Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Wednesday TV: Awkwafina’s Own Show

Hot on the heels for her Golden Globe Award (for a film that wasn’t a comedy), Awkwafina stars in her own autobiographical series, “Awkwafina is from Nora from Queens” (Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, 10:30 p.m.) that presents a fictionalized account of her upbringing in an outerburough. She brings with her quite a distinguished cast, from [...]

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Tuesday TV: Impeachment Trial Begins

Clear your afternoons. The Impeachment Trial (ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, 1 p.m.) begin in the U.S. Senate, and will continue afternoons through the week. Chief Justice John Roberts presides. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to end the thing as soon as possible and not call any witnesses. But the majority [...]

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Monday TV: ‘Spy Games’ vs. ‘Brain Games’

Let the games begin. On the new “Spy Games” (Bravo, 10 p.m.), pictured above, ten contestants test to see if they can enter the world of espionage. The returning “Brain Games” (National Geographic, 8 p.m.) begins a new season with Keenan Michael Key at the helm and more of a focus on celebrity participants. The [...]

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Sunday TV: Space Cruising on ‘Avenue 5′

The new comedy “Avenue 5” (HBO, 10 p.m.) is set on a space cruise ship in the future where a pleasure trip around Saturn goes seriously off course and there’s no help to be held from a staff that includes a captain played by Hugh Laurie and a rich twit owner played by Josh Gad [...]

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Saturday TV: Australia Before the Fires

The latest vast, mind-blowing nature series “Seven Worlds, One Planet” (BBC America, 9 p.m.) brings viewers to impossible corners of the globe to witness fascinating, often previously unseen species. “This was the first time that we’ve went to the natural world through the continents,” producer Emma Napper told reporters at the TV Critics Association winter [...]

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Friday TV: Eight Immigrant Stories

Eight immigrant stories comprise the new anthology series from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, “Little America” (Apple TV+, streaming), based on stories in Epic Magazine. A second season was already ordered. There are two new projects on competing streaming services about ambitious preteen girls. “Diary of a Future President” (Disney+, streaming) stars Tess Romero as [...]

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Thursday TV: Helping Raise The Half-Sibs

Australia’s Josh Thomas, whose previous series was the autobiographical “Please Like Me,” is back with a new show “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” (Freeform, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.) in which he plays a a legal guardian of his two teenage half-sisters in Los Angeles after their father dies of cancer, and one of the sisters has [...]

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Ryan Adams Surfaces in Jesse Malin Show

What was already a pretty nifty small club gig – with New York rocker Jesse Malin and his band headlining a show also featuring Chuck Prophet at Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe turned into something more notable when the guest stars started coming in during Malin’s encore. First there was Richard Bacchus of his old band D [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘M*A*S*H’ in Afghanistan

From Ron Howard and Brian Grazer comes the new “68 Whiskey” (Paramount, 10 p.m.) about a group of Army medics in Afghanistan. Based on an Israeli TV premise, it attempts a “M*A*S*H” vibe along with the drama. Its cast includes Sam Keeley, Jeremy Tardy and Gage Golightly. Weird to have a straight up adventure travel [...]

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Tuesday TV: Leslie Jones Takes the Stage

The former “Saturday Night Live Star” has a standup special that looks back, “Leslie Jones: Time Machine” (Netflix, streaming). The unabashed fan of “Game of Thrones” has the special directed by its TV creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss And then there were six: Just a half dozen candidates qualified for tonight’s Democratic Presidential Debate [...]

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