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PBS, HBO both offer powerful documentaries

By Kevin McDonough A life unraveled emerges in diary entries and interviews in the documentary "God Knows Where I Am" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings). The film's title can be stated and … more

HDNet Movies offers marathon of Madonna's movies

By Kevin McDonough The Material Girl turns 60 today. To celebrate Madonna's big day, HDNet Movies will air five of her films, including "Shanghai Surprise" (4 p.m.); "Who's That Girl" (5:40 p.m.); "Body of Evidence" (7:15 p.m.); "Dangerous Game" … more

Real life is always weirder than the wildest satire

By Kevin McDonough Now in its second week, Sacha Baron Cohen's "Who Is America?" (10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime, TV-MA) is the comic prankster's first series in 10 years. Despite the passage of time, it adds little to the "Borat" and "Da Ali G Show" … more

Spock 2.0 hosts History's reboot of 'In Search Of'

By Kevin McDonough Pop culture has become an unending yard sale, a thrift store of old products where programmers get "new" ideas. But some reboots are more rebooted than others. History launches "In Search Of" (10 p.m., TV-14), a revival of the … more

Weekend programming offers something for everyone

By Kevin McDonough This has been an interesting spring and summer for fans of "The Office." First, we had to imagine the lovable Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) as a miserable woman trapped in a mortgage with her man-child husband (Oliver Hudson, … more

Guilty pleasure 'Nashville' comes to an end

By Kevin McDonough "Nashville" (9 p.m., CMT, TV-PG) wraps up its sixth and final season tonight. Beloved by some and yet bounced around the dial, "Nashville" is basically the very definition of a show that lasted a season or three too long. I'm … more

A celebration of regional chefs with 'Bite Club'

By Kevin McDonough A cooking competition and a glance at regional cuisines, "Bite Club" (9 p.m., Food, TV-G) unfolds over six episodes, each set in a different city. In every hour, five local chefs meet on neutral ground. A quick competition … more

'American Masters' kicks off celebration of artists

By Kevin McDonough "American Masters" dedicates the next two weeks to American artists, airing four documentaries on Friday nights from tonight to Sept. 14. They include a portrait of painter and printmaker Elizabeth Murray (Sept. 7), featuring … more

Labor Day: All but banished from television

By Kevin McDonough Once again, Labor Day arrives as television's least recognized national holiday. Christmas has traditionally received a months-long buildup, and Halloween inspires almost as much … more

NBC offers craft competition series 'Making It'

By Kevin McDonough The new craft competition series "Making It" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) won't reinvent the DIY genre. But it offers a glance at the blending of reality television and comedy. Among the latest of such hybrids, Netflix's "Nailed … more

'Flight of the Conchords' offers silly, ridiculous humor

By Kevin McDonough We need more silly humor in our lives. And few performers put the accent on the ridiculous better than New Zealand comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, who return for the concert special "Flight of the Conchords: Live … more

'Frontline' special 'Trump's Showdown' airs on PBS

By Kevin McDonough As any moviegoer knows, a thriller must have a hero and a bad guy, a back story and significant stakes. The ending has yet to be written for "Trump's Showdown," a two-hour "Frontline" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) … more

Hulu launches movie-a-month horror anthology

By Kevin McDonough Hulu launches the horror anthology series "Into the Dark." Every month for a full year, the service will stream a new movie-length episode, beginning today with the Halloween-themed "The Body." Seamlessly blending horror and … more

Ambrose takes on a new mystery as 'Sinner' returns

By Kevin McDonough "The Sinner" (10 p.m., USA, TV-MA) returns with a whole new mystery. Like last summer's installment, we pretty much know who committed the crime. We just don't really know why the killer did it. Or who he really is. Or for that … more

National Geographic documents 'Yellowstone Live'

By Kevin McDonough From the time of Ed Sullivan, Sunday nights have been the home of the "really big show." Series don't come bigger or more ambitious than "Yellowstone Live" (9 p.m., National Geographic). A crew of 200 professionals and 34 … more

Discovery, Netflix both stick to tried, true formula

By Kevin McDonough When does formula become parody? "Mad Dog Made" (10 p.m., TV-PG) represents the latest in the Discovery network's slate of super-duper tough guy programming. Its subject and titular star adheres so closely to the network's … more

'American Experience' recalls 'The Circus'

By Kevin McDonough We are so awash in "entertainment" that we don't even notice its impact. Years back, critics and parents worried about people watching "the boob tube" eight hours a day. Now … more

Will 'Kids' effectively capture 1970s big family life?

By Kevin McDonough Growing up in a crowded house with four brothers, two sisters, two parents, one grandmother and a single bathroom, I can say we all watched a lot of TV. And we all agreed that the family life depicted on television bore no … more
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