Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Saturday TV: Benedict’s ‘Brexit’ Turn

At the moment where the UK seems in crisis over its plan to leave the European Union (or lack of it), the intriguing film “Brexit” (HBO, 9 p.m.) shows how the surprising vote happened. Its plunge into new metrics, social media influence and exploiting dissatisfaction in the hinterlands is useful how to explain how other [...]

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Friday TV: A Nuanced ‘Butterfly’ on Hulu

Anna Friel stars in the new British series “Butterfly” (Hulu, streaming) as a mother as odds with her estranged husband (Emmett J Scanlan) about how to raise their youngest child (Callum Booth-Ford), who was born a boy but identifies as a girl. It’s a thoughtful, nuanced family drama from playwright Tony Marchant that avoids easy answers. [...]

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Thursday TV: Fix Up Your Own Backyard

Landscape designers James DeSantis, Melissa Braiser and Garrett Magee join forces on the new “Backyard Envy” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) to fix up lawns and patios, but one of the first projects has a bit of a water problem. A historian with magical powers meets a vampire to start the British series “A Discovery of Witches” [...]

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Alejandro Escovedo and a Touch of Italy

“Are you ready for some romantic Italian music?” guitarist Antonio Gramentieri calls out to the audience. Well, honestly, no. The crowd at City Winery was actually there for the more Tex-Mex flavored ballads and rockers from longtime songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, who has toured with all kinds of configurations over the years, from bands to duos [...]

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Wednesday: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Season Five

Two episodes herald the fifth season start of “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop, 10 p.m.), the comedy created by Eugene and Dan Levy about a formerly wealthy family now relegated to a small town where they live in a motel. In the new series “Deadly Class” (Syfy, 10 p.m.), Benjamin Wadsworth stars as a homeless teen recruited [...]

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Tuesday TV: Return to ‘Roswell, N.M.’

The rebooted “Roswell, New Mexico” (CW, 9 p.m.) starts much the same way the original “Roswell” did on CW nearly 20 years ago — a young woman returns to town, meets a guy who resurrects her from a random shooting at her family’s diner, then learns that he’s an alien. This time the characters are [...]

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‘Hitmaker’ Jon Spencer at the Black Cat

When Jon Spencer took the stage arranging his amps before his latest band started playing Saturday night at the Black Cat in D.C., nobody much responded. Maybe they didn’t recognize him with glasses. But when he doffed the glasses, Clark Kent-like, suddenly he was the mercurial rocker, with an Elvis Presley voice, a rock ’n’ [...]

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Monday TV: Vampire Twist in ‘The Passage’

Scientists are working on a virus that could save humanity but could also destroy it. All they need is a test subject. A federal agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is sent out to pick up the girl chosen for the test (Saniyya Sidney) but decides to save her instead and they go on the lam in the [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘True Detective’ Finally Returns

Nic Pizzolatto’s “True Detective” (HBO, 9 p.m.) brought with it a grim foreboding, a visual splendor and a kind of philosophic approach to dogged criminal investigation of lurid crime, using indelibly linked pairs. The first season five years ago, with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, was a classic (they linger on as named executive producers). [...]

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Saturday TV: I Believe I’m ‘The Fly’

It’s the most famous high-pitched plea in movie history: “Help me!” It happened in the classic 1958 horror film “The Fly” (TCM, 8 p.m.), the one with Vincent Price (Jeff Goldblum was in the 1986 remake). It’s paired tonight with the first of two lesser-known sequels, the 1959 “Return of the Fly” (TCM, 10 p.m.), [...]

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