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Summer offers no shortage of island getaways

By Kevin McDonough Every time I wonder how anybody in their right mind would watch three hours of "The Bachelorette," I remind myself of the untold hours I have squandered watching my beloved Mets lose another game. Reality television and its … more

AMC launches bleak, hard-to-categorize 'Lodge 49'

By Kevin McDonough If you can imagine "The Big Lebowski" remade as tragedy, you're getting close to the spirit of "Lodge 49" (10:05 p.m., AMC, TV-14). This hard-to-categorize series combines off-beat … 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

NFL preseason begins with Hall of Fame Game

By Kevin McDonough The NFL returns to prime time. The Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens meet in the Hall of Fame Game (8 p.m., NBC) in Canton, Ohio, ushering in the preseason. Having come of age with television, the audience for the NFL has … 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

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

Horror star turns cameras on elephants

By Kevin McDonoughWho expects a heartwarming feature from a horror movie star? Ashley Bell ("The Last Exorcism") directs and appears in "Love & Bananas" (9 p.m., Starz, TV-14), about efforts to … more

Why are strong, smart female TV characters punished?

By Kevin McDonough Streaming today, the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" enters its sixth season under lockdown. After ending season five with a full-blown prison riot, the action moves to … more

'Pink Collar Crimes' looks at unlikely criminals

By Kevin McDonough CBS introduces "Pink Collar Crimes" (8 p.m. Saturday, TV-PG), a summer replacement series that touches on several current themes. A cursory glance at the cable schedule tells us … more

Why are strong, smart female TV characters punished?

By Kevin McDonough Streaming today, the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" enters its sixth season under lockdown. After ending season five with a full-blown prison riot, the action moves to Litchfield's maximum-security wing. This … more

'Pink Collar Crimes' looks at unlikely criminals

By Kevin McDonough CBS introduces "Pink Collar Crimes" (8 p.m. Saturday, TV-PG), a summer replacement series that touches on several current themes. A cursory glance at the cable schedule tells us that true-crime documentaries, particularly those … 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

Hulu's 'Castle Rock' rolls through familiar territory

By Kevin McDonough Just as characters in Westerns and thrillers tend to be a tad suspicious when a stranger comes to town, I am instinctively suspicious of trendy new jargon. "Castle Rock," the new mystery streaming today on Hulu, has been … more

Existence of 'Miz & Mrs' a sign of the apocalypse?

By Kevin McDonough I keep telling myself it's just a show. But why does a show like "Miz & Mrs" (10 p.m., USA, TV-14) have to exist? I must heed my own advice and assure myself that the mere existence of one series is not a sign of cultural … more

Portraits of two very different sports legends

By Kevin McDonough The best biographies and documentaries tell you things you never knew. The "American Masters" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presentation "Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter … more
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