Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Sunday TV: ‘Treehouse of Horror XXVIII’

When it comes to Halloween confections, let us not forget the annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode of “The Simpsons” (Fox, 8 p.m.), which is now all the way up to XXVIII, or 28. This time Maggie is possessed, Lisa visits a “Coraline” world and Homer finds cannibalism delicious. The episode includes some interesting new 3D [...]

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Saturday TV: How’d ‘Carvey Show’ Fail?

How could this go wrong? Dana Carvey, fresh from “Saturday Night Live” was given a chance to do his own prime time sketch comedy show on ABC in 1996, co creating it with Robert Smigel of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog fame. Louis C.K. was head writer, as was later screenwriting whiz Charlie Kaufman. Greg [...]

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Friday TV: Laura Benanti in ‘She Loves Me’

Laura Benanti, who does such a good Melania impersonation, stars opposite TV’s Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) in the Roundabout Theater revival of the 1963 Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musical “She Loves Me,” whose plot may be familiar:it used the same source as “You’ve Got Mail.” Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creeel are also featured. Best of all, you [...]

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Another Live Night for Chris Gethard

At a time when huge teams of writers script nearly every moment of late night comedy shows, with filmed bits are carefully shot in advance and even the nightly “live” shows taped hours in advance to accommodate editing, truTV’s freewheeling “The Chris Gethard Show” (11 p.m. ET) adheres to the fearless, no-net thrills of live [...]

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Also on Thursday: ‘Great Pumpkin’ Again

The fruitlessness of faith may be the underlying theme to the beloved Peanuts holiday special that first premiered in 1966. There may be a new poignancy to this year’s annual showing of  “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (ABC, 8 p.m.), since Charles Schulz’s house was one of the thousands that were destroyed in this [...]

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Wednesday TV: Honoring Country Stars

It’s not quite the awards show, but the CMT Artists of the Year 2017 (CMT, 8 p.m.) will salute performers like Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan (pictured above), Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, with performances from Little Big Town, Lee Ann Womack and a couple of non-country artists, Common and Andra Day. [...]

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Folger’s Close Up ‘Antony and Cleopatra’

A condensed “Antony and Cleopatra” at the Folger Theatre still has time for a couple of ensemble dance numbers straight out of “Solid Gold,” a battle scene that’s almost as well choreographed and a whole lot of kissing. There’s no questioning the physical attraction between Cody Nickell’s Antony and Shirine Babb’s Cleopatra. As the play [...]

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Tuesday TV: Two New Comedies on AT&T

AT&T picked the wrong time to buy DirecTV’s Audience Network, according to recent reports, at a time when cable-cutting is growing. But it is also at a time when it is developing its first comedies, one of which has Ron Livingston as a grizzled rock critic in recovery who does a bad job as sponsor [...]

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Monday TV: Babies, Babies Everywhere

You may think your hospital is busy. But likely not as busy as the Dr. Jose Labella Memorial Hospital in Philippines, serving poor pregnant women, which has an average of 60 births a day, with some mothers sharing single beds. It’s captured in Ramona S. Diaz’s film “Motherland,” making its debut on “POV” (PBS, 10 [...]

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Sunday TV: Showtime’s ‘White Famous’

Jay Pharaoh, never used to his full potential on “Saturday Night Live,” bounces back with a series “White Famous” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), about a comedian trying to break into Hollywood movies. But he’s not trying too hard; there’s a number of things he won’t do, despite the fact that “the Golden Age of diversity” opens [...]

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