What’s on TV Friday: ‘A Very English Scandal’ and ‘Kiss Me First’

A new Amazon Prime show explores gay British history. And stream “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” before it leaves Netflix. What’s Streaming A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL on Amazon Prime. Another day, another role for Hugh Grant as a British politician carrying out a discreet love affair. This time, he plays Jeremy Thorpe, a Liberal Party leader in the 1960s, who begins a relationship with a stable boy (played by Ben Whishaw). Years later, Mr. Thorpe is charged with conspiring to murder his past lover — this three-part show covers everything that happens…

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To Diversify TV Staffs, Database of Minority Writers Is Unveiled

An online database of more than 800 television writers of color was unveiled by the Creative Artists Agency on Thursday, intended to serve not just as a resource but also as a rejoinder to the common Hollywood refrain that qualified diverse writers are hard to find. The list, called the Amplify Database, is made up of 808 writers and is searchable by gender, genre specialty, ethnicity and experience, and, according to its creators, will be available free to studios, showrunners and networks. While the database is expected to grow, membership…

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‘Sex, Cash and Death’: The Story Behind ‘A Very English Scandal’

When the three-part mini-series “A Very English Scandal” hits Amazon Prime on June 29, it will be received by a much different audience than the one that rapturously watched it on BBC One last month. That audience was presumably much better-versed on the scandal that inspired the series (and the John Preston true-crime novel it was adapted from), which involved a closeted gay member of Parliament named Jeremy Thorpe, a male model, blackmail and a murder plot. If you aren’t familiar with the history, one of the pleasures of the…

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Review: ‘A Very English Scandal’ Is Very Good. And Scandalous.

It’s 1965, and two well-heeled British men share a fussy lunch where they surprisingly each confess a history of gay sexual encounters. “My wife insists that ‘gay’ means happy,” one groans. “I think she’s absolutely right,” the other says. “And I intend to be very happy — very many times in my life.” Mission only partly accomplished. Because while there are plenty of lusty experiences in “A Very English Scandal,” actual happiness is either fake or fleeting in this three-part mini-series, based on an astounding true story of a politician…

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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and ‘CMT Crossroads’

“Desus and Mero” comes to a close after less than two years. And a soul singer and a country singer link up in Nashville. What’s on TV CMT CROSSROADS 10 p.m. on CMT. The soul singer Leon Bridges began his career with a retro musical style that seemed almost reactionary. Recently, he has joined forces with forward-thinking artists across genres, like Dej Loaf and Odesza. His latest collaboration is with the rising country singer-songwriter Luke Combs, who brings a somberness to his Everyman affability. They perform together in Nashville as…

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The Handmaid’s Tale: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2, Episode 11: We’re Still Here

In terms of plot, that’s about it, aside from the brief flashbacks, most of which show June surrounded by Luke, Moira and Grandma Holly during the final months of her first pregnancy. But you only have to observe Moss’s body language to understand how important “Holly” is to Offred’s story. The way she breathes and blinks in the episode’s opening close-up is enough to contain the torrent of emotions — terror, hope, confusion, exhaustion, desperation — she must feel when she realizes she is alone. In the past day, she…

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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Sicario’

A special investigates the superstorms battering the Atlantic. And “The Last Jedi” arrives on Netflix. What’s on TV NOVA: RISE OF THE SUPERSTORMS 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). This year’s hurricane season looms even as many are still reeling from last year’s destruction. Hurricane Harvey caused $125 billion in damage, while the death count from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico continues to grow. This special examines the 2017 storms, revealing factors that led to an incredibly destructive season. Then, experts assess whether the United States and other countries…

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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘The Endless’

A family leads a silent, isolated life in the sci-fi horror “A Quiet Place.” And two brothers return to their dark pasts in “The Endless.” What’s Streaming A QUIET PLACE (2018) on iTunes, Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play and Vudu. John Krasinski (“The Office”) directs and stars in this nail-biting horror movie in which a family lives in a post-apocalyptic town taken over by blind monsters who navigate by sound. The only way to survive is to keep quiet, which is easier said than done. Emily Blunt (Mr. Krasinski’s real-life wife),…

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Sean Spicer Is Testing Out a New Job: TV Talk Show Host

Ellen. Oprah. … Sean? Sean Spicer, arguably the world’s most famous White House press secretary, is developing a talk show with the tentative title of “Sean Spicer’s Common Ground,” in which the former spokesman for President Trump interviews notable people in an informal setting. A pitch sheet for the show’s pilot, obtained by The New York Times, describes Mr. Spicer hosting “some of the most interesting and thoughtful public figures for a drink and some lite conversation at a local pub or cafe.” “The relaxed atmosphere is an ideal setting…

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Richard Harrison, Canny Patriarch of ‘Pawn Stars,’ Dies at 77

Richard Benjamin Harrison, a canny deal maker and the patriarch of the History channel reality show “Pawn Stars,” died on Monday. Known as “the Old Man,” he was 77. The cause was Parkinson’s disease, Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, the Las Vegas store at the center of the show, said on its website.It did not say where he died. According to a biography on History’s website, Mr. Harrison was a Navy veteran who opened his shop in the 1980s. Three generations of Harrisons eventually worked together in the store. “Pawn…

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