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Beloved 'Charlie Brown Christmas' airs tonight

By Kevin McDonough Not every Christmas television special holds up for more than half a century. First broadcast on CBS on Dec. 9, 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-G) remains one of the most beloved and anticipated holiday … more

'The President Show' looks back from 2030

By Kevin McDonough Nobody will accuse "The President Show" (11 p.m., Comedy Central, TV-14) of subtlety. But it transcends the mere impersonation and regurgitation of recent events so often seen on … 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

'Price of Everything' explores culture, commerce and corruption

By Kevin McDonough  Markets turn everything into a transaction. That's a notion both obvious and profound. And the point of the provocative documentary "The Price of Everything" (8 p.m., HBO, … more

HBO offers a fairy-tale classic with a musical makeover

By Kevin McDonough HBO offers a musical take on a fairy-tale classic. The voices of Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels and Alison Pill are heard in "The Emperor's Newest Clothes" (6 p.m.), a cartoon re-imagining of the Hans Christian Andersen fable about a … more

Nat Geo film looks at impact of climate change

By Kevin McDonough It looks like the "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" can do more than standup. The actress Rachel Brosnahan, who plays the title character on the Emmy-winning Amazon Prime series, will narrate the documentary "Paris to Pittsburgh" (9 … more

Amazon Prime's 'Homecoming' is an intense whodunit

By Kevin McDonough A compelling mystery, the new Amazon Prime drama "Homecoming" (TV-14) begins streaming today, starring Julia Roberts in her first episodic TV show. Heidi Bergman (Roberts) is first seen as a counselor at the Homecoming … 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

Unsteady alliances are formed as 'Vikings' returns

By Kevin McDonough Brothers killing brothers, a hint of human sacrifice and a stunted king's vow to kill his stepmother. You can't say "Vikings" (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., History, TV-14) isn't epic. The drama enters the second half of its fifth season … more

'Secrets of the Dead' uncovers mid-19th century mystery

By Kevin McDonough "Criminal Minds" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14) enters its 14th season with its milestone 300th episode. While "NCIS" deals in a mounting body count among Navy petty officers, "Minds" concentrates on serial killers, the sicker the … more

A&E gives voice to victims of religious rackets

By Kevin McDonough Exposing extreme religion and its discontents has become part of the A&E brand. Now in its third season, "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" (9 p.m., TV-14) continues to interview former members of the so-called church … more

Celebrities share stories 'Always at The Carlyle'

By Kevin McDonoughThose in search of pure escapism could do worse than "Always at The Carlyle" (9 p.m., Starz), directed by Matthew Miele ("Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's"). New York's Carlyle hotel … 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

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

Adjusting to life in colonial America on 'Outlander'

By Kevin McDonough Based on a wildly popular series of novels, "Outlander" (8 p.m. Sunday, Starz, TV-MA) returns for a fourth season. A period piece in every sense of the word, it stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser, a doctor who survived … more

Can 'Murphy Brown' find humor in #MeToo?

By Kevin McDonough "Murphy Brown" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) has its #MeToo movement. And not without some discomfort. Tonight's "Brown" is hardly the first sitcom to mine awkward humor from a lame PowerPoint human resources presentation about … more

Sci-fi thriller 'Counterpart' begins new season

By Kevin McDonough The bleak and stylish science-fiction thriller "Counterpart" (9 p.m. Sunday, Starz, TV-MA) returns for a second season. J.K. Simmons, the master of emotional restraint, stars as Howard Silk. First seen as a low-level … more

Supernatural melodrama 'Manifest' brims with too many ideas

By Kevin McDonough If shows were judged by their influences, the new supernatural family melodrama "Manifest" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) would be very good indeed. In a clear nod to "Lost," arguably the … more

Netflix provides viewers with several new offerings

By Kevin McDonough Fans of "ironic" takes on holiday specials that pour on tinsel by the shovelful are in luck. Netflix's hit baking show sendup "Nailed It!" (TV-PG) begins streaming several Christmas-themed competitions today. For the … more

'Conners,' 'The Kids Are Alright': A study in contrasts

By Kevin McDonough Controversial Halloween costumes loom large on a new post-Roseanne episode of "The Conners" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). Going overboard for Halloween is a tradition on many sitcoms. ABC's "Modern Family" built annual extravagance … more
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