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2016
Jan
26
 
 
The bloody, often brutal story of the fight to unionize the West Virginia coal mines is told in this new American Experience documentary. Expect the treatment to be fossil, not facile. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
26
 
 
These post-season outings are the most indispensible installments of this sports series, because they combine extensive deconstructions with specially placed cameras and microphones. What were Cam Newton and Peyton Manning saying to their teammates and coaches on the sidelines? Chances are, you’ll find it here, in this show that dissects the league championship games and sets up the Super Bowl.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
26
 
 
It would be convenient to see Outsiders as a lucky case of TV art imitating life, with a small Appalachian clan being forced by the Feds off the rugged mountain on which they have lived for 200 years...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
25
 
 
It’s Hollywood Week on American Idol, and time to cull the herd on the once dominant TV competition’s final season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
25
 
 
Fox’s live TV production of Grease is less than a week away – so Freeform is repeating this 1978 movie musical at a very well-chosen time. Watch one more time, to compare the performances (and costumes) in this film of Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta and Stockard Channing – as Sandy, Danny and Rizzo, respectively – with the ones coming this Sunday from Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
25
 
 
TIME SLOT PREMIERE: Now that the exposition-heavy, reset-obsessed series premiere episode is out of the way, The X-Files can get back to business, and to basics. That begins with tonight’s episode, which is much more satisfying than last night’s return episode. But what’s really satisfying, on balance, is having David Duchovny’s Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Scully back again.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
25
 
 
In tonight’s new episode, Supergirl goes up against a White Martian. I used to read Marvel Comics, not DC, so I’m not familiar with this particular villain. To me, a White Martian sounds like an exotic drink order.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
25
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Even in a series casting Satan as an antihero of sorts, the devil is in the details – and the details, in this new Fox series, are way too vague to earn a recommendation. The Devil is alive and well and living in Los Angeles? Tell us something we don’t know… For full reviews, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower and Ed Bark's Uncle Barky's Bytes.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
25
 
 
Part 2. This A&E Networks miniseries, simulcast on A&E, History and Lifetime, continues tonight. The first part wasn’t particularly impressive in any aspect of its production, but if you’re an optimist, and want to double down on your initial two-hour time investment, here you go. The action starts with a duel – and ends, eventually, with peace.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
25
 
 
Leo Tolstoy might have been surprised by a few of the scenes in the new television adaptation of War and Peace, just as Jane Austen might have been surprised 20 years ago by a few scenes in the television version of Pride & Prejudice...