Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Joe Henry Addresses a Tearful Nation

A saving grace of not exactly being a household name is the ability of fans to hear the music of someone like Joe Henry in such an intimate setting as Jammin’ Java, a stripmall oasis in a Virginia suburb outside of D.C. A hushed crowd of 100 or so is perfectly suited to the nuanced [...]

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Friday TV: ‘The Crown’ Returns, Regally

Netflix has a lot of money to spend on programming, but they simply lavish it on “The Crown” (Netflix, streaming), the opulent series about the earlier life of Queen Elizabeth II which drops the entirety of its second season today. While barely remembered crises of the late 50s and early 60s occur, the focus comes [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Psych: The Movie’ Flashback

Light, goofy detective series seems to have faded on cable in recent years, so it’s a little of holiday treat to revisit one of them in “Psych: The Movie” (USA, 8 p.m.), which ended its run in 2014 after eight seasons. James Roday and Dulé Hill reprise their roles as the the wisecracking crime-solving buddies, [...]

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Wednesday TV: Weaver Revisits Fossey

Sigourney Weaver memorably portrayed naturalist Dian Fossey nearly 30 years ago in Michael Apted’s “Gorillas in the Mist” and has maintained a fondness for her ever since, such that she provides her voice in the three part documentary series “Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) that begins tonight, using rare archival [...]

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Tuesday TV: New ‘Stripped’ on Bravo

People have so far been only too glad to go naked and afraid in the secluded outdoor endeavors for popular cable series. Now, the new “Stripped” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) brings it all indoors, where participants agree to spend 21 days without possessions, clothing or access to Bravo shows. It’s based on a Danish reality series [...]

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Rock Review: Morrissey at The Anthem

It wasn’t until the encore that fans finally tried to get on stage and embrace their hero Morrissey at the Anthem in D.C.. There was no way they were going to threaten missing the rest of the show by trying it earlier. One accomplished a full hug; another was stopped before approaching. The star didn’t [...]

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Monday TV: Life and Times of Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee may be most famous as the Jason Robards stand in during the Watergate drama, but as the family-produced “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” (HBO, 8 p.m.) shows, there were several other important chapters to the Washington Post editor’s life — particularly palling around with JFK and in printing the [...]

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Sunday: ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ Turns 50

It could have been the high water mark for TV comedy variety shows when “The Carol Burnett Show” began its run half a century ago this fall. Some of the surviving cast members including Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner and Burnett join Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Bill Hades, Bernadette Peters, Martin Short and Jim Carrey for [...]

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Saturday: Who’s Afraid of Michelle Wolf?

One of the smartest and funniest correspondents on “The Daily Show” is Michelle Wolf. As good as she is in those five minute bits, can she sustain an hour standup special? Maybe if she didn’t point out how shrill her voice was, right off the bat. Reminding us of that undercuts some of “Michelle Wolf: [...]

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Friday TV: Many New Streaming Things

From Germany and dubbed comes the series “Dark” (Netflix, streaming), a supernatural thriller about a death of a boy near the caves not far from a nuclear power plant that is meant to live up to its title. It’s fun to find a series so full of new faces populating the four families at play. [...]

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