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    Rafael De Fuenta (front and center) stars as Ricardo in ’When We Rise.’ Eike Schroter  |  ABC Monday on TV: Very good “When We Rise” starts a bit slowly; and don’t get ‘Taken’
    “When We Rise” (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) turns out to be a very good miniseries. But — be warned — the first two-hour installment is mostly laying the grou...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 11:59 am   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this March 8, 2015 file photo, Jimmy Kimmel arrives at the 32nd Annual Paleyfest : ’Scandal’ held at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Kimmel is choosing not to air a new episode of his talk show opposite David Letterman’s final ’Late Show’ installment. Kimmel told the New York Times on Thursday, May 7, 2015, that his May 20 installment will be a repeat out of respect for Letterman. Kimmel’s spokeswoman confirmed the report.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) This weekend on TV: And the winner is ... ABC, which airs the Oscars
    Jimmy Kimmel is hosting “The Academy Awards” (6:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) — and I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing how he does. ABC also has “O...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 11:40 am   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ ends (for now); ‘Blacklist: Redemption’ spins off; ‘Sun Records’ starts spinning
    Tonight, one series ends its season and two new series begin. Well, one new series and a spinoff. There are back-to-back episodes of “How to Get Away ...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 03:08 pm   |     |   Share
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    Pictured L-R: Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny ad Brittany O’Grady in the special premiere of ’Star’ airing Wednesday, Dec. 14. Photo by Tommy Garcia/Fox Wednesday on TV: Fox has renewed both ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Star’ — so good and bad news
    Fox has renewed both of the shows it’s airing on Wednesdays — which is sort of a good thing and sort of a bad thing. “Lethal Weapon” (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. ...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 04:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    A scene from the documentary ’Maya Angelou And Still I Rise,’ which is premiereing at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Sundance Film Festival Tuesday on TV: Maya Angelou’s ‘American Experience’ is inspiring
    At a time when Americans need all the inspiration they can get, “American Masters” gives “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7). If you’...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    Gerald McRaney, left, plays the father of Jimmy Smits’ character on ’24: Legacy.’  Photo’ Guy D’Alema/Fox Monday on TV: Is McRaney old enough to be Smits’ father on ‘24’? Nope.
    Hollywood has a long history of casting that ignores the calendar, and there’s a particularly prominent example of that in “24: Legacy” (7 p.m., Fox/C...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 02:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: Alice Cooper is out to destroy Archie Andrews on ‘Riverdale’
    Archie Andrews is in trouble in this week’s episode of “Riverdale” (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30). Betty finds out about his illicit relationship with Miss Grund...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 01:53 pm   |     |   Share
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      Steven Pasquale as Billy Brennan and Katherine Heigl as Sadie Ellis in “Doubt.” JoJo Whilden  |  CBS Tonight on TV: It’s not great legal drama, but ‘Doubt’ is decent soap opera
    Katherine Heigl stars as an attorney who falls for her client — a pediatric surgeon accused of murdering his girlfriend when they were both teenagers ...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 03:58 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: ‘NCIS’ and ‘NCIS: New Orleans” cross over; PBS delves into 2 very different, very deadly incidents
    Tuesday’s two “NCIS” series tell one story tonight in a crossover event. It gets started on “NCIS” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), when Abby’s homeland security ...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 01:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy  |  Nino Muñoz, The CW  Yael Grobglas as Petra, Andrea Navedo as Xo, Justin Baldoni as Rafael, Gina Rodriguez as Jane, Ivonne Coll as Alba, Jaime Camil as Rogelio and Brett Dier as Michael in ’Jane the Virgin.’ Monday on TV: Yes, SPOILER ALERT is really dead on ‘Jane the Virgin’
    After spending two seasons building up a love triangle on “Jane the Virgin” (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30) — and a major rivalry between Rafael (Justin Baldoni) ...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 01:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    Host James Corden answers questions from the media after rolling out the red carpet for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in Los Angeles. The Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) This weekend on TV: Corden hosts the Grammys, and there are a couple of shows Trump won’t like
    The winners of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) matter to the nominees, but not so much to the viewers. This is always a good show be...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 11:16 am   |     |   Share
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    Corey Hawkins stars in “24: Legacy.”  Credit: Ray Mickshaw/Fox This weekend on TV: It’s the 51st Super Bowl and the 10th season of ‘24’
    Television biggest event airs this Sunday — live from Houston, it’s the Atlanta Falcons vs. the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI (4:30 p.m., Fox/...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 12:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Justin Kirk and Caitlin Stacey star in ’APB.’  Cr: Chuck Hodes/Fox Monday on TV: Fox’s ‘APB’ is really dumb
    In the rather astonishingly stupid new series “APB” (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13), a tech billionaire — reacting to the murder of his friend — essentially buys...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 12:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    The north side of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is missing after what federal authorities believe to be a car bomb exploded Wednesday, April 19, 1995. (AP Photo) Tuesday on TV: PBS relives horrific ‘American Experiemce’ of Oklahoma City bombing
    The always impressive “American Experience” (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) looks back at the worst case of domestic terrorism in our nation’s history — the 1995 ...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 12:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Ben Watts  |  E! Entertainment  James Worthington DeMolet, Steven Brown, Leah Wyar Romito, Joanna Coles, Tiffany Reid, Evan Betts, Diandra Barnwell, Adam Mansuroglu appear in “So Cosmo.” Wednesday on TV: ‘So Cosmo’ is so incredibly annoying
    If you’re not already incredibly sick of fake “reality” shows, “So Cosmo” (9 p.m., E!) ought to cure you of watching this kind of junk. This alleged w...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 12:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Sean Hayes appears in ’The History of Comedy’ by Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Mark Herzog, Christopher G. Cowen, an official selection of the Special Events program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute Thursday on TV: CNN takes a serious look at the ‘History of Comedy’
    “The History of Comedy” is not just one laugh after another. Oh, there are certainly a lot of laughs in CNN’s eight-part documentary series, which deb...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 12:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Rafy  |  Syfy  In the Season 2 premiere of ’The Expanse,’ Frankie Adams joins the cast of as Martian marine Bobbie Draper. Tuesday on TV: Are you a sci-fi fan? You should be watching ‘The Expanse’
    “The Expanse” (11 p.m., Syfy) is the best outer-space, science fiction show on television in many years. Set 200 years in the future, much of the sola...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
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      Judd Hirsch as Arthur and Jermaine Fowler as Franco in “Superior Donuts.” Monty Brinton  |  CBS Thursday on TV: ‘Superior Donuts’ is good; ‘Powerless’ is bad; ‘Training Day’ is OK
    Three series premiere tonight — a good comedy, a bad comedy, and an OK action/drama: • “Superior Donuts” (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), based on the play by ...
