Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Monday TV: Truth, Reconciliation in Maine

The forced separation of Native American children from their families in the 20th century led to an attempt at healing in a government run truth and reconciliation commission in Maine set up to investigate the state’s child welfare system for Native Americans. It’s chronicled in the documentary “Dawnland” on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check [...]

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‘Anastasia’ Musical at the Kennedy Center

So many Romanovs these days! There’s Matthew Weiner’s Amazon series in which various supposed survivors of the doomed royal line emerges in modern day, with a new episode every Friday. And now there’s “Anastasia,” the popular musical that was just installed for a month-long run at the Kennedy Center. It’s based on the 1997 animated [...]

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Sunday TV: Mickey Mouse, Nonagenarian

I’m quite sure they’re going to mess up “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular” (ABC, 8 p.m.), bringing in a bunch of no-name current celebs from Meghan Trainor and Zac Brown and Tori Kelly to send their wishes from various red carpets, and an indistinct theme park puppet waving back, removing the image of the spirited rodent of [...]

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Saturday TV: Instead, LeBron Speaks Out

It was Laura Ingram’s bigoted dismissal of LeBron James’s political views that provides the title of his documentary “Shut Up and Dribble” (Showtime, 9 p.m.), a three-part documentary about athletes who have stood up for what they believe in and why it’s important. College football swamps prime time with UCLA at Oregon (Fox, 7:30 p.m.), [...]

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Friday TV: Julia Roberts in ‘Homecoming’

The new “Homecoming” (Amazon, streaming) is a welcome yarn from Sam Esmail, creator of “Mr. Robot,” and starring Julia Roberts as an operative in a secretive government-sanctioned facility that deals with soldiers exiting combat. Based on a podcast of the same name, it dwells in the paranoid world of Big Brother control, while never revealing [...]

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Thursday: Female Directors 100 Years Ago

A two week salute to pioneering first females in film — who all worked more than a century ago — begins on Turner Classic Movies with three films by French-born director Alice Guy-Blaché, above. They are the 1913  “A House Divided” (8 p.m.), the 1916 “The Ocean Waif” (8:25 p.m.) and the 1912 “Falling Leaves” [...]

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Wednesday TV: Scary Times in New York

Halloween is prime time for introducing scary new series, such as the new “Tell Me a Story” (CBS AllAccess, streaming), an anthology series base on a Mexican show that takes off fairy tales and remakes them into twisted psychological thrillers. Set in contemporary New York, it’s from Kevin Williamson, who was behind the “Scream” movies. [...]

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Tuesday TV: More Scary Facebook News

If part one of “The Facebook Dilemma,” the excellent report on “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) didn’t make you cancel your account Monday, tonight’s concluding part two will appall you in how the site has allowed itself to be used to alter the political scene in Ukraine years before it influenced the 2016 [...]

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Monday TV: Travel Outside the Bubble

While her mother remains a boogiewoman in Republican midterm ads, the filmmaker Aleandra Pelosi goes cross country to talk with voters in particularly conservative sectors about gun rights, jobs, immigration, climate change, abortion and race in places. For her latest documentary “Outside the Bubble: On the Road with Alexandra Pelosi” (HBO, 8 p.m.), she travels to visit [...]

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Sunday TV: Ray’s Return and More Talk

“Ray Donovan” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) begins its sixth season in a new locale: New York, where there’s a lot of work for a fixer. But first Liev Schreiber’s character has to be pulled out of the East River and established in Staten Island. Soon enough, though, his past seeps through even as Micky plots against [...]

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