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'Ted Lasso' is lacking in humor, believability

By Kevin McDonough Jason Sudeikis stars in "Ted Lasso," streaming today on Apple TV+. A fish-out-of-water tale that was reportedly developed to help sell American viewers on Premier League Football (known here as soccer,), "Lasso" offers a tepid … more

'Lovecraft Country' blends real history, pulp fiction

By Kevin McDonough Most of us know that racism is monstrous. But does a monster fantasy help illuminate historic oppression? Or turn it into some other form of "entertainment"? When first seen, Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) is a Black … more

Peacock imports dramedy 'Five Bedrooms'

By Kevin McDonough Peacock begins streaming the Australian dramedy "Five Bedrooms." The series has a concept so obvious, you wonder why it hasn't been made before. Until you realize that it's really a scripted series constructed like a reality … more

HBO recalls murder that rocked New York City

By Kevin McDonough "Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn" (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA) offers a documentary look at a 1989 murder that convulsed New York City. The film offers a minute-by-minute account of the crime and interviews friends and associates of … more

'Hard Knocks' explores NFL options during COVID crisis

By Kevin McDonough A hill of beans in the scheme of things, television has begun to run out of "new" product. Talk of the "fall season" becomes complicated when so many series have run up against the closure of studios. Even the most … more

Disney+ pays tributes to lyricist Howard Ashman

By Kevin McDonough Business histories are often dominated by titans of industry who create billion-dollar enterprises. They rarely make room for the singular artist whose early years were decidedly funky and deliberately … more

Showtime offers U.K. cop drama 'We Hunt Together'

By Kevin McDonough The wrestler fixation of pop culture continues. Not only does Dwayne Johnson star in hit movies, host "The Titan Games" (8 p.m. Sunday, NBC, r, TV-PG) and have an HBO comedy under his belt, he's now part of a group of investors … more

Rogen stars in dual roles in 'An American Pickle'

By Kevin McDonough Everything that's old is new. Even if it's dead. Or at least well-preserved. Streaming today on HBO Max, "An American Pickle" plays around with almost too many ideas at once. The title and the film's concept are a bit of a … more

Canadian import 'Coroner' debuts on The CW

By Kevin McDonough Does anybody want to leave the house? Will a television audience tired of social distancing return to watch history's most claustrophobic reality series? "Big Brother" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) returns for its 22nd season since … more

Foxworthy returns to TV for 'What's It Worth?'

By Kevin McDonough Life consists of collecting stuff. And getting rid of it. 'Round about the turn of the 21st century, the popularity of "Antiques Roadshow" and the explosion of eBay seemed to make people obsessed with stuff. Half of Americans … more

Lawless stars in Australian political thriller 'The Code'

By Kevin McDonough Ovation begins streaming the Australian thriller "The Code" (7 p.m. Saturday, TV-14), starring Lucy Lawless ("Xena, Warrior Princess") as a schoolteacher who uses her phone to record a car accident that may reveal evidence that … more

'Go-Go's': A tale of instant fame years in the making

By Kevin McDonough OK, I found the documentary "The Go-Go's" (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA) way more fun and interesting than I expected. I've long considered (and perhaps dismissed) the band as a pretty confection custom-made for MTV in its early … more

Streaming on Hulu, 'In My Skin' is not to be missed

By Kevin McDonough Dark, funny and heartbreaking, "In My Skin" begins streaming on Hulu. Produced in Wales and originally seen on BBC Three, "Skin" offers a remarkably frank account of a young woman faced with responsibilities well beyond her … more

'Weight of Gold' and the cost of sports culture

By Kevin McDonough Winner-take-all culture can be toxic. Even fatal. Don't take my word for it. Ask the "winners." "The Weight of Gold" (9 p.m., HBO, streaming on HBO Max, TV-14) interviews some of the most familiar faces from American Olympic … more

TCM pays tribute to Carl Reiner with film festival

By Kevin McDonough TCM celebrates the life and career of comedian, writer and director Carl Reiner, who died on June 29. The film festival includes those Reiner directed, including the supernatural 1984 Lily Tomlin/Steve Martin comedy "All of Me" … more

'Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist' begins streaming

By Kevin McDonough A larger-than-life everyman frequently pictured while eating, Jim Gaffigan has carved out a nice little comedy niche. Strenuously unsexy, unabashedly PG, admittedly churchgoing and exuberantly average, he still manages to sneak … more

Weekend TV offers an eclectic mix of viewing options

By Kevin McDonough Animal stories both ennobling and depressing dominate Saturday's programming. Richard Attenborough narrates "Wild India" (8 p.m.), debuting on BBC America. With its billion-plus population of human beings, India still has vast … more

'Lost Resort:' Extreme behavior at wellness spa

By Kevin McDonough TBS launches its newest reality series, or "social experiment," tonight. "Lost Resort" (10 p.m., TBS, TV-14) follows nine strangers as they enroll in an extreme wellness center in Costa Rica. As you might expect, there's a lot … more

Viewers will have to find their own summer blockbusters

By Kevin McDonough While hardly the most distressing aspect of our times, a summer season without blockbuster movies seems rather peculiar. For nearly half a century, or at least since "Jaws" scared America off the beaches in 1975, summer was … more

Netflix offers a TV star's message of love with 'Mucho Mucho Amor'

By Kevin McDonough Words like "superstar" don't really capture the figure at the center of "Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado," a documentary now streaming on Netflix. Mercado and his fame are a perfect example of the fluid nature … more
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