Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Wednesday TV: CMT Awards, Bee’s Buzz

It takes a Little Big Town to host the 2018 CMT Music Awards (CMT, 8 p.m.), live from Nashville. Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook and Kimberly Schlapman — the members of that group — will also perform in the event, alongside Kelly Clarkson, Dierks Bently, Sam Hunt, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, [...]

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Japanese Breakfast Headlines at Last

Based in Philly, Japanese Breakfast has played more than a few gigs 140 miles to the south in D.C., opening for a handful of bands before finally getting a headlining gig at the Black Cat last year. Headlining at the fabled 930 Club, though, was something Michelle Zauner almost refused to dream for herself. That [...]

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Tuesday TV: Fifth Season of ‘Younger’

“Younger” (TV Land, 10 p.m.), starting its fifth season, isn’t getting any, uh, less old. As the story continues Liza returns to Empirical to resume business and Charles announces a new project. I’m just as excited about the third season return of the comedy “Teachers” (TV Land, 10:35 p.m.). Reunion, ruination and rage are all [...]

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Monday TV: ‘Dietland’ Begins on AMC

Life at magazines for young women can be hell, we have learned from a number of series. The latest comes from Marti Noxon, creator of “UnReal” and “To the Bone.” Based on Sarai Walker’s 2005 novel, the new “Dietland” (AMC, 9 p.m.) stars Joy Nash as a harried ghostwriter for a demanding editor, Julianna Margulies [...]

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Sunday TV: New ‘Succession,’ ‘Pose’

Brian Cox is more than convincing as a Murdoch-style patriarch who has second thoughts of leaving his huge media company at 80, sending shockwaves through his scheming family in the entertaining new series “Succession” (HBO, 10 p.m.), which may suffer at first from a lack of sympathetic or even likable offspring for which to root. [...]

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Saturday TV: More Darcy, Hallmark Style

In remaking “Pride and Prejudice” for a Hallmark audience, the 2016 romance “Unleashing Mr. Darcy” (Hallmark 7 p.m.) had the couple in question meet at a dog show (where he was an arrogant judge). Now Cindy Busby and Ryan Paevey reprise their roles in the sequel “Marrying Mr. Darcy” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.) in which the [...]

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Friday TV: J.K. Rowling’s Other Hero Series

Tom Burke stars as “C.B. Strike” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.), the grizzled private investigator featured in the detective books J.K. Rowling writes under the pen name Robert Galbraith. The new series also stars Holliday Grainger as his new assistant. Strike is a classic gruff, shambling detective, whose office hours are at the pubs and sleeps at [...]

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Thursday TV: Familiar NBA Finals Matchup

For the fourth consecutive year, the NBA Finals have the LeBron James and the Cavaliers against the Steph Curry and the Warriors. But before Cleveland at Golden State (ABC, 9 p.m.) for game 1, there’s the first of Jimmy Kimmel’s “Game Night” (ABC, 8 p.m.) specials with guests that include Kevin Hart, Robert Downey Jr., [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘The Americans’ Concludes

After six seasons the acclaimed drama “The Americans” (FX, 10 p.m.) comes to an end. It was always a little too Boris and Natasha for me, and had the bad timing to have the family in charge represent Russian infiltration at a time when that was happening with a vengeance (we were supposed to root [...]

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A Quick End for ‘Roseanne’

“Roseanne” was never as political as all the writing about the show. It actually seemed to make sense that her old working class character, resurrected after 20 years, might be a Trump supporter in her old age. With the brilliant Laurie Metcalf as her political opposite it seemed to work in the show’s reboot premiere, [...]

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