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  • The familiar takes a few twists in 'The Good Fight'

    The familiar takes a few twists in 'The Good Fight'

    "The Good Wife," which ended last May after seven seasons, has spawned a sequel, "The Good Fight," carrying over Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo and adding Rose Leslie from “Game of Thrones” to form its central triad. Run as before by “Good Wife” creators Robert King and Michelle King, the pilot will...

  • Bill Maher's 'Real Time' interview with Milo Yiannopoulos fuels new criticism

    Bill Maher's 'Real Time' interview with Milo Yiannopoulos fuels new criticism

    In the end, it was a non-event. Which to some people made it a really big event.  Bill Maher’s decision to host controversial blogger Milo Yiannopoulos on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO Friday led to very few on-air fireworks. Maher talked to his guest mostly about free speech, agreeing with...

  • In 'Crashing,' amiable comedian Pete Holmes returns to his early struggles to break into show biz

    In 'Crashing,' amiable comedian Pete Holmes returns to his early struggles to break into show biz

    In “Crashing,” a sweet new series created by and starring Pete Holmes, the comedian plays an earlier version of himself, a bottom-rung aspiring comic whose marriage breaks up when he catches his wife in bed with another man. Executive producer Judd Apatow directed the pilot, which premieres Sunday...

  • J.J. Abrams and Hulu will explore Stephen King's 'Castle Rock'

    J.J. Abrams and Hulu will explore Stephen King's 'Castle Rock'

    After exploring 1960s alternate America, Stephen King and J.J. Abrams are teaming up again at Hulu to poke around a place familiar to King fans. The parties behind the limited series “11.22.63,” which revisits the Kennedy assassination, are joining forces for “Castle Rock,” an anthology series...

  • Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Britney Ever After' on Lifetime

    Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Britney Ever After' on Lifetime

    SERIES Planet Earth II Noted naturalist David Attenborough returns as narrator for this all-new follow-up to the visually stunning 2006 BBC nature series. First up, visits to the Galapagos and other biologically diverse islands habitats. 9 p.m. BBC America; also AMC, SundanceTV The Zoo This new...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Bates Motel' on A&E

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Bates Motel' on A&E

    SERIES American Ninja Warrior The obstacle-course challenges return with another all-stars edition; with hosts Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Kristine Leahy. 8 p.m. NBC Supergirl Another classic DC Comics character surfaces in this new episode, when Mr. Mxyzptlk (guest star Peter Gadiot)...

  • Trump's news conference: Was it more like 'SNL' or 'Dr. Strangelove'?

    Trump's news conference: Was it more like 'SNL' or 'Dr. Strangelove'?

    The recent news cycle has felt like something out of a John le Carré thriller: CIA surveillance. Russian operatives colluding with presidential campaign aides. Espionage. A spy ship off the coast of Connecticut. But when Donald Trump took the podium Thursday in his first solo press conference as...

  • 'Planet Earth II' is packed with wonders, stories and, finally, warnings

    'Planet Earth II' is packed with wonders, stories and, finally, warnings

    "Looking down from two miles above the surface of the Earth, it's impossible not to be impressed by the sheer grandeur and splendor and power of the natural world," says David Attenborough at the beginning of "Planet Earth II," the sequel to his landmark 2006 "Planet Earth." That globally popular...

  • New to Hulu, 'Golden Girls' is as timeless as ever

    New to Hulu, 'Golden Girls' is as timeless as ever

    What if the most radical television show of 2017 turns out to be a series created in 1985? It’s hard to shake that feeling since “Golden Girls,” which twice won the Emmy for comedy series, began streaming on Hulu on Feb. 13. The series would stand out among today’s crop of comedies for plenty of...

  • TV This Week, Feb. 19-25: NBC’s 90th anniversary and more

    TV This Week, Feb. 19-25: NBC’s 90th anniversary and more

      SUNDAY The best of basketball’s best, including Steph Curry and LeBron James, will be in the Big Easy for the “2017 NBA All-Star Game.” 5:20 p.m. TBS, TNT “The Good Wife’s” Christine Baranski spins off into the new legal drama “The Good Fight,” which bows on broadcast and streaming, with subsequent...

  • Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes get real about comedy in HBO series 'Crashing'

    Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes get real about comedy in HBO series 'Crashing'

    It’s a few weeks from the premiere of his new HBO series, and Pete Holmes has almost reached his limit for answering questions. “Not that I’m sick of it,” he clarified, leaning back into a sofa as he settled in for a chat inside Judd Apatow’s production offices in an aggressively nondescript stretch...

  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'Emerald City' on NBC

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'Emerald City' on NBC

    SERIES MacGyver Mac and Jack (Lucas Till, George Eads) try to capture a fugitive (guest star Anthony DiRocco) but are challenged by the bounty-hunting Colton family (Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lance Gross, Javicia Leslie and Jermaine Rivers), characters from the original version of the show. 8 p.m. CBS...

