Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Wednesday TV: Another ‘Survivor’ Finale

It’s been an interesting season of “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.) if not a great one. Using “Ghost Island,” they’ve been bringing back artifacts from the previous 35 seasons, some of them memorable, many of them not. I’m surprised Dominick is still part of the mix at this point, he put a target on himself in [...]

Posted in What's On TV | Leave a comment

Remembering Philip Roth, 1933-2018

Sad to hear of the passing of one of America’s greatest writers, Philip Roth, who died Tuesday at 85. He was certainly one of my favorites and it was great honor when I had an opportunity five years ago to ask him a couple of questions. He was doing some promotion, oddly enough, for a [...]

Posted in Books, Obit | Leave a comment

Okkervil River Rolls Again

On the inaugural night of the new Okkervil River tour Sunday at D.C.’s Black Cat, frontman Will Sheff kept saying what a joy it was there to be there and perform. He brought up that word joy more than once, possibly because he has been accused of being a Gloomy Gus in recent years, sending [...]

Posted in Music, Review | Leave a comment

Review: Liam Gallagher in One Hour Flat

Seems like all of England was at the Royal Wedding Saturday, but rocking native son Liam Gallagher, so highly esteemed in his home country, was in Washington, D.C., to make up a show he canceled last year. And looking as if he wanted to leave as soon as possible. Other than fulfilling an implied contract [...]

Posted in Music, Review | Leave a comment

Tuesday TV: Remembering What Books Are

A new summer series has an uphill challenge: Trying to convince people to turn off their TV to read. But as a way to get people get excited about what they’re calling “The Great American Read” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) is by having a big countdown, where the public will be voting on [...]

Posted in What's On TV | Leave a comment

Monday TV: The Past Before It Was Undone

There’s no evidence anybody was dispatching spies to the Republican campaign, but there was a lot to be done in the final year of the Obama administration as captured in Greg Barker’s film “The Final Year” (HBO, 8 p.m.) which follows the foreign policy team setting up many policies regarding Cuba to Iran to Syria [...]

Posted in What's On TV | Leave a comment

Sunday TV: Billboard Music Awards

Janet Jackson performs and gets the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.) live from Las Vegas, where other performers include Ariana Grande, Macklemore & Kesha, Shawn Mendes,  Dua Lipa, Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue, Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello with Pharrell, Christina Aguilera with Demi Lovato, John Legend, Maren Morris, and Kelly [...]

Posted in What's On TV | Leave a comment

Saturday TV: Cord, Tish and Royals

If you’re going to wade into the royal wedding at all, my preference hands down is “The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish” (HBO, 7:30 a.m. and 9:45 p.m.) in which Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Rattigan join forces once again to put their stamp on a big event. The the two characters created by [...]

Posted in What's On TV | Leave a comment

Friday: Hedy Lamarr’s Secret Science Life

Hedy Lamarr fled Austria and her arms dealing husband to become a big Hollywood star. She tired of being the most beautiful woman on the screen and turned to invention, working with Howard Hughes to make faster planes, and later developing a radio signals from jamming torpedoes, a type of technology that led to Bluetooth. [...]

Posted in What's On TV | Leave a comment

The CW Closes Upfronts, Adds a Day

The CW ended a week of upfronts with something the other networks couldn’t offer — an extra night of shows. Since it began 12 years ago as a merger of the old UPN and WB networks, The CW only offered five nights of programs, leaving the weekends for local programming. Beginning this fall, it adds [...]

Posted in Fall TV Preview | Leave a comment