Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Wednesday TV: ‘Broad City’ Returns

“Broad City” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.) returns for its fourth season with its adorable duo Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer looking back on the day they happened to meet in 2011 and, in a meta fashion, also how it could have turned out. It’s fast moving, brash and funny, and one of the best reflections [...]

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Two Documentaries on D.C.’s NFL ’80s

For the fifth year in a row, the Washington NFL team began its season with a loss Sunday. No news here: it looks like it might be another long season. Let us turn back, then, to Washington’s 1980s heyday at RFK Stadium, with the help of two absorbing new films in ESPN’s very consistent documentary [...]

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Also on Monday: Big Hurricane Telethon

Beyonce, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Blake Shelton, Robert De Niro, Justin Bieber, Jered Leto, J. Balvin, Ellen DeGeneres, Drake, Michael Strahan all show up for “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, HBO, MTV, CMT, Oxygen, Univision, E! and Bravo, 8 p.m.). The one-hour, multi network [...]

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A More Admirable Display of Love

On the finale night for a show that reflected only the most shallow charade of love, “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, 8 p.m.), where dim folks coupled up mostly in order to stick around the resort, there’s an opportunity to glimpse actual lifelong love from a couple on the other side of the globe. “My Love, [...]

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Also on Monday: Solicitor to Barrister

An Australian import becomes part of the mostly British lineup on the online service Acorn with  “Newton’s Law” (Acorn TV, streaming) in which Claudia Karvan plays suburban solicitor Josephine Newton, who tries to return to her career as a barrister. It’s from he creators of “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.” The middle two episodes of “Top [...]

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You Can Bet on HBO’s ‘The Deuce’

David Simon and his creative crew are used to creating whole cities with their ambitious TV series — and changing the medium along the way. First it was Baltimore in “Homicide,” “The Corner” and the superb “The Wire.” Then post-Katrina New Orleans with “Treme.” He began mixing the city with a slight period piece in [...]

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Top-Flight ‘Top of the Lake’ Sequel

It was a great gift to receive Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” four years ago — a terrific showcase for Elisabeth Moss as a tough Australian detective determined to get to the bottom of the case of a girl found dead in the water. It touched on issues of gender and feminism even as [...]

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Seth MacFarlane’s Space Ship Stalls

Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy” has made Fox so much money over the years that he’s seemingly been allowed to indulge his every fantasy — from touring Sinatra-style crooner to motion picture leading man (casting Charlize Theron as his love interest). When he told his network he wanted to play “Star Trek,” he was indulged again, [...]

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Also on Sunday: New ‘Outlander’ Season

The time traveling romance “Outlander” (Starz, 8 p.m.) is back for its third season, with Claire, now pregnant, adjusting to 1940s life in Boston with Frank, while Jamie is at the mercy of the British victors following the Battle of Culloden. Will their love ever be reunited over the centuries? Also back, with a two [...]

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Saturday TV: ‘Con Man’ Comes to Syfy

The web series “Con Man” (Syfy, 10 p.m.) migrates to cable, starring Alan Tudyk portraying a washed-up former sci-fi celebrity who can only revisit his glory days at comic conventions. It’s loosely based on his experiences on “Firefly,” so it also features Nathan Fillion, who was also on “Firefly,” playing a guy who co-starred on [...]

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