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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

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

New documentaries on a juror's misgivings, Robin Williams

By Kevin McDonough Tired of the same old "true crime" series? "POV" presents the 2017 documentary "Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings). A tale of conscience and … more

'Battle of the Sexes' recalls King-Riggs tennis match

By Kevin McDonough Sometimes a really good story is not enough to find an audience. HBO premieres the 2017 period piece "Battle of the Sexes" (8 p.m. Saturday). Based on true and very publicized events, it stars Emma Stone as American tennis star … more

USA, Syfy both offer nonstop 'Harry Potter' weekend

By Kevin McDonough Ready for a "Harry Potter Wizarding Weekend"? All eight films adapted from the novels will air on both USA and Syfy over the next three days and nights, beginning with the 2001 adventure "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" … more

'Marlon' wraps up its 2nd, possibly final, season

By Kevin McDonough "Marlon" (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14), a summer comedy, loosely based on the life of its star, Marlon Wayans, concludes its second season tonight. Normally, a show with a 10-episode run that attracted fewer than three … more

'Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters' debuts

By Kevin McDonough The anthology series is back. Over the past couple of years, series offering standalone short stories have returned to television. Netflix's "Black Mirror," Amazon's "Electric Dreams" and HBO's "Room 104" offer doses of horror, … more

'Outpost' has the soul, action of a video game

By Kevin McDonough CW introduces "The Outpost" (8 p.m., TV-14), an original mythic adventure. OKN, "original" may be an exaggeration. Its very derivative story follows Talon (Jessica Green), a fetching young woman who witnessed the slaughter of … more

Murder, money, a World Cup tale and 'Ridiculous Cakes'

By Kevin McDonough TV's bottomless appetite for true crime series is about to get some Southern cooking. "ATL Homicide" (10 p.m., TV One) offers hourlong looks at real murder cases from the Georgia … 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

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

'Faith Under Fire' not your ordinary Lifetime movie

By Kevin McDonough Whatever happened to made-for-TV movies? Long a staple of network and cable television, they have been reduced to predictable genre movies so associated with their particular networks that you really don't have to describe … more

Tonight's TV options include several patriotic choices

By Kevin McDonough When did patriotism become an oldies act? Like anything or anyone who has been around for nearly 40 years, the annual "A Capitol Fourth" (8 p.m., PBS, TV-G, check local listings) patriotic fireworks and concert celebration has … more

'Bizarre Foods' returns with more strange meals

By Kevin McDonough Ready for tomorrow's barbecue? How about squirrel and pond frogs? Andrew Zimmern returns to host "Bizarre Foods" (9 p.m., Travel, TV-PG), now entering its 20th season. Over seven episodes, he will chow down on deer haggis in … more

'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

Hugh Grant is exceptional in 'A Very English Scandal'

By Kevin McDonough Hugh Grant feasts on the role of a heartless cad in "A Very English Scandal" (TV-14), now streaming on Amazon Prime. Based on a real story, it stars Grant as Jeremy Thorpe, a powerful member of the U.K. Parliament who, in … more

Weekend offers an eclectic mix of viewing options

By Kevin McDonough Starz premieres the 2017 legal drama "Roman J. Israel, Esq." (8 p.m. Saturday). A film-festival favorite with a fairly limited theatrical release, "Israel" gained attention when star Denzel Washington was nominated for a Best … more

Tonight's 'Nashville' gives way to 'CMT Crossroads'

By Kevin McDonough Tonight's "Nashville" (9 p.m., CMT, TV-PG) finds Deacon hounded by his past. Some things never change. The musical melodrama wraps up on July 26 after six seasons. Some viewers have never forgiven "Nashville" for killing off … more

'Big Brother' adds a few new twists as 18th season begins

By Kevin McDonough Can you turn 18 and never grow up? "Big Brother" (8 p.m., CBS) begins another summer of incarceration. The series debuted on July 5, 2000, meaning that this spring's high school graduates have never known a world without it. To … more

Netflix offers Australian political thriller 'Secret City'

By Kevin McDonough If you think every day brings a new series, you'd be wrong. It's more like two new series a day. At least. Netflix begins streaming "Secret City" (TV-MA), an ambitious new political thriller from Australia featuring an … more
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