Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Thursday TV: Last Rays of ‘Sunnyside’

It’s only the fourth episode of “Sunnyside” (NBC, ), but it’s also the last on the network. The Kal Penn comedy about a group of immigrants in Queens is the fall season’s first casualty. It will be replaced next week by the 11th and final season of “Will & Grace,” coming a little sooner than [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Chicago’ Crossover Traffic

Why have three Chicago procedurals on the same night if you’re not going to have a three-show crossover event every so often? This one occurs four weeks into the new season, like a three hour movie — with lots of commercials. It starts on “Chicago Fire” (NBC, 8 p.m.), when a deadly bacteria begins to [...]

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Tuesday TV: Another Packed Debate

The good news about the fourth major Democratic Presidential Debate (CNN, 8 p.m.) is that it’s just one night instead of two. The bad news is that with 12 candidates, it will be the most crowded stage yet and the hopefuls will have less time to make their case or stand out. On stage will [...]

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Digging with Shovels and Rope

Like the White Stripes before them, Shovels & Rope bring the two person, man and woman, guitar and drums lineup to life. The exception is that they dwell more in country roots, with Appalachian gospel seeping through their down-home harmonies and lots of wistful tales of traveling on the road. But there’s more: In addition [...]

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Monday TV: ‘Lodge 49,’ ‘The Terror’ Finales

“Lodge 49” (AMC, 10 p.m.) reaches its season premiere, with Dud back from Mexico and maybe another appearance from the show producer who has lately been seen more and more on screen, Paul Giamatti as author L. Marvin Metz. It’s also the end of “The Terror: Infamy” (AMC, 9 p.m.), the first TV series set [...]

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Sunday TV: A ‘Succession’ Season Finale

The most consistent pleasure this fall has been the second season of “Succession” (HBO, 9 p.m.), which has been packing a lot of sharp jibes with lavish locations, bitter recrimination and a simple story: Who’s going to take over the family business? It’s not clear the answer will come tonight, during the season finale. The [...]

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Saturday TV: Admissions Scandal Movie

The best casting for a TV movie rather unimaginatively titled “The College Admissions Scandal” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), of course, would be Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Apparently they weren’t available, so instead we have Penelope Ann Miller and Mia Kirshner not exactly playing any of the big name figures involved in the high profile scandal, [...]

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Friday TV: A New ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie

Not since “Deadwood: The Movie” or “Twin Peaks: The Return” has there been as much anticipation for a feature length sequel to a beloved show as “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” (Netflix, streaming). Written and directed by Vince Gilligan, creator of the original, excellent series “Breaking Bad” — and its top-notch, ongoing prequel, “All [...]

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Thursday TV: Probing Border Separation

A new 40-minute documentary “Torn Apart: Separated at the Border” (HBO, 9 p.m.) looks at two mothers from among the nearly 3,000 families with children separated at the U.S. Mexico border last year. Filmmaker Ellen Goosenberg Kent follows the women over nine months as they escape dangerous conditions in their home countries to seek asylum [...]

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Wednesday TV: A New ‘Nancy Drew’

As a dark, updated story of the 175-book teen detective series, the new “Nancy Drew” (CW, 9 p.m.) stars Kennedy McMann as an 18-year-old sleuth who foregoes college to look into a local murder of a socialite in her small town. She’s got a stake in the inquiry, since she’s also a suspect. From the [...]

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