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'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

Netflix offers post-apocalyptic thriller 'Bird Box'

By Kevin McDonough Santa comes early with a sack full of bingeable treats. Olivia Cooke ("Bates Motel," "Ready Player One") stars as Becky Sharp in a new seven-part U.K. adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel "Vanity Fair," … more

Plenty of holiday-themed viewing options available

By Kevin McDonough Ready to party like it's 1989? Fox commemorates the 30th season of "The Simpsons" (8 p.m. Sunday, TV-PG) by repeating its very first episode ("Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"). Is this a celebration or a wake? An … more

Today's pointless fluff: 'People's Sexiest Chef Alive'

By Kevin McDonough The abandonment of cable for streaming services is the media story of our time. Many have opted to stream because it saves them money. But the cost of streaming packages adds up. So economizing isn't the only reason. Cutting … more

MacFarlane's entertaining 'Orville' returns Sunday

By Kevin McDonough "The Orville" (8 p.m. Sunday, Fox, TV-14) sails into its second season with the crew trying to save a dying planet, and Bortus (Peter Macon) developing an unhealthy fixation on the ship's simulation chamber. Creator and star … more

Has 2018 been the year of too much television?

By Kevin McDonough How do you sum up a year in television? I knew 2018 was off to a bumpy start when Fox debuted "LA to Vegas" on Jan. 2, an early candidate for worst new show of the year. But January also brought us FX's "The Assassination of … more

From high school horror comic book to TV series

By Kevin McDonough We never really leave high school. At least on television. From "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" to "Room 222," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "My So-Called Life," "Dawson's Creek," "Freaks and Geeks" and "Riverdale"(8 p.m., CW, … more

'30 for 30' recalls legendary 1990 boxing upset

By Kevin McDonough Recalling one of the greatest upsets in the history of sports, the "30 for 30" (9 p.m., ESPN) documentary "42 to 1" recalls the 1990 title fight between "Iron" Mike Tyson and challenger James "Buster" Douglas. The title … more

Who let the doggerel out? Holiday listings set to verse

By Kevin McDonough 'Twas the night before Christmas, And all over the dial, Holiday favorites were airing, Before being put away for a long, long while. "Reunited for Christmas" (8 p.m., Hallmark, … more

HBO offers clever, crudely humorous 'Sally4Ever'

By Kevin McDonough One hundred years ago this weekend, the trenches fell silent. The war to end all wars was over. In addition to marking the end of a conflict that killed tens of millions, the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, began a peace process … more

'Roswell' debuts, USA reboots 'Temptation Island'

By Kevin McDonough Aliens meet high-cheekboned heartthrobs as the CW launches "Roswell, New Mexico" (9 p.m., TV-14). Like the old UPN-CW series "Roswell," it's based on the series of "Roswell High" novels by Melinda Metz. It's not giving too much … more

Election coverage isn't your only viewing option

By Kevin McDonough Tonight's schedule is pretty slanted toward election coverage. But that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to distract you from the endless talk. If you voted today, you did your civic duty. There's no shame in avoiding the … more

'In Memoriam' remembers the celebrity dead

By Kevin McDonoughRobin Roberts hosts "In Memoriam: 2018" (10 p.m., ABC). This Disneyfied take on "news" presents celebrity tributes to newsmakers we've lost during the globe's past trip around the … more

Season of the witch continues with 'Clique' on Pop

By Kevin McDonough Something wicked this way comes. Even before Macbeth ran into those witches around their cauldron, stories have treated the gathering of women as a frightful yet powerful force, something to be prevented, controlled or … more

Nick offers silly treat with 'Double Dare' special

By Kevin McDonough As families gather for Thanksgiving, Nickelodeon offers a silly treat with intergenerational appeal. Former "Kenan & Kel" stars Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson return to Nick for a repeat match on a special episode of "Double … more

Netflix debuts 'Final Table' international cooking show

By Kevin McDonough Abundance doesn't always guarantee quality. Or innovation. Sometimes the sheer output of new series only means more of the same. Netflix debuts "Final Table." Not unlike every cooking show since "Iron Chef," we meet … more

Does anybody really want a 'cool' Santa Claus?

By Kevin McDonough Happy Thanksgiving. Those of us who write about television have much to be thankful for. Though I don't have many opportunities to express it, I am grateful for you, my faithful readers, without whom this humble column would … more
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