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2015
Jun
2
 
 
David Steinberg’s guests this week: Ted Danson and Wanda Sykes. Steinberg asks her about her first standup bit that connected with audiences, and she goes all the way back to the Monica Lewinsky scandal – when Sykes claimed to be a White House employee accusing Bill Clinton of racism… because he never once paid attention to her.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
1
 
 
Tonight (June 1), ABC launches its last new series originally announced in May 2014. It’s The Whispers, a compelling paranormal suspense hour in which the kids aren’t all right while the adults strive to divine what’s driving them...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
1
 
 
Ideas don’t always translate well on the small screen. That’s why the ambitious, high-minded National Geographic documentary series American Genius is such an exercise in frustration...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
1
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Yet another series import receives its American TV premiere on Acorn TV. This time it’s a new crime series from New Zealand, called Harry, a limited series that will be unspooled Mondays on the streaming service, with the first two episodes available today to launch the newest Acorn acquisition. Oscar Kightley, who co-wrote the series, stars in the title role, playing a detective in Auckland’s Major Crime Unit who returns to the job after a month off of bereavement l
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
1
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: For Cycle 12 of this competition dance series, Fox is trying to make enough changes so this show can remain vital, or at least viable, for a few more seasons. The biggest structural changes are in the competition – it’s now stage vs. street, not men vs. women – and in the judges’ table, where Mary Murphy is gone, and a familiar judge from an even older Fox competition series, Paula Abdul from American Idol, signs up for the entire season. And since she st
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
1
 
 
Compare and contrast: With George Miller’s new, hypercharged Mad Max movie now in theaters, here’s a chance to refresh your memories of his 1979 original. Mel Gibson stars.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
1
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This is a warning, not a recommendation. What could be more cynical, and even less entertaining, than a dating reality show? How about a scripted series that pretends to be a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a dating reality show, and is every bit as manipulative and abrasive as the genre it lampoons and deconstructs? UnReal wants to be knowingly superior to the Bachelor-type program it “examines,” but somehow creates a universe, and a program, that is even wo
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
1
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new ABC summer series has two names attached who are giants in the sci-fi genre: executive producer Steven Spielberg and the late author Ray Bradbury, whose short story Zero Hour inspired this limited series – which, like CBS’s Under the Dome, will prove less limited if it catches on. It’s about a mysterious case involving a series of seemingly random children, each of whom shares the same “imaginary” plaything, a malicious spirit named Drill w