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Apple TV+ offers documentary on Billie Eilish

By Kevin McDonough Two offerings put the emphasis on how social media makes stars of those not yet out of their teens, or even high school. Streaming on Apple TV+, "Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry" follows the singer, just 17, as … more

Lifetime's 'Girl in the Basement' is truly horrible

By Kevin McDonough Can a Lifetime movie go too far? I know that just by asking that I'm helping to promote the movie, but when does a disturbing, "woman-in-peril" film become an exercise in disturbed sadism? And a dull one at that? The phrase … more

'Punky Brewster' gets an update for Peacock

By Kevin McDonough Soleil Moon Frye returns to star in an update of "Punky Brewster," streaming on Peacock. She's still Punky, but she's 40-something now and living in a loft with an adopted brood of her own, including two boys who seem based on … more

'Ginny & Georgia' and 'Canine Intervention' debut

By Kevin McDonough "We're the 'Gilmore Girls,' but with bigger boobs." That's an actual line of dialogue in the new Netflix melodrama "Ginny & Georgia," but sometimes it feels like a plot summary. When we first meet Ginny (Antonia Gentry), … more

'Assembly Required' hopes to re-create old magic

By Kevin McDonough A faulty memory can be your best friend. Life would be unbearable if we remembered every boring or painful moment. Most of us cling to the highlight reel and make the best of things. Our recollection of entertainment can be … more

'Allen v. Farrow': Private anguish, public lives

By Kevin McDonough Viewers in search of deeply uncomfortable viewing should not miss "Allen v. Farrow" (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO, TV-MA). The four-part documentary series examines allegations that filmmaker Woody Allen molested Mia Farrow's adopted … more

Will 'Nomadland' rank with notable road movies?

By Kevin McDonough With the Golden Globe Awards scheduled for Feb. 28, awards-season chatter has begun. Few films have inspired as much anticipation as the 2020 road film "Nomadland," starring Frances McDormand ("Fargo") as a woman who loses her … more

'Dateline' to air 'The Widower' over three nights

By Kevin McDonough Given viewers' bottomless appetite for obsessive multipart true-crime docuseries, it's surprising that "Dateline" (10 p.m., NBC) has taken so long to get with the program. Presented over three nights, "The Widower" follows a … more

First person accounts in A&E's 'I Survived a Crime'

By Kevin McDonough We're getting to the point where every moment of our lives ends up on somebody's camera. All of that footage would be daunting except for the fact that nobody, not even its subjects, has the patience to watch it. Given the … more

Dwayne Johnson's vanity project is anything but funny

By Kevin McDonough In what universe is The Rock considered funny? He's certainly successful, popular and steeped in all of the symbols of wealth. But funny? Has anyone seen "Ballers"? The new sitcom "Young Rock" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14) deserves … more

Starz launches period costume drama 'The Luminaries'

By Kevin McDonough What's the best way to describe the new series "The Luminaries" (9:30 p.m. Sunday, Starz, TV-MA)? Perhaps as a period costume drama seemingly intended to fill a gap between seasons of "Outlander." Like "Outlander," this new … more

Funerals as farce: 'Buried by the Bernards' on Netflix

By Kevin McDonough The notion of a reality show as a sitcom is about as old as this century, dating back to "The Osbournes," at least. So entrenched is the genre, one begins to wonder whether its "stars" were cast as types or have grown into … more

Psychological thriller 'Clarice' begins on CBS

By Kevin McDonough The new psychological thriller "Clarice" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14) explores the tortured character of Clarice Starling, popularized by Jodie Foster in the 1991 Oscar-winning adaptation of Thomas Harris's grim novel "The Silence of … more

'Tough As Nails' presents a farce of the working class

By Kevin McDonough "Tough As Nails" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) returns for a second season. Hosted by Phil Keoghan of "Amazing Race" fame, it applies the reality TV competition formula to blue-collar work. A popular summer diversion, "Tough" collected … more

Pizza history on 'Food That Built America'

By Kevin McDonough Blending business history, changing culinary tastes and "branding" battles, "The Food That Built America" (10 p.m., History, TV-PG) enters its second season. It begins in the 1950s, as two brothers attempt to introduce … more

'The Equalizer' joins CBS's hyper-violent schedule

By Kevin McDonough The notion that everything has to be remade at least once is hardly new. But it does seem to have gained velocity of late. Which brings us to the "new" "Equalizer" (Sunday, CBS, post-Super Bowl). Not to give too much away, but … more

Taking Britney Spears seriously; snippets of 'Snoopy'

By Kevin McDonough Sometimes, recent history can seem the most remote. A new entry in the documentary series "The New York Times Presents" (10 p.m., FX and FX on Hulu, TV-MA), "Framing Britney Spears" reaches all the way back to the late 1990s … more

'Al Davis vs. the NFL' pushes boundaries

By Kevin McDonough "30 for 30" (9 p.m., ESPN) examines one of football's most consequential rivalries. "Al Davis vs. the NFL" recalls the decades-long personal feud between Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and NFL league commissioner Pete Rozelle. … more

'Firefly Lane': Like (Sarah) Chalke on a blackboard

By Kevin McDonough Netflix's new melodrama "Firefly Lane" is ridiculous. And it doesn't waste much time getting there. It opens with TV talk show host Tully Hart (Katherine Heigl) flashing back to an anguished moment from her early 1970s … more

Fake fame; a fireman critic and 'Jazz Ambassadors'

By Kevin McDonough "Fake Famous" (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA) explores the ephemeral world of social media influencers. It examines the behind-the-selfie mechanics of concocting celebrity. The producers take three "random" people and use the tricks of … more
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