Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Capital Radio 5-23-22: West Highland Way

Back from a long walk on West Highland Way, I began the radio show with Scottish music, naturally, but also weird songs that came up along the way (“One Step Beyond!”). Music from a Glasgow show by the American group the Delines reverberated, and I learned more about Icelandic music since that was the only […]

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Monday TV: Attenborough Goes Prehistoric

Sir David Attenborough is old, but not so old that he knows firsthand the era he’ll be covering in his latest nature series, “Prehistoric Planet” (Apple TV+, streaming) which won’t feature the world’s current creatures, but reproductions of dinosaurs.  Nor are the characters in a new series about Troy Adams’ go-kart track quite as young […]

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Sunday TV: Glimpse of Russian Prison Life

The former U.S. Marine who was detained in Russia since 2019 before being released last month, is interviewed by Jake Tapper about his ordeal on the special  “Finally Home: The Trevor Reed Interview” (CNN, 8 p.m.).  Carrie Underwood, Michael Bublé, Melissa Etheridge and Flo Rina and Earth, Wind & Fire are among the special guests […]

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Saturday: A House-Cleaning ‘SNL’ Finale

Natasha Lyonne of “Russian Doll” hosts the 47th season finale of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) with musical guest Japanese Breakfast. Finales usually bring out a lot of ex cast members (including Lyonne’s husband Fred Armisen). But it may well also be the last show for an array of cast members including Pete Davidson, […]

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Friday TV: Remembering George Carlin

The genius of longtime comedian and social observer is explored by comedy student and director Judd Apatow in the two-part documentary “George Carlin’s American Dream” (HBO, 8 p.m.), featuring eager participation from a load of other comics including Stephen Colbert, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt and Bill Burr. It concludes Saturday.  A group of […]

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Thursday TV: Emmy Rossum is Angelyne

Emmy Rossum, once of “Shameless,” dons the big blonde wig, the pink Corvette and other attributes to become “Angelyne” (Peacock, streaming) in a five-part limited series about the woman who created a sensation when she plastered herself on Los Angeles billboards in the 1980s, deeming herself a superstar even if nobody else did.  First a […]

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Wednesday TV: The World of Teal Swan

A new four-part documentary series about the work of wellness and spiritual influencer Teal Swan (pictured), a survivor of severe childhood abuse, tends to think she instead leads a cult, currently in Costa Rica, according to the series title, “The Deep End” (Freeform, 10 p.m.). A rare doc for the network, it also streams  on […]

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Capital Radio, 5-2-22: A Long Walk in May

Because I was rushing out the door at the end of my last show, I didn’t have time to post the archived show until now, when you now determine whether my anticipation for a 96 mile trek on Scotland’s West Highland Way was accurate or warranted.  Now that I’ve returned (having made the trek, soggily), […]

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TV Eye Closes Briefly

We’re not one to take many days off here, but we do so now for a brief hiatus through May 17. I’m sorry I’ll miss the Yvette Mimieux retrospective Wednesday on Turner Classic Movies, but that’s how things sometimes go! See you mid-month!

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Tuesday TV: A ‘Spring Awakening’ Reunion

The original cast of the Tony-winning “Spring Awakening,” including Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele and John Gallagher Jr., reunites after 15 years with a one-time concert event, captured in the documentary “Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known” (HBO, 9 p.m.).  One of the deadliest disasters in California history, a dam collapse in 1928 that killed more than […]

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