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Samantha and Nicole in “One Last Hug: Three Days at a Grief Camp.”

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Jon Hamm as Don Draper

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Alan Thicke

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TV picks for April 13-17:  "One Last Hug,” "Mad Men,” "The Address,” "Unusually Thicke”

  • April 12, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Death in the family

Give HBO props for making room on its busy schedule for a string of documentaries that never fail to tug the heartstrings. The latest, “One Last Hug: Three Days at a Grief Camp,” might be the greatest tearjerker of them all as it turns the cameras on emotionally shaken children who lean on one another to get over the loss of loved ones. I’m not a big fan of putting youngsters on film, especially at such a vulnerable time, but director Irene Taylor Brodsky shows great respect and restraint as she gently tells their shattering stories. Watch with a full box of tissues. 7 p.m. Monday, HBO

The long goodbye

The last time we left Don Draper, the dude was in pretty bad shape — and we’re not talking about a bottle of cologne going bad. “Mad Men” returns with some California dreamin’ and the continued rise of Peggy Olson. Just remember: The nostalgia trip is nearing an end with seven new episodes this year and the final seven in 2015. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC

Professor Lincoln

It’s natural to assume that a Ken Burns project called “The Address” would be a 12-hour affair with Tom Hanks reading letters Abe Lincoln wrote to his wife about the most important speech of his career. Instead, the documentary is a one-night, low-key affair about a Vermont school for students who overcome learning challenges by memorizing the Gettysburg Address and performing it in public. 8 p.m. Tuesday, TPT, Ch. 2

Family matters

We have officially run out of ideas for reality shows. Alan Thicke, once known for starring in “Growing Pains,” now known for raising Robin Thicke, is center square in “Unusually Thicke,” a series that puts the spotlight on his relationship with his much younger wife, who is described as “spicy” in a press release. Painful, indeed. 9 p.m. Wednesday, TV Guide

Neal Justin





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