Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Dhani Harrison, Summer Moon at U Street

There were more grey-haired types than usual at the Dhani Harrison show Tuesday at the U Street Music Hall. Were they suddenly interested in dense, synth-heavy 21st Century anthems from a guy becoming known for his sprawling soundtrack work? Excited about his solo album “In///Parallel”? More likely they were taking a night off the Fab Faux [...]

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Thursday TV: The 300th ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Somehow “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.) has reached its 300th episode, bypassing “Murder, She Wrote,” “Fraiser,” “Perry Mason” and “Cheers” in longevity. Started in 2005, it spends tonight’s show dealing with with a possible metaphor, a roller coaster accident, and remembers some of the original cast members, long since gone. Sam goes on a trip [...]

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Wednesday TV: A Cloud Over the CMAs

There may be a whole different tone to the CMA Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.) this year because of the recent shootings, including one at a big country music festival. Organizers have attempted to steer away from the tragedy, initially forbidding journalists from asking about Las Vegas, before backing down. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘Damnation,’ ‘Long Road’

The new series “Damnation” (USA, 10 p.m.) takes place in the Depression-era Midwest, when a visiting preacher, played by Killian Scott,  tries to stir up a working class strike. But a strikebreaker (Logan Marshall-Green) has also been sent to the town for an inevitable clash. National Geographic is partial to a good war yarn and “The Long [...]

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Daniel Kitson’s D.C. World Premiere

There was sufficient buzz about the booking of a new Daniel Kitson show at Studio Theatre this season that they would apparently take anything. The British storyteller, the darling of Edinburgh Festival Fringe, has already whipped up his own fervent fan base in New York to the degree that he doesn’t have to do interviews [...]

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Rolling Stone Pages Through 50 Years

The 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone is being marked a number of ways, from a biography that publisher Jann Wenner has already disavowed (and is being well-reviewed) to this two part documentary from Alex Gibney and Blair Foster, “Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge” (HBO, 9 p.m.) that takes a swing from its heyday. While [...]

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Finding the Voice of John Coltrane

“Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) kicks off its 16th season with what would be a perfect “American Masters.” The absorbing and uplifting biography of jazz giant John Coltrane by director John Scheinfeld could fit as any well-done public television biography. But this one has the advantage of Coltrane’s sublime and groundbreaking saxophone [...]

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Also on Monday: Hollywood Blacklist

The Hollywood Blacklist gets a good look on Turner Classic Movies Mondays and Tuesdays this month, starting with the documentary “Hollywood on Trial” (8 p.m.). It leads to the films by some of the Hollywood Ten — Dalton Trumbo, screenwriter of “Our Vines Have Tender Grapes” (10 p.m.) and “Tender Comrade” (midnight), Edward Dmytryk and [...]

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Sunday TV: Frankie Shaw’s New ‘SMILF’

We will refrain from using the fake word “dramedy” to describes comedy with pathos, but the new , unfortunately named “SMILF” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) falls into that category. It stars, written by and directed by Frankie Shaw, who herself is a single mom. The series is about a woman on the verge of poverty in Boston, [...]

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Saturday TV: The Durst Lifetime Movie

Katharine McPhee is Kathleen Durst in the made-for-TV movie “The Lost Wife of Robert Durst” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), about the first marriage of the real estate heir who was the subject of “The Jinx” and is on trial for another murder in California. Daniel Gillies also stars in the movie about the woman who went [...]

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