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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

Hulu offers politically-charged thriller 'Safe Harbour'

By Kevin McDonough Featuring a story both personal and deeply political, the four-part thriller "Safe Harbour" arrives on Hulu via Australia. Action begins when a photogenic bunch are shown on an idle cruise between Tasmania and Indonesia. … more

Buzzfeed partners with Netflix on 'Follow This'

By Kevin McDonough Netflix introduces "Follow This" (TV-MA), a series of 15-minute documentaries featuring the editorial staff of Buzzfeed, a popular site where old-school journalism meets the culture of viral content by generating web … more

Much ado about the merry wives of Windsor

By Kevin McDonough ABC continues its fixation on the Windsors with a two night, four-hour "news" special, "The Story of the Royals" (9 p.m., TV-14), concluding tomorrow. You know we're in for some hard-hitting journalism when the network tells … more

PBS offers 'Betty White: First Lady of Television'

By Kevin McDonough Beginning today, PBS stations will begin the documentary "Betty White: First Lady of Television" (check local listings). Given the fundraising-driven programming free-for-all of PBS in August, "First Lady" may air on your … more

MTV VMA's signal summer's waning days

By Kevin McDonoughNothing says the end of summer like the arrival of the VMAs. Except when they arrive too darned early. Normally scheduled around Labor Day, the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards (9 p.m.) … more

Netflix launches slow-moving 'Disenchantment'

By Kevin McDonough Back in the 20th century, a premium network touted itself with the slogan, "It's not television, it's HBO." We're slowly arriving at a point where there's "More Netflix than television." Or "All television has moved to … more

Showtime airs film on legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd

By Kevin McDonough Showtime adds a new documentary to its classic rock collection. "Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow" (9 p.m. Saturday, TV-14) recalls the band at the center of the 1970s Southern Rock scene in a film as shaggy, informed … 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

When did 'Sharknado' pass from comedy to reality?

By Kevin McDonough "Shark Week" may be over, but the buildup to the sixth "Sharknado" movie is underway. Syfy airs "The Last Sharknado: It's About Time" on Sunday. Until then, viewers will have to settle for "Santa Jaws" (7 p.m., TV-14), about a … more

HBO documentaries have become celebrity-obsessed

By Kevin McDonough The 2018 documentary "The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling" (8 p.m., HBO Signature) offers reflections on the life and influence of the television star and producer from friends and colleagues including Peter Berg, James L. … more

Smithsonian continues its search for 'Sacred Sites'

By Kevin McDonough "Sacred Sites" (8 p.m., Smithsonian) enters a second season scouring the world for locations associated with ancient rites, rituals, belief systems and superstitions. The season … more

Netflix offers highly protested, dreadful 'Insatiable'

By Kevin McDonough Agatha Christie fans are in luck. Amazon Prime will be streaming a series of whodunits from the BBC, beginning today with "Ordeal by Innocence," which aired to critical acclaim in the United Kingdom in April. While many of … more
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