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Tom Arnold goes in search of rumored Trump tapes

By Kevin McDonough Can a D-list second banana contribute to our civil discourse? "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes With Tom Arnold" (10:30 p.m., Viceland) follows the former "Roseanne" star as he hunts for audio and videotaped evidence of the … more

Although an epic effort, 'The First' is incredibly boring

By Kevin McDonough For a series about a trip to Mars, "The First" sure takes its sweet time. Streaming today on Hulu, this British-American co-production sure looks like a million, make that a billion, bucks. Unfortunately, the pilot episode … more

Will a 'Saturday Night Live' makeover boost Emmys?

Editor's Note: TV Highlights will return Tuesday. By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) - Excited about Monday's 70th Emmy Awards? Probably not. That's an educated guess based on shrinking interest in entertainment's … 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

New season of 'American Horror Story' arrives as 'Castle Rock' concludes

By Kevin McDonough It's the end of the world as we've never seen it. Or something. "American Horror Story: Apocalypse" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA) debuts. While many series arrive heavily promoted, "Apocalypse" remains a fairly guarded secret. As of … more

New network season resembles game of musical chairs

By Kevin McDonough Nobody kicks off a new season touting modest expectations. Not in so many words, at least. But a network preview titled "Brooklyn Nine-Nine Presents NBC 2018" (10 p.m., TV-PG) projects an air of understatement. But how do … 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

Networks join forces for annual 'Stand Up to Cancer' fundraiser

By Kevin McDonough A broadcast event since 2008, "Stand Up to Cancer" (8 p.m., ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and numerous cable outlets) returns. The live one-hour event will raise funds for new research into cancer treatments. In a show of broadcast … more

Showtime's 'Kidding' fails to live up to its potential

By Kevin McDonough Jim Carrey returns to episodic television as a sad clown. He stars in "Kidding" (10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime, TV-14) as Jeff Piccirillo, the very "Mr. Rogers"-like host of "Mr. Pickles' Puppet Time," a public television staple … 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

'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

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

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

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

'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

Streaming subscription service offerings continue to grow

By Kevin McDonough CBS All Access begins streaming "One Dollar" (TV-MA), a grim crime drama with a narrative hook. Set in a Rust Belt town that the economy forgot, "Dollar" relates the aftermath of a brutal killing by literally following the … more

Recent fast-breaking news prompts end to vacations

By Kevin McDonough August is supposed to be a slow news month. It's easy to forget that the just-completed "Sharknado" movie spoof franchise was inspired by summertime cable news' focus on shark attacks and approaching tropical storms. "Real" … more

'Greenleaf' begins its 3rd season with an IRS audit

By Kevin McDonough The sudsy and addictive melodrama "Greenleaf" (10 p.m., OWN, TV-14) enters a third season. The setting of a black megachurch and a dynastic religious family is just about perfect for soap opera, providing financial scandals, … more

'The JT LeRoy Story' reveals an author's longtime deceit

By Kevin McDonough Fans of literary hoaxes and assumed identities should not miss the 2016 documentary "Author: The JT LeRoy Story" (9 p.m., A&E, TV-14). For more than a decade, LeRoy dazzled … more

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
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