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Musical biopic miniseries 'Salt-N-Pepa' debuts

By Kevin McDonough With all of the changes to movies and television, the TV musical biopic has proven to be one of the more resilient genres. They have arrived in varying degrees of "quality," but the cheesier movies tend to be more memorable. … more

New streaming options include 'Flack,' 'Losing Alice'

By Kevin McDonough Friday teems with new streaming options. "Flack" debuts. The British-American series was supposed to appear on Pop last March, and has staggered through several on-demand platforms before arriving on Amazon … more

Padalecki goes from demon hunter to Texas Ranger

By Kevin McDonough How do you reboot a long-running series with a signature star? Add a ghost! Jared Padalecki stars in the new series "Walker" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG). He's a Texas Ranger still mourning his wife, who returns to Austin to find things … more

Celebrating inaugurations past and present

By Kevin McDonough Tom Hanks hosts "Celebrating America" (8:30 p.m., CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS (8 p.m.), CNN (8 p.m.) MSNBC, YouTube, Twitch, Amazon Prime and Fox's NewsNow. As with many celebrations, public aspects of the inauguration have taken a back … more

Glenn Close, John Waters visit 'Finding Your Roots'

By Kevin McDonough The things you learn on TV! Apparently, when director John Waters began making "Pink Flamingos" and other crazy, shocking movies, he had no idea he was descended from a hero of Valley Forge! This is just one of the … more

'Masterpiece' doesn't deviate from the familiar

By Kevin McDonough "Masterpiece" continues its 50th anniversary with a nod to old favorites. The revival of "All Creatures Great and Small" on "Masterpiece" (9 p.m. Sunday, PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) has been generally well received and … more

Hulu streams teen melodrama 'Ultimate Playlist'

By Kevin McDonough "Nothing so concentrates the mind as the sight of the gallows." Samuel Johnson wrote that in the 18th century, and Joni Mitchell updated the sentiment in her 1969 song "Big Yellow Taxi," when she sang, "You don't know what … more

Streaming TV: Will confusion be thy epitaph?

By Kevin McDonough Has peak TV peaked? Has the proliferation of premium streaming options created a confusing Tower of Babel? It gets murkier still when new streaming platforms spend more time "branding" themselves than creating content to … more

Sedgwick returns to TV with 'Call Your Mother'

By Kevin McDonough Screening the pilot of "Call Your Mother" (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) is like watching a bad idea unfold in real time. Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") stars as Jean, a widowed empty-nester who feels at loose ends without her children … more

'The Resident' returns with focus on COVID crisis

By Kevin McDonough Here we go again. "The Resident" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) begins its fourth season, as too many procedurals have this year, with a flashback to the origins of the COVID crisis, showing how major characters reacted under dire … more

'Witches,' 'Tiger' and 'All Creatures Great and Small'

By Kevin McDonough Stylish, romantic and ridiculous, "A Discovery of Witches" streams its second season on Sundance Now beginning Saturday. It's the most popular series on that service. "Witches" stars Teresa Palmer as Diana, a scholar who … more

Old-timers Lebowitz, Scorsese and their beloved city

By Kevin McDonough Witty, short and dripping with sarcasm is the best way to describe both "Pretend It's a City" and its subject. Now streaming on Netflix, the multipart series features conversations between humorist Fran Lebowitz and director … more

Ted Danson stars in NBC's satirical 'Mr. Mayor'

By Kevin McDonough Arguably the most resilient actor in television history, Ted Danson returns in a new sitcom with "Mr. Mayor" (8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG). Few performers have toggled from drama to comedy so effortlessly. Danson has … more

'Surviving Death': The possibility of an afterlife

By Kevin McDonough Netflix is hardly immune to TV's paranormal obsession. Based on a best-selling book by Leslie Kean, the new Netflix series "Surviving Death" avoids the obvious "Ghost-Hunters" cliches and offers interviews with those who have … more

Dirty words, phony 'Proof' and Zoey's return

By Kevin McDonough Get ready to wash your mouth out with soap. While hosted with mock solemnity by Nicolas Cage, Netflix's new docuseries "History of Swear Words" boasts some serious scholarship. In each brief episode, Cage introduces an oath … more

Dunder-Mifflin has a new address on Peacock

By Kevin McDonough Happy New Year! As readers of this column know, Netflix streams hundreds of new series every year. Despite, or perhaps, because of this onslaught of product, its most popular and most-streamed series include old network … more

Remembering TV personalities we lost in 2020

By Kevin McDonough As we anticipate 2021, let's recall the TV personalities we lost during the past year. Please forgive any omissions in this limited space. An early writer/performer on "Saturday Night Live," Buck Henry (Jan. 8) co-created … more

'Masterpiece' film 'Elizabeth Is Missing' is remarkable

By Kevin McDonough A remarkable film featuring a can't-miss-performance, "Elizabeth Is Missing" on "Masterpiece" (9 p.m. Sunday, PBS, TV-14, check local listings) may be too harrowing for some. Glenda Jackson, in her first television role in … more

A look at some of the best and worst shows of 2020

By Kevin McDonough It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. Streaming on Amazon Prime, "Yearly Departed" turns a glance back at 2020 into a comedy special disguised as a memorial service. Female comics and actresses, including Rachel … more

Explore the life, legacy of 'Little House' author

By Kevin McDonough "American Masters" (8 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) profiles Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of "Little House on the Prairie" and the ensuing series of novels for children and young adults. Coinciding with the 85th … more
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