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Syfy's 'Krypton' concocts confusing new storyline

By Kevin McDonough How do you approach a series like "Krypton" (10 p.m., Syfy, TV-14)? One of the better aspects to the "Superman" comic is its neat and tidy origin tale. Why dig deeper into the legend of his doomed planet and make up stuff about … 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

Ready to be conned into a 2nd season of 'Imposters'?

By Kevin McDonough "Imposters" (10 p.m., Bravo, TV-14) returns for a second season. Though it's not entirely clear if the stylish high-concept series ran out of story sometime during the first. It offers a great showcase for Inbar Lavi … more

ABC launches new sitcoms with familiar faces

By Kevin McDonough Several familiar faces arrive in new series. Zach Braff ("Scrubs") stars in the title role of "Alex, Inc." (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). A storyteller for a NPR-ish radio network, Alex grows tired of corporate restrictions and … more

'Vida' presents the familiar with a new accent

By Kevin McDonough Blending pathos and comedy, social commentary and explicit and sometimes embarrassing sexual situations, "Vida" (8:30 p.m. Sunday, Starz, TV-MA) is both a radical departure and remarkably familiar. It's television, after … more

'Jazz Ambassadors' is a story of music, diplomacy, race

By Kevin McDonough Like the best history documentaries, "The Jazz Ambassadors" (10 p.m., PBS, check local listings) challenges our notions about the past. It explores several bygone eras, a time when the world was divided by the Cold War, a time … more

After 21-year hiatus, 'Roseanne' returns for 10th season

By Kevin McDonough The "new" tenth season of "Roseanne" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) pretty much asks viewers to forget everything that happened in the ninth season. And that's not hard to do, since it was broadcast in 1996-7. Not unlike Netflix's … 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

Documentary 'Mercury 13' is a tale of dreams denied

By Kevin McDonough They had "The Right Stuff," but it didn't matter. Netflix begins streaming the documentary "Mercury 13" (TV-PG) today, a tale of missions deferred and dreams denied. "Mercury 13" follows the stories of the women who passed … more

Playthings revolt as HBO's 'Westworld' returns

By Kevin McDonough Fans of thought-provoking, visually lavish entertainment are in luck. "Westworld" (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA) returns for a second season. In its first year, "Westworld" combined the widescreen beauty of a Western with the musings of … 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

Celebrity horror spoofs, morbid nostalgia and 'Red Nose Day'

By Kevin McDonough Nothing says summer silly season like the candid camera reality show. "Terrence Howard's Fright Club" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) offers up both genres with a horror twist. A gaggle of Howard's self-proclaimed "biggest fans" are … more

Recycling of 1990s shows, celebrities continues

By Kevin McDonough Will we ever get out of the 1990s? It's understandable why programmers recycle shows and celebrities from a quarter-century back. They appeal to the youngish viewers who were just kids when the Ford Taurus was still a design … more

Galecki hosts science-themed prank series 'SciJinks'

By Kevin McDonough Stars of long-running hit series can do pretty much anything they want. Johnny Galecki moves from a sitcom about scientists on "The Big Bang Theory" to a cable series that uses real science to comic effect. On "SciJinks" (10:07 … more

New firefighting drama 'Station 19' premieres

By Kevin McDonough "Grey's Anatomy" churns out another spin-off. This time in a firehouse. I'm no expert, but somehow I doubt that real firemen and women obsess about the fire pole as much as they do on "Station 19" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14). Like … more

Seth Rogen hosts fundraiser for Alzheimer's disease

By Kevin McDonough Netflix may be taking over television itself, but is it changing it? Or serving up a cafeteria of the same old thing? Two of the streaming service's "new" programs debuting today have a ring of the familiar; others offer … more

'Howards End' should appeal to 'Downton Abbey' fans

By Kevin McDonough Has Al Pacino ever played a nice guy? Pacino stars in the title role of "Paterno" (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-MA), the latest in a string of portrayals of deeply flawed men, including Roy Cohn, Jack Kevorkian and Phil Spector. … more

'Civilizations' offers a history of 20,000 years of art

By Kevin McDonough Traditional television has entered a "greatest hits" phase. The ratings success of "Roseanne" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) will only encourage other networks to follow suit. The notion of a "new" "Murphy Brown" makes me sad. It … 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

'Being Serena' offers intimate look at tennis great

By Kevin McDonough Are sports stars interesting outside of the arena? The five-part documentary series "Being Serena" (10 p.m., HBO, TV-PG) follows one of the most dominant athletes of her generation. It begins tonight with her sudden discovery … more
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