Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Tuesday TV: Leslie Jones Takes the Stage

The former “Saturday Night Live Star” has a standup special that looks back, “Leslie Jones: Time Machine” (Netflix, streaming). The unabashed fan of “Game of Thrones” has the special directed by its TV creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss And then there were six: Just a half dozen candidates qualified for tonight’s Democratic Presidential Debate [...]

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Monday TV: Ringing in ‘The New Pope’

Just as I never got into “Succession” until its second season, the latest incarnation of “The Young Pope” comes on strong with “The New Pope” (HBO, 9 p.m.). in it, Jude Law’s titular character in the former series has been in a coma; a search and vote begins for a new leader of the Catholic [...]

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Sunday TV: HBO’s Dark ‘The Outsider’

Through the years, novelist Richard Price has helped set the deadly serious tone to some of the strongest HBO dramas, from David Simon’s “The Deuce” and “The Wire” to his own “The Night Of” three years ago. That same dark tone, and the excellent acting that accompanies it, shapes his latest “The Outsider” (HBO, 9 [...]

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Saturday TV: The Raconteurs Rock Austin

Jack White and The Raconteurs play a new “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings, playing from their most recent album “Help Us Stranger.” The show also features the local Austin band — and best new artist Grammy nominees, Black Pumas. NHL divisional playoffs help narrow the path to the Super Bowl, with [...]

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Friday TV: A New ‘Bone Collector’ Series

“Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” (NBC, 8 p.m.) is the cumbersome title of a new crime drama based on Jeffrey Deaver’s novel “The Bone Collector.” Russell Hornsby plays the titular forensic criminologist who is also a paraplegic. Doing the heavy lifting is Arielle Kebbel as a rookie detective who is his ally; Michael [...]

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Thursday TV: Digging Up Old Mines

In the new series “Reclaimed” (Discovery, 9 p.m.), Alex Charvat and Kevin Gilman are a couple of freelance miners with their own shovels and picks who help homeowners suspecting there might be  something down in some old abandoned mines in their properties. Also digging, in its way, a prime time special focusing on the women [...]

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Wednesday TV: A New ‘Party of Five’

It’s corny to bring back old shows simply for nostalgia’s sake, but the name “Party of Five” (Freeform, 9 p.m.) is energized by a bold concept that reframes the five siblings from the 1994 saga as survivors in a contemporary milieu. After ICE had deported their parents back to Mexico, the kids try to stay [...]

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When Dave Chappelle Met Mark Twain

It may make one pause to look at the connection of the two main figures in “Dave Chappelle: The Mark Twain Prize” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). Taped last October at the Kennedy Center, the entertaining evening features Jon Stewart, John Legend, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman — as well as hip hop figures from [...]

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Also on Tuesday: Zoey’s Got a Playlist

The delightful Jane Levy of Suurgatory stars in the new “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (NBC, 10 p.m.) , about a young computer coder who suddenly begins to hear the inner thoughts of people around her through songs. The musical series also features Lauren Graham,  Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen. Another new show tonight is a spinoff [...]

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Monday TV: Women Buzz Around Pilot

The 24th season for “The Bachelor” (ABC, 8 p.m.) begins with another bloated three-hour episode, following the ever-quizzical parade of women who seem happy to ditch any dignity to be on TV.  The bachelor is the airline pilot rejected on the last season of “The Bachelorette,” Peter Weber. He was sort of a dud then, right? It’s [...]

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