Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Wednesday TV: ‘I Feel Bad’ Debuts

The first of the new fall TV shows is here and it’s not great. “I Feel Bad” (NBC, 10 p.m.) seems more conventional than it ought to be since it’s co-produced by Amy Poehler. Despite a strong lead in Sarayu Blue, the harried household ploy has beyond the the required number of crude jokes as [...]

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Tuesday TV: Tom Arnold vs. Donald Trump

One goofball deserves another, or something, as the comedian and actor Tom Arnold becomes obsessed with Donald Trump and specifically, the miles of outtakes from “The Apprentice” that have never been released (that supposedly led to a minor brawl between Arnold and “Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett at an Emmy party Sunday). But he’s looking for [...]

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Monday TV: ‘SNL’ Takeover at the Emmys

“Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che headline The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.), an event in which “SNL” may win further awards  — it has 21 nominations and Tiffany Haddish already won this year as a guest host. “Game of Thrones” has the most nominations, with 22, so [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘The Circus’ Sees Grim Reaper

“The Circus: Inside the Widest Political Show on Earth” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) returns with a new episode tonight, as John Heilemann takes a tour of Breitbart with Steve Bannon (depicted on “SNL” as the Grim Reaper). Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner round out the crew, who will also probably take time to have a fine [...]

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Saturday TV: The Creative Arts Emmys

The Emmys have been pushed from Sunday night to Monday for the first time, lest football be disturbed, but last week’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards (FXX, 8 p.m.) will still run tonight, now two days before the main event. A lot of the technical awards will be given in the edited event from the Microsoft [...]

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MC50 Mark History at 930 Club

History swirled around the rare booking of MC50 at the 930 Club Tuesday. Yes, it was the half century anniversary of the debut LP of the Motor City Five. In addition, a couple of weeks earlier had marked 50 years since the Democratic National Convention police riots in Chicago, where the MC5 served as house band [...]

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Friday TV: ‘The First’ Looks Good

If “The Handmaid’s Tale” was the first series that made many seriously consider Hulu subscriptions, Beau Willimon’s new sleek new series “The First” (Hulu, streaming) about a manned trip to Mars will surely be the second. Set in 2030, when the space center has apparently moved to New Orleans, Sean Penn leads the cast as [...]

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Thursday TV: Oslo Accords, 25 Years Later

The most disheartening thing about “The Oslo Diaries” (HBO, 8 p.m.), an enlightening documentary that goes behind the secret, even illegal, negotiations that came the closest to finding peace in the Middle East after 25 years of conflict, is that it was initially signed 25 years ago today —and nothing has happened since. Indeed, if [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘American Horror Story’

“American Horror Story” (FX, 10 p.m.) begins its eighth season by taking parts from all of its previous season in a new story that begins and ends with the end of the world, “Apocalypse.” Much of the past cast is involved, including Kathy Bates, in a nice new hairdo. A new series is less cheery [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘The Resistance Banker’

In addition to the apparent resistance in the current White House, there is also the story of “The Resistance Banker” (Netflix, streaming), who set up an underground bank to help fund the resistance to Nazis in occupied Amsterdam. The Dutch film by Joram Lürsen stars Barry Atsma, Jacob Derwig and Pierre Bokma. Also online is a stand-up [...]

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