Tune In Tonight: ‘Orphan’ a complicated new drama
March 30, 2013
“That’s you, all over!” could be the tagline for the new head-scratcher “Orphan Black” (8 p.m. Saturday, BBC America). Part of a lineup of supernatural fare, including a new episode of “Doctor Who” (7 p.m. Saturday, BBC America), “Black” asks a lot of star Tatiana Maslany.
Tune In Tonight: Shows end for now, at least
March 27, 2013
The alien antics conclude on the season finale of “The Neighbors” (7:30 p.m., ABC). Having recently attended a Broadway show, the gang takes the next logical step for ultimate tourists: a trip to Atlantic City. Frivolity comes to an abrupt end when they receive a call from their home planet.
Tune In Tonight: Take a hop down the bunny trail
March 26, 2013
The CW, a network geared to viewers barely out of kindergarten at the turn of the century, reaches back more than 40 years to broadcast “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” (7 p.m.). This animated special, produced by Rankin-Bass (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”), features the voices of Danny Kaye, Casey Kasem and Vincent Price.
Tune In Tonight: Go mad with full day of basketball
March 21, 2013
An annual tradition on CBS for decades, the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament (11 a.m.), or “March Madness,” begins today in earnest. In addition to CBS, games will also be airing throughout the day on TBS, TNT and Tru TV.
Tune In Tonight: Diving show ‘Splash’ just another flop
March 19, 2013
The old phrase, “Imitation is the sincerest form of television,” has never seemed so timely. Coined by radio star Fred Allen, it perfectly sums up the essence of “Splash” (7 p.m., ABC), a brand-new series that seems anything but.
Tune In Tonight: Two new series aim to thrill viewers
March 18, 2013
Ready for a “Psycho” prequel? The new series “Bates Motel” (9 p.m., A&E) aims to explain the devolution of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) from teenager to serial killer. As in most psychological queries, we begin with the mother.
Tune In Tonight: Reality show titles lacking in originality
March 17, 2013
With the wealth of the English language at their disposal, the geniuses in charge of putting titles on reality shows appear to have a limited vocabulary. As I have recently observed, the word “war” has been associated with “Whale Wars,” ‘‘Rhino Wars,” ‘‘Storage Wars” and “Cupcake Wars.” ‘‘Wives” and “housewives” have been similarly abused. As has “swap.”
Tune In Tonight: Lies and ads key in new ‘rom-com’
March 16, 2013
Is the truth packaged as a lie still the truth, or merely advertising? This is the heady theme of the made-for-cable romantic comedy “Tom, Dick & Harriet” (8 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark). Borrowing themes from “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “The Front,” the film stars Steven Weber.
Tune In Tonight: Dick Cheney is largely unchanged
March 15, 2013
Showtime wades into the documentary field in a big way with “The World According to Dick Cheney” (8 p.m.) directed by R.J. Cutler.
Tune In Tonight: ‘The Office’ takes sad, surprise turn
March 14, 2013
Most long-running series treat their final seasons as a kind of victory lap. They run toward the inevitable, often concluding at the altar. Even NBC’s quirky “30 Rock” ended there. For the last several months — or last few years, even — “The Office” (8 p.m., NBC) has been spinning its narrative wheels. It was difficult to predict where the show might end up because, with the exception of a series of romances that went nowhere, it, too, was going nowhere.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Kings Point’ a moving look at retired life
March 11, 2013
We’re all going to get old. Unless we don’t. That’s a hard fact we live with every day. The Oscar-nominated 2012 documentary “Kings Point” (8 p.m., HBO) takes a bittersweet look at the residents of a Delray Beach, Fla., retirement home.
Tune In Tonight: Brooke Shields enlists in ‘Army Wives’
March 10, 2013
More than 30 years in the public eye, Brooke Shields joins the cast of the cable drama “Army Wives” (8 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime) as the popular series enters its seventh season. Over the years, she’s transformed from the precocious child model and actress (“Pretty Baby”) to television star (“Suddenly Susan”), while maintaining a good deal of public affection.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Flying Monkeys’ soars
March 9, 2013
All hail cheap knockoffs! While others celebrate the release of Disney’s new and expensive big-screen variation on “The Wizard of Oz,” let us praise “Flying Monkeys” (8 p.m. Saturday, Syfy).
Tune In Tonight: ‘Frock Stars’ well-tailored to audience
March 7, 2013
“L.A. Frock Stars” (7 p.m., Smithsonian) is a pretty dumb title for an enjoyable show. A far better title, “The Way We Wore,” is the name of the upscale vintage boutique featured here, run by Doris Raymond. She’s a smart, tireless and discerning judge of the futures market for things of the past.
Tune In Tonight: Reality TV full of D-list personalities
March 5, 2013
Coolio’s girlfriend trades places with the spouse of singer Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) for a week on “Celebrity Wife Swap” (7 p.m., ABC). It’s come to this: Coolio’s girlfriend.