Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Friday TV: New “Ozark’ ‘Descendants 2′

The good will that Jason Bateman and Laura Linney have built up through their careers compels you to give their sudden new series a chance. “Ozark” (Netflix, streaming), despite its name, is about a Chicago financier and secret money launderer who gets in deep trouble with a cartel. Easi Morales is on Bateman’s case and [...]

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Thursday TV: Parole for O.J. Simpson?

“Today the day.” Such were the memorable words of a guy on the street in Key West, Fla., 22 years ago. Nobody had to ask what he was talking about: It was the day the O.J. Simpson murder trial began. Back then, it was the stuff of all three networks’ wall to wall coverage. Something [...]

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Steve Earle & the Dukes at the Birchmere

It’s a brash move to close out a show on one of the hottest days in the D.C. metro with a song called “Christmas in Washington,” but Steve Earle’s career has been one of brash moves. He started his generous show at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday with a handful of songs from an [...]

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Wednesday TV: Caribou, Migration Champs

Let’s hear it for the caribou, who take the longest land migration of all the species on the series “Nature’s Great Race” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). It involves 2,000 miles through the frozen Arctic wilderness of Canada and Alaska and conquering frozen rivers, rugged mountains and a few ravenous bears and wolves. It [...]

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The Zombies Come Alive at Birchmere

Half a century ago this summer, the Zombies were in Abbey Road studio, working on an album that would both break up the band and bring them back together decades later. Fifty years later, they were winding up another U.S. tour whose center point was a group of songs from that album that only grew [...]

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Tuesday TV: Photographing Every Species

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has a big ambition: to document every species on the planet in a project he calls the Photo Ark. Each is shot, if possible, in high resolution 4K on a black background. And some are farewell portraits. That’s because “We stand to lose half of all species to extinction by [...]

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Rock Review: NRBQ Sustains at Amp

It was a shock six years ago when the newest incarnation of NRBQ was actually something that had been touring as the Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet. Adams had been been the mainstay of the Q since the start, more than 50 years ago now, but still. NRBQ had been on a hiatus for [...]

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Monday TV: ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’

Here is an internet story for our time: A woman in New Orleans posts videos singing a cappella for fun in her spare time and goes nowhere. Someone she doesn’t know in Tel Aviv finds the videos and adds backing tracks that make her a star in some online circles. She’s not sure how to [...]

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Sunday TV: Winter is Here

The anticipation is super-high for the return of “Game of Thrones” (HBO, 9 p.m.) for its seventh season, which can be seen as the first half of its final season. There will be only seven episodes this time around — it will be gone again by Labor Day, leaving just six episodes for next year’s [...]

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Saturday TV: Pretend It’s Christmas

Hallmark takes a bold jump by filling up a sweltering summer week with its huge backlog of Christmas movies and including a new one tonight. Brooke Nevin and Patrick Duffy play a father-daughter doctor team, but she’s tempted by a romance with a local guy ( Steve Byers) in “The Christmas Cure” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.). It [...]

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