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When ABC announced that it was adding the sitcom “Speechless” to its fall schedule, I was sort of worried. The show revolves around a mom (Minnie Driver) who fights battle after battle for the rights of her special-needs son, J.J. …

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  • The Choice 2016 will investigate formative moments in Donald Trump and Hillary Clintonís lives through interviews with those who know them best. Courtesy  |  PBS It’s a stark ‘Choice’ between Clinton and Trump
    In a toxic political environment featuring constant attacks and counterattacks, “Frontline” on PBS does something very different. Its quadrennial repo...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 05:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    The Choice 2016 will investigate formative moments in Donald Trump and Hillary Clintonís lives through interviews with those who know them best. Courtesy  |  PBS Tuesday on TV: ‘Frontline’ will help you make ‘The Choice’ between Clinton and Trump
    If you’re going to vote in the presidential election, you should watch “The Choice: 2016” (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7) — the quadrennial biography of the two m...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 10:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the Democratic National Committee 22nd Annual Women’s Leadership Forum National Issues Conference in Washington, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Monday on TV: Debate drama — it’s Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump
    The Big Event on Monday is, of course, the first of three debates between presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (7 p.m., Channels 2...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 10:44 pm   |     |   Share
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    This weekend on TV: Utah, BYU, USU and RSL all have big games
    There are three local college football games and a local pro soccer game on TV this weekend — and all four are big to their teams’ fans. On the gridir...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 10:43 pm   |     |   Share

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    Lucas Till stars in “MacGyver.” Guy D’Alema  |  CBS TV review: There’s a remake (‘MacGyver’), a horror remake (‘The Exorcist’) and a horror re-imagining (‘Van Helsing’)
    Three series premiere on Friday night — a remake, a remake of a horror show, and a re-imagined horror classic. • The remake of “MacGyver” (7 p.m., CBS...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 10:42 pm   |     |   Share
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      Tim Jo, Meagan Holder, Mo McRae, Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mark Consuelos, Ali Larter and Dan Lauria star in “Pitch.” Tommy Garcia  |  Fox Thursday on TV: Two truly terrible shows premiere — ‘Pitch’ and ‘Notorious’
    Coincidentally, two of this fall’s worst new shows premiere tonight — at the same time on different channels. On Fox, it’s “Pitch” (8 p.m., Ch. 13). A...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 10:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Mandy Moore as Rebecca and Milo Ventimiglia as Jack in ’This Is Us.’  Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC TV preview: The secret is out on ‘This Is Us’
    OK, the big twist on “This Is Us” has been revealed. Let’s hold off here on what that is. But this is the last time. You’d better catch up on this exc...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 03:53 pm   |     |   Share
  •   Aidan Turner stars as Ross Poldark in “Poldark.” Courtesy Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for “Masterpiece” Aidan Turner saddles up for Season 2 of ‘Poldark’
    Aidan Turner didn’t exactly lie to get the lead in “Poldark,” he just sort of … exaggerated. About his horsemanship, that is. Ross Poldark is an accom...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 05:53 pm   |     |   Share
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    Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford star in ìLethal Weapon.î  Credit: Richard Foreman/FOX TV review: ‘Lethal Weapon’ isn’t original, but it is good
    If you’ve seen any of the four “Lethal Weapon” movies, you already know what the “Lethal Weapon” TV show (Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) is all about....
    Updated Sep 21 2016 10:24 am   |     |   Share
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    Kiefer Sutherland stars in ìDesignated Survivor.î Courtesy  |  ABC TV review: ‘Designated Survivor’ starts strong, but then falters
    The first 20 minutes or so of “Designated Survivor” (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) are absolutely outstanding. (Although what happens won’t come as a surprise – ...
    Updated Sep 21 2016 10:24 am   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy  |  CBS  Contestants will try to outwit, outplay and outlast each other on the 33rd season of ’Survivor.’ Wednesday on TV: Huge storm forces ‘Survivor’ to go where it has never gone before
    The new season of TV’s best reality/competition show — “Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) — begins with yet another twist on the tried-and-true formula. I...
    Updated Sep 21 2016 10:30 am   |     |   Share
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    ABC’s “Speechless” stars Mason Cook as Ray, stars Kyla Kenedy as Dylan, John Ross Bowie as Jimmy, Minnie Driver as Maya, Micah Fowler as JJ and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth. Kevin Foley  |  ABC TV review: ‘Speechless’ is very funny stuff
    Yes, ABC deserves applause for its new sitcom “Speechless” (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) — because it features a family with a special needs child. But you w...
