Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Saturday TV: I Believe I’m ‘The Fly’

It’s the most famous high-pitched plea in movie history: “Help me!” It happened in the classic 1958 horror film “The Fly” (TCM, 8 p.m.), the one with Vincent Price (Jeff Goldblum was in the 1986 remake). It’s paired tonight with the first of two lesser-known sequels, the 1959 “Return of the Fly” (TCM, 10 p.m.), [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Sex Ed’ Amid Netflix Onslaught

New online today is the British teen comedy series “Sex Education” (Netflix, streaming) about an awkward kid (Asa Butterfield) whose mom (Gillian Anderson) happens to be a sex therapist. The amusing “Friends from College” (Netflix, streaming) with Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Nat Faxon and Fred Savage, returns, a year since the affair that fractured the [...]

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Thursday TV: Wan New Sitcom ‘Fam’

Is Nina Dobrev the new Sally Field? The former star of “Vampire Diaries” sure looks like Gidget in the bland new sitcom “Fam” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.), about a an engaged couple who suddenly have to take in a bratty 16-year-old half-sister, played by Odessa Adlon (Pamela Adlon’s daughter). “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC, 9 p.m.) returns for [...]

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Wednesday TV: How to Be a Dictator

Creating a culture of fear, creating a common enemy, creating myth to justify governance, controlling the press, propaganda and creating a cult of personality were all common traits of the six totalitarians cover in the new docuseries “The Dictator’s Playbook” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). The weekly profile of a half dozen 20th Century [...]

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Tuesday TV: New ‘Project Blue Book’

From producer Robert Zemeckis, director of “Back to the Future” and “Contact” among other films comes the new series “Project Blue Book” (History, 10 p.m.), about the phenomenon of UFO sightings in the late 1950s and early ‘60s. The reliable Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger on “Game of Thrones”; Tommy Carcetti on “The Wire”) plays a scientist [...]

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Monday TV: The Virgin ‘Bachelor’ Returns

Colton Underwood is the first virgin at the center of “The Bachelor” (ABC, 8 p.m.). But anyone who follows the show may already be sick of him, first on The Bachelorette” and then on “Bachelor in Paradise,” where he waffled most of the summer despite a woman who wanted to get serious. Now he’s amid [...]

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Sunday TV: Celebrities Dress Up, Drink

Who cares what a few dozen random no name (and unnamed) entertainment writers think? They’re the ones who pick the often weird choices you’ll see on the 76th Annual Golden Globes Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.), hosted by Sandra Oh, who stands to win for her nominated work on “Killing Eve,” and Andy Samberg, who has actually [...]

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Saturday: National Parks Disappearances

A special two-hour episode of “Vanished” (History, 8 p.m.) looks at all the missing persons cases that have occurred in national parks. It was made before the government shutdown led to the vanishing of oversight and maintenance crews there. Soon the only look inside the treasures may be through events like today’s 15 hour marathon of  [...]

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Friday TV: Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors

If you think Sunday’s Golden Globes are a questionable award, how about The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors (CW, 9 p.m.), which collects the people who have been given stars along Hollywood Boulevard and its nearby streets this past year. They close down the streets for individual ceremonies, but they’ve apparently collected all of the [...]

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Practically New NRBQ Carries Its Mantle

Those who haven’t seen the long-running NRBQ for a decade or two (or five) might have been surprised at the pre-New Year’s show at the Hamilton in D.C. to find that it is almost entirely a different band. And while it may be unsettling for fans of Joey and Johnny Spampinato, the late Tommy Ardolino [...]

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