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Toni Braxton portrays a hero in 'Faith Under Fire'

By Kevin McDonough Is seven-time Grammy winner Toni Braxton Emmy-bound? She stars in the riveting 2018 true-life drama "Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story" (8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lifetime, TV-14). In 2013, Tuff - a school … more

Seafood scandals explored on 'Oceans of Crime'

By Kevin McDonough Is there something fishy about the low price of seafood? "Oceans of Crime" (8 p.m. Saturday, CNBC) explores the frighteningly unregulated world of the international fishing industry, reporting that 90 percent of the seafood … more

'Britannia' launches on Amazon Prime

By Kevin McDonough To the Dark Ages we descend. The streaming service Amazon Prime launches "Britannia" (TV-14), an epic nine-part historical drama set in Britain in the year 43 A.D. David Morrissey ("The Walking Dead") plays Roman leader … more

Hargitay offers 'Evidence' of nationwide scandal

By Kevin McDonough Mariska Hargitay knows she's not a cop. She just plays one on TV. But her role as Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: SVU" has brought her in contact with thousands of … more

'The Gilded Age' will strike many as familiar

By Kevin McDonough Imagine an America where a tiny sliver of ultra-rich people controls more wealth than everybody else. Where rapid economic technological change leaves millions wondering what happened to the America of their youth. Where … more

'How to Get Away With Murder' wraps up 4th season

By Kevin McDonough The 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament begins in earnest. Or at least in prime time. Look for Davidson vs. Kentucky (7 p.m., CBS); San Diego State vs. Houston (7:15 p.m., TBS); Buffalo vs. Arizona (9:30 p.m., CBS) and Montana vs. … more

Omarosa goes from the White House to 'Big Brother: Celebrity Edition' house

By Kevin McDonough It had to happen. When reality star sidekicks become White House "advisers," one of them is going to end up on "Big Brother: Celebrity Edition" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14). Omarose Onee Manigault-Newman, dubbed "Omarosa" for … more

Weekend offers several Easter viewing options

By Kevin McDonough Nothing exceeds like excess, particularly when everything and everybody is for sale. That is the moral of the true-life documentary "Operation Odessa" (9 p.m. Saturday, Showtime, TV-MA). Only the fact that "Odessa" is based on … more

'Dangerous Book for Boys' now streaming on Amazon Prime

By Kevin McDonough Produced by Bryan Cranston, "The Dangerous Book for Boys" begins streaming today on Amazon Prime. A best seller when published in 2006, "Dangerous" offered boys "from 8 to 80" a how-to guide to adventure and manly know-how, … more

'Frontline' begins Oscars weekend on a sour note with 'Weinstein'

By Kevin McDonough "Frontline" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) opens Oscars weekend on a sour note. "Weinstein" offers a definitive look at Hollywood mogul and power broker Harvey Weinstein, who was alleged to have used his considerable … more

Can documentary bring Elvis the respect he deserves?

By Kevin McDonough HBO presents "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" (8 p.m., Saturday, TV-PG), an epic documentary reappraisal of the King. Dead more than 40 years now, Presley has fallen into rather well-calcified myths, many of them negative and … more

NBC's 'Rise' continues to be grim, unsatisfactory

By Kevin McDonough So I'm watching the second episode of "Rise" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14) and waiting for somebody to crack a smile. It's a long wait. I wasn't looking for a belly laugh or a goofy guffaw. Just one brief respite from an onslaught of … more

This year's Oscar goes to ... find out Sunday

By Kevin McDonough TCM concludes its month-long countdown to the Academy Awards with a day of Best Picture nominees and winners, including the 1982 epic "Gandhi" (8 p.m. Saturday), directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Ben Kingsley as the … more

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 … more

NBC's 'A.P. Bio' fails miserably at being a comedy

By Kevin McDonough Proof that sometimes dreadful failures are more interesting than good shows, "A.P. Bio" (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14) debuts. Produced by "Saturday Night Live" talent including Seth Meyers, Mike O'Brien and Lorne Michaels, "Bio" … more

New thriller 'The Crossing' hits many hot buttons

By Kevin McDonough There's a lot of weird television washing up on shore. Seems like just yesterday that Freeform debuted "Siren," about a small town beset with a mermaid mystery. Now its corporate … more

Looking back at 'The Bombing of Wall Street' on PBS

By Kevin McDonough Winter may seem pretty while watching the Olympics, but for those of us still shoveling snow, it's getting decidedly old. So, it's smart of HGTV to schedule a "Fixer-Upper" (9 p.m., TV-G) in mid-February dedicated to … more
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