showtime adds a new documentary to its classic rock collection. "Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow" (9 p.m. Saturday, TV-14) recalls the band at the center of the 1970s Southern Rock scene in a film as shaggy, informed … more

Networks join forces for annual 'Stand Up to Cancer' fundraiser

By Kevin McDonough A broadcast event since 2008, "Stand Up to Cancer" (8 p.m., ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and numerous cable outlets) returns. The live one-hour event will raise funds for new research into cancer treatments. In a show of broadcast … more

Showtime's 'Kidding' fails to live up to its potential

By Kevin McDonough Jim Carrey returns to episodic television as a sad clown. He stars in "Kidding" (10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime, TV-14) as Jeff Piccirillo, the very "Mr. Rogers"-like host of "Mr. Pickles' Puppet Time," a public television staple … more

Netflix offers entertaining dramedy 'The Good Cop'

By Kevin McDonough Sometimes people prefer meat loaf. Among the themes at Monday's Emmy ceremonies was the battle for statues between HBO and Netflix. But you really can't compare the two. If the premium cable outlet HBO were a restaurant, it … more

'Secrets of the Dead' uncovers mid-19th century mystery

By Kevin McDonough "Criminal Minds" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14) enters its 14th season with its milestone 300th episode. While "NCIS" deals in a mounting body count among Navy petty officers, "Minds" concentrates on serial killers, the sicker the … more

AMC launches bleak, hard-to-categorize 'Lodge 49'

By Kevin McDonough If you can imagine "The Big Lebowski" remade as tragedy, you're getting close to the spirit of "Lodge 49" (10:05 p.m., AMC, TV-14). This hard-to-categorize series combines off-beat … more

Viewers invited to binge on 'Legendary Locations'

By Kevin McDonough Travel Channel invites viewers to spend a lazy August Thursday discovering or revisiting "Legendary Locations" (8 a.m. to noon; 10 p.m., TV-G). Over the course of the day, this series, hosted by Josh Gates, visits remarkable … more

NBC's 'I Feel Bad' just piles one bad comedy choice on top of another

By Kevin McDonough A winner emerges on the season finale of "America's Got Talent" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG), still the most popular summer distraction. NBC hopes viewers will stick around for the preview of its new comedy "I Feel Bad" (10 p.m. and … more

Horror star turns cameras on elephants

By Kevin McDonoughWho expects a heartwarming feature from a horror movie star? Ashley Bell ("The Last Exorcism") directs and appears in "Love & Bananas" (9 p.m., Starz, TV-14), about efforts to … more

HBO documentaries have become celebrity-obsessed

By Kevin McDonough The 2018 documentary "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling" (8 p.m., HBO Signature) offers reflections on the life and influence of the television star and producer from friends and colleagues including Peter Berg, James L. … more

Why are strong, smart female TV characters punished?

By Kevin McDonough Streaming today, the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" enters its sixth season under lockdown. After ending season five with a full-blown prison riot, the action moves to … more

Tom Arnold goes in search of rumored Trump tapes

By Kevin McDonough Can a D-list second banana contribute to our civil discourse? "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes With Tom Arnold" (10:30 p.m., Viceland) follows the former "Roseanne" star as he hunts for audio and videotaped evidence of the … more

'Pink Collar Crimes' looks at unlikely criminals

By Kevin McDonough CBS introduces "Pink Collar Crimes" (8 p.m. Saturday, TV-PG), a summer replacement series that touches on several current themes. A cursory glance at the cable schedule tells us … more

When did 'Sharknado' pass from comedy to reality?

By Kevin McDonough "Shark Week" may be over, but the buildup to the sixth "Sharknado" movie is underway. Syfy airs "The Last Sharknado: It's About Time" on Sunday. Until then, viewers will have to settle for "Santa Jaws" (7 p.m., TV-14), about a … more
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