Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Friday TV: Eastwood Back in the Saddle

At 91, Clint Eastwood returns in the Western “Cry Macho” (HBO Max, streaming), about a fading rodeo star driving his former boss’s young son home along the Texas/Mexico border. Dwight Yoakam and Fernanda Urrejola also star in the adaptation of a 1975 novel that Eastwood also produced and directed, which is also premiering in theaters […]

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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit at Wolf Trap

Americana kingpin Jason Isbell is always a gracious frontman and performer. But he had to stop his show with his band The 400 Unit a couple of times Tuesday at Wolf Trap in Virginia to take in what he was seeing: a nearly full outdoor amphitheater packed with fans who had been waiting as long […]

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Thursday: B.J. Novak’s Anthology Series

Anthology series jump a couple levels in quality with the premiere of B.J. Novak’s sly new series “The Premise” (Hulu, streaming) which concocts little morality plays peopled with talented actors. Novak, a sharp writer (in addition to a cast member of “The Office”) finds unusual twists in contemporary subject matters with results that can be […]

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Ted Lassoes Another Virtual TCA Awards

Getting a four day jump on the Emmys, the second Covid-preempted Television Critics Association Awards Wednesday, showered “Ted Lasso” with three wins — for outstanding new program, outstanding achievement in comedy and program of the year. But Jean Smart won individual achievement in comedy for “Hacks” the same year she was bestowed a career achievement […]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Younger’ No Longer

After seven seasons, “Younger” (TVLand, 10 p.m.), starring Sutton Foster about an editor who lied about her age, really is older. The series comes to an end with tonight’s finale.  The young poet is interviewed on the special “Amanda Gorman: Brave Enough with Robin Roberts” (ABC, 10 p.m.).  The Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is […]

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Tuesday TV: When the Mets Were Good

Jimmy Kimmel and his Cousin Sal Iacono are among the co-producers of the new two night documentary in the series “30 for 30” (ESPN, 8 p.m.)  “Once Upon a Time In Queens” follows the stories of the 1968 New York Mets featuring old footage and interviews with Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Mookie Wilson […]

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Monday: Women Rule in ‘Y: The Last Man’

Diane Lane, Ben Schnitzer and Amber Tamblyn star in a strong new series “Y: The Last Man” (Hulu, streaming), based on the graphic novel series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. The set up is gripping, with something that has killed half the population in their tracks. That the half is entirely male (except […]

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Sunday TV: ‘Scenes from a Marriage’

Peak fall TV comes early with the debut of a couple of solid series starts. First Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain (above) star in “Scenes from a Marriage” (HBO, 9 p.m.), a bold update of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 classic. It’s from the maker of “In Treatment,” so it can be kind of talky. But the […]

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Saturday TV: The 20th Anniversary of /911

You will be reminded that today is grim 20th anniversary marked by a special that began with four doomed flights, examined in the two hour documentary “9/11:Four Flights” (History, 8 p.m.). It’s followed by a collection of personal videos by eyewitnesses stitched together as “9/11: I Was There” (History, 10 p.m.). Also premiering tonight is […]

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A Fuller Portrait of John Walker Lindh

The withdrawal of the U.S. from Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban makes particularly relevant a documentary on the so called “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh, “Detainee 001” (Showtime, 9 p.m.). Director Greg Barker doesn’t show his hand; he follows the story as it unfolds. What’s surprising is how much Lindh spoke about how […]

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