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Tiffany Haddish hosts MTV Awards; 'The Proposal' premieres

By Kevin McDonough Comedian of the moment Tiffany Haddish hosts the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards (9 p.m., MTV, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV2, TVLand, VH1). "Black Panther" leads all movies with seven … more

'Man in an Orange Shirt' is thoughtful film with heart

By Kevin McDonough A romance laced with tragedy, the "Masterpiece" presentation "Man in an Orange Shirt" (9 p.m. Sunday, PBS, TV-14, check local listings) follows two relationships separated by 60 years. The film was released last year in the … more

Syfy's '12 Monkeys' begins its fourth, final season

By Kevin McDonough For a Friday night in June, there is an abundance of new, returning and revived series to consider. - Based on a 1995 movie of the same name that was in turn based on "La Jetee," a 28-minute 1962 French language film, "12 … more

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 … more

Ramsay rescues restaurants (on a deadline)

By Kevin McDonough Don't mess with success. That seems to be the strategy of network reality series. But how do you define success? "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) offers a few new elements to his … more

Are you a true crime fanatic? 'Last Defense' is for you

By Kevin McDonough True crime buffs are in luck. If you've already binged on Netflix's revival of "The Staircase," check out "The Last Defense" (10 p.m., ABC). Produced by Viola Davis ("How to Get Away With Murder) and Julius Tennon, the … more

A&E shares David Cassidy's final days

By Kevin McDonough Come on, get (un)happy! Proving once again that celebrity and morbidity mix in all the worst ways, "Biography" presents "David Cassidy: The Last Session" (9 p.m., A&E, TV-14) … more

How much does Broadway matter to TV viewers?

By Kevin McDonough Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban host the 72nd Annual Tony Awards (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS), celebrating the best of Broadway over the past year. Both have been nominated for recent Tonys, Bareilles for the score to "Waitress" and … more

Netflix revives, updates riveting 'The Staircase'

By Kevin McDonough Your summer binge has arrived. With a revised and updated version of "The Staircase" (TV-MA), Netflix taps into two TV trends. We live in an era when everything that has aired must be rebooted. We've also seen an abundance … more

Marvel's TV presence grows with 'Cloak & Dagger'

By Kevin McDonough Any time "To Tell the Truth" (10 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) airs in prime time is a good excuse to check out something new. "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger" (8 p.m. and 9:03 p.m., Freeform, TV-14) has two good-looking stars and a … more

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, … more

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, … more

Angry, funny 'Dietland' debuts on AMC

By Kevin McDonough Can a show be subversive and funny too? "Dietland" (9 p.m., AMC, TV-14) is an adaptation of Sarai Walker's 2015 novel, a strange, darkly comedic odyssey from self-loathing to … more

J.K. Rowling detective series arrives on Cinemax

By Kevin McDonough Cinemax imports the British detective miniseries "C.B. Strike" (10 p.m., TV-MA), based on a series of crime novels by Robert Galbraith. Who is he? In a move right out of "Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition," best-selling … more

'Pose' is the worst new show you can't stop watching

By Kevin McDonough It's hard to stand out in a world with 800 new series debuting every year. How do you get noticed? Is it better to make the best show of the year? Or the worst? Or in the case of "Pose" (9 p.m. Sunday, FX, TV-MA), a little bit … more

Viewing options consist of more than just basketball

By Kevin McDonough A special edition of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (8 p.m. ABC, TV-14) precedes "NBA Countdown" (8:30 p.m.) and Game 1 of the NBA Finals (9 p.m.). Networks have countered the big game with repeats of the season premieres of summer … more

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 … more

Memorial Day salute to McCain

By Kevin McDonoughProfile, tribute and premature obituary, "John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls" (8 p.m., HBO, TV-14) documents the six-term Arizona senator's life and career as well as his more … more

Weekend offerings explore memories, memorials

By Kevin McDonough Are we shaped by our actions? Or our memories? Are identities forged by what we choose to remember? Or forget? A meditation on the nature of recollection and storytelling, "The Tale" (10 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-MA) stars Laura … more

'Phenoms' brings world soccer stars to network TV

By Kevin McDonough Are American TV viewers ready to embrace soccer? Or football, as it is called around the world? Fox certainly hopes so. It dedicates five hours over the next three Friday evenings to "Phenoms" (8 p.m. and 9 p.m.), profiling the … more
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