Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Sunday TV: On Sports Betting ‘Action’

As sports betting opens up — and the tournament that causes so much wagering continues – a new four part documentary series looks at the possible results on society in “Action” (Showtime, 8 p.m.), which concentrates mostly on the 2018 NFL season. “Madam Secretary” (CBS, 10 p.m.) mulls a presidential run. Krusty reboots “Itchy and [...]

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Saturday TV: ‘The Atlanta Child Murders’

Will Packer is better known as a comedy producer for films like “Ride Along” and “Girls Trip,” but he’s always been haunted by the forgotten case of 29 dead black children in Atlanta over 23 months 40 years ago. He revisits the case in the three part “The Atlanta Child Murders” (Investigation Discovery, 8 p.m.), [...]

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Friday TV: Hair Band ‘Dirt’ from the Crüe

There are way more pop and R&B bio movies out there. But if you’re doing one about a rock band, Mötley Crüe might be an unusual choice. “The Dirt” (Netflix, streaming) is based on the raucous book co-written by Neil Strauss. The band co-produced the movie, so it’s not likely to get too critical. Jeff [...]

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Thursday TV: Let the Madness Begin

Brackets ready? March Madness begins in earnest with Louisville vs. Minnesota (CBS, noon), LSU vs. Yale (truTV, 12:30 p.m.), Auburn vs. New Mexico State (TNT, 1:20 p.m.), Florida State vs. Vermont (TBS, 1:50 p.m.), Michigan State vs. Bradley (CBS, 2:30 p.m.), Maryland vs. Belmont (truTV, 3 p.m.), Kansas vs. Northeastern (TNT, 3:50 p.m.), Marquette vs. [...]

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Todd Snider at the Birchmere

Todd Snider walks on stage in goofy hat, trusty guitar, barefoot but also with his equally raggedy dog, Cowboy Jim, who promptly lies down and listens to these songs and stories one more time. “It don’t get folkier than bringing your @#%ing  dog!” Snider declares to the appreciative audience at the Birchmere Music Hall and [...]

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Wednesday TV: Arquette is At It Again

Patricia Arquette, who won awards for one portrayal of one real-life, frumpy middle-aged woman with criminal tendencies in the limited series “Escape at Dannemora,” now plays another one in the new limited series, “The Act” (Hulu, streaming). She’s the overly-protective mom who may be keeping her daughter sick in order to gain sympathy and funds, [...]

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Tuesday TV: Questions in a Contraption

Rob Lowe hosts a fussy new quiz show, “Mental Samurai” (Fox, 9 p.m.), in which contestants are pitched the easiest questions in the world while riding on some sort of amusement-ride contraption that takes them to each inquiry. There are no easy winners, though, as the final question is either a  trick or involves random [...]

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Flesh Eaters’ Ace Lineup at Union Stage

The poet and writer Chris Desjardins created the Flesh Eaters in the heyday of L.A. punk scene of the late 1970s, enlisting many of his friends to be among the revolving roster in the band over a handful of albums. The most potent lineup was the one in 1981 that produced the band’s strongest album [...]

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Monday TV: Inventing a Fraud

One of the fastest growing firms in Silicon Valley was something called Theranos, created by a dynamic young entrepreneur named Elizabeth Holmes. Nobody questioned her premise that inserting your finger in a box could do full blood testing. The rich invested and Walgreen’s installed them, until  investigation into its shaky science caused it to drop [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘Billions’ Returns, ‘Tricky Dick’

The sharp series “Billions” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) begins its fourth season with an odd alliance between  two who had been nemeses for the past three, Damian Lewis’ Bobby Axelrod and Paul Giamati’s Chuck Rhoades. A new series on the rise and fall of Richard Nixon seems to take a negative look, judging from the title, [...]

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