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PBS’s ‘Indian Summers’: A lush and vivid journey — but a slow one, too

There’s plenty of scenic eye candy in this extravagantly made, 10-episode British drama set in India in 1932 — it couldn’t be more vividly shot if they tried. (The hue levels on my high-def TV struggled to keep the hot pinks and bright saffrons of “Indian Summers” from turning into a psychedelic acid trip.) Read full article >>

ABC’s ‘Dr. Ken’: Symptoms include feeble jokes, mediocrity

In addition to his roles in “Community” and the “Hangover” movies, comic actor Ken Jeong has actual work experience as a doctor in his background (he earned a medical degree from the University of North Carolina in 1995), which is the lone selling point of his unfortunately feeble ABC sitcom, “Dr. Show More Summary

Fox’s ‘Grandfathered’: Stamos? With a grandchild? Have mercy.

I’m never sure if we just got finished having a John Stamos moment or if we’re in the middle of another John Stamos moment. Perhaps the actor is ubiquity personified, representative of ageless male vanity. In that spirit, his new Fox sitcom, “Grandfathered,” is paired, like oaky samples in a vintage wine tasting, with Rob Lowe’s “The Grinder.” Read full article >>

Amazon’s ‘Red Oaks’: Back to the ’80s, the currently favored glory days

Left to their own devices, half of Hollywood at this particular moment would greenlight nostalgia-tinted dramas and comedies based on their own coming-of-age experiences from the male, white, Jewish, suburban East Coast perspective, set sometime between 1985 and 1995. Show More Summary

CBS’s ‘Code Black’: In this emergency room, chaos is the status quo

Since the “Chicago Hope” days of yore, CBS has longed to add a hospital drama to a successful prime-time schedule full of cops. “Code Black” is one of two new “ER”-style series that will premiere this season (the other being Dick Wolf’s...Show More Summary

BBC America’s ‘Last Kingdom’: More vikings means more guts, gore & grog

Here’s more proof that we’ve reached “peak TV”: We now have two epic series about viking dudes named Ragnar. BBC America’s ambitiously virile “The Last Kingdom” occupies roughly the same part of the 9th century that is so compellingly...Show More Summary

Starz’s ‘Flesh and Bone’: Along with the pliés, some expected clichés

Creator Moira Walley-Beckett’s eight-episode limited series about the depressing and excessively cruel world of professional ballet has moments that are sublime and engrossing but not always sustainable. “Flesh and Bone” can also beShow More Summary

TV highlights: ‘Moonbeam City’ premieres on Comedy Central

(All times Eastern.)The “America’s Next Top Model” (CW at 8?p.m.) contestants compete in an acting challenge and are paired off for a steamy beach commercial.“Nova” (PBS at 9) discusses human evolution, examining fossils found in a cave in South Africa.Read full article >>

‘American Ninja Warrior’ actually made history: Someone finished the course and won $1 million

Whoa, how often do commercials teasing a dramatic season finale actually reflect reality? For the last week, NBC was running ads touting that history would be made on”American Ninja Warrior” Monday night. In other words, a possible hint that someone would finally beat the impossible Mt. Show More Summary

TV highlights: Jackson and the others try to end the global animal crisis on ‘Zoo.’

(All times Eastern)FINALE WATCH: Jim Henson (1936-1990), puppeteer and Muppets creator, is profiled in the Season 1 finale of “In Their Own Words” (PBS at 8 p.m.). Monica hires a tutor and gets a visit from her worried mother on “Monica the Medium” (ABC Family at 8). Read full article >>

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who may as well be Donald Trump, will host ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

The new host of “Celebrity Apprentice” is an extremely famous man in his late 60s. He is very rich. He has political aspirations.No, NBC didn’t re-hire Donald Trump! Instead, “Terminator” actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will take over as host when the long-running reality competition returns for a new season next year. Show More Summary

Ranking Stephen Colbert’s first ‘Late Show’ interviews: Which were best and worst?

You can’t really judge a new late-night show by its first week, even as one hyped as Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show”: There are still a few bugs to work out, including making sure the show gets on air — which according to Colbert, nearly didn’t happen after some technical problems during the premiere.Read full article >>

Vanessa Williams returns to Miss America, gets public apology from CEO for being forced to resign

Three decades after Vanessa Williams was forced to resign as Miss America when nude photos of her were published in a magazine without her consent, Vanessa Williams returned to the competition as a judge on Sunday night. But before she sat down to judge the pageant, she appeared on stage and got a very public, personal apology from the organization’s CEO.Read full article >>

ABC’s ‘Wicked City’: A killer on the loose on the early ’80s Sunset Strip

Although critics have yet to see a finished pilot episode, the pitch here is to establish an anthology crime/drama series in which each season will be set in a different era from the murderous history of Los Angeles. Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘American Experience: Walt Disney’ airs on PBS.

All times Eastern. RETURNING SHOW: “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC at 8 p.m.) comes back for its 21st season, featuring 13 new celebrity contestants, including Chaka Khan, Gary Busey, Nick Carter and Paula Deen. Read full article >>

TV highlights: HBO’s ‘Doll & Em’ returns for season two

(All times Eastern.)Logo celebrates the 30th anniversary of the “The Golden Girls” with its “30 Isn’t a Drag” marathon (Logo at noon). Hosted by four “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars, the marathon runs until 6 p.m. Sunday.Read full articl...

TV highlights: Citizen Z has a run-in with a dangerous bounty hunter on ‘Z Nation’

(All times Eastern.)Matthew McConaughey, Kristen Bell, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Colbert and several other celebrities are featured in “Think It Up” (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC at 8 p.m.), a live fundraiser for education.Read full article >>

TV highlights: The dome comes down in the ‘Under The Dome’ series finale

(All times Eastern.)FINALE WATCH: “Boom!” (FOX at 8 p.m.) contestants try to avoid a refried-bean bomb in the show’s Season 1 finale.FINALE WATCH: Cat and Vincent do everything within their power to defeat Liam in the “Beauty and the Beast” (CW at 8) Season 3 finale.Read full article >>

TV highlights: Molly and JD try to thwart a Humanich plot in the ‘Extant’ finale

(All times Eastern.)A few of the “America’s Next Top Model” (CW at 8 p.m.) contestants begin to crack under the pressure.FINALE WATCH: In the season two finale of “Extant” (CBS at 9), Molly gives the GSC details about Shepherd’s death, JD and Molly try to thwart a Humanich plot and Lucy takes a risky move.Read full article >>

Judy Carne, British actress on the comedy show ‘Laugh-In,’ dies at 76

Judy Carne, a British actress who starred on the U.S. comedy show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” where she popularized the catchphrase “sock it to me,” died Sept. 3 at a hospital in Northampton, England. She was 76.Read full article >...

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