Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Wednesday TV: Elvis Died 40 Years Ago

It’s the 40th anniversary of the death of the king of Rock ’n’ Roll and leave it to Turner Classic Movies to mark the solemn occasion with 24 hours of Elvis Presley movies, including nine movies and three documentaries, starting with “Elvis on Tour” (6 a.m.), “Clambake” (8 a.m.), “Spinout” (10 a.m.), “This is Elvis” [...]

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Tuesday TV: Brad Paisley Gets Funny

Not since “Hee Haw” has there been such a pronounced effort to combine country music and comedy but here’s “Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo” (Netflix, streaming) doing jokes and songs in an online special. Ready to get the details once more of this missing person case? “The Murder of Laci Peterson” (A&E, 10 .m.), for which [...]

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Monday TV: ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Returns

“The Bachelorette” made her choice last week (and so far the two are still together by all indications – congrats!). Now comes the island of losers in “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, 8 p.m.) in which the vaguely familiar participants are encouraged to pair up to stay in the game — and stay on their Mexican [...]

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Don’t Miss ‘Get Shorty’

Just as “Fargo” successfully advanced the spirit of the original film without exactly duplicating it, the new variation of “Get Shorty” (Epix, 10 p.m.) takes the spirit of the Elmore Leonard novel made into a popular John Travolta movie in 1995. Set in the present day, Chris O’Dowd plays the mob heavy who suddenly gets [...]

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Also On Sunday: 2017 Teen Choice Awards

Not to be confused with last weekend’s TCA Awards from the Television Critics Association, the much more popular Teen Choice Awards (Fox, 8 p.m.) holds its 19th annual event from the University of Southern California’s Galen Center to honor the most popular in music, film, TV, sports, fashion and even the internet. It’s hosted by [...]

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Saturday TV: New Voices for ‘Duck Tales’

You can barely understand the accent on “Broadchurch,” and here’s David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck on a reboot of “Duck Tales” (Disney XD, hourly). It also features Dany Pudi, Ben Schwartz and Bobby Moynihan as Huey, Dewey and Louie; Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack and Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack. The animation is rudimentary, but [...]

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Friday TV: New from Netflix, ‘Atypical’

Inclusion of special needs young people in TV shows can be tricky, especially in comedies. But there’s a sweet, honest tone to the new “Atypical” (Netflix, streaming) which stars Keir Gilchrist as a high school senior on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. But he’s obsessed with penguins, has a turtle as a best [...]

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Thursday TV: Summer ‘Weekend Update’

When they broke the summer hiatus of “Saturday Night Live” to do primetime Weekend Update shows last year, they had a whole Presidential election to cover. You’d almost expect them to skip it in a non-election year, except the news pace may be faster now than ever. And there’s a lot for Colin Jost and [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Mr. Mercedes’ Drives Up

The estimable Brendan Gleeson portrays the grizzled Irish detective who is obsessed with investigating a killer called “Mr. Mercedes” (DirecTV, 8 p.m.) The cast includes Holland Taylor, Kelly Lynch and Mary-Louise Parker and is run by TV vet David E. Kelley. Other literary lights, from A.M. Homes to Dennis Lehane, are individual writer Peter Stormare and Johan [...]

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Glen Campbell, 1936-2017

Though we knew it was coming, it was sad to hear of the death of Glen Campbell at 81. His long bout with Alzheimer’s was brilliantly depicted in the sometimes painful 2014 film “I’ll Be Me,” which millions saw through replay on CNN (when that network had the luxury to show documentaries). Campbell began as [...]

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