Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Tuesday TV: ‘Downward Dog’s Demise

It may have seemed the cutest little sitcom on network TV when it premiered in May. But ABC never figured out what to do with “Downward Dog” (ABC, 10 and 10:30 p.m.), or what to pair it with, so they decided to cancel the Allison Tolman talking dog series altogether. Tonight’s pair of episodes will [...]

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Alejandro Escovedo at the Birchmere

Alejandro Escovedo brings a lot of talented approaches into one rock figure. His show at the Birchmere in Alexandria Saturday had aspects of both his hard rocking postpunk career and also his quieter acoustic material. In both he was backed by a talented three piece, who wailed when the electricity was full and sat with [...]

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Monday TV: Syrian Girl Adjusts in L.A.

The 30th season of “POV” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) begins with two films about Syrian crisis. Julia Meltzer’s “Dalya’s Other Country” follows a teenager from Syria adjusting to a new life in Los Angeles. It’s accompanied by Daphne Matziaraki’s short film “4.1 Miles” about a Greek coast guard captain caught in the middle [...]

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Sunday TV: A Younger Jane Tennison

Helen Mirren’s character in “Prime Suspect” has retired, so like “Endeavor” told the story of early “Inspector Morse,” here’s “Prime Suspect: Tennison” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). Stefanie Martini plays the young constable Jane Tennison on her first murder case in early 1970s London on this three episode run. The fourth season of the [...]

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Saturday TV: The Worst Idea for a Movie

“Roar: The Most Dangerous Movie Ever Made” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.) chronicles the making of the 1981 film “Roar,” about a family beset by big game animals which resulted in serious injuries to the crew and its cast, that included Tippi Hedren and her daughter Melanie Griffith. All told, the ill-fated flop “Roar” was 10 [...]

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Review: Elvis Costello at Wolf Trap

At a time when heritage artists have been distinguishing their tours with reverent presentations of their classic albums, playing them in strict order, one side and then the other, Elvis Costello has found a more flexible vehicle in a tour to celebrate his 1982 ”Imperial Bedroom.” A landmark album in his rich period of complex pop, [...]

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Friday TV: Netflix’ New ‘GLOW’ Shines

The prim and petite Alison Brie would seem exactly the wrong person to star in “GLOW” (Netflix streaming), a new series based on the classic 80s series “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.” While that late night show celebrated tough and unconventional women in the ring, Brie seems too proper to be the center. That’s something she [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘The Gong Show’ Returns

Summer’s here and it’s time for the silliest of TV fare. Why not embrace it fully? As ABC does for the unexpected reboot of “The Gong Show” (ABC, 10 p.m.), which pretty much follows the format of the original show from Chuck Barris, the zany host who died earlier this year. The host this time [...]

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Rock Review: U2 Does ‘The Joshua Tree’

Playing whole albums from past catalogs is the variation that has kept arenas full for classic rock acts. It’s a way to both break from the greatest hits format and the struggle to push a new product fans may not prefer while providing a one time celebration of the past. U2 may be one of [...]

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Wednesday TV: Yellowstone’s Thaw

It just turns summer today and it’s already been too hot this week to fly planes in and out of Arizona, and extreme climate extremes have also affected one of America’s favorite national parks. In the three part series “Great Yellowstone Thaw” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian’s National [...]

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