Keep Reading. Subscribe Today.

Stay connected with our community and support nationally-acclaimed local news coverage. Sign up for a subscription today. Cancel anytime.

  • Already a subscriber?

Apple TV Plus offers new version of 'Amazing Stories' from Spielberg

Posted 3/6/20

By Kevin McDonough

Five-0 has been 86ed. CBS recently announced that its retread "Hawaii Five-0" (9 p.m., TV-14) would end this spring. A two-hour season finale airs on April 3. "Hawaii" more than proved a TV truism: If you're going to air a …

This item is available in full to subscribers

Apple TV Plus offers new version of 'Amazing Stories' from Spielberg

Posted

By Kevin McDonough

Five-0 has been 86ed. CBS recently announced that its retread "Hawaii Five-0" (9 p.m., TV-14) would end this spring. A two-hour season finale airs on April 3. "Hawaii" more than proved a TV truism: If you're going to air a by-the-numbers police procedural, you might as well set the proceedings against a pretty tropical background. The original "Hawaii" ran for 12 seasons, and the current revival is about to conclude its 10th.

Speaking of revivals, Apple TV Plus begins streaming a new version of "Amazing Stories" from producer Steven Spielberg. The original "Amazing" aired on NBC in 1985, and this series' titles and soundtrack hark back to that "Back to the Future" era.

While series like "Stranger Things" have hit pay dirt by riffing on viewer nostalgia for the time "Goonies" walked the Earth, these stories seem less than "Amazing." The first, about a confused time-traveling millennial finding fulfillment in a more romantic gaslit atmosphere, adds little to a well-worn genre so nicely explored in Jack Finney's 1970 novel "Time and Again."

Not unlike CBS All Access's ill-received "Twilight Zone" reboot, these "Amazing Stories" cry out for editing. Rod Serling did his best work in the half-hour format. More is not always better.

• Combining two, or maybe three, of TV's most popular trends, "The Most Dangerous Animal of All" (8 p.m., FX, TV-14) offers a multipart true-crime miniseries (1) take on an adopted man's search for his biological roots (2). Curiosity turns to apprehension when he discovers that his biological mother may be hiding the fact that our researcher's dad could be a notorious serial killer (3).

While this unfolds in the slow, laborious pace of many true-crime documentary offerings, "Dangerous" is shot like a movie, presented in rich, saturated colors.

Unlike the FX/Hulu offering "Devs," seen only on Hulu, the first three episodes of "Dangerous" will air on plain old FX tonight and stream on Hulu tomorrow. Got it?

• Speaking of true crime, Amazon Prime offers "ZeroZeroZero" (TV-MA), an eight-part drama set in the world of international drug trafficking, featuring an international cast and a story spread over three continents.

• Now in its second season, "The Trade" (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA) takes an intimate look at Central American immigrants who run a gauntlet of legal and illicit obstacles to enter the United States.

• Beginning today, Hulu streams the four-part documentary series "Hillary," profiling the 2016 presidential candidate and former secretary of state and first lady. At the very beginning, "Hillary" gets to the film's (and its subject's) main problem: Why, after decades in the spotlight, is she still "introducing" herself to viewers?

Much of the material about Hillary the public figure has been seen before, most notably in the masterful "Frontline" joint biography of the 2016 candidates. This effort, clocking in at 253 minutes, is best appreciated as an exploration of Hillary Clinton as a symbol of her generation, her gender and what she has come to represent (to both foes and admirers) about the first generation of women to rise to power in business, society and politics.

TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

• Kidnappers seize a politician's daughter on "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

• Vested interests on "Blue Bloods" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

CULT CHOICE

Indie director Jim Jarmusch gathers an impressive ensemble (Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, RZA, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Carol Kane and Selena Gomez) for the 2019 shocker "The Dead Don't Die" (8:15 p.m., Cinemax), his deadpan hipster take on the zombie genre.

SERIES NOTES

Bending it like Beckham on "MacGyver" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Clean as a whistle on "Shark Tank" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) * Illusionists audition on "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (8 p.m. CW, r, TV-PG) * On two helpings of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (CW, r, TV-14), Jeff Davis (9 p.m.), Chris Hardwick (9:30 p.m.).

LATE NIGHT

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Hannah Einbinder are booked on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Carrie Underwood, Diego Luna and Lauv on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) * RuPaul, Stacey Abrams, Maria Bamford and Elijah Wood visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r) * Kumail Nanjiani, Dan Levy and Celeste appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).

© 2020, United Feature Syndicate