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Apple TV+ adapts Asimov's 'Foundation' novels

By Kevin McDonough Apple TV+ begins streaming "Foundation," an epic 10-part adaptation of Isaac Asimov's influential series of novels. Look for Jared Harris as Hari Seldon, the advanced mathematician and "psychohistorian" who claims to be able to … more

Broadway celebrations, from the Tonys to 'The Simpsons'

By Kevin McDonough Broadway's back, but will it mean the same old song and dance? The return of live theater after more than a year of COVID-related quarantines and lockdowns is a cause of celebration for some, a concern for others and a question … more

CBS airs 'Kenny Rogers: All in for the Gambler'

By Kevin McDonough Nothing sums up the state of network television quite like a special performance from a singer who has been dead for a year and a half. Obviously taped before his death on March 20, 2020, "Kenny Rogers: All in for the Gambler" … more

Beloved series 'The Wonder Years' gets remake

By Kevin McDonough Proof that even the creepiest television can be thought-provoking arrives with "Alter Ego" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-PG), a new singing competition. A bit of "Cyrano de Bergerac" by way of digital technology, "Ego" allows talented … more

'Our Kind of People' lands with a thud on Fox

By Kevin McDonough A melodrama of class and caste, "Our Kind of People" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) takes place in the town of Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, long an enclave of wealthy Black families. The soap opera has been adapted from Lawrence Otis … more

New season of 'The Morning Show' begins streaming

By Kevin McDonough "The Morning Show" returns, streaming its second season on Apple TV+. Back in the pre-COVID fall of 2019, "Morning" was announced with great fanfare. It was supposed to be the must-see show that created water-cooler buzz and … more

'Muhammad Ali' gets the Ken Burns treatment

By Kevin McDonough Fall television begins in earnest with a new documentary series from Ken Burns. Along with Sarah Burns and David McMahan, the "Civil War" director presents "Muhammad Ali" (8 p.m. Sunday, PBS, TV-14, check local listings), a … more

Thrill-packed 'Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol' debuts

By Kevin McDonough Adapted for television and doled out in hour-long dollops, "Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol" streams exclusively on Peacock. Brown's best-selling books "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons" were made into popular films … more

Amanda Gorman: Young, gifted and back on TV

By Kevin McDonough ABC departs from its game show lineup to present a special edition of "20/20: Amanda Gorman: Brave Enough With Robin Roberts" (10 p.m.). Born in 1998, Gorman was invited to deliver a poem at the January inauguration of … more

Epic 4-hour '30 for 30' devoted to the 1986 Mets

By Kevin McDonough As a TV critic with a national audience, I have to resist the temptation to dwell on programming that seems to have been created just for me. As somebody who grew up in Northern New Jersey just one town away from David Chase, … more

'American Rust'; 'Scenes From a Marriage': Both bleak

By Kevin McDonough It's been a big year for misery in Pennsylvania. Set in the southeastern corner of the state, HBO's "Mare of Easttown" gave Kate Winslet one of the best roles of her fabled career and seems certain to be honored come Emmy time. … more

'LuLaRich' examines the unraveling of LuLaRoe

By Kevin McDonough Blame Mario Lopez! The captivating and addictive four-part docuseries "LuLaRich" examines the explosive growth and spectacular implosion of the LuLaRoe clothing line, best known for its colorful leggings and its mom-to-mom … more

Network's fall brings the 'new' and very familiar

By Kevin McDonough Nothing quite announces the arrival of fall TV like the opening game of the NFL season (8:20 p.m., NBC). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys in television's most-watched spectacle. Another sign of autumn, the … more

Disney+ offers truly absurd 'Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.'

By Kevin McDonough Streaming today on Disney+, "Doogie Kamealoha, M.D." is so loaded with feel-good messaging and far-fetched situations that it's completely ridiculous. I found it hard to watch without thinking it was a complete put-on. On the … more

'Impeachment' recalls the Lewinsky moment

By Kevin McDonough "Impeachment: American Crime Story" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA) returns to the hysterical end of the last century. Set in the "You've Got Mail" era of dial-up internet connections and beige box computers, it recalls the sordid … more

Showtime documentary recalls Rick James

By Kevin McDonough The best documentaries tell you things you didn't know about their subjects and make you think differently about them. "Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James" (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA) more than qualifies. Offering a … more

'Mystery' unveils dark hit-and-run comedy 'Guilt'

By Kevin McDonough "Masterpiece Mystery" (9 p.m. Sunday, PBS, TV-14, check local listings) debuts "Guilt," a miniseries that lives up to its title. While driving home from a wedding, bickering brothers Max (Mark Bonnar, "Unforgotten") and Jake … more

Ridiculous 'What We Do in the Shadows' returns

By Kevin McDonough The thoroughly ridiculous and deadpan comedy "What We Do in the Shadows" (10 p.m., FX, TV-MA) enters its third season. Based on a New Zealand comedy movie, it purports to "document" the afterlives of vampires in Staten Island. … more

How technology impacts the 'Future of Work'

By Kevin McDonough Work we must. Must we? PBS launches the thoughtful four-part series "Future of Work" (10 p.m., TV-PG, check local listings), examining current technological trends that disrupted long-held ideas about jobs, income, independence … more

Hulu launches 'Only Murders in the Building'

By Kevin McDonough Just when it seemed that whimsy was dead, Hulu begins streaming "Only Murders in the Building." The 10-part half-hour comedy updates the amateur detective genre to the era of the belabored true-crime podcast. In the spirit … more
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