Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Monday TV: More Songs of the Season

Reba McEntire hosts the ninth “CMA Country Christmas” (ABC, 8 p.m.) which features Tony Bennett with Diana Krall, Dan and Shay, Brett Eldridge, Amy Grant, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling, the Isaacs and Brett Young. A group that’s made a business out of Christmas songs has its [...]

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Sunday TV: Honoring Quincy Jones’ 85th

In Quincy Jones’ long career in entertainment, he’s worked with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra before he produced the biggest hits of Leslie Gore and the best selling albums of Michael Jackson. He went on to score soundtracks, dabble in film and television and earn the most Grammy nominations of anyone — [...]

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Saturday TV: More Christmas Movies

Megan Hilty stars in the latest made-for-TV holiday romance, “Santa’s Boots” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), opposite Noah Mills. She plays a kind of elf, which is pretty much the same plot of another made-for-TV movie, “Rent-An-Elf” (ION, 9 p.m.) about yet another type-A working woman who falls for a divorced man during the holiday season. Kim [...]

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Friday TV: Gripping Border Drama ‘Icebox’

In Daniel Sawka’s super-timely “Icebox” (HBO, 8 p.m.), Anthony Gonzalez portrays a 12-year-old Honduran boy forced to seek asylum in the U.S., only to be apprehended by the Border Patrol and placed in a detention facility with scores of other kids. Matthew Moreno, Omar Leyva and Johnny Ortiz also star in the film, produced in part [...]

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Thursday TV: Americana on Tap

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better music lineup than the one on the 2018 Americanafest (CMT, 9 p.m.) a Nashville event that finally makes it to television with performances from big winner Jason Isbell, above, as well as Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Irma Thomas, Buddy Guy, I’m With Her, Margo Price, k.d. lang, [...]

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Wednesday TV: Remembering a President

If you’re off work today due to the National Day of Mourning, it’s only fair that you tune in the Memorial Service for President George H.W. Bush (NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, 9 a.m.). While cable news coverage begins early, the motorcade won’t travel from the Capitol to the National Cathedral until 10 a.m., with [...]

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Celebrating ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’

“One hundred years from this day,” Gram Parsons once wrote. “Will the people still feel this way?” Alas, he wouldn’t live to find out. Twenty-two when he wrote it, he was dead at 26. But half a century since it was recorded for a game-changing Byrds album, maybe the people do feel different. A flop [...]

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Tuesday TV: Megan Fox, Archeologist

Not since Melania Trump rocked the Indiana Jones look at the pyramids has there been such a glamorous person adopting the archeologist’s pose. But on the new four-part “Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox” (Travel, 8 p.m.) the actress from the early “Transformers” movies travels to places like Turkey and Stonehenge to try and [...]

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Monday TV: ‘Say Her Name: Sandra Bland’

She was an outspoken activist who was going places. Until a Texas officer stopped her for not signaling. She was pulled over, put in jail and thee days later found dead in her cell. The police say it was suicide; her family thinks otherwise. A documentary on the case “Say Her Name: The Life and [...]

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Sunday TV: A Different Martin Story

The Sunday night George R.R. Martin series tonight is not the awaited last season of “Game of Thrones” but an adaptation of his first novella from 1980, which was previously the basis of a 1987 movie. “Nightflyers” (Syfy, 10 p.m.) concerns a group of scientists on a spaceship in 2093 setting out to meet aliens. [...]

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