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Entertaining 'At Home With Amy Sedaris' returns

By Kevin McDonough Olly, olly oxen free! The absence of professional sports has reduced fans and sportscasters to desperation. Fox introduces "Ultimate Tag" (9 p.m., TV-PG), a variation on the backyard game played in an elaborate studio setting. … more

HBO's addictive 'Westworld' begins new season

By Kevin McDonough If market gyrations and virus outbreaks weren't enough to scare you, there's always the chance that the devices we've built for convenience, toil and gratification might turn on us. That's the theme of "Westworld" (9 p.m. … more

'Secrets of the Dead' explores secrets of Notre Dame

By Kevin McDonough There's nothing like the whiff of a plague to connect you to history. Unless it's a fire that consumes a 12th-century masterpiece. Just last year, the eyes of the world were riveted on the tragic sight of Paris' elegant Notre … more

'America's Got Talent' ushers in a new summer

By Kevin McDonough Summer television returns in earnest as "America's Got Talent" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) returns for its 15th season. Host Terry Crews and judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel are joined this season by Sofia Vergara of … more

Crisis sends TV schedules back to the future

By Kevin McDonough Disney scrambles its schedule to present "The Disney Family Singalong" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). Famous performers will perform numbers from Disney films and cartoons from the quarantined comfort of their own homes. Ryan … more

NBC's 'Council of Dads' is a multi-hanky melodrama

By Kevin McDonough The week after a nationwide hoarding run on paper products may not be the best time to launch a three-hanky melodrama like "Council of Dads" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14). Shot like a Hallmark movie, "Dads" takes place in some … more

FX's excellent series 'Mrs. America' streams new episode today on Hulu

By Kevin McDonough The excellent FX on Hulu series "Mrs. America" streams a new episode today, its fourth. For the uninitiated, it offers a deep dive into the cultural politics of the early 1970s, when feminism seemed politically ascendant and … more

Weekend TV offers virtual graduation, murder mysteries

By Kevin McDonough Here's something you don't see every day. Since the pandemic has closed so many schools, and social distancing doesn't allow for mass gatherings, "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020" (8 p.m. … more

'The Great' is visually pleasing, but terminally glib

By Kevin McDonough Is "The Great" any good? Elle Fanning stars in this period satire, an epic look at the reign of Russia's Catherine the Great, the second, after HBO's miniseries starring Helen Mirren, in the space of a year. Streaming in its … more

Discovery, Science both offer 'Space Launch Live'

By Kevin McDonough Nothing says TV event quite like a countdown and blastoff. "Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space" (2 p.m., Discovery, Science, TV-PG) will capture the launch of the mission to send veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and … more

Animatronic animals as spies on 'Nature'

By Kevin McDonough Few people watch nature documentaries for the comedy. But I find something strangely amusing about the "Spy in the Wild" returning to "Nature" (8 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings). Most startling nature photography … more

Netflix launches hideous sitcom 'Brews Brother'

By Kevin McDonough Now streaming on Netflix, "Brews Brothers" is atrocious. Exceptionally so. In these times of crisis, perhaps there's some solace to be found in the fact that the entertainment industry is still churning out terrible … more

Secrets, scandals in 19th century London on 'Belgravia'

By Kevin McDonough Fans of "Downton Abbey" should not miss "Belgravia" (9 p.m. Sunday, EPIX), a four-part adaptation of Julian Fellowes' novel of the same name. Fellowes, who wrote and created "Downton Abbey," is also the writer here. Like … more

Amanda Peet is at her best as 'Betty Broderick'

By Kevin McDonough Sometimes it takes a good role to make you see a familiar performer in a new light. Amanda Peet is not to be missed in "Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story" (9 p.m., USA Network, TV-14). It's not just the 1980s hairdos and … more

Maron's material fails when he leaves familiar ground

By Kevin McDonough Attributed to Mark Twain, the adage "Write what you know," certainly applies to stand-up artists. Few comedians' work comes off as thoughtful and "written" as the cerebral Marc Maron, star of "GLOW" and featured in his own … more

Documentary recalls Natalie Wood as actress, mother

By Kevin McDonough So many documentaries engage in exposing truths and challenging authority that it's almost strange to encounter a film that claims to be the "official" story. Don't go watching the HBO feature "Natalie Wood: What Remains … more

Addictive legal melodrama 'The Split' returns

By Kevin McDonough Can this marriage be saved? That question has inspired a million advice columns and too many radio and TV series to mention. But that remains the central question in the legal melodrama "The Split" (midnight, Sundance, TV-MA), … more

Lisa Kudrow returns in British comedy 'Feel Good' on Netflix

By Kevin McDonough Beware of sitcoms "based on" somebody's life. A British comedy created by and starring a Canadian woman with a supporting part played by a "Friends" co-star, "Feel Good" begins streaming on Netflix today. Mae Martin plays … more

'Scheme' recalls scandal that rocked college hoops

By Kevin McDonough Some of today's more interesting programming is about the sports we are not watching. With "March Madness" canceled and Major League Baseball postponed, sports fans will have to look elsewhere. "The Scheme" (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA) … more

Dreaming of games to come with the NFL Draft

By Kevin McDonough What will fans watch instead of their favorite sports? Football fans can at least dream of games to come as they take in the 2020 NFL Draft (8 p.m., ABC, ESPN, NFL Network). Originally scheduled to take place at a Las Vegas … more
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