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    Bill Inoshita  |  CBS   Julie Chen is the host of “Big Brother.” Wednesday on TV: ‘Big Brother’ is back, and there’s nobody from Utah in the house. Phew!
    The 19th season of “Big Brother” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) begins tonight with a two-hour episode. For those of you not familiar with the show, it features ...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 11:26 am   |     |   Share
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    Michael Wood at the Temple of Heaven in ìThe Story of China.î Courtesy of Mick Duffield Tuesday on TV: You’ll be fascinated by ‘The Story of China,’ And this is the end of ‘Downward Dog.’ (Sigh.)
    “The Story of China” (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) is a fascinating six-part series seems not long enough, given that it explores 4,000 years of Chinese history...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 03:10 pm   |     |   Share
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    |  Courtesy Spike   Adrian Garf (Russell Posner) stares out into “The Mist.” TV review: ‘The Mist’ is sort of scary; ‘Boy Band’ is unnecessary; and new ‘Gong Show’ host is creepy
    Tonight, TNT premieres a creepy drama; ABC gives us a new singing competition; and ABC revives “The Gong Show” with a creepy host. • “The Mist” is a S...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 06:27 am   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: Live from New York, it’s the NBA Draft! (Which probably won’t been too exciting for Jazz fans.)
    Live from New York, it’s the NBA Draft (5 p.m., ESPN and NBATV). Pending trades, the Utah Jazz have the 24th, 30th, 42nd and 55th picks. So … odds are...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 06:21 am   |     |   Share
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    Stefanie Martine stars as young Jane Tennison in ìPrime Suspect: Tennison.î  Courtesy ITV Studios and NoHo Film & Television for ITV and MASTERPIECE This weekend on TV: ‘Prime Suspct’ is back on PBS as a prequel
    Utah crimes are front-and-center on network TV this weekend — a murder on NBC and a hostage situation that ended with a fatality on ABC. • “Dateline N...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 06:21 am   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: PBS’ ‘P.O.V’ spotlights Syrian refugees in 2 films
    “P.O.V.” (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) returns with a pair of films. In “Dalya’s Other Country,” a woman and her mother flee Syria for Los Angeles. And in the s...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 06:21 am   |     |   Share
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    |  Courtesy NBCUniversal   Steve Harvey hosts “Little Big Shots: Forever Young.’ Wednesday on TV: Senior citizens are wildly entertaining in ‘Little Big Shots: Forever Young’
    If you can make a show featuring cute young performers, why not make a show featuring cute older performers? That’s the thinking behind “Little Big Sh...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 10:33 am   |     |   Share
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    Justin Coit  |  Freeform   “The Bold Type” stars Aisha Dee as Kat Edison, Katie Stevens as Jane Sloan, and Meghann Fahy as Sutton Brady. Tuesday on TV: Even the title of ‘The Bold Type’ is annoying
    Joanna Coles has helped subject TV viewers to not one but two bad TV series this year. First was E!’s alleged “reality” show “So Cosmo,” which followe...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 09:24 am   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: You better watch the ‘Better Call Saul’ season finale
    In the Season 3 finale of “Better Call Saul” (11 p.m., AMC) Kim takes some time off after her accident; Jimmy tries to make amends for some of the thi...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 11:45 am   |     |   Share
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    TCA Awards nominations announced — now I have to decide how to vote
    The Television Critics Association has announced the nominees for this year’s TCA Awards, which will be presented on Aug. 5. And here they are: INDI...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 11:24 am   |     |   Share
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    NBC should air Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones — but only if it’s real, hard-hitting journalism
    Alex Jones is a documented liar whose conspiracy theories have long since crossed the line from ridiculous to dangerous. But not only does he have mil...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 12:40 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this May 27, 2012 file photo, from left,  Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, presenters and judges of The Great British Bake Off pose for a photograph, in London. The fate of a sweet-toothed TV baking contest with millions of fans has left a sour taste with many Britons. The BBC says it has lost the rights to ’The Great British Bake Off,’ which it has broadcast since 2010. Rival Channel 4 offered more money to program maker Love Productions, it was reported on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (Ian West/PA via AP, File) This weekend on TV: Watch the ‘British Baking Show’ while it’s still ‘Great’
    “The Great British Baking Show” returns to PBS (Friday, 8 and 9 p.m., Ch. 7) in its original form. This is the most recent season, which aired last fa...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 09:39 am   |     |   Share
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    Actress Diane Keaton waves to the audience after receiving the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award during a gala tribute to her at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Thursday on TV: AFI honors Diane Keaton, which is great. Woody Allen is there, which is not.
