Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Tuesday TV: The Battles of Muhammad Ali

Antoine Fuqua’s three hour documentary of the champ, “What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali” (HBO, 8 p.m.) presenting his long career through recordings of his voice – much of it in rhyme. “The Flash” (CW, 8 p.m.) faces Reverse Flash on the season five finale. On the fifth season finale of “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS, 10 [...]

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Upfronts: More Dramas, Cartoons from Fox

The new Fox network, following the acquisition by Disney, presented a larger than usual slate for 2019-20. In addition to four new comedies (three of which are animated) and six dramas (just two of which start in the fall), they’re picking up WWE Smackdown weekly on Fridays. “Empire” will be having their final season, and [...]

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Upfronts: NBC Announces Three for Fall

There’s still a lot of fuss around the annual tradition of network upfronts, when the big five broadcasters announce plans for the new season in order to excite advertisers. Truth to tell, Netflix probably presents more new shows in a week than all of broadcasters will in a season. Nevertheless, the annual announcements give a [...]

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Monday TV: Women with Weapons

Gabrielle Union revives her character from the “Bad Boys” franchise into a new action cop series in which she’s paired with Jessica Alba. “L.A.’s Finest” (Spectrum Originals, streaming), available only for Spectrum cable or internet subscribers. Being “The Bachelorette” (ABC, 8 p.m.) means she doesn’t have to be called Hannah B. any more. But former [...]

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Sunday TV: Political Farce Ends on HBO

The election is over on “Veep” (HBO, 10:52 p.m.) and with it, the splendidly profane, fast-moving and incisive political satire ends as well after seven seasons, and we are left with our own farce. A big confrontation is brewing, meanwhile, on “Game of Thrones” (HBO, 9 p.m.), which is still producing 80 minute episodes. Major [...]

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Saturday TV: Making Fun of Dad’s Prose

When Jamie Morton discovered his father wrote some erotic novels earlier in his life, he picked up a copy and read it to his friends, who made snide comments as it went along. That became a podcast, which became a stage show, which was filmed at the Roundhouse in London to become the comedy special [...]

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Friday TV: Who’s Who in Wu-Tang History

The new four-part documentary series “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) takes a look back at the history of the influential hip hop group, on the even of the anniversary of their debut album “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 chambers).” Filmmaker Sacha Jenkins talks to the nine surviving members and their origins in [...]

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Thursday TV: Jordan Klepper Returns

His post-“Daily Show” show gig, posing as a far right provocateur in “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper” didn’t work out (some figures are beyond parody). So the sardonic host is back with a more sincere effort, “Klepper” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.) in which he embeds himself with various groups to find out more about them, [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Lucifer’ Moves to Netflix

Satan has been around a long time. So maybe it wasn’t a surprise when “Lucifer” (Netflix, streaming) was picked up by a popular streaming service after it was canceled on Fox a year ago, after three seasons. Tom Ellis revives his role as the Devil turned club owner and police consultant. And there’s some business [...]

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Maren Morris Goes Pop at The Anthem

Maren Morris paused a couple times in her splashy headlining show at The Anthem in D.C. to take it all in. It was her largest sellout to date, with 6,000 people, and just about everybody in the young, largely female crowd knew every lyric of her new album, which she only released a couple months [...]

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