Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Saturday TV: Space Flight, Take Two

Weather willing, there will be a countdown and launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon (CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, 3 p.m.). The Demo-2 test flight was to have launched Wednesday but was delayed due to lightning near the Kennedy Space Center. It was rescheduled for today, when there ought to be an even bigger audience (on [...]

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Friday TV: Steve Carell’s ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell’s latest comedy, devised with Greg Daniels, has him leading the newly-formed U.S. “Space Force” (Netflix, streaming) with a strong comic cast that includes John Malkovich, Lisa Kudrow, Ben Schwartz, Jimmy O. Yang, Jessica St. Clair, Chris Gethard, Roy Wood Jr. and the late Fred Willard. They throw a lot of resources at this [...]

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Thursday TV: Questlove Hosts Potluck

The Roots drummer, late night TV presence and music journalist Ahmir Khalib Thompson, better known as Questlove, invites some friends like Tiffany Haddish, Zooey Deschanel, George Lopez, Hannibal Buress and Olivia Wilde over for dinner, virtually, on the special “Questlovle’s Potluck” (Food, 10 p.m.). It’s a benefit for the pandemic relief group America’s Food Fund. [...]

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HBO Max Launches With Scant Originals

Ready for a new streaming service with a monthly fee? HBO Max is here, bringing with it the entire catalog of HBO shows, but also the wealth of AT&T and Warner Bros. products from “Friends” to “Big Bang Theory” to “Wonder Woman” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Matrix” and “Batman.” There seems fewer original new [...]

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Also Wednesday: Netflix Take on Epstein

The new four-part documentary series “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich” (Netflix, streaming) covers the disgraced financier found dead in his cell, using accounts of some of his victims. Director Lisa Bryant began her project before Epstein’s arrest last July. The  SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, 4:20 p.m.), the first one in a decade, [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘The Genetic Detective’ Begins

The new true crime series “The Genetic Detective” (ABC, 10 p.m.) follows the work of CeCe Moore, who uses DNA to help solve cold case murders. The first is a couple found dead in Seattle in 1987. Her last comedy special, “Nanette,” made her a star. Now she’s back with the follow-up “Hannah Gadsby: Douglas” [...]

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Monday TV: Re-Examining U.S. Grant

The History channel gets back to its original mission with the three-part “Grant” (History, 9 p.m.), telling the comipicated story of the Civil War general turned President. Historians and ex-generals from biographer Ron Chernow to retired Gen. David Petraeus help tell the tale, fleshed out by actors, with Justin Salinger playing the general. The first [...]

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Sunday TV: More Sports Documentaries

Sports documentaries are big recently (in the absence of actual sports), so ESPN follows its epic and popular Michael Jordan series with a two part look at cyclist Lance Armstrong. The four hour “30 for 30: Lance” (ESPN, 9 p.m.) concludes next Sunday. Elsewhere, the documentary “Tiger Slam” (Golf, 8 p.m.) examines Tiger Woods’ run [...]

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Saturday TV: Memorial Day Marathon

The three-day, 31 film Memorial Day Marathon begins on Turner Classic Movies with “Drums Along the Mohawk” (6 a.m.), “Captain Caution” (8 am.), “Glory” (9:30 a.m.), “Sergeant York” (11:45 a.m.), “D-Day the Sixth of June” (2 p.m.), “The Steel Helmet” (4 p.m.), “The Green Berets” (5:30 p.m.), “Casablanca” (8 p.m.), “Waterloo Bridge” (10 p.m.), “Cornered” [...]

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Friday TV: The Real Jane Roe Confesses

The first documentary from FX is a consequential one: “AKA Jane Roe” (FX, 9 p.m.) is British filmmaker Nick Sweeney recording the final months of Norma McCorvey, who agreed to be the plaintiff in “Roe vs. Wade” though she never had an abortion, who campaigned for the choice for a time before she became born [...]

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