Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Saturday: Phoebe Waller-Bridge on ‘SNL’

The tall Emmy winning Phoebe Waller-Bridge of “Fleabag” fame hosts a new “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) with even taller musical guest Taylor Swift. The comedian addresses his mental health struggles amid his latest standup special from Brooklyn, “Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh” (HBO, 10 p.m.). Broadcast TV is dominated again by college football [...]

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Friday TV: Kids With Strange Powers

“Raising Dion” (Netflix, streaming) is yet another series about a young boy who has mysterious superhero abilities. Alisha Wainwright plays his mom; Michael B. Jordan, a producer of the series,  his late father. Also starring is Jason Ritter. A different young boy gets lost in a field of tall grass, and when a a pregnant [...]

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Thursday TV: Alicia Keys, Others, Sing

The second half of the “iHeartRadio Music Festival” (CW, 8 p.m.) from Las Vegas features performances from Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Chance the Rapper, Zac Brown and Mumford & Sons. The revival’s second season won’t officially start until next week, but in its place today is a casting special for “Temptation Island” (USA, 10 p.m.) [...]

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Wednesday TV: Fox’s New ‘Almost Family’

The best of the new “Almost Family” (Fox, 9 p.m.) plays like an instant-sisterhood of women played by Brittany Snow, Emily Osment and Megalyn Echikunwoke. But the reason they’re half sisters is because a fertility doctor – Snow’s father — used his own DNA on unwitting women. Timothy Hutton is the shamed doctor, which seems [...]

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Other Things I’ve Written Lately

Here are some other things I’ve written lately: Looking over a new sculpture show at the Hirshhorn with the artist Lee Ufan, for Smithsonian Some TV reviews I did for AARP’s feature TV for Grownups. An interview with singer Kathy Mattea about the “Country Music” documentary series and her career, for Songfacts. Catching up [...]

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Tuesday TV: Investigating the Crown Prince

On a special two hour “Frontline” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) correspondent Martin Smith looks at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, including his ties to the murder of Jamal Kashoggi a year ago Wednesday. Asif Kapadia’s documentary “Diego Maradona” (HBO, 9 p.m.) profiles the Argentine soccer star who became consumed with his own [...]

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Monday TV: Remembering the Regime

Victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco battle against a state-imposed amnesia of his crimes against humanity, in organizing the groundbreaking “Argentine Lawsuit” in the documentary “The Silence of Others” making its debut tonight on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). A wide variety of talents have been turned into competitive TV show, [...]

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The 2019 Fall TV Season: Sundays

We close out a week of night-by-night considerations of the new fall TV season with Sunday, still a strong showcase ( following Saturdays, a night so dismal we skipped it altogether).  Again, cable has the most ambitious titles for the evening, mostly later in the season. But broadcasters reboot a 50s format that few remember, [...]

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Also on Sunday: Durrells Continue in Corfu

Public television has two premieres tonight of British imports, the fourth season start of “The Durrells in Corfu” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), in which a mysterious new guest places Louisa’s boarding house under police scrutiny, and the fifth and final season of “Poldark” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), which begins with the return of Ross to the capital. [...]

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Saturday TV: A 45th Season Start for ‘SNL’

Woody Harrelson hosts the 45th (!) season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) where the cold open almost has to be the “Godfather” inspired phone conversation between the presidents of the Ukraine and U.S. that Adam Schiff envisioned. One hitch: Alec Baldwin said he was done impersonating Trump. Also gone this season is [...]

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