Tuned In Journal

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Fans of female sleuths and defenders of journalism may warm up to “Home Before Dark,” an OK if tonally confused series.

Streaming April 3 on Apple TV+, the series, already renewed for a second season, was inspired by real-life kid journalist Hilde Lysiak, “Home Before Dark” follows Hilde Lisko (Brooklynn Prince, “The Florida Project”) as her family, including former journalist dad Matthew (Jim Sturgess), moves from Brooklyn to Erie Harbor, Wash.

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PBS documentary series “Independent Lens” premieres the 2019 awards contender “One Child Nation" (10 p.m. Monday, WQED-TV) about China’s one-child policy, which ended in 2015.

Director Nanfu Wang (pictured as a child above) became interested in the history of the policy after becoming a mother. She was surprised to discover her own mother’s feelings about it.

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'Spy Wars' debuts on Smithsonian Channel

Saturday, 21 March 2020 11:13 AM Written by

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A new eight-part docu-series, “Spy Wars with Damian Lewis” (8 p.m. Sunday, Smithsonian Channel), recounts espionage cases from the past 50 years, beginning with the case of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB agent posted to the Soviet embassy in London who became a double agent, passing intel to Britain’s MI6.

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Are American TV viewers craving dystopian programming? Isn’t there enough of that in our real-world present even before a global pandemic? Evidently not if Freeform has its way.

Set in an alternate, present-day America where witches cut a deal 300 years ago to fight for the United States, “Motherland: Fort Salem” (9 p.m. Wednesday, Freeform) follows three young recruits in basic training as they learn combat magic to fight the Spree. No, not the candy, but some sort of terrorist organization that uses sound to force people to commit suicide by jumping to their deaths.

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