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Warren Jeffs: Multiple wives and two cable shows
By Kevin McDonough A&E turns its focus to fringe religious sects in February. "Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil" (9 p.m., TV-14) revisits the leader of a breakaway polygamous branch of Mormonism …
2/19/18 06:00 AM
Syfy's 'Krypton' concocts confusing new storyline
By Kevin McDonough How do you approach a series like "Krypton" (10 p.m., Syfy, TV-14)? One of the better aspects to the "Superman" comic is its neat and tidy origin tale. Why dig deeper into the legend of his doomed planet and make up stuff about …
3/21/18 06:00 AM
Two special ops dramas fade away
By Kevin McDonough Two series, "The Brave" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14) and "Valor" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14), wrap up their low-rated first seasons tonight. The ratings website tvbythenumbers.com considers …
1/29/18 06:00 AM
A whole lot of drama on 'The Secret Life of Kids'
By Kevin McDonough Talk about drama! Grown-ups have no monopoly on feelings of love, jealousy, rejection, friendship and peer pressure. The new six-part documentary "The Secret Life of Kids" (9 p.m., USA, TV-PG) goes full surveillance on a …
3/16/18 06:00 AM
New police procedural 'Instinct' lacks chemistry
By Kevin McDonough Is "Instinct" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14) a new project for Alan Cumming? Or the umpteenth adaptation of a James Patterson thriller? Cumming stars as a Dr. Dylan Reinhart, first seen as a comfortable, tweed-clad professor of …
3/16/18 06:00 AM
Netflix launches futuristic thriller 'Altered Carbon'
By Kevin McDonough Fans of a gloomy dystopian future have much to celebrate! Netflix debuts "Altered Carbon" (TV-MA), a head-scratcher with more than a few nods to "Blade Runner." Based on a 2002 novel by Richard K. Morgan, "Carbon" takes …
2/2/18 06:00 AM
Ready to be conned into a 2nd season of 'Imposters'?
By Kevin McDonough "Imposters" (10 p.m., Bravo, TV-14) returns for a second season. Though it's not entirely clear if the stylish high-concept series ran out of story sometime during the first. It offers a great showcase for Inbar Lavi …
4/5/18 06:00 AM
ABC launches new sitcoms with familiar faces
By Kevin McDonough Several familiar faces arrive in new series. Zach Braff ("Scrubs") stars in the title role of "Alex, Inc." (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). A storyteller for a NPR-ish radio network, Alex grows tired of corporate restrictions and …
3/28/18 06:00 AM
Have a box of tissue on hand for 'We'll Meet Again'
By Kevin McDonough I'm mystified that anybody watches morning television. Particularly those hyperactive series disguised as "news." Filled with chipper chatter, repetitive reports read by pretty people wearing way too much makeup, fake …
1/23/18 06:00 AM
'Versace' returns to the roots of Cunanan's troubles
By Kevin McDonough The sins of the father emerge in the powerful penultimate episode of "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA). This emotionally draining series has unfolded one flashback at a time, …
3/14/18 06:00 AM
After 21-year hiatus, 'Roseanne' returns for 10th season
By Kevin McDonough The "new" tenth season of "Roseanne" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) pretty much asks viewers to forget everything that happened in the ninth season. And that's not hard to do, since it was broadcast in 1996-7. Not unlike Netflix's …
3/27/18 06:00 AM
'Simone Biles Story' is reminiscent of an after-school special
By Kevin McDonough Lifetime offers inspirational sports drama "The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar" (8 p.m. Saturday). It's a good reminder that people don't watch Lifetime for the uplift. Based on the Olympian's memoir, "Soar" emphasizes …
2/2/18 06:00 AM
Compelling 'Waco' explores characters behind tragedy
By Kevin McDonough The Paramount Network continues its reboot (or rebrand), shifting away from its former Spike identity with the six-part series "Waco" (10 p.m., TV-14). A multiple-character study within a tragedy, "Waco" airs 25 years after the …
1/24/18 06:00 AM
How will cord cutters watch the Winter Olympics?
By Kevin McDonough Coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics (8 p.m., NBC, NBCSN) begins in earnest. Look for men's figure skating and freestyle skiing events taking place the night before Friday's opening ceremonies. Over on NBCSN, there's curling, …
2/8/18 06:00 AM
'Grace and Frankie' returns with Kudrow added to cast
By Kevin McDonough Good news: Lisa Kudrow returns to episodic comedy. Bad news: She's returning in the fourth season of the Netflix series "Grace and Frankie" (TV-MA). Kudrow plays Sheree, Grace's (Jane Fonda) manicurist-turned-tenant. Her …
1/19/18 06:00 AM
'Unsolved' takes on Biggie, Tupac murders
By Kevin McDonough "Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G." (10 p.m., USA, TV-MA) offers an extended scripted take on the unsolved murders of two influential rappers some 20 years ago. Directed by Anthony Hemingway, who worked …
2/27/18 06:00 AM
Science presents a three-hour history of Silicon Valley
By Kevin McDonoughWhat do we remember or revere? When we talk about the past or history with a capital "H," we're almost always talking about military or political history, the spirit of '76, or the …
3/19/18 06:00 AM
Did Netflix buy TV's future or overpay for its past?
By Kevin McDonough A Valentine's Day proposal backfires in all of the worst ways on "9-1-1" (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14). This emergency procedural sports one of the most impressive casts on network TV, with Angela Bassett ("What's Love Got to Do With …
2/22/18 06:00 AM
Has 'The Good Doctor' met its match in 'Good Girls'?
By Kevin McDonough Television ratings are often about showing us the goods. Last Monday shaped up to be a battle between the "Goods," pitting ABC's "The Good Doctor," the breakout freshman show …
3/5/18 06:00 AM
Daniels shines as complicated hero in 'Looming Tower'
By Kevin McDonough Fact is greater than fiction. And recent history has provided the stuff of some of the best scripted drama of recent years. Today, Hulu will begin streaming "The Looming Tower." Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by …
2/28/18 06:00 AM
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