Author Archives: Roger Catlin

ABC Upfronts: Four New Fall Shows

ABC began its upfront presentation Tuesday crowing about having the No. 1 show for the first time in a dozen years and then suggested a drinking game every time they mentioned the show at the top, “Roseanne.” Like other networks who have presented so far this week in New York, they had a few more [...]

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Tuesday TV: Say Goodbye to ‘New Girl’

“New Girl” (Fox, 9 p.m.) ends its super short seventh and final season with a one hour series finale in which Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson’s characters Jess and Nick finally resolve their long-simmering relationship and the gang from the loft look back as well as decide about the future. A greater irony is found on [...]

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David Byrne Innovates at The Anthem

David Byrne has always been as interested in visual art as in music. So his tours with the Taking Heads became increasingly more creative performance pieces with the herky, jerky music, big suits and band movements to accompany his spiky, polyrthmic sounds. His solo tours were often just as arresting, and for the current “American [...]

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Fox Upfronts: Make Way for Football

At Fox, football is the new “American Idol.” Instead of scheduling around its onetime singing contest behemoth as it once did, now it’s all about using its acquisition of Thursday Night Football in addition to its Sunday NFL to promote and highlight less than a handful of new shows, many of which will be focused [...]

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NBC Upfronts: Three New Fall Shows

NBC began the annual week of network upfronts, when broadcasters announce new shows and unveil fall schedules in hopes of locking down advertisers, in a manner that many networks will follow: With surprisingly few new shows. Just three new series were announced for the fall, one comedy and two dramas. Another three dramas and one [...]

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Monday TV: Last Glimpse of ‘Lucifer’

It’s that time of year when networks make decisions of what shows stay and which ones go. And all of a sudden, what would have been merely the third season finale of “Lucifer” (Fox, 8 p.m.) tonight is actually its last episode ever. Same thing for the comedy “Superior Donuts” (CBS, 9 p.m.), which ends [...]

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Upholding Family Legacy in ‘Little Women’

The BBC shifts to American literature (and a largely American cast) for its version of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” on “Masterpiece” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings). While the three hour adaptation by “Call the Midwife” creator Heidi Thomas may be highlighted by the appearance of TV legend Angela Lansbury briefly in the role [...]

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Also Sunday: Royal Wedding TV Movie

It takes a streaming star (Parisa Fitz-Henley of “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage”) to play a cable star (Meghan Markle of “Suits”) in the first made-for-TV movie about this week’s big ceremony, “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.). It also stars Murray Fraser (“The Loch”) as Prince Harry. It’s followed by the [...]

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Stage Review: When Rock Clubs Age Out

The kind of well-worn rock club set designer Matthew J. Keenan creates for the production of Laura  Easton’s “The Undeniable Sound of Right Now” at the Keegan Theatre is so authentic, with its decades of rock posters, stickers and graffiti, you can almost smell the stale beer in the floorboards. The instincts not to visit [...]

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Cumberbatch’s ‘Melrose’ Tour de Force

When a character so fully dissipated in drink and drug, thrashing about the screen, throwing things and muttering darkly about how unbearable life is, it helps when the difficult personality is inhabited with as much wit, insight and humor as Benedict Cumberbatch gives it in “Patrick Melrose” (Showtime, 9 p.m.). Each of the novels in [...]

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