Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Sunday TV: From BBC and Amazon to PBS

The overload of British drama on public television continues with “The Collection” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings), set in postwar Paris, as a designer builds a fashion house based on his brother’s dress designs. Richard Coyle stars with Frances de la Tour, Michael Kitchen and Tom Riley in the seven-part series. If it sounds a [...]

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Other Things I’ve Written Lately

Here are some other things I’ve written elsewhere lately: A story for Smithsonian Magazine on the restored Landsdowne portrait of George Washington at the National Portrait Gallery that rejected my headline: “You’ll Wonder Where the Yellow Went, When You See the Restored President.” A review of Mozart’s most Masonic opera, performed at a Masonic Temple. A [...]

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Saturday TV: A Stuffed ‘Spielberg’ Salute

Steven Spielberg has probably made too many movies by now to try and squeeze his entire life and work into a single movie. But the filmmaker seems expansive on his life and choices so the biographical  “Spielberg” (HBO, 8 pm.) contrasts memorable scenes with his own unexplored feelings — kids in peril, missing fathers, and [...]

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Friday TV: Hispanic Awards, ‘Suburra’

Gael Garcia Bernal of “Mozart in the Jungle” and Lusi Fonsi, singer of the hit “Despacito,” are among honorees on the 30th “The Hispanic Heritage Awards” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). There’s also a shout out to Dreamers in the event, held last month in Washington, D.C.  It’s preceded by Raul Malo of the [...]

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Secret Sisters Harmonize at The Hamilton

The Secret Sisters come off like a classic duo from the golden age of country music, or maybe before that: the string band era of the Depression days. Existing in the 21st century is a whole lot harder, they have found. But survival seems certain based on their reliance on the kind of sibling harmonies [...]

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Thursday TV: Olivia Pope and All That

“Scandal” (ABC, 9 p.m.) returns for its seventh and last season. Preposterous when it debuted, now it has the problem of being not quite as crazy as the real thing. At any rate, action begins with Olivia trying to avoid an international incident 100 days into the Mellie administration, as Quinn Perkins & Associates tries [...]

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A Stop on Daniel Johnston’s Final Tour

To the devoted fans of Daniel Johnston, the troubled outsider songwriter behind “Speeding Motorcycle” and other indie favorites, an  introduction would certainly not be necessary. But what’s being billed at Johnston’s final tour begins with a lengthy intro: The whole of Jeff Feuerzeig’s remarkable 2005 documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” which chronicles the fascinating [...]

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Wednesday TV: A Look Inside North Korea

Things change so quickly these days it must be hard for “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) to keep fully up to date. In covering the escalating tensions with North Korea, who knows what the latest goading has been to the derisively nicknamed “Rocket Man” or what test missile has since been launched? A [...]

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Tuesday TV: New Shows (Probably) Fail

On the new comedy “The Mayor” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.), a brash young rapper (Brandon Michael Hall) runs for office to boost his music career, but ends up getting elected. Somehow the election of somebody who doesn’t have the slightest experience doesn’t seem so funny these days. And the tone of this rushed effort, which includes [...]

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Monday TV: Old Schtick in Apartments

The eye-rolling new sitcom “9JKL” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.), whose title refers to adjoining apartment numbers, is from “Royal Pains” star Mark Feuerstein and his wife, about the time that he was single and living in an apartment next to his parents — sitcom throwbacks Eliot Gould and Linda Lavin – and his brother’s family. Except [...]

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