    The American Film Institute honors Diane Keaton with its lifetime achievement award (8 p.m., TNT). The event, taped last week, features a lot of big s...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 11:26 am   |     |   Share
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    Elisabeth Moss stars in  ’The Handmaid’s Tale.’ George Kraychyk  |  Courtesy of Hulu Wednesday on TV: Big things are happening as ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ ends Season 1
    If you’ve been keeping up with “Handmaid’s Tale,” the 10th and final episode of Season 1 is now streaming on Hulu. If you haven’t been keeping up with...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 12:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    Tuesday on TV: The CW makes like Fox News Channel — ‘iZombie’ is all about conspiracy theories
    The CW invades the Fox News Channel’s turf tonight with an episode of “iZombie” (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30). Zombies Liv (Rose McIver) and Blaine (David Ander...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 12:39 pm   |     |   Share
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    Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) lands on Cleveland Cavaliers guard Deron Williams (31) during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Monday on TV: Golden State can send Lebron James and the Cavaliers packing in Game 6 of the NBA Finals
    It’s sort of the second match point for Golden State tonight in Game 5 of the NBA Finals (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4). The Warriors had a chance to complete a ...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 12:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this May 24, 2017 file photo, actor Kevin Spacey participates in the BUILD Speaker Series at AOL Studios in New York. Spacey stars in the Netflix original series ’House of Cards,’ and will host this year’s Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, FIle) This weekend on TV: The Tonys will be a really big Broadway show!
    For those of us who enjoy live theater but can’t make the trek to New York City every year, the Tony Awards (Sunday, 7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) offer us a gli...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 11:18 am   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this July 7, 2016 file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Oversight Committee to explain his agency’s recommendation to not prosecute Hillary Clinton. Comey, who prides himself on moral rectitude and a squeaky-clean reputation is being criticized from all sides for lobbing a stink bomb into the center of the presidential race. Former Justice Department officials and former prosecutors from both parties have called the revelation an improper, astonishing and perplexing intrusion into politics in the critical endgame of the 2016 campaign.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Thursday on TV: Comey hearing is all over broadcast and cable TV
    For those of us old enough to remember when the Watergate hearings were all over TV, there’s a bit of an echo of that on Thursday morning. Former FBI ...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 10:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    Amber West as Maxine and Jerrod Carmichael as Jerrod in ’The Carmichael Show.’ Francisco Roman  |  NBC Wednesday on TV: ‘Carmichael Show’s’ jokes about rape are uncomfortable, but sitcom makes some excellent points
    A few months ago, I attended a read-through for tonight’s season premiere of “The Carmichael Show” (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5), and it made me wildly uncomfor...
    Updated May 31 2017 12:16 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE- In this Feb. 13, 2016 file photo, people stand in line waiting to enter the Underwood 2016 booth ahead of the CBS News Republican presidential debate in Greenville, S.C. Netflix announced on Jan. 20, 2017, that political drama “House of Cards” will return this May for a fifth season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) Tuesday on TV: ‘House of Cards’ is back on Netflix; ‘Prison Break’ is done
    If you’re sick and tired of the scandal-ridden Trump administration, lose yourself in the utterly crazy Underwood adminstration — which returns today ...
