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  • 'Mr. Robinson': If Bootsy Collins could give you detention

    'Mr. Robinson': If Bootsy Collins could give you detention

    Craig Robinson, who played warehouse manager Darryl Philbin on "The Office," now and for the next three weeks has an NBC sitcom of his own. "Mr. Robinson," which debuts Wednesday, will run through its six-episode order two at a time, back to back; and while I can't say whether this scheduling amounts...

  • 'Wet Hot American Summer' on Netflix -- ready your high tolerance for profane comedy

    'Wet Hot American Summer' on Netflix -- ready your high tolerance for profane comedy

    Were you to imagine a follow-up to “Wet Hot American Summer,” David Wain and Michael Showalter's 2001 absurdist parody of an 1980s summer camp movie, it likely would not be as a prequel in which all the members of the main cast, now 14 years older, return to play their old characters in a story...

  • 'I Am Cait' engenders genuine illumination and thought

    'I Am Cait' engenders genuine illumination and thought

    In one of my more twisted yet comforting interpretations of the universe, President Nixon flagrantly violated our Constitution so Gerald Ford could become president, bringing with him his amazing wife, Betty, who, by going public with her breast cancer and alcoholism, helped save millions of lives...

  • 'White People' explores gray areas in privilege and stereotypes

    'White People' explores gray areas in privilege and stereotypes

    In an episode of "The Middle" last season, Sue Heck (played by Eden Sher) couldn't figure out why the guide on her college tour kept steering her to the school's Native American programs. Turned out, when asked for her race, Sue had checked the wrong box.

  • 'Sharknado 3' tosses all standards overboard and sinks anyway

    'Sharknado 3' tosses all standards overboard and sinks anyway

    Having now watched "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!," which premieres Wednesday on Syfy, I find myself in the position of having to write about it. And I am not sure which is worse, really, or even how to proceed — what standards to hold it to when an utter lack of standards is its raison d'etre.

  • 'Tut' miniseries brings us fun with a pharaoh

    'Tut' miniseries brings us fun with a pharaoh

    Ben Kingsley is the selling point of "Tut," Spike's three-part miniseries about the pharaoh formerly known as Tutankhamen, which premieres Sunday. He is something to see, Sir Ben, with his shaven pate and Egyptian-drag eyeliner, peering through the undulating bodies of dancing girls with conniving...

  • Tig Notaro is frank and unadorned, a hero for our time, in Netflix documentary 'Tig'

    Tig Notaro is frank and unadorned, a hero for our time, in Netflix documentary 'Tig'

    If the Bill Cosby scandal has caused many to reexamine the dangers of fame and fandom, the documentary "Tig," which begins streaming Friday on Netflix, offers most welcome proof that not every revelation by or about a famous person need be scandalous.

  • Dennis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' shows some promise

    Dennis Leary's 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' shows some promise

    Denis Leary has a new show, "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," in which he stars, and which he created and writes and on at least one occasion directs. It premieres Thursday on FX, previously the home of Leary's fine firehouse dramedy "Rescue Me"; as the borrowed title indicates — here's another quarter in...

  • 'The Jim Gaffigan Show' a humane, human comedy, fun and funny

    'The Jim Gaffigan Show' a humane, human comedy, fun and funny

    Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a new sitcom, reasonably titled "The Jim Gaffigan Show." Premiering Wednesday on TV Land alongside the identity-theft comedy "Impastor," it cements that network's transition from a producer of old-fashioned three-camera comedies built around actors who have aged out of...

  • Enjoy 'Spoils Before Dying' like a lark at a comedy star-studded party

    Enjoy 'Spoils Before Dying' like a lark at a comedy star-studded party

    These are larky times for comedy. Between dedicated cable stations, an Internet where everything can happen and a community of comic actors and writers who all seem to have one another on speed dial, a lot of improbable projects, some of them seemingly the product of a random thought, drunken conversation...

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