Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Monday TV: More Singing in the Car

Before she winds up a Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace of more than 15 years and 1,000 shows, Celine Dion jumps in a car in Las Vegas for “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special” (CBS, 10 p.m.). Corden will throw in some other of his favorite bits from the past year, including [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale

If tonight is the heralded finale of “Game of Thrones” (HBO, 9 p.m.), why were they striking the sets last week? Daenerys may have been going off the deep end last week in destroying King’s Landing, but who’d even want to rule a place that is pretty much ashes now? For all of the killing [...]

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Saturday TV: Prime Time Baseball Returns

Prime time Saturday night Baseball returns with regional games, such as Cubs at Washington (Fox, 7 p.m.). Other baseball today includes Tampa Bay at Yankees (MLB, 1 p.m.), Colorado at Philadelphia (MLB, 4 p.m.) and Kansas City at Angels (Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m.). Many of the stars of the Kentucky Derby won’t be part [...]

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Friday TV: The Catch to ‘Catch-22′

It’s such a literary milestone that it deserves more than one movie adaptation; its permutations would seem to be perfectly suited to serialized television. But a new six-pat adaptation of “Catch-22” (Hulu, streaming) takes a while to capture the perfect absurdity canonized in its title. It’s a noble effort, with George Clooney both as director, [...]

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Upfronts: The CW Adds Three New Shows

The CW closed out the week of broadcast upfronts with a 2019-2020 slate that continues the network’s slide into a full service comic book store. “Batwoman” will join “Supergirl” on the recently-instituted Sunday night schedule of the network that already has “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “”DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” Another new addition is  “Kate Keene” [...]

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‘Big Bang’ Bye Byes

The final episode of “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.) comes after 12 seasons and more than 275 episodes, making it the longest-running multi-camera (that is to say, studio audience) sit com in history. Not that it will ever really go away, with all those reruns to show. Tonight’s end will be an hour, [...]

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Upfronts: CBS Adds Five Titles for the Fall

CBS announced eight new shows for the upcoming season, including there comedies and two dramas premiering this fall. But things will look much the same on the network, with two dozen returning shows. And many of the new shows have familia faces, from Pauley Perette and Patricia Heaton to Billy Gardell and Marg Helgenberger. “The [...]

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Ex Hex Triumphant in Hometown Date

Mixed amid the sheer exhilaration of an Ex Hex gig at the 930 Club is the added pride of a hometown date. The D.C. rockers led by Mary Timony, once of Helium, Wild Flag and Autoclave, quite rightfully nearly sold out the place, but I’m wondering why the trio isn’t selling out everywhere they go. [...]

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Wednesday TV: Would-Be Celebrities Cook

Because there’s apparently not enough “MasterChef” spin-offs, here’s a new installment “MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown” (Fox, 8 p.m.), a cooking competition that considers as celebrities such people as Lisa Vanderpump, Snooki and JWoww to be celebrities. Also, Johnny Weir goes up against Tara Lipinski. A strange season of “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.), clogged with denizens on [...]

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Upfronts: Three New Fall Shows on ABC

Stressing consistency, ABC named only three new fall shows for its 2019-2020 prime time schedule, with two more dramas and a comedy set for midseason. At least one of the new shows paid heed to the current roster, with “mixed-ish” playing off the ground paved by “black-ish,” returning for its sixth season. For late night, [...]

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