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For live ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ NBC turns to a Legend

Most Easter Sundays, you can find John Legend at home, helping cook a big dinner for family and friends. Except this Easter. He’ll be a little busy – being Jesus …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

Keri Russell loves ‘The Americans’ but ready to say farewell

“As a woman, these kind of characters are just rare,” Russell, 42, says. “For Elizabeth, it’s more than just being single-minded. To me, it’s such a feminist role. She is …


Around the remote: ‘Roseanne’ reboot debuts on ABC

Chuck Barney makes his TV, streaming picks for March 25-31.


‘Roseanne’ revival aims to keep it real, Trump included

Roseanne Barr looks more glamorous, John Goodman slimmer. But the mass-market plaid couch is a giveaway that ABC’s “Roseanne” revival hasn’t ditched its roots.


Around the remote: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ spin-off makes debut

Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for March 18-24.


Rising star: Auli’i Cravalho’s finds similarities, differences with her character on ‘Rise’

It’s been a whirlwind 16 months for Auli’i Cravalho. She exploded out of obscurity at the end of 2016 when her Disney animated film, “Moana,” opened. It was the Hawaii …


Around the remote: Academy Awards celebrate Hollywood

Around the remote TV column for the week of March 4.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Stream on demand: ‘Casablanca,’ ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ and more now on FilmStruck

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.


Kelly Clarkson comes full circle as coach for ‘The Voice’

LOS ANGELES – One of the big complaints about television music competition programs is more often than not, the winner – or even some of the top runners-up – won’t …


Around the remote: Chuck Barney’s TV picks for Feb. 18-24

After a three-month hiatus, our favorite fake anchor guy returns to launch the fifth season of his Emmy-winning satirical program.


Actress Jenifer Lewis embraces her bipolar self

Character actress Jenifer Lewis has played the hilarious, take-no-prisoners grandmother Ruby Johnson to great acclaim for 3


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 6:01 p.m.

Gonzaga extends television signal to Japan as Rui Hachimura continues to play prominent role on team

Last Thursday’s Gonzaga-San Diego game was the first of four Zag contests to be televised on J Sports in Japan, via an agreement with Root Sports/KHQ through Metta Sport. The …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

NBC looks to make Olympic coverage omnipresent

Fresh off the Super Bowl, NBC begins more than two weeks of Winter Olympics coverage on Thursday with a new host, some new wrinkles and the hope that its business …


Kenya government allows 2 TV stations to resume broadcasting

Kenya’s government Monday restored transmission to two major TV stations of the four it shut down seven days ago, as police fired tear gas on


Around the remote: From Super Bowl to Olympics, sports dominate TV week

Ah, Super Bowl Sunday: The day we gather around the TV set, shovel thousands of calories into our faces and pretend we’re down with football, even if we don’t know …


In ‘Girlfriends,’ women get the pain, laughs, no Botox

Acorn TV’s six-episode “Girlfriends” neatly combines drama, humor and mystery and, significantly, is delivered up by three veteran actresses.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 12:26 p.m.

Oscar winner J.K. Simmons on his long career and pulling double duty in the new Starz thriller ‘Counterpart’

If J.K. Simmons had moved from understudy to star on Broadway when he was 30-something, would he be where he is today? The actor contemplates the “what ifs” and his …


Candice Bergen to star in CBS’ ‘Murphy Brown’ revival

LOS ANGELES – Candice Bergen is returning to TV in a revival of “Murphy Brown,” the agenda-setting 20th-century comedy. CBS said in a Wednesday announcement that it’s ordered 13 episodes …


Around the remote: ‘The Alienist’ makes its debut on TNT

Based on the best-seller by Caleb Carr, this moody psychological thriller takes viewers into the darkest corners of New York City during the Gilded Age.


Last chance to put a bird on it: ‘Portlandia’ closes up its painfully hip artisanal shop this season

The IFC sketch comedy series that gently skewers the hipster culture of Portland, launched its eighth and final season Thursday. The show, a flagship for a cable network that specializes …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

‘Black Lightning’ delivers a jolt of reality to CW’s superhero lineup

The new year isn’t even a month old, and a new superhero is charging onto the scene, smashing into the jam-packed universe already occupied by Superman, Batman, Thor, Wonder Woman …


Around the remote: ‘American Crime Story’ delves into Versace murder

After a mesmerizing look back at the O.J. Simpson murder case, this anthology series from prolific producer Ryan Murphy turns its attention to the 1997 murder of fashion icon Gianni …


Sterling K. Brown: Award-winning actor and devoted family man

The morning after making history as the first black man to win a Golden Globe Award for lead actor in a TV drama, Sterling K. Brown fulfilled an acceptance speech …


Stream on Demand: Letterman returns to TV with monthly Netflix show

What’s new for home viewing on video-on-demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Oprah, ‘Three Billboards’ triumph at black-draped Globes

With a red carpet dyed black by actresses dressed in a color-coordinated statement, the Golden Globes were transformed into an A-list expression of female empowerment in the post-Harvey Weinstein era. …


Around the remote: Meyers hosts 75th Golden Globes

Normally, this celebration of the year’s best movies and TV shows is a fun, free-wheeling and booze-filled bash. But as Hollywood continues to be rocked by claims of sexual harassment …


See it, sure, but then read it

By all accounts, the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” was a huge success in 2017. Counterintuitively, the Margaret Atwood novel it was based on has been a constant on best-seller …


’Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek on leave after brain surgery, says ‘prognosis is excellent’

Alex Trebek’s no-nonsense tone is something of his trademark. The “Jeopardy!” host has employed it in more than 6,800 episodes of the game show, doling out kind rebukes and droll …


Samantha Brown hosts new PBS travel series ‘Places to Love’

“ ‘Places to Love’ is about finding the experiences, the destinations, but, most importantly, the people who really make us feel like we’re part of a place,” Brown said.


Do you fall down a Wikipedia rabbit hole after each episode of ‘The Crown’? You’re not alone.

The Wikipedia rabbit hole is real, especially while watching television. The site confirmed this Wednesday when editors revealed the most-read English Wikipedia articles of 2017, and seemed fascinated by how …