Day: June 16, 2020

ABC sets Juneteenth special

Juneteenth – a holiday that some Americans were unaware of – will be noted in a news special.
At 8 p.m. Friday, ABC will have “Juneteenth: A celebration of Overcoming.” It will include reports from Galeveston (where the celebration began) and Tulsa (where interest was stirred this year).
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on Jan. 1, 1863 and the Civil War ended in April of 1865, but slavery persisted in Texas. It was on June 19, 1865, that Union troops reached Galveston with word that the slaves were free. Read more…

Ann Richards: A supersized soul ruled Texas

Texas has always had its supersized souls. From Sam Houston to Lyndon Johnson, from Molly Ivins to the Bushes, it seems to savor larger-than-life people.
And Ann Richards fit in neatly. “She was a very positive person,” Holland Taylor said. “She believed the world rolls forward.”
Taylor wrote and starred in “Ann” (shown here), a one-woman show. Now it’s part of a two-Friday package – “Ann” at 9 p.m. June 19 (check local listings), Christine Lahti as Gloria Steinem on June 26 – in a PBS summer that leads to Aug. 26, the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.
Put those Friday shows together and you’ll see that the women’s movement has drawn opposite people. Verbally, Richards was easy, breezy and outgoing; Steinem is not. Read more…

Best-bets for June 18: An OK show turns terrific

1) “In the Dark,” 9 p.m., CW. Occasionally – not often– an OK show turns terrific. That’s happened in the second season of this story. Previously (shown here) Murphy, who is blind, was almost caught slipping drugs to her ex-boyfriend Mas in . When her ex-boyfriend Max  in prison. Now forces converge – Max … a crooked cop … an almost-honest cop … Nia and Josiah, the competing drug lords … Jess, the ex-friend … Ben, the druggie employee. The first seven minutes and the final minute are sensational; the rest is very good. Read more…