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Cancellation of ABC's 'Quantico' fits a pattern
By Kevin McDonough Don't go looking for "Quantico" anymore. Only a few weeks into its third season, the spy thriller was abruptly yanked by ABC. Look for the summer season "news" distraction "What Would You Do?" (10 p.m.) to air in its …
5/17/18 06:00 AM
Hugh Grant is exceptional in 'A Very English Scandal'
By Kevin McDonough Hugh Grant feasts on the role of a heartless cad in "A Very English Scandal" (TV-14), now streaming on Amazon Prime. Based on a real story, it stars Grant as Jeremy Thorpe, a powerful member of the U.K. Parliament who, in …
6/29/18 06:00 AM
Banderas becomes Picasso for new season of 'Genius'
By Kevin McDonough Some words are so overused and misused, they set my teeth on edge. "Surreal" tops my list. It seems everything out of the ordinary is now likened to an early-20th-century art movement. Particularly in sports commentary. As in, …
4/24/18 06:00 AM
Weekend offers an eclectic mix of viewing options
By Kevin McDonough Starz premieres the 2017 legal drama "Roman J. Israel, Esq." (8 p.m. Saturday). A film-festival favorite with a fairly limited theatrical release, "Israel" gained attention when star Denzel Washington was nominated for a Best …
6/29/18 06:00 AM
Meredith Vieira hosts 'Royal Wedding Watch'
By Kevin McDonough This week, television shifts to royal wedding overdrive. Or is that overkill? PBS hopes it can lure viewers with five hours of "Royal Wedding Watch" (10 p.m., TV-PG, check local …
5/14/18 06:00 AM
ABC bids farewell to political thriller 'Scandal'
By Kevin McDonough ABC's Shondaverse will shrink before it disappears. "Scandal" (10 p.m., TV-14) wraps up its seventh and last season with an episode written by creator Shonda Rhimes. Coverage of all things "Scandal" begins on ABC with "Good …
4/19/18 06:00 AM
Sheldon attempts to end a family feud on 'Big Bang'
By Kevin McDonough Sitcoms have never been about consistency or character development. Time was, folks would simply disappear or end up getting played by another actor, as in the two Darrins from "Bewitched," a situation lampooned when a second …
5/3/18 06:00 AM
'Handmaid's Tale' returns with relentless brutality
By Kevin McDonough Blessed be? Streaming on Hulu, "The Handmaid's Tale" was among the most acclaimed TV series of 2017. While some saw it as an allegory for contemporary politics and the MeToo movement, the series hewed pretty closely to the 1985 …
4/25/18 06:00 AM
PBS film looks at dark chapter in American history
Who gets to be an American? A hot-button issue in 2018, that question has been part of the national debate since the early days of the republic. Directed by Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu, the two-hour documentary "The Chinese …
By Kevin McDonough
5/29/18 06:00 AM
Problem-filled 'Marlon' returns for 2nd season
By Kevin McDonough Now entering its second season, NBC's "Marlon" (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., TV-PG) is said to be loosely based on Marlon Wayans' own life. That's often a bad sign, but it's not the only problem with this strained sitcom. Wayans …
6/14/18 06:00 AM
Do themes of 'Fahrenheit 451' echo in digital world?
By Kevin McDonough Does "Fahrenheit 451" (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-14) still matter in a post-print world? Does the title even make sense? While the original Ray Bradbury novel was named after the temperature at which paper ignites, the …
5/18/18 06:00 AM
The brilliant mind behind Lamarr's beautiful face
By Kevin McDonough Is beauty a burden? Celebrity a distraction? "American Masters" presents "Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings), a profile of one of the most beautiful movie stars from Hollywood's Golden …
5/18/18 06:00 AM
Netflix offers Australian political thriller 'Secret City'
By Kevin McDonough If you think every day brings a new series, you'd be wrong. It's more like two new series a day. At least. Netflix begins streaming "Secret City" (TV-MA), an ambitious new political thriller from Australia featuring an …
6/26/18 06:00 AM
Audience Network's 'Condor' updates classic thriller
By Kevin McDonough As "television" changes, introducing new series often means explaining how, when and even where to watch them. The Audience Network, originally exclusive to DirecTV and now owned by AT&T and available on select cable services, …
6/6/18 06:00 AM
'Big Brother' adds a few new twists as 18th season begins
By Kevin McDonough Can you turn 18 and never grow up? "Big Brother" (8 p.m., CBS) begins another summer of incarceration. The series debuted on July 5, 2000, meaning that this spring's high school graduates have never known a world without it. To …
6/27/18 06:00 AM
Backfield in motion: Roseanne and the NFL
By Kevin McDonough What a difference a week makes. Tonight's ABC schedule reflects the first Tuesday of the network's post-"Roseanne" reality. So much has been written about her firing that I, like many, have no desire to read, never mind write, …
6/5/18 06:00 AM
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