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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.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Shrinks’ hurt more than they help
March 4, 2013
The doctors’ creed, “first, do no harm,” should apply to their reputations as well. The new Bravo series “LA Shrinks” (9 p.m.) puts three glossy, photogenic therapists on the couch as they discuss their career and relationship woes with their own analysts.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Vikings’ mingles facts and myths
March 3, 2013
Mingling the magical and factual on an epic scale, History Channel’s “Vikings” at times resembles a pared-down, less baffling version of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
Tune In Tonight: Series shows high school’s turnaround
March 2, 2013
The six-part documentary series “Blackboard Wars” (9 p.m. Saturday, OWN) follows a new superintendent, principal and faculty as they try to turn around the worst performing high school in New Orleans.
Tune In Tonight: Note to NBC—air reruns!
March 1, 2013
“Gold Rush” (7 p.m., Discovery) ends its third season with the three teams finding (spoiler alert!) gold. The end of moose season does not end quite so successfully on “Yukon Men” (8 p.m., Discovery). But the moose might be OK with that. The antics on “Bering Sea Gold” (9 p.m., Discovery) include a joke gone awry and the need for a new dredger.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Parade’ ends memorably
February 28, 2013
The war heats up as “Parade’s End” (8 p.m., HBO, part five of five) concludes. This extraordinary hour features harrowing trench battle scenes and depictions of the bravery, confusion and fear of men mired in mud and subject to unceasing bombardment. It’s quite remarkable.
Tune In Tonight: Viewers cool to new series
February 25, 2013
Is this the winter of our discontent? If you’re running a network and launching new shows, you might think so.