Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Survey of American Music in Drag

The Kennedy Center kicked off its multidisciplinary contemporary cultural assault with something thought to embody the approach, Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (1776-2016).” Had the cabaret history in drag been presented in its original form — a single, 24-hour concert with 246 songs — it certainly would have been the kind of [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Collateral’ Amid New Streaming

Streaming services dump a whole lot more programming again this Friday. Chief among them is the new four part British import “Collateral” (Netflix, streaming), Carey Mulligan plays a London detective inspector who uncovers a drug conspiracy while investigating the murder of a pizza silvery man. Jeany Spark, John Simm and Haley Squires also star in [...]

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Thursday TV: Mindy’s New ‘Champions’

Mindy Kaling isn’t in the new network sitcom she co-created,  “Champions” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.) nearly enough. She appears as an ex of a clueless gym rat played by Anders Holm of “Workaholics,”  bringing the kid they had 15 years earlier for him to raise. Newcomer J.J. Totah plays the gay kid as a mini-Mindy — [...]

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Wednesday TV: Cute ‘Life Sentence’

Can a series succeed on cuteness alone? If so then there is a life for “Life Sentence” (The CW, 9 p.m.). Lucy Hale stars as a young woman who thought she had cancer but doesn’t any more. Which sounds great, except that people had been keeping a whole lot of bad news from her during [...]

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Tuesday TV: Saluting ‘Mister Rogers’ at 50

Michael Keaton returns to the Pittsburgh public TV station where he was a member of the crew on one of the more beloved children’s shows of TV history as the special “Mister Rogers: It’s You That I Like” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) marks the 50th anniversary of Fred Rogers’ kindly experiment communicating with [...]

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Monday TV: Mental Health Movies

A two-day, 10 film event on Turner Classic Movies, Mental Illness in the Movies, looks at how the malady has been treated in Hollywood. It begins tonight with Joanne Woodward in “The Three Faces of Eve” (8 p.m.), and four other films that were also up for Oscars, “The Snake Pit” (10 p.m.), “David and [...]

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Sunday TV: Little Statues Distributed

People make too much about it, of course, but it’s one of the handful of moments everybody watches. And with Jimmy Kimmel back at the helm, The 90th Annual Academy Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.). He’ll make it funny; Mary J. Blige, Andra Day with Common, Sufjan Stevens, Natalia Lafourcade and Gael García Bernal are among [...]

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Saturday TV: Independent Spirit Awards

One of the best things about Oscar weekend is the awards show for indie film the day before. Nick Kroll and John Mulaney host the Film Independent Independent Spirit Awards (IFC, 5 p.m.)  “Call Me By Your Name” leads with six nominations; “Get Out” has five. Other best feature nominees include “Lady Bird,” “The Florida [...]

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Friday TV: A Look Inside ‘Flint Town’

It’s not just the water that’s bad in Flint. There’s also a crisis on the police department, which has been cut deeply because of budgetary constraints while crime has risen. The new eight-episode documentary series “Flint Town” (Netflix, streaming) is like a more artful episode of “Live PD” (A&E, 9 p.m.) as it mostly follows [...]

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Thursday TV: A Trip Back to ‘Atlanta’

At once infused with a brutal reality about the ghetto, but also fanciful and not always explained surrealism, Donald Glover’s inventive and sly “Atlanta” (FX, 10 p.m.) is back for a confident second season, in which his character Ern continues to try to manage his cousin’s hip hop career, which is sort of catching on [...]

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