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Unconventional standup comedy 'Drew Michael' debuts

By Kevin McDonough What is funny? And what is not? Jokes that amuse some might offend others or draw blank stares and produce bewilderment. The charge "That's not funny!" is often a sign of cultural, gender or generational divide. I can remember … more

Can 'Murphy Brown' find humor in #MeToo?

By Kevin McDonough "Murphy Brown" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) has its #MeToo movement. And not without some discomfort. Tonight's "Brown" is hardly the first sitcom to mine awkward humor from a lame PowerPoint human resources presentation about … more

Are you a fan of hyper-violent, gory TV shows?

By Kevin McDonough Two new series arrive, notable for their hyper-violence and gore. A sequel of sorts to "Sons of Anarchy," the FX series "Mayans M.C." (10 p.m., TV-MA) follows the fortunes of a Mexican-American motorcycle club. While there … more

'Swiped' surveys dating technology; CBS's secondhand store

By Kevin McDonough In many ways, adult society is divided into those who are dating or looking for dates and those who are settled down and safely beyond the burden of dating and desire. In the … more

MTV VMA's signal summer's waning days

By Kevin McDonoughNothing says the end of summer like the arrival of the VMAs. Except when they arrive too darned early. Normally scheduled around Labor Day, the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards (9 p.m.) … more

Hulu offers politically-charged thriller 'Safe Harbour'

By Kevin McDonough Featuring a story both personal and deeply political, the four-part thriller "Safe Harbour" arrives on Hulu via Australia. Action begins when a photogenic bunch are shown on an idle cruise between Tasmania and Indonesia. … more

Supernatural melodrama 'Manifest' brims with too many ideas

By Kevin McDonough If shows were judged by their influences, the new supernatural family melodrama "Manifest" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) would be very good indeed. In a clear nod to "Lost," arguably the … more

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' enters 13th season

By Kevin McDonough Except for reality shows and soap operas, 13 years is an eternity on television. So it's pretty remarkable that "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (10 p.m., FXX, TV-MA) is entering its 13th season. It's even been renewed for a … more

'Murphy Brown' returns to take on modern politics

By Kevin McDonough Broadcast between 1988 and 1998, the original "Murphy Brown" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) was most relevant during the first Bush presidency, offering an alternate narrative for those who feared that the Reagan era would never end. … more

NFL preseason begins with Hall of Fame Game

By Kevin McDonough The NFL returns to prime time. The Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens meet in the Hall of Fame Game (8 p.m., NBC) in Canton, Ohio, ushering in the preseason. Having come of age with television, the audience for the NFL has … more

When did Wednesday viewing options get so good?

By Kevin McDonough Mysteries deepen on "The Sinner" (10 p.m., USA, TV-MA). Ambrose (Bill Pullman) and Heather (Natalie Paul) slowly come to grips with the nature of the murder and its two victims. They encounter fierce resistance from Vera … 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 Litchfield's maximum-security wing. This … 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 that true-crime documentaries, particularly those … more

Hulu's 'Castle Rock' rolls through familiar territory

By Kevin McDonough Just as characters in Westerns and thrillers tend to be a tad suspicious when a stranger comes to town, I am instinctively suspicious of trendy new jargon. "Castle Rock," the new mystery streaming today on Hulu, has been … more

Existence of 'Miz & Mrs' a sign of the apocalypse?

By Kevin McDonough I keep telling myself it's just a show. But why does a show like "Miz & Mrs" (10 p.m., USA, TV-14) have to exist? I must heed my own advice and assure myself that the mere existence of one series is not a sign of cultural … more

Film reveals inside story of Oslo Accords negotiations

By Kevin McDonough War is easy. Diplomacy is hard. History has shown how popular and profitable it can be to engage in endless warfare. Making peace takes years, involves compromise and can even cost the lives of those associated with peace … more

PBS offers 'Betty White: First Lady of Television'

By Kevin McDonough Beginning today, PBS stations will begin the documentary "Betty White: First Lady of Television" (check local listings). Given the fundraising-driven programming free-for-all of PBS in August, "First Lady" may air on your … more

Much ado about the merry wives of Windsor

By Kevin McDonough ABC continues its fixation on the Windsors with a two night, four-hour "news" special, "The Story of the Royals" (9 p.m., TV-14), concluding tomorrow. You know we're in for some hard-hitting journalism when the network tells … more

'Charmed' reboot premieres Sunday on CW

By Kevin McDonough Is space still the place? "Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow" (9 p.m. Saturday, Discovery) examines the history of NASA and the ways its exploration of outer space has increased our understanding of our place in the … more

Netflix offers highly protested, dreadful 'Insatiable'

By Kevin McDonough Agatha Christie fans are in luck. Amazon Prime will be streaming a series of whodunits from the BBC, beginning today with "Ordeal by Innocence," which aired to critical acclaim in the United Kingdom in April. While many of … more
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