Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Monday TV: The Bachelorette and Color

“The most diverse cast ever” is what they’re promising on “The Bachelorette” (ABC, 9 p.m.), which couldn’t even wait until she was eliminated from “The Bachelor” to tell Rachel Lindsay she’d be their first woman of color handing our roses. She has to do so, though, on the first season of the series to start [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘Twin Peaks’ 25 Years Later

What should one expect from the surprise reboot of David Lynch’s legendary “Twin Peaks” (Showtime, 9 p.m.), picking up 25 years after it went off the air? No advance copies were made available for review and there have been only scant teases of what will transpire. Kyle MacLachlan will return as Agent Dale Cooper and [...]

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Saturday TV: De Niro Does Madoff

After Richard Dreyfuss already played Bernie Madoff on a two night mini-series, it hardly seems necessary to hash it out again. But although HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO, 8 p.m.) begins dourly as he’s arrested for a $65 billion Ponzi scheme and marquee star Robert De Niro seems as stoic as the swindler, Barry [...]

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Friday TV: Another Old Crime to Unravel

The brutal, unsolved murder of a nun in Baltimore in 1969 is not something her ex-students, now retired and grandmothers, will let go. So they meet in Facebook groups and continue to collect evidence that is carefully parsed out with music and overhead photography in the latest true crime documentary series, “The Keepers” (Netflix, streaming). Did [...]

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Upfronts: Four New Ones from The CW

In a season when old shows from “Roseanne” to “S.W.A.T.” have announced comeback seasons or reboots, The CW network closed a week of network upfront presentations saying it would bring back the old “Dynasty.” It’s one of four new shows announced by the also-run network, whose only survivor from last year’s crop of new shows [...]

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Thursday TV: Double Down on Finales

It’s just been announced that “Scandal” (ABC, 9 p.m.) will present its final season this fall. So tonight’s season finale, over two hours, sets the stage with preparations for the inauguration of the first female president. Plenty of shows go for double episodes tonight, from the season finales of “Supernatural” (The CW, 8 p.m.) and [...]

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The Pixies Pummel On at Lincoln Theatre

Conventional wisdom says the road from the Stooges to Nirvana went through the Pixies. And though they never broke through to the degree of some of their emulators, the driving Massachusetts band returned from a long hiatus this century to see just how engrained their songs had become. In ads alone, their anthems got much [...]

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Upfronts: CBS Unveils Eight New Shows

The last of the big four broadcast networks to present its plans for the 2017-18 TV season, CBS adds eight new shows, including one that’s a spinoff of its popular “Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon.” The network of powerful government acronyms continues the tradition with the dramas “SEAL Team” and “S.W.A.T.” The new dramas include: [...]

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Wednesday TV: Dog Talks But Don’t Worry

Talking animals don’t usually make for great sitcoms, be they “Mister Ed,” the cat on “Sabrina” or whatever those things were on “Alf” and the now cancelled “Imaginary Mary.” Against those odds, the needy pooch on “Downward Dog” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.) seems tolerable, though the hipster voice of Samm Hodges makes it a bit grating. [...]

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Upfronts: ABC Has a Dozen New Shows

ABC announced the most new shows of any network so far — 12 — in its 2017-18 upfront presentation. But many of its series have limited eight-to-10 episode runs, including an eight episode revival of “Roseanne” with Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalfe is also coming for 2018. Of the five new [...]

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