Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Sunday TV: Jim Carrey’s New ‘Kidding’

Normally I’d be cheering another collaboration between Jim Carrey and director Michel Gondry, whose “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” remains a favorite movie. But in the new series “Kidding” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), Carrey plays a sad sack children’s TV entertainer (a job that doesn’t really exist any more), with a broken marriage who can’t get [...]

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Saturday TV: Remembering Burt, ‘Smokey’

To mark the passing of Burt Reynolds Thursday at 82, there is a replay of the 2016 documentary “The Bandit” (CMT, noon), about one of his best-known films by the actor, “Smokey & the Bandit” Also, “Fast N’ Loud” (Discovery, 9 a.m.) will rebroadcast a two hour episode that featured Reynolds, in which Richard Rawlings [...]

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Friday TV: Standing Up for Cancer Again

The sixth annual “Stand Up 2 Cancer” (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Bravo, HBO, Showtime, TNT, WGN America, Smithsonian Channel, Discovery Life, E!, Reelz,  8 p.m.) brings out stars in order to raise a lot of money. The succinct telethon, which probably led to the demise of the MDA Labor Day event, this year features Jason [...]

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Thursday TV: Jordin Sparks Has a Baby

Something other than a song from “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, is the story of having a baby son last May in “Jordin Sparks: A Baby Story” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.). Camera teams followed Sparks and her husband, Dana Isaiah before the birth of Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr. in Los Angeles. Days before, she was walking [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘It’s Always Sunny’s 13th

It’s remarkable that the raucous “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FXX, 10 p.m.) has reached its 13th season. Next year it will tie “Ozzie & Harriet” as TV’s longest running live action sitcom. But it doesn’t come without change. Mindy Kaling guest stars as a new member of the gang, who wants to organize projects [...]

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Tuesday TV: More Bikes, Different Accent

His first TV project since “Sons of Anarchy,” “The Bastard Executioner,” only lasted one season. So Kurt Sutter is back to writing a series about a Southern California motorcycle gang, this time concentrating on the Latin gang in “Mayans MC” (FX, 10 p.m.). JD Sardo stars as the new prospect to the storied crew, running [...]

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Monday TV: The Notorious ‘RBG’ on CNN

The popular theatrical documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “RBG” (CNN, 8 p.m.) finds its widest audience yet on a cable news network, capping the national holiday. The story of the rise of the justice by filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen is also one about the triumph of women in the field [...]

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Sunday TV: Some More College Football

Prime time college football doesn’t stop this weekend with Miami vs. LSU (ABC, 7:30 p.m.). Other college football today — unusual for a Sunday — includes Prairie View A&M vs. North Carolina Central (ESPN2, noon) and Washington vs. Auburn (ESPNU, 7 p.m.). So much happened last episode of “Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.) with the return of Scottie to the [...]

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Saturday TV: John McCain’s Memorial

There will be far less soaring gospel singing at the John McCain Memorial (CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, 10 p.m.) than there was at Aretha Franklin’s epic-length home going Friday. But there will be twice as many Presidents — Barack Obama and George W. Bush at the National Cathedral (while Bill Clinton spoke at Aretha’s funeral). [...]

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Friday TV: Jack Ryan and ‘Ozark’

In his popular series of books, the hero was a unwilling hero who was pulled out of the office into action. A passel of stars have played him in movies as well known as “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger,”  so why not get the actual guy from “The [...]

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