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Tune In Tonight: CW’s ‘Cult’ is something to talk about
February 19, 2013
A show within a show, “Cult” (8 p.m., CW) isn’t so much a network drama as the idea for a drama, or maybe the marketing scheme for a drama. But given the slim pickings on the CW and other networks, that may be enough.
Tune In Tonight: ‘NOVA’ special shows Earth from space
February 13, 2013
Sometimes you have to leave this world to get a good look at yourself. That’s the lesson of “Earth From Space” (8 p.m., PBS), a “NOVA” special.
Tune In Tonight: New ‘Face’ looks familiar
February 12, 2013
In many ways, “The Face” (8 p.m., Oxygen) takes the “America” out of “America’s Next Top Model,” a series it resembles in so many ways. Although it is set in New York and many of the 12 mannequin hopefuls hail from the 50 states, “The Face” has a certain international flair. It could be shot anywhere, and often it seems to be taking place on Mars.
Tune In Tonight: Unknowns still the real stars of ‘Idol’
February 6, 2013
“American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox) enters its Hollywood round. This is when the competition moves beyond the good-to-awful initial auditions and when possible favorites emerge.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Traitorous Eight’ build an enduring revolution
February 6, 2013
Say the words “revolution” and “Northern California” in the same sentence, and you wouldn’t be blamed for conjuring images of Beat Generation poets or Berkeley hippies. But the revolution discussed on “Silicon Valley” (8 p.m., PBS), an “American Experience” presentation, was hatched by guys with skinny ties, slide rules and multiple doctorates in chemistry and physics. And it proved to be much more permanent and profound.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Americans’ go undercover for the KGB
January 30, 2013
Yikes! Our little Felicity has become a hooker and a Communist spy! In the opening scene of “The Americans” (9 p.m., FX), Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell, “Felicity”) dons a blond wig and come-hither clothing. All the better to ensnare blabbermouth FBI agents in boudoir confessions.
Tune In Tonight: ‘American Experience’ gets under the hood of Henry Ford
January 29, 2013
Ford, the man and the car, get their due on “American Experience” (8 p.m., PBS).
Tune In Tonight: ‘Drones’ investigates unmanned aircraft inventors, pilots
January 23, 2013
“NOVA” (8 p.m., PBS) lifts the veil off our most secret weapon — just slightly. “Rise of the Drones” examines the inventors and pilots behind the unmanned aircraft that have been an essential — and largely clandestine — part of American espionage and warfare since 2001.
Tune In Tonight: New cooking show uses blind taste tests
January 22, 2013
When in doubt, imitate. “The Taste” (7 p.m., ABC) borrows a concept from “The Voice” and asks competitors, ranging from professional chefs to adventurous home cooks, to submit their offerings to a “blind” taste test. The celebrity judges won’t be told the name of the dish, the nature of its ingredients or the biography of its creator until they sample and pass judgment.
Tune In Tonight: Remote control holds escape from ‘Ghost Mine’
January 16, 2013
It’s getting increasingly difficult to mine comedy from cable series, when so many already seem like parodies. The new series “Ghost Mine” (9 p.m., Syfy) is a perfect example.
Tune In Tonight: History’s ‘Presidents’ borders on the frenetic
January 15, 2013
Try making a documentary without footage. That’s always been the bane of the filmmaker covering a historical period that predates motion pictures. Ken Burns offered a nifty solution with his patented panning and zooming of old photographs in “The Civil War” and other series.
Tune In Tonight: Fox’s celebrity high divers land in vat of cheese
January 9, 2013
“Battle of the Network Stars” was one of the cheesy pleasures of the late 1970s, an era overstuffed with the overripe. For the uninitiated, these spectacles pitted “teams” from ABC, CBS and NBC in contests like tug of war, volleyball, tennis and bowling.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Abolitionists’ even better than expected
January 8, 2013
The history of noble and righteous people can often be dull. So I was apprehensive about “The Abolitionists” on “American Experience” (8 p.m., PBS), a three-part documentary that airs on Tuesdays through Jan. 22.
Tune In Tonight: Teen angst and ghostly guests
December 28, 2012
There’s no trouble like “Teen Trouble” (9 p.m., Lifetime). In this new series, author and motivational speaker Josh Shipp promises to “embed” himself in a different teen’s life every week. He helps at-risk youth confront their problems, along with their parents, teachers and peers.
Tune In Tonight: Four chances to catch ‘The Mindy Project’
December 27, 2012
It’s been a pretty meager year for network sitcoms. And if NBC’s sneak peek at “1600 Penn” is any indication, 2013 won’t bring much relief.