Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Tuesday TV: One Last ‘Bones’ to Pick

After 12 seasons and nearly 250 episodes, “Bones” (Fox, 9 p.m.) closes up shop with one last chase of a serial killer. Based on a real life forensic anthropologist, Hart Hanson’s series floated on the chemistry between Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. In addition to the two stars, the series built a nice ensemble that [...]

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Monday TV: Who was Pocahontas Really?

This month marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas, the Pamunkey tribe princess, who also served as an ambassador and peacemaker to invaders like John Smith near present-day Jamestown. Sure, her statue is in the U.S. Capitol and she’s become one of the Disney princesses with the best singing voices, but how accurate [...]

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Sunday TV: Brontë Sisters as Stars

They’ve already adapted almost all of their novels, so “Masterpiece” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) concentrates on the sibling authors in the two-hour film “To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters.” Written by Sally Wainwright of “Happy Valley” and “Last Tango in Halifax” fame, it stars Finn Atkins as Charlotte, who wrote “Jayne Eyre,” Chloe [...]

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Saturday TV: Homegrown Terrorists

Travel bans aside, most terrorism in the U.S. in the past decade have come from homegrown enemies who became convinced of their cause. Alison Ellwood’s documentary “American Jihad” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) looks at the phenomenon, talking to former Jihadists and the families they affected. Super busy Alex Gibney executive produced. “Planet Earth II” (BBC America, [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Tangled’ Becomes a Series

Mandy Moore and Zach Levi are the voices of “Tangled: The Series” (Disney Channel, 7:30 p.m.), based on the 2010 Disney feature. Another series is based on a toy: “An American Girl Story — Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance” (Amazon Prime, streaming). Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda return for the third season of [...]

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Trocks: Accomplished Men in Tights

It’s a long way from a cramped second-floor loft in lower Manhattan to the splendors of the Kennedy Center Opera House with a full orchestra. But that’s what has happened to Les Ballets Trockadaro de Monte Carlo, a troupe that began as kind of a joke – men in tutus! – Diaghliev in drag! – [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Baskets’ Season Finale

One of my favorite shows, “Baskets” (FX, 10 p.m.) ends its second season with a big opportunity for Chip — a traveling Russian circus seeking an experienced clown. Maggie’s mother visits on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.). Mateo is transferred to a different store on “Superstore” (NBC, 8 p.m.). Richard Blais is guest judge on [...]

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Wednesday TV: Direct ‘Shots Fired’

Networks are getting better about tackling serious issues. The latest, “Shots Fired” (Fox, 8 p.m.), touches on racial issues that arise from a police shooting. The unnecessary twist is that it’s a white teen shot by a black cop. But it broadens from there. The marquee stars, Richard Dreyfus, Dennis Haysbert and Helen Hunt appear [...]

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Two Nights, 50 Songs: Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields has been known to write a whole lot of songs about one subject, the prime example being the epic “69 Love Songs” that came on three discs and a boxed set in 1999. The 2004 album “I” had songs all starting with the letter i. Now, bandleader and writer Stephin Merritt accepted [...]

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Tuesday TV: Two Streaming Chappelle Gigs

The comic Dave Chappelle famously got a little freaked out when Comedy Central offered him a fortune to continue his successful sketch show. He disappeared for a while, to pop up from time to time such as on a memorable “Saturday Night Live” in November, perhaps one of that show’s best episodes in a generation. [...]

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