    Updated Jan 31 2017 12:26 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this Aug. 24, 2016 photo, actress Kerry Washington poses for a portrait at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. While busy promoting the Purple Purse anti-abuse fundraiser, prepping for the arrival of a second child and shooting season six of ’Scandal,’ Washington also is in the midst of Emmy season, with nominations including one for producing the HBO movie ’Confirmation.’ (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Thursday on TV: ‘Scandal’ is insane (and I blame Trump); ‘Riverdale’ is great fun
    “Scandal” (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) has always been bat-guano crazy — and tonight’s episode may be the craziest yet. No spoilers here. I don’t want to ruin ...
    Updated Jan 26 2017 10:06 am   |     |   Share
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    This photo taken in 1996 shows Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat up as she revisits the Minneapolis Kenwood neighborhood house which was her television ’home’ for the television show The Mary Tyler Moore Show some 25 years ago.  (Cheryl A. Meyer/Star Tribune via AP) CBS pays tribute to Mary Tyler Moore — and so do I
    CBS, which was home to Mary Tyler Moore’s two greatest television triumphs, will honor the actress with an hourlong special on Thursday. “Mary Tyler M...
    Updated Jan 26 2017 09:42 am   |     |   Share
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    ‘Madam Secretary’s’ Tim Daly breaks ankle, knee skiing in Utah
    A trip to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival proved dangerous for one of the stars of CBS’ “Madam Secretary.” Tim Daly, who stars as the secreta...
    Updated Jan 29 2017 08:52 pm   |     |   Share
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    Wednesday on TV: ‘The Magicians’ returns to cast its spell on Syfy
    I did not expect to like Season 1 of “The Magicians.” I hadn’t read the books upon which it is based — a series of best-selling novels by Lev Grossman...
    Updated Jan 25 2017 10:03 am   |     |   Share
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    Ex-KUED GM is the new head of BYU Broadcasting
    BYU Broadcasting has a new boss — and he’s coming (almost) directly from the University of Utah. Michael A. Dunn, who was the general manager of KUED-...
    Updated Jan 25 2017 05:53 pm   |     |   Share
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    Adam Olszewski  |  Syfy  Utahn Logan Long returns to compete in Season 11 of ’Face Off.’ Tuesday on TV: 2 Utahns ‘Face Off’ once again on Syfy competition
    The new edition of “Face Off” (10 p.m., Syfy) is an all-star competition — and two of those all-stars are Utahns. Gage Hubbard, who was a runner-up in...
    Updated Jan 24 2017 10:15 am   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) pressures Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35). Oklahoma City Thunder lead 52-44 over the Utah Jazz at the half at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, December 11, 2015. Monday on TV: Utah Jazz go for 7th win in a row
    The Utah Jazz can run their win streak to seven tonight with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder (7 p.m., ROOT). The Jazz, who host the Thunder tonig...
    Updated Jan 23 2017 11:17 am   |     |   Share
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    Idina Menzel, left, and Nia Long pose for a portrait to promote their film ’Beaches’ at the Winter Television Critics Association press tour on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) TV review: Forget Lifetime’s ‘Beaches’ remake and just watch the 1988 original
    If you’ve never seen the 1988 movie “Beaches,” you just might like the TV-movie remake (Saturday, 6, 9 and 11 p.m., Lifetime). If you have seen the or...
    Updated Jan 20 2017 04:12 pm   |     |   Share
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    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) is tackled by New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham) This weekend on TV: Who will make it to the Super Bowl? Falcons or Packers? Steelers or Patriots?
    The matchup for Super Bowl LI will be set on Sunday. First up is the NFC Championship (1 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13), with the Atlanta Falcons hosting the Green...
    Updated Jan 20 2017 11:18 am   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: Chris Pratt joins his wife on ‘Mom’
    “Mom” (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) series star Anna Faris is joined by her real-life husband, Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Parks and Recreation”) i...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 07:53 pm   |     |   Share
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    Wednesday on TV: It’s the People’s Choice Awards — which mean absolutely nothing
    In the grand scheme of things, awards shows don’t mean much. Just famous people patting each other on the back. “The People’s Choice Awards” (8 p.m., ...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 11:23 am   |     |   Share
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    NBC confirms that ‘Will & Grace’ is coming back for 10 episodes next season
    NBC has confirmed the long-rumored return of “Will & Grace,” which signed off — supposedly for good — in 2006 after eight seasons and 194 episodes. Te...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 11:20 am   |     |   Share