  • New 'Good Wife' spinoff engages in 'The Good Fight' — on the Donald Trump front

    New 'Good Wife' spinoff engages in 'The Good Fight' — on the Donald Trump front

    Four years ago, Netflix changed the definition of television and shook up the medium by creating quality original content. Now CBS is hoping to return the favor. With the debut Sunday of “The Good Fight,” the network is betting that traditional content providers can compete in the streaming business...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'The Young Pope' on HBO

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'The Young Pope' on HBO

    SERIES All in America, Bernie Sanders in Trump Country Chris Hayes joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Welch, W.Va. 5 and 9 p.m. MSNBC Supergirl Lena Luthor (guest star Katie McGrath) is blamed for the escape of Metallo (guest star Frederick Schmidt) — who took Lillian Luthor (guest star Brenda...

  • 'The Missing,' 'QB1: Beyond the Lights'

    'The Missing,' 'QB1: Beyond the Lights'

    "The Missing" (Starz, starts Sunday). An excellent sequel to the excellent 2014 limited series of the same name, linked by a theme — the obsessive search for a missing person — and the character of French detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo). Like its predecessor, it runs on multiple chronological...

  • ‘I am me because of you’: Adam Levine on his Walk of Fame star

    ‘I am me because of you’: Adam Levine on his Walk of Fame star

    Despite the cloudy weather, hundreds gathered Friday outside the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard to celebrate the unveiling of Adam Levine’s star on the Walk of Fame. The Maroon 5 lead singer, songwriter and judge on NBC’s “The Voice” received the 2,601st star on the legendary walk. The...

  • TV This Week, Feb. 12-18: 'Britney Ever After' and more

    TV This Week, Feb. 12-18: 'Britney Ever After' and more

      SUNDAY  James Corden will likely be singing in his car all the way to Staples Center to host “The 59th Annual Grammy Awards.” Performers include Adele, John Legend, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. 5 p.m. CBS Nickelodeon’s young stars put their hearts into it for “Nickelodeon’s Not...

  • Overrated/Underrated: Don't let Adele have another Grammy sweep, and slow down on 'Fast and Furious'

    Overrated/Underrated: Don't let Adele have another Grammy sweep, and slow down on 'Fast and Furious'

    UNDERRATED Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Crashing’: Not to be confused with the Judd Apatow-produced HBO series, this British import on Netflix was created by Waller-Bridge, whose raw and bawdy “Fleabag” was one of the best shows of 2016. Still as concerned with the awkwardness of sex and intimacy as...

  • How Colin Hanks found the 'emotional truth' in Eagles of Death Metal's return to Paris

    How Colin Hanks found the 'emotional truth' in Eagles of Death Metal's return to Paris

    When Colin Hanks approached members of Eagles of Death Metal with the idea of directing a documentary about their harrowing experience in Paris — the band was onstage at the Bataclan theater in 2015 when terrorists burst in and killed 89 concertgoers — drummer Josh Homme’s first response was to...

  • 'Legion' is a mindbending superhero tale that may try your patience

    'Legion' is a mindbending superhero tale that may try your patience

    Am I crazy or is this really happening? It's a question being asked with increasing frequency these days in real life and on the small screen, where series exploring memory, subjectivity and psychological trauma proliferate.  Last year brought us "Stranger Things," "The OA" and "Westworld.” Arriving...

  • Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Star' on Fox

    Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Star' on Fox

    SERIES Hunted One fugitive team is on the run during a tropical storm and another fasts during Ramadan. 8 p.m. CBS Blindspot The team catches a break in the Sandstorm case when they discover Shepherd’s (Michelle Hurd) true identity and a decades-old connection between her and Weller (Sullivan...

  • 'Battlestar Galactica' actor Richard Hatch dies at 71

    'Battlestar Galactica' actor Richard Hatch dies at 71

    Actor Richard Hatch, perhaps best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series, has died. He was 71. A representative for the actor says Hatch died Tuesday afternoon after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Manager Michael Kaliski said Hatch's son, Paul, was by...

  • From Streep to McCarthy, why women are the ones getting under Trump's skin

    From Streep to McCarthy, why women are the ones getting under Trump's skin

    Memo to frustrated Democrats trying to rankle President Trump: Try doing it in drag.  While many are still laughing about Melissa McCarthy's instantly classic portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer this past weekend on "Saturday Night Live," his boss apparently isn't. Politico reported...

