Day: April 1, 2022

NBC’s summer: from dancing to “Ninja”

Like many of us, NBC is eager for the endless winter to conclude.
For summer, it has a safe collection of reality shows. That includes two returning ones (“America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior”), one new one (“Dancing With Myself”) that has people trying to match the moves of Shakira (shown here) and others … and one that’s returning to the network after a decade elsewhere, “Who Do You Think You Are?”
The schedule: Read more…

Burns bio views both-brained Ben

Many of us might feel mired in one side of our brain. We’re left-brained scientists and engineers, right-brained artists and authors.
But there are rare exceptions, the both-brained sort. They’re as exotic as Leonardo da Vinci … or as down-to-earth as Benjamin Franklin, the subject of Ken Burns’ latest PBS documentary (8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 4-5, repeating at 10).
“He was able to connect art and science, able to connect the humanities and the technology,” biographer Walter Isaacson said of Franklin (shown here in an artist’s rendition). “He cared about everything you could possibly learn about, from art to anatomy, math to music.” Read more…

Best-bets for April 3: Grammys vs. “Idol” and “Eve”

1) Grammy awards, 8 p.m., CBS. After a nine-week delay, the show booms ahead with Trevor Noah hosting. Performers include H.E.R. (shown here), Billie Eilish, BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Jon Batiste, Lil Nas X, Brandi Carlile, John Legend and J Balvin, plus country’s Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne. A Stephen Sondheim segment has Cynthia Erivo, Ben Platt, Rachel Zegler and Leslie Odom Jr.; there are also gospel, bluegrass and Latin-tropical moments. Read more…