Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Saturday TV: A Drop of Cirque du Soleil

“Imagined by Cirque du Soleil – One Night for One Drop” (CBS, 8 p.m.) brings a little circus to your Saturday night. The annual event is usually held each year on World Water Day (though this year’s World Water Day is March 22). But this year’s seventh edition was presented on International Women’s Day in [...]

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A Couple Takes the Gershwin Prize

It was the 10th Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, but winners Emilio and Gloria Estefan represent two firsts — the first married couple to be so honored, and the first of Latin heritage. The award comes with a presentation with a big Congressional delegation in Washington and an all-star concert at the [...]

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Friday TV: Aidy Bryant’s ‘Shrill’ Star Turn

“Saturday Night Live” star Aidy Bryant shines in the new series “Shrill” (Hulu, streaming) about a struggling writer at an independent weekly in Portland, Ore. She has to deal with a lowly job as listings writer, an indifferent boyfriend and mildly irritating parents on her way to accepting herself as a larger sized person. Based [...]

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Thursday TV: A New ‘Project Runway’

Harvey Weinstein is gone; the show has moved back to its original network from an 11-year stint on Lifetime. But the biggest change for the 17th season of “Project Runway” (Bravo, 8  p.m.) may be the absence of Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, who have fled to Netflix for a future project. The revamped competition [...]

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Wednesday TV: Big Screen-Style ‘Frontier’

The troubled thriller “Triple Frontier” (Netflix, streaming)  from J.C. Chandor (“A Most Violent Year”), which was picked up by the streaming service after Paramount pulled the plug on a production with Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy, finally sees the light of day. Now starring Ben Affleck, the the big screen-style, cartel-robbing caper that is set [...]

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Tuesday TV: Saget Shows More Videos

The first eight years of the family-friendly “America’s Funniest Home Videos” were hosted by Bob Saget of “Full House.” Once off the show, he became a raunchier comedian. But now the videos and maybe the network have caught up to him, since he’s now hosting a raunchier video clip show, “Videos After Dark” (ABC, 10 [...]

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Remembering Hal Blaine, 1929-2019

One of rock’s greatest timekeepers was stilled, as Hal Blaine died in Los Angeles Monday at age 90. A player on more than 350 Top 40 hits and 40 No. 1 records, Blaine was something of a hometown hero in Hartford, where I was working when I interviewed him in 2000, as he was about [...]

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Monday TV: Making of ‘Imagine’ and Punk

Two strong music documentaries are on tonight. The British-made “John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky” (A&E, 9 p.m.) is about the making of the “Imagine” album, whose title track was pretty much based on a Yoko Ono idea and was originally intended as a B-side to “Give Me Some Truth.” Lots of backstage footage [...]

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A Stirring Salute to the Queen of Soul

Any time is a good time for a salute to Aretha Franklin music. But the Queen of Soul did it so well herself, it’s hard to pay tribute and come close. The music special “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul” (CBS, 9 p.m.) tries its best, but in the end succeeds largely [...]

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Also on Sunday: Going Beyond ‘Serial’

One would think the death of a high school girl in Baltimore would have been adequately covered in the first season of the “Serial” podcast. But there is much more to the story and quite a bit to update in Amy Berg’s “The Case Against Adnan Syed” (HBO, 9 p.m.), a four-part documentary series that [...]

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