Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Posted October 08, 2014in On The Tube

Fun with artificial insemination

“Jane the Virgin” (Monday, 8 p.m., CW) has fun with telenovela conventions. Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is an ordinary young woman swept up in extraordinary events when she’s accidentally inseminated during a routine exam. The sperm belongs to a playboy hotel owner (Justin Baldoni) who’s trapped in a loveless marriage —

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Posted October 01, 2014in On The Tube

The things we did for love

A voiceover sets the scene: “Andrew and Zelda dated for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship, from A to Z. The framing device makes “A to Z” feel like a story told after the fact, exaggerated for

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Posted September 24, 2014in On The Tube

When urban meets suburban

Andre (Anthony Anderson) is a self-described former “big scary black guy” who’s succeeded in the white world. He’s a successful advertising executive who lives in the suburbs with his doctor wife (Tracee Ellis Ross) and four kids. But Andre has the nagging feeling that, in achieving the American dream, he

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Posted September 17, 2014in On The Tube

Brotherhood of the bedpan

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, “Red Band Society”is the first masterpiece of the fall TV season (Wednesday, 8 p.m., Fox). Nevertheless, it features a premise that practically screams “don’t watch this.” A half-dozen very sick kids live together in a hospital. If that sounds off-putting, wait till you meet Charlie

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Posted September 10, 2014in On The Tube

History the hard way

Ken Burns, PBS’s favorite documentarian, has long specialized in taking the fun out of great American subjects (jazz, baseball, Mark Twain). His latest, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” (Sunday, 7 p.m.), is less a tribute to President Teddy Roosevelt, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt than to

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Posted September 03, 2014in On The Tube

Good for what ails you

Critics have dutifully fallen in line for “The Knick,” an arty period hospital drama that makes its points with buckets of blood (see below). I recommend a more enjoyable period hospital drama: “Breathless” on Masterpiece Mystery! (Sunday, 8 p.m., PBS). It’s set in early 1960s London and, like “Mad Men,”

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Posted August 27, 2014in On The Tube

Psychoanalyzing Houdini

“Houdini” begins with a striking image of the escape artist Harry Houdini (Adrien Brody) perched on a bridge, shackled, as he works up the nerve to jump into the icy water below. The first sound we hear is a ghostly woman’s voice whispering, “Harry, can you hear me?” We have

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Posted August 20, 2014in On The Tube

Big news on the small screen

I was going to start talking about the overrated shows nominated for this year’s Emmy Awards (Monday, 7 p.m., NBC), as I don’t understand why critics have fallen for “Masters of Sex,” “Homeland” and “Boardwalk Empire.” But I got sidetracked by the much bigger list of nominated shows that are

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Posted August 13, 2014in On The Tube

Who am I this time?

Martin Odum (Sean Bean) is a CIA agent who transforms himself into a different person for each undercover job. For example, he goes to great lengths to style himself as a creepy outsider to infiltrate a domestic terrorist group, masking his British accent with a stutter. “Legends” keeps you on

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Posted August 06, 2014in On The Tube

Damn yankee

At first glance, “Jersey Belle” (Monday, 9 p.m., Bravo) comes on like one of those housewife reality series everyone loves to hate. Jaime is a brash Jersey girl with an Italian/Jewish heritage who follows her husband to a high-society suburb in Alabama. You brace yourself for the usual inanities, but

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