Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Friday TV: ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Finale

Four seasons has been a decent run for an unusual musical-comedy about a young woman with romantic problems. It’s sad to see “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW, 8 p.m.) come to an end, but think of all the things creator and star Rachel Bloom can conquer now. The end, as well as the legacy of its catchy [...]

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Other Things I’ve Written Lately

Here are some other things I’ve written elsewhere recently: How American artists responded to the Vietnam war, reflected in a new exhibit I covered for Smithsonian Magazine.com. A preview of a big Aretha Franklin tribute concert special for TV Guide. A review of a Los Angeles show by Pink for Entertainment Weekly. A Q&A with [...]

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Thursday TV: CW’s ‘New ‘In the Dark’

The new series “In the Dark” (CW, 9 p.m.) stars Perry Mattfeld as a freewheeling young woman who happens to be blind and is also becoming something of a detective when a murder mystery, not quite explained in the pilot, unfolds all around her. Brooke Markham plays her roommate in the dark comedy from Corinne [...]

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New York City Ballet Forges Ahead

The new artistic director and co-director of the New York City Ballet looked a little nervous Tuesday as they awkwardly welcomed the Kennedy Center audience to their annual week-long residency. Jonathan Stafford and former company star Wendy Whelan, who had been in their new roles less than five weeks, are the first to lead the [...]

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Wednesday TV: ‘You’re the Worst’ Finale

The brash comedy “You’re the Worst” (FXX, 10 p.m.) comes to an end after five seasons, and its central characters, Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) discussing the merits of marriage on the day of their wedding they’ve been pointing to along. “We had our idea of how we wanted it to end, and [...]

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Tuesday TV: Tracy Morgan’s ‘The Last O.G.’

Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish return for the second season of the comedy “The Last O.G.” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.), in which he looks for the twins’ birth video. The marriage of Beth and Randall is at stake in the third season finale of “This is Us” (NBC, 9 p.m.). On the first season finale of “American [...]

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Monday TV: New ‘Twilight Zone’ Take

It was so striking in its earliest incarnation 60 years ago that Rod Serling’s sly and thought-provoking anthology was revived with the same name twice more in 1985 and 2002, while the original series still gets a huge audience in annual marathons. The latest incarnation of “The Twilight Zone” (CBS All Access, streaming) comes from [...]

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Sunday TV: Selina Meyer’s Last Campaign

As real political life reaches its own heights of absurdity, it would seem “Veep” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.) would have a tough time to match it. Instead, it goes into overdrive for its seventh and final season as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selena Myer decides to run for president against a field that also includes Jonah, whose political [...]

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Saturday TV: Spotlight on One Nominee

The release of Jessie Smollett this week has turned The 50th NAACP Image Awards (TV One, 8 p.m.), into another cultural impasse. He’s been nominated for an award for his work in “Empire” and some are outraged that he would even show up. Whatever happens, he’s taking attention away from Regina King, nominated in three [...]

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Friday TV: A New ‘Hanna’ on the Loose

Saoirse Ronan starred in the 2011 movie about the teenager raised to be a killer, but in the new series with the same name “Hanna” (Amazon, streaming), Esme Creed-Miles takes on the role, with Mireille Enos playing the CIA agent who is hunting her. In another big budget streaming movie, Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner [...]

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