Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Friday TV: The Moon’s Pull Over Millennia

People have looked upon it dreamily for millennia, but only a handful have traveled there, the first of them a half century ago come Saturday. “Wonders of the Moon” (BBC America, 10 p.m.), one of the many specials to mark the occasion this weekend, looks to the long fascination of the moon to Earthlings. I [...]

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Thursday TV: Brenda Song Gets Amnesia

Former Disney Channel star Brenda Song stars in the new thriller “Secret Obsession” (Netflix, streaming) in which a young woman awakes with amnesia after a vicious attack, helped by a doting husband. Or is he? Mike Vogel and Dennis Haysbert also star in the film by Peter Sullivan. Let’s reiterate that chances of being killed [...]

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Wednesday TV: Dispersing the ‘Suits’

“Suits” (USA, 9 p.m.), which starts its ninth and final season tonight, was mostly about dudes,one of whom has already left the show, Patrick J. Adams’ Mike Ross. Of the standout women on the series,  one married Prince Harry and the other gets her own spinoff, “Pearson” (USA, 10 p.m), in which Gina Torres’ character [...]

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Tuesday TV: Mishandled Murder Case

In the second big two-part crime documentary in as many weeks, “Behind Closed Doors” (HBO, 8 p.m.) covers the 2008 murders in India of a 13-year-old girl and a 45-year-old domestic worker found the same night, as the teen’s parents slept. Were the middle class parents, a doctor and his wife, to blame? Was it [...]

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Monday TV: Deportation and Death

Speaking of deportation, Robert Greene’s haunting “Bisbee ’17” looks at the 1917 Bisbee Deportation when 1,200 immigrant miners in Arizona were taken from their homes by a deputized force, shipped to the desert on cattle cars and left to die, while the community kept the deadly secret for a century. Partly based on a 100th [...]

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‘The Juliet Letters’ Live Again

Running a small opera company requires innovation enough, but Washington’s Urban Arias goes further, by commissioning new works, or finding pieces that are little known or rarely performed and infusing them with reliable company talent that can electrify their purposely small audiences. They’re doing that now by closing their latest season with a performance of [...]

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Juliana Hatfield Keeping It Strong

Juliana Hatfield still looks like a bit of a waif taking the spotlight at Union Stage in Washington, D.C. on a recent summer weekday night. She’s rail-thin in her flowered pantsuit; her slight stature seemingly made smaller by the size (and sound) of her electric guitar. But it’s her still high and girlish voice that [...]

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Sunday TV: Three Shows Returning

“Sweetbitter” (Starz, 9 p.m.), the series about a young woman finding her way in the New York restaurant world, based on the book of the same name, returns for a second season with a pair of episodes. Ella Purnell stars. Back for its fourth season, with James Norton making his final appearance as Sidney Chambers,  [...]

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Saturday TV: Serena at the Finals

This morning has the women’s singles final (ESPN, 9 a.m.) between Simona Halep and Serena Williams, who will be playing in her 10th Wimbledon final. Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp star in last year’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (HBO, 8 p.m.), making  its premium cable debut. It’s the second film in the series, meant as [...]

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Friday TV: Inside Rick Rubin’s ‘Shangri-La’

Get into the head of prolific record producer Rick Rubin (Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Adele) in the innovative new four-part series “Shangri-La” (Showtime, 9 p.m.). It comes from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (“20 Feet from Stardom,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”), who mixes old clips from old Hollywood  films while introducing artists [...]

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