Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Monday TV: Youthful Mental Health Crisis

New from Ken Burns is a two-night, four-hour documentary “Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). About the crisis among American youth, with nearly two dozen first person accounts of struggles. It concludes Tuesday. Nicola Walker and Stephen Mangan star in the new drama “The Split” (BBC America, 10 […]

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Sunday TV: ‘Westworld’ Back for Season 4

The series based on the movie “Westworld” (HBO, 10 p.m.) went off the rails a couple of seasons ago, but oh, what sleek rails. The futuristic saga nominally is about a robot takeover, but it can’t beat star Evan Rachel Wood’s most chilling HBO appearance recently, as the star of her own documentary about abuse, […]

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Saturday TV: A Slimier Kind of Golf

Golf takes a gooey turn in the special “Slime Cup” (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.). Participants include Terry Crews (in a turtle suit), as well as NFL stars Saquon Barkley and Justin Herbert, and pro golfers Collin Morikawa and Lexi Thompson.  “Planet Earth: Dynasties II” (BBC America, 8 p.m.) puts the spotlight on Moroccan macaques A two […]

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Jason Isbell Joins Sheryl Crow at Wolf Trap

Bundling acts together for summer tours doesn’t just provide entertainment value, it also allows fans of one act to be introduced (or reintroduced) to acts they might otherwise not have bought a ticket for — and being pleasantly surprised as a result. At first look, the Americana stardom of critics’ favorite Jason Isbell might not […]

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Friday TV: Maya Rudolph Takes the ‘Loot’

Maya Rudolph stars in “Loot” (Apple TV+, streaming), about a divorced billionairess who tries clumsily to help out the charitable foundation under her name. The cast includes Nat Faxon, Ron Funches and Joel Kim Booster.  A filmed version of the off-Broadway coming-of-age story “Trevor: The Musical” (Disney+, streaming) has its debut. Alyssa Emily Marvin and […]

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Belle & Sebastian, et al, at Wolf Trap

Two summers of canceled or delayed concert tours due to COVID has not only resulted in a pent-up desire among music fans to get out and enjoy, but caused a big pile-up of top acts sharing bills in order to fit in all the season’s dates. There’d be no reason that, say, Belle & Sebastian […]

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Thursday TV: Out of Chicago, ‘The Bear’

Jeremy Allen White of “Shameless” moves to another gritty Chicago story, playing a young high-end chef who returns to run his brother’s sandwich shop in Chicago in a new series “The Bear” (Hulu, streaming), which is listed as a comedy but plays like a high-stress drama. Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri and Abby Elliott also star.  […]

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Rocker John Doe Reaches Way Back

If you didn’t know he was a central figure of the L.A. punk scene, you’d think John Doe might have leapfrogged straight from the dusty circuit of 1940s country-western. In the inaugural set of the John Doe Trio at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Va., the lanky entertainer sported a classic cowboy shirt, sang behind a […]

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Wednesday: ‘Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes’

A new trove of archival footage and suppressed interviews with victims of the world’s worst nuclear disaster make up the new documentary “Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes” (HBO, 10 p.m.), a film made more urgent due to current Russian lies to its citizens about its invasion of of Ukraine — where the doomed plant was located. […]

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Tuesday TV: Jon Stewart’s Twain Moment

A raft of stars pay homage to the man who elevated late night topical humor on “Jon Stewart: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize” (PBS, 9 p.m.). Bruce Springsteen performs alongside the night’s band leader Gary Clark Jr. and a number of past stars from “The Daily Show” show up, including Steve Carell, Samantha Bee, […]

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