    Updated Sep 21 2016 10:18 am   |     |   Share
  • Lucas Till stars in “MacGyver.” Guy D’Alema  |  CBS Scott D. Pierce: Can’t kill ‘MacGyver’ or even ‘The Exorcist’
    You can cancel a TV show, but you can’t necessarily kill it. The latest series to rise from the TV grave is “MacGyver” (Friday, 7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), w...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 03:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2015, file photo, British actress Dame Maggie Smith poses in London. When Smith wasn’t present for her Emmy win on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, host Jimmy Kimmel took the statuette from presenter Minnie Driver and said, “We’re not mailing this to her. Maggie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found.” Smith responded on Twitter Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, writing, “If Mr. Kimmel could please direct me to the lost and found office I will be on the next flight.” (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) ’Downton’s’ Maggie Smith asks Jimmy Kimmel where her Emmy is
    Los Angeles • “Downton Abbey” star Dame Maggie Smith wants Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel to show her where her Emmy is. Kimmel joked during his Emmy monologu...
    Updated Sep 20 2016 02:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this file image provided by USA Network, Rami Malek appears in a scene from, ’Mr. Robot.’ The creative team behind the award-winning “Mr. Robot” knows that if it doesn’t get details right, they’re going to hear about it. Unlike other shows about hackers, “Mr. Robot,” which wraps up its second season on Sept. 21, 2016, has been praised by the hacker community for realistically portraying what they do. (Peter Kramer/USA Network via AP, File) How the TV show ‘Mr. Robot’ won the prize for hacker realism
    Finally, the computer hackers of the world have a TV show they can call their own. “Mr. Robot,” a mind-bending drama in which a morphine-using compute...
    Updated Sep 20 2016 01:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    Michael Weatherly (left) stars as Dr. Jason Bull in ìBull,î a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. David M. Russell  |  CBS TV review: Michael Weatherly is likable, but ‘Bull’ is pretty bad
    The folks at CBS are under the impression that “Bull” (8 p.m., Ch. 2) has two really big things going for it. The first is former “NCIS” star Michael ...
    Updated Sep 20 2016 10:23 am   |     |   Share
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    Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelichi Watson and Sterling K. Brown star in ìThis Is Us.î Courtesy  |  NBC Universal Tuesday on TV: Careful ... you might fall in love with ‘This Is Us’
    I don’t want to raise your expectations too high, but I really love the premiere of “This Is Us” (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). It is my favorite pilot of this ...
    Updated Sep 20 2016 10:23 am   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by ABC, Kiefer Sutherland portrays Tom Kirkman in a scene from, ’Designated Survivor,’ premiering Wednesday, Sept. 21. (Ben Mark Holzberg/ABC via AP) Kiefer Sutherland rises to power as ‘Designated Survivor’
    Wherever she was, Natascha McElhone’s ears must have been burning thanks to Kiefer Sutherland, who stars as her devoted husband and the inadvertent pr...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 05:54 pm   |     |   Share
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    Justin Lubin  |  NBC  Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in “The Good Place.” TV review: Surprise! ‘The Good Place’ is offbeat, but you’ll love it to death
    “The Good Place” (9 and 9:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5) is one of this season’s most surprising new shows. And a very pleasant surprise at that. Kristen Bell (“...
    Updated Sep 19 2016 11:48 am   |     |   Share
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      Kevin James stars in the new CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait.” David Giesbrecht  |  CBS TV review: ‘Kevin Can Wait’ is lame
    If you like traditional sitcoms with predictable jokes; hysterical laughter from the studio audience in response to unfunny jokes; and the feeling tha...
    Updated Sep 19 2016 11:48 am   |     |   Share
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    Monday on TV: ‘Big Bang Theory’ season premiere is laugh-out-loud funny
    I’m a huge fan of “The Big Bang Theory” (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), and I love tonight’s episode. The 10th-season premiere is one of my favorites. Ever. One ...
    Updated Sep 19 2016 11:48 am   |     |   Share
  • Kerry Washington arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Who rocked the Emmys red carpet: Washington, Paulson, Culpo
    From Kerry Washington’s daring, elegant baby bump to Anna Chlumsky’s barrel-shaped, um, dress, the Emmys red carpet was a mixed bag of color and silho...
    Updated Sep 19 2016 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • The cast and crew from “Game of Thrones” accept the award for outstanding drama series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ take top honors at Emmys
    Los Angeles • “Game of Thrones” conquered the Emmy kingdom Sunday, honored as top drama for the second consecutive year and becoming the most honored ...
    Updated Sep 19 2016 09:39 am   |     |   Share
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    This weekend on TV: It’s the Emmys! (And lots of local college football)
    The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are on Sunday (6 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4), and I’m sort of ambivalent. Hey, I cover TV for a living. I’m interested to s...
    Updated Sep 16 2016 12:36 pm   |     |   Share