Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Saturday TV: Correspondents and Not

The year’s big night of political satire was pulled when the president said he wouldn’t play along, particularly on the 100th day of his term. So The White House Correspondents Dinner (CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC, 9:30 p.m.) goes back to scholarship awards and a set from Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show” — and no keynote [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Dear White People,’ the Series

Justin Simien’s adaptation of his own movie of the same name, “Dear White People” (Netflix, streaming) is a 10-episode series about a group of students at a fictional Ivy League university negotiating the supposedly post-racial society, political correctness, woke-ness and the rest. It does so with wit and insight and has a strong cast that [...]

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‘The Sopranos’ Return for One Night

Ten years after it went off the air, “The Sopranos” briefly returned Wednesday in Washington, as its creator and a half dozen of its cast members were on hand as the HBO classic became the first show to be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. For a moment there they all were again — [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘The President Show’

The White House Correspondent’s Dinner and its alternatives Saturday are upstaged two days early with “The President Show” (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.), in which Anthony Atamanuik channels the bizarre cadences and flights of fancy of the odd White House occupant. Judging from his appearance on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.), [...]

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The Jayhawks at the Birchmere

The latest recordings from The Jayhawks come as backing band on the new Ray Davies album “Americana,” which came out the same weekend the venerable Twin Cities band played the Birchmere. The band hasn’t exactly become the Kinks in the meantime; the Jayhawks’ latest release, “Paging Mr. Proust” has many of the same tuneful, expressive [...]

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Happening Now

There are certain shows that require one to break down and get the streaming service subscription:  “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” on Netflix; “Transparent” on Amazon Prime. Now, it’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming) on Hulu. What was once a site for mainly NBC reruns is now something worth putting in [...]

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The Colors of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Primary colors make their point in the beautifully shot “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming), starting today with a trio of episodes. Director Reed Morano is a former cinematographer, true (“Vinyl,” “Looking” but also Beyonce’s “Lemonade”). But she told reporters at the TV Critics Association press tour earlier this year that color was important in interpreting [...]

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Also on Wednesday: More of ‘Gomorrah’

Never saw the first season of “Gomorrah” (Sundance, 10 p.m.), but here’s season two. Italy’s most popular series is about a Neapolitan crime organization whose members are fighting for control. The new “Reasonable Doubt” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.) takes a look at old murder cases to see whether there should be appeals. “Law & Order: [...]

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Tuesday TV: New ‘Genius,’ ‘Great News’

Geoffrey Rush seems just the right guy to play the elder Albert Einstein in the new 10-episode miniseries “Genius” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.); impetuous and mercurial, he looks like he’ll stick his tongue out at any moment. But in telling the story, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, who gave Nat Geo it’s last big budget [...]

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Drive-By Truckers Split It Up at 9:30

The Drive-By Truckers tried something bold with their 10th studio album last fall, “American Band.” Though the title makes it sound like a reprise of the Grand Funk hit, it was actually a collection of its most pointed political commentaries to date, challenging its Southern rock fans with issues of prevalent gun violence, racial injustice [...]

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