Winter TV 2016

TV Reviews

  • Review: 'Maniac' is a riot of conflicting tones

    Review: 'Maniac' is a riot of conflicting tones

    "Maniac," whose ten episodes begin streaming Friday on Netflix, is a big, weird, tightly controlled mess of a show. It swings for the bleachers and doesn't always connect — and when it does, it can seem to skip some bases or run them out of order. But it does keep swinging and running. Starring...

  • Review: 'Weekend Update' meets Hollywood in oddly downbeat Emmy Awards

    Review: 'Weekend Update' meets Hollywood in oddly downbeat Emmy Awards

    And so we have put to bed the 70th running of the Emmy Awards, that night when the people of television go on to television to honor the people of television — some people of television anyway. The broadcast, hosted by “Saturday Night Live’s” “Weekend Update” co-anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost,...

  • TV This Week, Sept. 23-29: Anthony Bourdain, 'Murphy Brown' and more

    TV This Week, Sept. 23-29: Anthony Bourdain, 'Murphy Brown' and more

    SUNDAY The 12th and final season of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” begins with an expanded episode that finds the celebrity chef, who died in June, visiting Kenya with “United Shades of America’s” W. Kamau Bell. 6 and 9:15 p.m. CNN The docu-series “This Is Life With Lisa Ling” is also back...

  • Review: 'Warriors of Liberty City' offers an intimate look at an inner-city football program

    Review: 'Warriors of Liberty City' offers an intimate look at an inner-city football program

    ‘Warriors of Liberty City,” a new six-part documentary series about an inner-city youth football program, is one of the best reasons to turn on a television this new fall season. Inspiring without being inspirational, dramatic without being dishonest, it has points it wants to make about work and...

  • Review: 'Hold the Sunset' offers a quieter, still biting John Cleese

    Review: 'Hold the Sunset' offers a quieter, still biting John Cleese

    That John Cleese is starring in a scripted series is automatically news — there have been odd appearances through the years, but the short-lived "Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)," on ABC in 2002, was his last outing as a regular cast member, and before that, we run back into the 1970s, to "Fawlty...

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