Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Tuesday TV: ‘American Masters’ on Miles

The best parts of Stanley Nelson’s two hour documentary “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” on “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) is when Davis is playing his music. There’s a lot of it in the stylish film, which accents his playing with staccato scene-setting clips from the 40s and 50s. Among the [...]

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Monday TV: The Sons of Uhura

Before Black History Month blasts off, here’s a little history from the skies, with the special “Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier” (Smithsonian, 8 and 11 p.m.), featuring such astronauts as Guion Bluford, Frederick Gregory, Ronald McNair and Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, a Cuban astronaut sent into space by the Soviet Union. Nick Jonas joins [...]

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Sunday TV: Jimmy Finally Becomes Saul

The fifth and penultimate season starts for the great “Better Call Saul” (AMC, 10 p.m.) as Jimmy McGill finally cuts ties with his past persona and starts to market himself as Saul Goodman. But tonight’s episode begins with a long segment about his future self in wintery Omaha mall, where he contacts a surprising figure. [...]

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Saturday TV: NAACP Image Awards

Anthony Anderson hosts the 51st NAACP Image Awards (BET, 8 p.m.) live from Pasadena Performers include Jill Scott and H.E.R.; presenters include Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monae, Tiffany Haddish, Sterling K. Brown, Morgan Freeman and Lena Waithe. Rihanna and Rep. John Lewis will receive special awards. Plenty of Netflix projects, from “Dear White People” to [...]

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Friday TV: Nazi Hunting with Pacino

Al Pacino makes his bow in series television in “The Hunters” (Amazon, streaming), a generic title “The Hunters” (not to be confused with the upcoming movie “Hunt,” “The Hunt for Red October” or Hunter Biden) that is really about a bunch of Jewish Nazi-hunters in late 1970s New York. The go-to inspiration for first time writer [...]

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Thursday TV: Cary Grant as Oscars Go On

Cary Grant gets a double bill in primetime on Turner Classic Movies’ ongoing 31 Days of Oscar with “The Talk of the Town” (8 p.m.) and “My Favorite Wife” (10:15 p.m.). Also on TCM today: “The Music Man” (6 a.m.), “Tulsa” (8:45 a.m.), “Smash Up: The Story of a Woman” (10:30 a.m.), “Experiment Perilous” (10:30 a.m.), “Algiers” (2 p.m.), “After the Thin Man” (3:45 p.m.), “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (5:45 [...]

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Wednesday TV: Victorian Copper Comedy

Matt Berry, one of the crustier vampires in “What We Do in the Shadows,” who was also in the British comedies “The IT Crowd” and “Toast of London,” as well as providing a voice on “Disenchantment,” stars in a new series “Year of the Rabbit” (IFC, 10:30 p.m.) as a crude detective in Victorian London. [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘Frontline’ Tracks Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos just committed $10 billion to fight climate change. But how did he possibly rise to the level of wealth that would accommodate such a gesture? The founder of Amazon is the subject of a two hour episode of “Frontline” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) a year in the making that tracks the [...]

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Monday TV: Noah Meets the Dinosaurs

The building of the Ark Encounter, a Noah’s Ark experience in rural Kentucky 45 minutes south of its sister attraction, the Creation Museum, revives the controversies over evolution vs. the Bible, 95 years after the Scopes Trial. It’s also the subject of the documentary “We Believe in Dinosaurs” that makes its debut tonight on “Independent [...]

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Sunday TV: Fox’s ‘Duncanville’ Premieres

Amy Poehler channels her inner teenage boy by voicing Duncan, star of the new animated “Duncanville” (Fox, 8:30 p.m.) about an unexceptional 15-year-old with a big imagination who is being raised by his mother, a meter maid. It’s got good pedigree with producers that also include Mike Scully and Julie Thacker of “The Simpsons” (Fox, [...]

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