Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who is America?’

Heavy prothetic makeup is the vehicle for Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest devilish comedy. Lest anyone imagine he is Ali G or Borat, he’s padded with all kinds of altering makeup  to lure the famous and not so famous before his cameras under false pretenses in the elaborate prank undertaking “Who is America?” (Showtime, 10 p.m.). [...]

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Also on Sunday: The World Cup Finale

The day’s biggest sporting event begins this morning: Croatia vs. France (Fox, 11 a.m.) in the World Cup final. Just behind it is the men’s championship at Wimbledon (ESPN, 9 a.m.) with Kevin Anderson vs. Novak Djokovic. As if he’s not enough with us already, the slightly exaggerated “Our Cartoon President” (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.) is [...]

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Saturday TV: Big Tennis Showdowns

On the day of the women’s final and men’s semifinal at Wimbledon (ESPN, 8 a.m.), here’s the premium cable premiere of “Battle of the Sexes” (HBO, 8 p.m.), the recreation of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Carell can later be seen tonight in [...]

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Friday TV: Undercover Employee

Summer is a time for reruns and reality shows, of course. But there is also time for the kind of documentary series that don’t always make it to prime time network TV. The new “Whistleblower” (CBS, 8 p.m.) looks at the darker side of companies (which are usually seen in a favorable light in the time slot, [...]

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UCB: Conjuring New Show Every Night

“Seinfeld” might have been a TV show about nothing, but shows by the Upright Citizens Brigade at Woolly Mammoth literally begin with nothing. The “Four Gorgeous Women!” as they kept calling themselves, came out on stage (a fifth person, a guy, who was listed in the program, didn’t materialize). And aside from a sci-fi themed [...]

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Thursday TV: Hot Wheels Turn 50

Not every benchmark of 1968 was a grim one. Let’s talk about cool toy cars that debuted a half century ago, in the “Hot Wheels: 50th Anniversary Special” (History, 8 p.m.). A classic toy zipped around on loop-de-loop tracks ended up influencing car design. What began with a die-cast custom Camaro  is lately toying with [...]

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Taylor Swift’s Big, Big Stadium Show

Despite the dizzying confluence of torches, fireworks, lights, immense video screens, dancing squads, light-up fan wristbands and three-story snakes — so many snakes — in Taylor Swift’s big Reputation stadium tour, the best moment comes when she’s finally alone with the guitar. It happens just over halfway in her two hour extravaganza when she’s on [...]

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Wednesday TV: Another Obstacle Course

If Kevin Hart is such a comedy and box office force, you have to wonder why he’s hosting a dim new reality show “TKO: Total Knock Out” (CBS, 9 p.m.) in which competitors on yet another TV obstacle course are targets of their competitors, throwing stuff their way. It’s “Wipeout” without the blue sky and [...]

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Tuesday TV: New ‘The Outpost’ on CW

In the new fantasy series “The Outpost” (CW, 9 p.m.), Jessica Green plays the sole survivor of her people who seeks vengeance against the mercenaries that killed her family. Jake Stormoen, Imogen Waterhouse and Anand Desai-Barochia are also in the cast of the series developed for the Syfy channels internationally. Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s new travel [...]

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Monday TV: Will You Accept This Robe?

Just as he relished announcing the winner of “The Apprentice” in bloated three hour finales, Donald Trump will turn the Announcement for  Supreme Court Nominee (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CSPAN, 9 p.m.) into a prime time event, relishing the ratings as much as any Congressional approval. The former reality show star interrupts [...]

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