Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Saturday TV: Fireworks, Safer from Home

In contrast to some risky public gatherings, “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) goes virtual this year, with its performances from Trace Adkins, The Temptations John Fogerty, Renee Fleming, Yolanda Adams, Andy Grammar, Chrissy Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Patti LaBelle, Mandy Gonzalez and the National Symphony Orchestra each performing separately. [...]

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Friday TV: Holiday ‘Hamilton’ Streaming

The big prize of the pandemic era and perhaps the only patriotic punch of the July Fourth weekend is the moving up of the original cast of “Hamilton” (Disney+, streaming), the much honored Tony winning historical blockbuster musical. Filmed before live audiences during a couple of performances in 2016, it features creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Warrior Nun’ Awakens

In the new series “Warrior Nun” (Netflix, streaming), based on the comic book, Alba Baptista stars as a woman in contemporary Spain who wakes up in a morgue with a new mission: fighting demons on Earth. Hope you liked “Council of Dads” (NBC, 8 p.m.) while it lasted. The drama in the “This is Us” [...]

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Wednesday: ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Returns

From the producers of “Stranger Things” comes the new take on the old series “Unsolved Mysteries” (Netflix, streaming), again inviting viewers to solve the mysteries and bring solutions to various unexplained deaths, missing person cases and a paranormal event. Robert Stack is no longer around to host but the chilling music of the old NBC [...]

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Tuesday TV: The Mystery Atop Everest

The documentary “Lost on Everest” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) looks into the 1924 disappearance of early Everest pioneer Sandy Irvine and the mystery over whether he and George Mallory were the first to ascent to its summit. Climber Mark Synnott hosts with National Geographic photographer Renan Ozturk. It’s followed by “Expedition Everest” (National Geographic, 10 [...]

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Monday TV: When Women of Color Run

A timely “POV” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) presents a two port documentary following the grassroots efforts of women of color running for office in 2018. Among those filmed for “And She Could Be Next” by Grace Lee and Marjan Safina were such household names as Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Rashida Tlaib, [...]

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True Crime and a Whole Lot More

The documentarian Liz Garbus must have felt an intense kinship to Michelle McNamara, a true crime blogger who kept amassing information on a topic in order to fashion it into compelling art. For her latest film, she tackles McNamara’s obsession with a prolific rapist and killer in California in the 1970s and 80s that became [...]

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Also on Sunday: BET Awards on CBS

The comedian Amanda Seales hosts The BET Awards 2020 (BET, CBS, 8 p.m.), where performers include Alicia Keys, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legends, Lil Wayne and Usher among others. The pandemic means the ceremony will be socially distanced (and not like last year’s event with Rihanna, pictured above).  But it [...]

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Saturday TV: Beatles, Dylan and Concert

You can’t quite beat the double bill of The Beatles and Bob Dylan. It happens tonight on Turner Classic Movies with the pairing of the timeless “A Hard Day’s Night” (8 p.m.) followed by the less-often seen “Don’t Look Back” (10 p.m.), the revealing look at Bob Dylan at his most mercurial, amid his 1965 [...]

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Friday TV: The Eurovision Contest for Now

The pandemic meant no Eurovision Contest this year. In its place is a Will Ferrell spoof, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” (Netflix, streaming). He stars with Rachel McAdams as an Icelandic act that seems like half of Abba but is in contention in the worldwide competition. Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens and Demi [...]

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