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'Brimstone & Glory' offers cinematic meditation on fireworks

By Kevin McDonough The fireworks start early this week. "POV" presents the 2017 documentary "Brimstone & Glory" (10 p.m., PBS, check local listings), directed by Viktor Jakovleski. The film … 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

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

Farm Aid 2018 airs live on AXS TV on Saturday

By Kevin McDonough Willie Nelson will host Farm Aid 2018 (7 p.m. Saturday, AXS TV), live from Hartford, Connecticut, featuring performances by Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves … 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

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

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

Netflix offers entertaining dramedy 'The Good Cop'

By Kevin McDonough Sometimes people prefer meat loaf. Among the themes at Monday's Emmy ceremonies was the battle for statues between HBO and Netflix. But you really can't compare the two. If the premium cable outlet HBO were a restaurant, it … more

Psychological thriller 'Sharp Objects' debuts on HBO

By Kevin McDonough A good bet to be the most talked-about show of the summer, "Sharp Objects" (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO, TV-MA) is a triumph for Amy Adams and continues the migration of stellar talent from the big screen to television. A missing … 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

Family friendly 'Anne with an E' returns to Netflix

By Kevin McDonough "Anne with an E" returns for a second season, streaming on Netflix. A remarkable, family-friendly Canadian series known as "Anne" north of the border, it stars young Amybeth McNulty as the character made famous by the "Anne of … more

Viewers invited to binge on 'Legendary Locations'

By Kevin McDonough Travel Channel invites viewers to spend a lazy August Thursday discovering or revisiting "Legendary Locations" (8 a.m. to noon; 10 p.m., TV-G). Over the course of the day, this series, hosted by Josh Gates, visits remarkable … more

MLB All-Star Game returns to D.C. after nearly 50 years

By Kevin McDonough You can't say we're not fixed for big sporting events. Between last weekend's World Cup final, Wimbledon tennis and the ongoing 2018 Tour de France (8 p.m., NBCSN), it's been quite a menu. Tonight brings the 89th Annual … more

NBC's 'I Feel Bad' just piles one bad comedy choice on top of another

By Kevin McDonough A winner emerges on the season finale of "America's Got Talent" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG), still the most popular summer distraction. NBC hopes viewers will stick around for the preview of its new comedy "I Feel Bad" (10 p.m. and … 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

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

Racing celebrity Danica Patrick hosts 2018 ESPYs

By Kevin McDonough The 2018 ESPYs (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) honors the past year's major sports achievements, moments and performances. Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to host the awards, which have been around since 1993. Patrick, who … more
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