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New documentary follows Bowie's final years

By Kevin McDonoughThe year 2016 brought many shocks. For some, the first of many upsetting moments was the seemingly sudden death of David Bowie on Jan. 10. Few expected the passing of a man of such … more

'Victoria' returns on 'Masterpiece,' spunkier than ever

By Kevin McDonough "Victoria" returns on "Masterpiece" (9 p.m. Sunday, PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) with the queen (Jenna Coleman) fresh from childbirth. A little too fresh for her courtiers, who insist that she be carried around like an … more

Amazon launches 'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams'

By Kevin McDonough Are we entering a new golden age of anthology television? Hot on the heels of a new season of Netflix's "Black Mirror," Amazon Prime starts streaming "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams." Its 10 standalone episodes are based on … more

Warren Jeffs: Multiple wives and two cable shows

By Kevin McDonough A&E turns its focus to fringe religious sects in February. "Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil" (9 p.m., TV-14) revisits the leader of a breakaway polygamous branch of Mormonism … more

Two special ops dramas fade away

By Kevin McDonough Two series, "The Brave" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14) and "Valor" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14), wrap up their low-rated first seasons tonight. The ratings website considers … more

A whole lot of drama on 'The Secret Life of Kids'

By Kevin McDonough Talk about drama! Grown-ups have no monopoly on feelings of love, jealousy, rejection, friendship and peer pressure. The new six-part documentary "The Secret Life of Kids" (9 p.m., USA, TV-PG) goes full surveillance on a … more

New police procedural 'Instinct' lacks chemistry

By Kevin McDonough Is "Instinct" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14) a new project for Alan Cumming? Or the umpteenth adaptation of a James Patterson thriller? Cumming stars as a Dr. Dylan Reinhart, first seen as a comfortable, tweed-clad professor of … more

Netflix launches futuristic thriller 'Altered Carbon'

By Kevin McDonough Fans of a gloomy dystopian future have much to celebrate! Netflix debuts "Altered Carbon" (TV-MA), a head-scratcher with more than a few nods to "Blade Runner." Based on a 2002 novel by Richard K. Morgan, "Carbon" takes … more

Have a box of tissue on hand for 'We'll Meet Again'

By Kevin McDonough I'm mystified that anybody watches morning television. Particularly those hyperactive series disguised as "news." Filled with chipper chatter, repetitive reports read by pretty people wearing way too much makeup, fake … more

'Versace' returns to the roots of Cunanan's troubles

By Kevin McDonough The sins of the father emerge in the powerful penultimate episode of "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA). This emotionally draining series has unfolded one flashback at a time, … more

'Simone Biles Story' is reminiscent of an after-school special

By Kevin McDonough Lifetime offers inspirational sports drama "The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar" (8 p.m. Saturday). It's a good reminder that people don't watch Lifetime for the uplift. Based on the Olympian's memoir, "Soar" emphasizes … more

Say goodbye to Spike as Paramount Network launches

By Kevin McDonough I'm always amused when a network "rebrands." While some networks (say Lifetime and Hallmark) are pretty good at maintaining a consistent identity, others tend to shapeshift over the years. Remember when ABC Family changed its … more

Compelling 'Waco' explores characters behind tragedy

By Kevin McDonough The Paramount Network continues its reboot (or rebrand), shifting away from its former Spike identity with the six-part series "Waco" (10 p.m., TV-14). A multiple-character study within a tragedy, "Waco" airs 25 years after the … more

How will cord cutters watch the Winter Olympics?

By Kevin McDonough Coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics (8 p.m., NBC, NBCSN) begins in earnest. Look for men's figure skating and freestyle skiing events taking place the night before Friday's opening ceremonies. Over on NBCSN, there's curling, … more

'Grace and Frankie' returns with Kudrow added to cast

By Kevin McDonough Good news: Lisa Kudrow returns to episodic comedy. Bad news: She's returning in the fourth season of the Netflix series "Grace and Frankie" (TV-MA). Kudrow plays Sheree, Grace's (Jane Fonda) manicurist-turned-tenant. Her … more

'Unsolved' takes on Biggie, Tupac murders

By Kevin McDonough "Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G." (10 p.m., USA, TV-MA) offers an extended scripted take on the unsolved murders of two influential rappers some 20 years ago. Directed by Anthony Hemingway, who worked … more

Science presents a three-hour history of Silicon Valley

By Kevin McDonoughWhat do we remember or revere? When we talk about the past or history with a capital "H," we're almost always talking about military or political history, the spirit of '76, or the … more

Did Netflix buy TV's future or overpay for its past?

By Kevin McDonough A Valentine's Day proposal backfires in all of the worst ways on "9-1-1" (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14). This emergency procedural sports one of the most impressive casts on network TV, with Angela Bassett ("What's Love Got to Do With … more

Has 'The Good Doctor' met its match in 'Good Girls'?

By Kevin McDonough  Television ratings are often about showing us the goods. Last Monday shaped up to be a battle between the "Goods," pitting ABC's "The Good Doctor," the breakout freshman show … more

Daniels shines as complicated hero in 'Looming Tower'

By Kevin McDonough Fact is greater than fiction. And recent history has provided the stuff of some of the best scripted drama of recent years. Today, Hulu will begin streaming "The Looming Tower." Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by … more
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