    Updated May 30 2017 10:21 am   |     |   Share
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    ABCís ìStill Star-Crossedî stars Wade Briggs Lashana Lynch and Sterling Sulieman.  Credit: Ed Herrera/ABC Monday on TV: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ producer tries to improve on Shakespeare
    If you’re the producer of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” apparently ABC just can’t tell you “No.” That’s the only plau...
    Updated May 29 2017 03:13 pm   |     |   Share
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      Kyle MacLachlan returns to “Twin Peaks.” Suzanne Tenner  |  Showtime This weekend on TV: Hot mess that is ‘Twin Peaks’ continues; ‘Bloodline’ returns and concludes
    After watching the first four hours of the new season of “Twin Peaks” (Sunday, 9 p.m., Showtime), here’s what I’ve learned: • Season 2 — way back in 1...
    Updated May 26 2017 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: Jamie Foxx, Andy Cohen host Fox game shows
    Tonight, Fox adds a couple of game-ish shows with a couple of familiar hosts to its summer schedule. Jamie Foxx becomes the first Grammy/Golden Globe/...
    Updated May 25 2017 09:43 am   |     |   Share
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      Peyton Elizabeth Lee stars as the title character in “Andi Mack,” which is being produced in Utah. Fred Hayes  |  Disney Channel Disney Channel renews made-in-Utah ‘Andi Mack’ for Season 2
    There’s good news for the Disney Channel and for Utah — the cable outlet has ordered a second season of “Andi Mack.” Production on the second season w...
    Updated May 25 2017 07:26 pm   |     |   Share
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    Abigal Breslin stars as Baby and Colt Prattes as Johnny in the TV movie remake of ìDirty Dancing.î Guy D’Alema  |  ABC Wednesday on TV: ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake is dull; ‘Survivor’ finale should be exciting
    ABC has remade the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing” (which ran 100 minutes) and scheduled it in a 180-minute time slot (7 p.m., Ch. 4). And that should tell...
    Updated May 24 2017 12:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    ’Downward Dog’ stars Ned as Martin and Allison Tolman as Nan.   Craig Sjodin  |  ABC Tuesday on TV: More ‘Downward Dog’ (Hurrah!), and Steve Bannon (Boo!) on ‘Frontline’
    There are half a dozen season finales tonight — and all for shows that will return next season. There’s a super-scary edition of “Frontline” (9 p.m., ...
    Updated May 23 2017 10:39 am   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: ‘Bachelorette’ finally focuses on a person of color
    There are certainly more interesting things on TV tonight that “The Bachelorette” — season finales of “Supergirl” and “Jane the Virgin”; a prime-time ...
    Updated May 22 2017 01:28 pm   |     |   Share
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      Kyle MacLachlan returns to “Twin Peaks.” Suzanne Tenner  |  Showtime This weekend on TV: ‘Twin Peaks’ restarts, but keep your expectations in check
    “Twin Peaks” returns on Sunday (10 p.m., Showtime), and I can’t tell you if it’s good. I can’t tell you what’s going on. I can’t tell you much of anyt...
    Updated May 19 2017 11:29 am   |     |   Share
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    Thursday on TV: ‘Grey’s Anatomy, ‘MasterChef Junior,’ ‘Supernatural,’ ‘Scandal’ and ‘Blacklist’ all wrap it up
    There are five season finales tonight — all for shows that have been renewed for next season, so there will be resolutions to whatever cliffhangers th...
    Updated May 18 2017 07:52 am   |     |   Share
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    Mark Hill  |  The CW  Nathalie Kelley as Cristal and Grant Show as Blake in “Dynasty.” The CW addds 2 fall shows — including a reboot of ‘Dynasty’
    The CW is adding two new fall series — and neither one of them is based on a comic book, although one of those is coming at midseason. Instead, the ne...
    Updated May 18 2017 12:23 pm   |     |   Share