Television: A Surrogate-Family Affair

A strong ensemble keeps a memory of a rooming-house childhood from slipping into sentimentality

Love makes the world go round, but it can also send drama spiraling right down the drain. The recollection of someone loved too well and too uncritically can bury a filmed memoir in Hallmark emotion. Writer-actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson courts this danger in the autobiographical Lackawanna Blues (HBO, Feb. 12, 8 p.m....

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