Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Wednesday: A Nurse in the Irish Midlands

Florence Pugh stars as a 19th century nurse sent to the Irish Midlands to help an 11-year-old (Kill Lord Cassidy) with a religiously-inspired eating disorder in the new feature “The Wonder” (Netflix, streaming). Already the subject of three feature films, Tim Allen returns in a new six-episode holiday series “The Santa Clauses” (Disney+, streaming) reprising […]

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Tuesday TV: Netflix’s ‘Run for the Money’

The new Japanese game show “Run for the Money” (Netflix, streaming) involves a gang of well-dressed pursuers in suits and black masks chasing 29 celebrities, none of whom happen to be particularly recognizable this side of the world. The celebs have to run away from the hunters and hide, and the longer they are successful, […]

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Capital Radio, 11-14: Riding the Railroad

Began with some tracks from a double bill that’s touring the East Coast, Alvvays and Slow Pulp. Continued with a remembrance of those who’ve died recently — Tropicalia queen Gal Costa, Keith Levene of the Clash and Public Image Ltd., and another for Mimi Parker of Low.  Then it was time to get on board […]

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Monday TV: Recalling the Hostage Crisis

The Iran hostage crisis that was happening 43 years ago gets a new look from Robert Stone on “Taken Hostage: An American Experience” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). The two hour first half airs tonight; it concludes Tuesday.  Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po all return in a new reboot for the weird little […]

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Sunday TV: Stallone Stars as ‘Tulsa King’

Sylvester Stallone steps to television in the new series “Tulsa King” (Paramount+, streaming), playing an ex-New York Mafia don just released from prison and exiled to Oklahoma, where he’s a tough guy fish out of water trying to start its own action. Stallone seems to be having some fun in the role, and the cast […]

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Some Other Things I’ve Written Lately

Here are some other things I’ve written lately:

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Saturday TV: Dave Chappelle Back at ‘SNL’

In what’s become a post-election tradition on “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) Dave Chappelle returns to host the first show after the polls closed. His memorable show in 2016 and one in 2020 led to tonight’s — his first after a midterm instead of a Presidential election. Black Star is musical guest. Last year’s […]

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Friday TV: ‘The English’ and ‘Mammals’

Amazon Prime has a couple of good series starting tonight. “The English” (Amazon Prime, streaming) is a six-episode Western about an Englishwoman who’s been in 1890 American West for all of two weeks when she gets into a treacherous situation while seeking some revenge. An Pawnee ex-Cavalryman (Chaske Spencer) becomes an unlikely ally in a […]

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Thursday TV: ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Good Fight’ End

A couple of quality shows turn out the lights tonight. Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” (FX, 10 p.m.), which helped change TV with its unique and sometimes surreal perspective, comes to an end after four seasons. The title of the final episode riffs off an old “Bob Newhart Show” finale, “It Was All a Dream.”  And “The […]

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Wednesday TV: ‘The Crown’s Fifth Season

The fifth season of “The Crown” (Netflix, streaming) premieres, advancing toward the millennium with a new cast that includes Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip Lesley manville as Princess Margaret , Dominic West as Prince Charles and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana.  Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning host The 56th Annual […]

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