  • Richard Hatch didn't throw popcorn at the reimagined 'Battlestar Galactica'

    Richard Hatch didn't throw popcorn at the reimagined 'Battlestar Galactica'

    Richard Hatch, known to many as Apollo from the original “Battlestar Galactica” (1978-1979) television series, has died. Times writer Jevon Phillips talked to him — as Hatch laid on a beach in Hawaii — before the end of the reimagined “Battlestar Galactica” series in 2009. Read the obituary. We're...

  • Super Bowl LI proves dramatic on the field, inclusive in commercials

    As nights of dramatic entertainment go, Sunday night’s Super Bowl had the sort of mind-scrambling twists better suited to something like Netflix’s “The OA” than what usually comes with NFL’s annual pageant of competition and commerce. Before the game even started, the Super Bowl generated its own...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Superior Donuts' on CBS

    SERIES The New Celebrity Apprentice Teams create an ad campaign, host a party and produce a variety show in this new episode. Arnold Schwarzenegger hosts. Jessica Alba and Tyra Banks are guest advisors. 8 p.m. NBC Supergirl A White Martian (guest star Terrell Tilford) comes to National City to...

  • Melissa McCarthy is scathing as Sean Spicer on 'Saturday Night Live'

    With satirical jabs at everything from the so-called “Bowling Green Massacre” to the travel ban on majority-Muslim countries, “Saturday Night Live” delivered one of its most hard-hitting, hilarious and ambitious episodes this weekend in a show revolving around President Trump’s first two weeks...

  • Fox goes back on the clock with new star and new stories with '24: Legacy'

    In the ticking bomb universe of the  Fox  thriller “24,” timing has always been everything, When the counterterrorism drama first premiered in November 2001, the country was still reeling from the impact of the Sept. 11 attacks,  prompting producers to heavily edit a scene in the pilot in which a...

  • How to fight crime in Chicago? In the Fox drama 'APB,' there's an app for that

    Smartphones have revolutionized nearly every aspect of our lives, making it easy to manage our finances, book a flight or take selfies at the touch of a finger.   Unfortunately, they've also given TV writers an easy way to disguise otherwise uninspired shows.  Take "APB," a drama premiering Monday...

  • Overrated/Underrated: Let the Super Bowl ratings fall, and 'A Dog's Purpose' should aim elsewhere

    UNDERRATED Ben Foster: A force of twitchy chaos onscreen since appearing on “Six Feet Under” years ago, Foster won’t be a contender on Oscar night, but the best picture nominee “Hell or High Water” wouldn’t carry the same weight without him. Already having shown a facility with broken or menacing...

  • Super TV: A look at some of the best post-Bowl episodes

    Love it or leave it, sometimes the best thing about the Super Bowl is the entertainment that follows it. To celebrate Super Sunday, here are five TV episodes that brought something special to their post-game moment. When “The Wonder Years” debuted after the Super Bowl XXII game in 1988, it wasn’t...

  • TV This Week, Feb. 5-11: Super Bowl LI, 'Legion' and more

      SUNDAY A day’s worth of the cutest counterprogramming you ever did see includes “Puppy Bowl XIII” and “Kitten Bowl IV.” Noon Animal Planet; noon Hallmark Channel The star of “black-ish” does his best Dr. Doolittle in the new series “Animal Nation With Anthony Anderson.” 2 p.m. Animal Planet;...

  • Friday's TV Highlights: The CW's 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' on KTLA

    SERIES Grimm After lying dormant for seven years, a new form of Wesen with a ferocious appetite emerges. David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchel and Bree Turner star. 8 p.m. NBC Last Man Standing Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) surprises Mike and Vanessa (Tim Allen, Nancy Travis) with her decision...

  • Marvel's 'Runaways' show puts together an 'amazing' cast

    Marvel Television has cast its teen-angsty “Marvel's Runaways” series, and actors from “Teen Wolf,” “Little Bitches,” “New Girl” and elsewhere will begin their superhero journey on Hulu. The cast so far shakes out as follows: Rhenzy Feliz (“Teen Wolf,” “Casual”) as Alex Wilder; Lyrica Okano (“The...

  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'The Odd Couple' on CBS

    SERIES   The New Celebrity Apprentice Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is a guest adviser as the teams are tasked with promoting the NBA team’s brand. Leeza Gibbons also appears. 8 p.m. NBC Supergirl After Livewire’s (guest star Brit Morgan) apparent escape from prison, Supergirl (Melissa...

  • SAG voices: Five calls for empathy in politically fraught times

    The Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night served as an opportunity for actors to honor their own but also for Hollywood’s brightest stars to speak out about the increasingly volatile political climate. Here are five of the evening’s most impassioned pleas for humanity and empathy in the face...

  • Political issues, travel ban a running theme at SAG Awards

    If anyone thought that the winners and presenters at Sunday night’s 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards would avoid addressing the protests happening at airports around the nation, they were wrong.  The show, telecast on TNT and TBS live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, was political from...

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