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'Critical Care' ponders America's health care system

By Kevin McDonough Over the past few months, millions of us have received a COVID shot or shots. It was a rare instance when nobody asked us for payment or insurance forms. The documentary "Critical Care: America vs. the World" (10 p.m., PBS, … more

Freeform offers psychological thriller 'Cruel Summer'

By Kevin McDonough Whatever happened to one thing after another? When did we give up on time? No, I'm not talking about our COVID-related miasma or making some vague 4/20 joke. I'm discussing the all-too-prevalent habit of scripts that ask … more

Stamos returns to episodic TV in Disney+ series 'Big Shot'

By Kevin McDonough The new series "Big Shot" features an idea so natural, the series just about writes itself. And it shows. Streaming on Disney+, "Big Shot" sees the return of John Stamos ("Full House") to episodic television. He plays Marvyn … more

Winslet leads stellar cast in 'Mare of Easttown'

By Kevin McDonough Kate Winslet (Oscar winner for "The Reader") returns to HBO in "Mare of Easttown" (10:05 p.m. Sunday, TV-MA). She was last seen there in the limited series adaptation of James M. Cain's "Mildred Pierce." That effort was … more

Cold War drama series 'Spy City' begins on AMC+

By Kevin McDonough Cities have personalities that lend themselves to typecasting. New York suggests ambitious people too busy to pretend to be polite. New Orleans is often "cast" as a place where the dead and the living intermingle. Miami … more

Foxx returns to sitcoms in 'Embarrassing' fashion

By Kevin McDonough Why? Why? Why? Multitalented Jamie Foxx has already had a sitcom. He's an actor, singer/songwriter and record producer. He's not merely a star, he's a star-maker. According to an anecdote he told on "The Graham Norton Show," he … more

Alan Cumming adds a dash of color to 'Prodigal Son'

By Kevin McDonough Alan Cumming joins "Prodigal Son" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) for a two-episode story arc and appears to have a blast doing so. He portrays the impossibly vain Interpol sleuth Simon Hoxley. He's known the world over as "The Mind … more

'American Masters' profiles legendary neurologist

By Kevin McDonough Can a scientist be a poet? "American Masters" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-MA, check local listings) presents "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life," an intimate look at a neurologist who used the 19th-century practice of writing anecdotal patient … more

Who's your daddy?; serial killers; and 'The Nevers'

By Kevin McDonough Tales of mysterious paternity are as old as time. And as frightening as science fiction. The responsibility and anonymity of sperm donors has been a theme explored in several recent documentaries as well as on the short-lived … more

Familiar faces abound on ABC's 'Rebel'

By Kevin McDonough Just because a show is based on real life doesn't mean it's not ridiculous. Reportedly about the life of activist Erin Brockovich, "Rebel" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14) is TV melodrama at its most over-the-top. Katie Sagal ("Married … more

ABC's 'Home Economics': Family, class and money

By Kevin McDonough Comedies that arrive complete with an obvious subject and theme tend to stumble. "Home Economics" (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) is "about" class and money and how it comes between siblings. Comedies should be "about" being smart and … more

It's hard to lose the thread of 'Worn Stories'

By Kevin McDonough We've seen peak TV come and go. I think we've entered an era of "weak TV." Sometimes I blame the pandemic, other times the endless and indulgent nature of podcast storytelling. But there is an emerging school of tightly … more

'American Masters' profiles jazz music legend Doc Severinsen

By Kevin McDonough There's nothing like a mythic quest that can laugh at itself. "The Barbarian and the Troll" (7:30 p.m., Nickelodeon, TV-G) arrives tonight. Set in a medieval world filled with wizards, spells and adventures right out of "The … more

Royal wartime refugees in 'Atlantic Crossing'

By Kevin McDonough Lifetime observes Easter weekend with a biography of the queen of gospel music. "Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia" (8 p.m. Saturday) stars Danielle Brooks as the soaring vocalist who sold more than 20 million records in the … more

'United States of Al' is more painful than funny

By Kevin McDonough Even terrible sitcoms can be interesting. Created by the prolific Chuck Lorre ("Big Bang Theory"), "United States of Al" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) is painful to watch. And that might be the point. Parker Young plays Riley, a … more

If seriously silly is your cup of tea, check out 'Back'

By Kevin McDonough Comedy-starved viewers in search of the seriously silly should definitely watch "Back" (midnight, IFC, TV-MA), returning for a second season. David Mitchell and Robert Webb of "Peep Show" and "That Mitchell Webb Look" … more

Rebel Wilson hosts dog groomer competition series

By Kevin McDonough It had to happen. "Pooch Perfect" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) offers a "Project Runway"-style competition for dog groomers. Take the flamboyance of hairstylists and the eccentricity of "animal people" and you've just begun to approach … more

Biography trumps artistry in HBO's 'Tina'

By Kevin McDonough "Tina" (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-MA) arrives to remind us of Tina Turner's long career and her tale of pain and reinvention. Not unlike the recent HBO documentary "The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," it may … more

'Twyla Moves' profiles prolific dancer, choreographer

By Kevin McDonough Are you ready for "Invincible"? Streaming on Amazon Prime, the cartoon series is based on a character created by Robert Kirkman. On one level, Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun) is just your ordinary moody teen. He's bullied in the … more

Ferrara returns to 'Superstore' for series finale

By Kevin McDonough What is more powerful, a mother's love or a child's sense of wonder, wanderlust and imagination? Since 1942, parents and children have enjoyed the picture book "The Runaway Bunny," now adapted into an animated half-hour special … more
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