Monthly Archives: March 2023

Friday TV: A Salute to Joni Mitchell on PBS

While Joni Mitchell’s surprise appearance at Newport Folk Festival last summer was captured mostly by fans’ phones, there’s a much better production surrounding her performances at the end of the 90-minute “Joni Mitchell: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).  Her performance of Gershwin’s “Summertime” and her […]

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Thursday TV: Rob Lowe and Son’s Sitcom

Rob Lowe and his real-life son John Owen Lowe star new comedy “Unstable” (Netflix, streaming), in which the elder star plays an eccentric, Elon Musk-type tech entrepreneur whose son tries to normalize him. It also stars Sian Clifford of “Fleabag” fame.  Disney’s latest big movie push “Prom Pact” (Disney, 8 p.m.) stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee […]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Riverdale’ Ventures Back

For its final season “Riverdale” (CW, 9 p.m.), the skewed adaptation of the Archie comics actually returns to its original 1950s setting, a weird time jump of which only Jughead knows how to get back. “Wellmania” (Netflix, streaming) is a new Australian comedy import starring Celeste Barbara as a food writer with a health crisis.  […]

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Capital Radio, 3-20: The First Day of Spring

A prerecorded Capital Radio celebrates today’s first day of spring with music from 17 artists, from Ella Fitzgerald to Fontaines D.C. There was some newish music from Belle & Sebastian, Iggy Pop and Beck. Noted the birthdays of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, born this day in 1915; Lee “Scratch” Perry (1936) and Jerry Reed (1937). And […]

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Capital Radio 3-13: Daylight to St. Paddy’s

A prerecorded Capital Radio starts with songs about Daylight Saving Time, and daylight and time and moving ahead (even if only for an hour) — with selections from the Kinks, the Byrds, Daft Punk, Dooley Wilson and Drive By-Truckers, among others.  Then a brief salute to Neil Sedaka on his 84th birthday — and an […]

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‘Randy Rhoads: Reflection of a Rock Icon’

Hard rock fans know the name of Randy Rhoads, the exciting young guitarist who had shredded his way to center stage in Ozzy Osbourne’s first post-Black Sabbath solo band, a co-writer of “Crazy Train” and a standout on the two albums he blazed and helped co-write and co-produce, “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a […]

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‘TV Eye’ Takes a Little Break

The ol’ blog takes a little break during a period of travel. Hope to see you at the end of the month, with the cherry blossoms in full bloom!

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Other Things I’ve Written Lately

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Joni Mitchell Wins Gershwin Prize

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize of Popular Music, in its 16 years has reliably been a solid night of tribute to a deserving artist and an anticipated D.C. event even after it moved from the intimate confines of the East Room of the White House to the nearby Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution […]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Farmer Wants a Wife’

Think of it as “The Bachelor” in plaid work shirts. “Farmer Wants a Wife” (Fox, 9 p.m.),based on a British format, had come to U.S. TV before on the CW five years ago. It’s back again, now on a different network, with in has four men of the soil pausing to consider some of the […]

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