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'Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration' airs on ABC

By Kevin McDonough The magic of the holidays mingles with flagrant product placement and corporate promotion on several network specials. "Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit" (8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) promotes a movie franchise, … more

Is 'The Good Place' really good or just overrated?

By Kevin McDonough Is "The Good Place" (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) as good as some say, or entirely too aware of its own cleverness? Can a show that began as a cosmic experiment and that has become an ethics seminar ever be anything but artificial? … more

CW adds 'All American' to its teen drama collection

By Kevin McDonough Why do series based on "the real life of" someone always seem the most formulaic? And why are so many high school dramas so familiar? The new CW teen soap "All American" (9 p.m., TV-14) is said to have been based on the life of … more

ESPN launches epic 20-hour, 10-part documentary 'Basketball: A Love Story'

By Kevin McDonough Just when you think you understand television, it changes. Seems just the other day I was writing about TV storytellers embracing brevity, offering documentaries as short as 10 minutes in duration. Today, ESPN launches a … more

'Star Trek: Short Treks' offers 'Discovery' character studies

By Kevin McDonough To make a long story short, new episodes of "Star Trek Discovery" won't arrive on CBS All Access until early 2019. To keep fans intrigued, the streaming service will offer "Star Trek: Short Treks" between now and the end of the … more

Netflix streams Golden Globe-nominated 'Roma'

By Kevin McDonough Netflix begins streaming "Roma" (R), one of the most acclaimed movies of the year. Following a recent Netflix trend, "Roma" was entered into film festival competition and given a limited theatrical release in order to qualify … more

Why is comedy taken so seriously nowadays?

By Kevin McDonough The New Year is still two weeks away and I'm filled with resolutions. For other people! If I had my wish, I'd love for the TV gods to serve up fewer shows about vampires. Fewer series with "Marvel" in the title and a complete … more

AMC adapts Le Carre's 'Little Drummer Girl'

By Kevin McDonough Like many John le Carre spy yarns, "The Little Drummer Girl" (9 p.m., AMC, TV-14) involves acting and deception. Who better to deliver a performance than an aspiring thespian? … more

It isn't easy to have a personal life on 'Single Parents'

By Kevin McDonough A natural companion to "Modern Family," "Single Parents" (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) stars Taran Killam ("Saturday Night Live"). He's Will, an enthusiastic PTA-type who appears a tad too devoted to indulging his child and … more

'Wanderlust' is full of icky, uncomfortable situations

By Kevin McDonough How uncomfortable is too uncomfortable? Netflix devotes a whole series to that question with its BBC co-production "Wanderlust" (TV-MA), now streaming. "Wanderlust" begins with a torrent of icky situations perfectly … more

Hallmark unleashes Christmas

By Kevin McDonough They're back! Less than a week before Halloween and two months before the actual holiday, Christmas movies return to the Hallmark Channel, reducing Veterans Day and Thanksgiving to mere speedbumps on the way to Black … more

NBC launches medical drama 'New Amsterdam'

By Kevin McDonough Is there anything new in "New Amsterdam" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14)? Based on the book "Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital" by Eric Manheimer, the NBC drama follows Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold, "The Blacklist") as … more

'Midnight' returns, 'Sabrina' debuts

By Kevin McDonough Halloween continues to set the agenda. "Midnight, Texas" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14) returns for a second season. Set in a quirky town located too close to the gates of hell, Midnight is home to a variety of ghouls and freaks - not … more

'30 for 30' documentary 'Seau' offers detailed profile of NFL Hall of Famer

By Kevin McDonough Like essays (and even TV reviews), documentaries are interesting for what they say, and what they don't. And where they appear. And where they won't. The latest in the acclaimed "30 for 30" documentary series, "Seau" will … more

PBS, HBO both offer powerful documentaries

By Kevin McDonough A life unraveled emerges in diary entries and interviews in the documentary "God Knows Where I Am" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings). The film's title can be stated and … more

'Nightflyers:' Chilling mix of sci-fi, psychological horror

By Kevin McDonough Syfy launches "Nightflyers" (10 p.m. Sunday, TV-MA), a mind-bending space opera set in the year 2093. Based on a novella by George R.R. Martin ("Game of Thrones"), this 10-part series blends psychological horror with … more

Cartoon documentary 'Tour Bus' profiles James Brown

By Kevin McDonough "Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus" (10 p.m., Cinemax, TV-MA) just may be the most underappreciated series around. Few other shows point to a whole new genre; in this case, the cartoon documentary. Cartoons solve the … more

Dinklage channels Villechaize in 'My Dinner with Herve'

By Kevin McDonough Success brings its own rewards. One of the perks of being part of a hit show is the freedom to pick personal projects and do whatever you like. Appear in the "Star Wars" franchise and you get to host "Saturday Night Live" … more

Killer robots and entertaining skeptics

By Kevin McDonough How can you not watch a film about human nature narrated by an android? Featuring the voice of a lifelike Japanese creation named Kodomoroid, "The Truth About Killer Robots" (10 … more

'Great Performances' imports UK's 'Sound of Music'

By Kevin McDonough How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand? Among many viewers' favorite things, "The Sound of Music" returns in a new incarnation on "Great Performances" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings). This British production remains … more
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