Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Tuesday TV: People’s Choice Awards

Lizzo will win the People’s Champion award, Ryan Reynolds will get the People’s Icon nod and Shania Twain will be bestowed the Music Icon award on the 2022 People’s Choice Awards (NBC, E!, 9 p.m.), hosted once more by Kenyan Thompson. For once, the two hour red carpet special (E!, 7 p.m.) and the event […]

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Capital Radio, 12-5: December Calling

Started with a bunch of songs from Christine McVie, who died last week at 79 — from her work in Fleetwood Mac, solo, under her name Christine Perfect and singing behind Bob Welch and Dennis Wilson. Then it was an array of songs about December that weren’t necessarily about the holidays (which are harder to […]

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Monday TV: ‘His Dark Materials’ Last Words

The inventive “His Dark Materials” (HBO, 9 p.m.) returns for its final season.  Before it begins its 23th season Dec. 12, “Midsomer Murders: 25 Years of Mayhem” (AcornTV, streaming) is a special that looks back at the work of Caroline Graham’s role as Chief Inspector Barnaby. Taye Diggs hosts the four-part “Back in the Groove” […]

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Sunday TV: ‘George & Tammy’ Miniseries

Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain not only portray country music’s George Jones and Tammy Wynette, they also use their own voices to sing their songs like “The Race is On” and “Stand By Your Man” in the six-part limited series “George & Tammy” (Showtime, Paramount, CMT, 9 p.m.) about their bumpy relationship. Katy Mixon and […]

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Saturday TV: Keke Palmer, SZA on ‘SNL’

Keke Palmer, whose movies include “Akeelah and the Bee” and “Nope,”  hosts the first new “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) in three weeks with SZA returning as musical guest. The replay at 10 p.m. is from only last year, with Billie Eilish as both host and musical guest.  The Field of 16 begins play […]

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Film: Documentary ‘Tiger 24’ Has Teeth

When Warren Pereira began making a documentary film in his native India about a tiger reserve he readily admits, “I don’t know what I was doing.” Of the dominant male of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve he started to concentrate on, he says, “he had a cool beard.” What he didn’t know luckily didn’t kill him, […]

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Friday TV: About Robert Downey the Elder

Robert Downey Jr. helped produce the stylish new film biography about his father, the actor and experimental filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., who made films like “Putney Swope” before he died in July 2021 at 85.  Chris Smith directed the film, titled “Sr.” (Netflix, streaming).  The soapy new international series set in London, “Riches” (Amazon Prime, […]

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Remembering Christine McVie, 1943-2022

When I interviewed her in 1984, an astounding 38 years ago, she was just on tour on the heels of her solo hit “Got a Hold on Me.”  She had established herself as a solid component to what had become a wildly successful band, Fleetwood Mac. Behind Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, the shiny American […]

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Thursday TV: Dolly’s Movie About a Special

“Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas” (NBC, 8 pm.) may sound like a nolliday variety special, but it’s actually a movie musical about the making of such a special. Along the way, its stars will sing “9 to 5” and “I Will Always Love You” and introduce songs from friends Willie Nelson, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmie Allen, […]

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Wednesday TV: ‘Willow’ Becomes a Series

Warwick Davis and Joanne Whalley reprise their roles from the 1988 fantasy flick for the new series that shares the same name, “Willow” (Disney+, streaming) that others introduces a whole new cast for the fantasy world. Colin Donnell plays an American who, in fleeing the mob in the U.S., travels to Australia and takes on […]

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