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  • Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: AMC's 'Hell on Wheels'

    Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: AMC's 'Hell on Wheels'

    SERIES Angel From Hell The comedy starring Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson airs its final episodes. 8 and 8:30 p.m. CBS Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet Dr. Dee and her husband Ken host a clinic in a town with a population of 107 in the season premiere of the unscripted series. 8 p.m. Animal Planet Syfy Presents:...

  • Behind the Scenes: Jon Stewart's takeover of 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert'

    Behind the Scenes: Jon Stewart's takeover of 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert'

    It’s a few minutes after 6 p.m. on Thursday night, and as Donald Trump prepares to accept his nomination at the Republican National Convention, a weary-looking Stephen Colbert is rehearsing a few hundred miles away at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Dressed in rumpled khakis and nursing a massive Starbucks...

  • 'The Great British Baking Show'

    'The Great British Baking Show'

    “The Great British Baking Show” (PBS); Mary Berry interview on “Larry King Now” (Ora/Hulu). Things have been so crazy lately  that it was only yesterday that I learned we are in the middle of PBS’ broadcast of the current season of “The Great British Baking Show,” the loveliest of all cooking competitions....

  • TV This Week, July 24-30: 'Tallulah' and more

    TV This Week, July 24-30: 'Tallulah' and more

      SUNDAY Fans of everything from the hit musical “Hamilton” to the animated sci-fi comedy “Rick & Morty” will have their voices heard at the “2016 MTV Fandom Awards.” 8 p.m. MTV The docu-special “The Rise and Fall of El Chapo” profiles the incarcerated Mexican drug lord formerly known as the fugitive...

  • Overrated/Underrated: 'Mustang' is an inspired ride, and everyone wins in the Taylor-Kanye feud

    Overrated/Underrated: 'Mustang' is an inspired ride, and everyone wins in the Taylor-Kanye feud

    UNDERRATED ‘Mustang’ (2015): An Academy Award contender for foreign language film last year, this Turkish import recently added to Netflix feels especially poignant in the wake of the recent unrest in and around Istanbul. Set in the rural countryside, the film written and directed by Deniz Gamze...

  • The long reach of Garry Marshall: Four familiar faces who started with him

    The long reach of Garry Marshall: Four familiar faces who started with him

    The legacy of Garry Marshall as a writer, producer and director in both TV and movies has few equals in entertainment. As remembrances began pouring out of Hollywood via social media, it wasn’t hard to imagine you could connect almost any famous person to his long and influential lineage. Go ahead...

  • The two late-night Jimmys take aim at Melania Trump's speech

    The two late-night Jimmys take aim at Melania Trump's speech

    Donald Trump got the presidential nod from the Republican National Convention. But all that late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel  could talk about was “the speech.” “If any of these jokes sound old, it’s because Michelle Obama used them in 2008,” quipped “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy...

  • First night of Donald Trump's GOP convention is a ratings hit

    First night of Donald Trump's GOP convention is a ratings hit

    Donald Trump has been a ratings draw for most of the events related to the 2016 presidential campaign, and the first night of the Republican National Convention that will choose him as the party’s nominee was no different. Nielsen data showed a significant audience lift for cable news networks...

  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Feed the Beast' on AMC

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Feed the Beast' on AMC

      SERIES   Chopped Junior The cooking competition for young foodies ends its season. Ari Larter, Arnold Myint and Chris Santos are the judges, Ted Allen hosts. 8 p.m. Food Pretty Little Liars Ali’s (Sasha Pieterse) release from the psychiatric hospital requires that she be placed in the care of...

  • Netflix orders more 'Making a Murderer'

    Netflix orders more 'Making a Murderer'

    The saga of Steven Avery will continue at Netflix.  The streaming network announced Tuesday it has ordered an unspecified number of additional episodes of “Making a Murderer.” The documentary series chronicled the strange case of Avery, a Wisconsin man who was exonerated in 2003 after spending...

  • Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert take on Donald Trump on 'The Late Show'

    Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert take on Donald Trump on 'The Late Show'

    A couple of months after he left "The Late Show" in May 2015, David Letterman appeared onstage in San Antonio as the guest of Steve Martin and Martin Short in their “A Very Stupid Conversation …With Music.” “I retired and I had no regrets,” he said. “None. I was happy. I was complacent. I was satisfied....

  • Shouting matches, plagiarism claims: Is the GOP convention's theme Make America Reality TV Again?

    Shouting matches, plagiarism claims: Is the GOP convention's theme Make America Reality TV Again?

    “Make America Safe Again” was the official theme of the Republican National Convention’s opening night, but “Reality TV Rules” was its unofficial subtext, down to issues of writers’ credit. The keynote was delivered by Melania Trump, wife of presumptive nominee Donald Trump, who decided to introduce...

  • Danny McBride's 'Vice Principals' is a high school mean girls comedy built around adult men

    Danny McBride's 'Vice Principals' is a high school mean girls comedy built around adult men

    Danny McBride, the star and co-creator of HBO’s “Eastbound & Down,” is back as the star and co-creator (again with Jody Hill) of HBO’s “Vice Principals.” Premiering Sunday, the series is a kind of temperamental sequel to the last. As high school vice principal (in charge of discipline) Neal Gamby, McBride...

  • TV This Week, July 17-23: 'Vice Principals' and more

    TV This Week, July 17-23: 'Vice Principals' and more

      SUNDAY Young folks’ favorite athletes are feted at “Kids’ Choice Sports 2016.” Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson returns as host. 8 and 10 p.m. Nickelodeon Home is where the horror is for a new bride in the new thriller “The Inherited.” Jenn Liu and Annabella Sciorra star. 9 p.m. Lifetime The...

  • Web series released on YouTube about transgender and queer women gets Emmy nomination

    Web series released on YouTube about transgender and queer women gets Emmy nomination

    The last two years have been a landmark for the visibility of transgender people on screens large and small -- including “Orange Is the New Black” actress Laverne Cox, Eddie Redmayne’s character in “The Danish Girl” and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner and her reality show “I Am Cait.” Thursday,...

  • Comedian Michael Ian Black channels anger in his act and on social media

    Comedian Michael Ian Black channels anger in his act and on social media

    It’s hard not to be angry about much of what’s going on in politics this hyper-partisan election year — and comedians are no exception  in their standup and on social media. Late-night hosts like Samantha Bee and John Oliver assert their frustration and anger on a regular basis. For Michael Ian...

  • Anger is an energy for a new wave of women in pop culture

    Anger is an energy for a new wave of women in pop culture

    In 1995, O.J. Simpson case lead prosecutor Marcia Clark was fighting a battle against anger. Not the one roiling outside the courtroom, where years of police brutality turned the trial into a referendum on race. The one inside the courtroom where Clark’s performance was increasingly judged as over-emotional....

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