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Neal Justin

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Neal Justin is the TV and radio critic for the Star Tribune. He previously covered music and nightlife for the paper.
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Features reporter M.A. Rosko says she's leaving Fox 9.

Fox 9's M.A. Rosko leaving the station after 19 years

The morning show reporter says she's going to take some time to reboot and travel.
Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5 and a coach on “The Voice,” will produce “Sugar.”

TV picks for Aug. 15: 'Raising Tourette's,' 'Sugar,' 'Network'

Finding strength The new docuseries “Raising Tourette’s” spotlights five families, each raising adolescents dealing with Tourette’s syndrome. The cast includes an 11-year-old Army brat…
Andrew Zimmern

TV picks for Aug. 13: 'Sacred Sites,' 'Frontline,' 'The Hilarious World of Depression'

Once and future king Those who believe King Arthur was an early incarnation of Harry Potter may be disappointed by the second-season premiere of
“Like Father” stars Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer.

TV picks for Aug. 8: 'CMA Fest,' 'Like Father,' 'Boomtown Builder'

Are you ready for the country? In recent years, Nashville’s formerly down-home Fan Fair has metastasized into the mega-glitzy “CMA Fest.” Four days of…
Prior Lake's Becca Kufrin chose Garrett Yrigoyen as the winner of "The Bachelorette" Monday.

Minnesota 'Bachelorette' breaks a heart, picks her man

The decision could land Becca Kufrin in the same hot water that scalded the previous star of the ABC franchise.
“I think it’s obvious in our shows that we really like each other and people want to see that,” said Martin Short, left, with partner Steve Mart

Steve Martin and Martin Short return to Minn. for another wild 'n' crazy night

Steve Martin and Martin Short still want to be two wild 'n' crazy guys — as long as the hotel has a good kitchen.
Aerial of coastal waters in western Australia.

TV picks for Aug. 1: 'The Sinner,' 'The Outback,' 'Suddenly'

The land Down Under “The Outback,” a three-part series about the parts of Australia most tourists never see, offers some beautiful photography of animals…
Garrison Keillor, pictured here during a live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” at the State Theatre in Minneapolis in May 2016, praised the

MPR lets go of three 'Prairie Home' veterans, including Garrison Keillor's son

Dismissed were managing director, publicist and Garrison Keillor's son.
Andre Holland in “Castle Rock.”

TV picks for July 25: 'Burden of Truth, 'Castle Rock,' 'The Art Show'

The Maine event “Castle Rock” isn’t technically a sequel to “The Shawshank Redemption,” but there are plenty of references to that classic tale as…
Bob Dylan in D.A. Pennebaker’s 1967 film “Don’t Look Back.”

TV picks for July 13-15: Jim Jefferies, Bob Dylan, 'Who Is America?'

Documentary chronicles Dylan's 1965 tour of England.
Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke on the season finale of “Game of Thrones.”

'Game of Thrones' and 'Atlanta' reign over Emmys, and Louie Anderson too

Minnesota native Louie Anderson made it three nominations in a row for his supporting turn in FX's "Baskets."
Emmy contenders? Betty Gilpin and Alison Brie in “GLOW.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for July 12 – Emmy nominations, 'G Funk,' 'Carnival Kings'

The contenders The announcements of the 70th Annual Emmy Nominations comes with many questions: Will “GLOW” challenge “Atlanta” in the comedy categories? Will Minnesotan Louie…
Bighorn Sheep fight over mates in Wyoming in “Kingdoms of the Sky.”

TV picks for July 11: 'Ronnie Wood Show,' 'Kingdoms of the Sky,' 'Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters'

Photography in "Kingdoms of the Sky" is out of this world.
“American Ninja Warrior” contestant Meagan Martin made her way through the course outside U.S. Bank Stadium on May 25.

'American Ninja Warrior' takes the battle to Minneapolis tonight on NBC

For the first time in its nine-year run, "American Ninja Warrior" makes Minneapolis its battleground.
Comedian Ali Wong gets laughs from the agony of breast-feeding and other mothering foibles in her Netflix special “Hard Knock Wife.”

Why motherhood is comedy's hot topic: 'That's real life and it's messy'

Both national and local comics are opening up on stage about motherhood. The results aren't always pretty.
"Bob's Burgers"

Boom in TV animation turns up the volume on voice talent

Actors behind the growing number of animated characters on TV are finally getting their due.
Kevin Costner in “Yellowstone.”

Kevin Costner's fascination with westerns continues in new TV series, 'Yellowstone'

Kevin Costner's "Yellowstone" rides the new wave of westerns, a world in which good and evil aren't so clear-cut.
Kelly and Ozzy Osbourne listen to Peace United Methodist Church LGBTQ Choir on “World Detour.”

TV picks for June 14: Gordon Ramsay, 'Ozzy & Jack's Road Detour,' 'Command and Control'

The longest day “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” sounds an awful lot like one of the chef’s previous series, “Kitchen Nightmares,”…
Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner.

Too bad Roseanne Barr couldn't be more like Roseanne Conner

ABC made the right decision when it canceled "Roseanne." But it also killed an opportunity to facilitate a civil discussion on what divides us.
Ken Burns shared a sample of his new film on the Mayo Clinic and answered questions from staffers after the screening.

Ken Burns checks in at Mayo Clinic to give sneak preview of documentary

Ken Burns gave Mayo staffers a sneak peek at his documentary about the Minnesota medical center.
Ellie Kemper in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

TV picks for May 30: 'The Americans,' 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,' 'Reverie'

American woman “The Americans” may not have done much to remind our country of the Cold War with Russia, but it did prove that…
Host Casey Webb posing with the Brunching of Champions mini ferris wheel at Betty Danger's Country Club in Minneapolis, as seen on Travel Channel's "M

Minnesota is the main course in new season of Travel Channel's 'Man v. Food'

Restaurants in the Twin Cities and Duluth are heavily featured in new episodes of the TV series.
Sacha Horler as Sando in "Sando" on Acorn Acorn TV

TV picks for May 23: 'Sando,' 'The Split,' Tig Notaro

'Sando' channels 'Ab Fab' vibe.
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greeted the crowd as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel.

Media swoons, sighs over Markle, Prince Harry

Real journalism wasn't on the guest list for Harry and Meghan's nuptials.
T.R. Knight

Minnesota actor T.R. Knight reflects on life and love after 'Grey's Anatomy'

The Minnesota actor has doubled down on his commitment to theater after leaving "Grey's Anatomy."
Jim Pagliarini

Twin Cities Public TV's longtime CEO to step down

Leader for more than two decades, Jim Pagliarini is credited with sparking innovation at TPT.
The Guthrie Theater.

Guthrie bias investigation finds 'inappropriate physical contact' after carpenter quits

Minneapolis theater is taking steps to improve its workplace culture.
Emily Yang of Woodbury won the state archery tourney and is now headed to the nationals. “Hard work pays off,” said her dad.

Woodbury teen hits the bull's-eye on the archery field

Take your preconceived notions of archers and stuff them in your quiver. Emily Rose Yang, who just turned 17 and stands 5 feet 1, isn’t…
Antonio Banderas voiced the title character in “Puss in Boots.”

TV picks for May 9: 'Jurassic Park,' 'The Rain,' 'Puss in Boots'

Prehistoric days “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” doesn’t roar into theaters until June 22, leaving you ample time to go back and watch the original.
The changing face of television.

In an era of #MeToo, television faces its gender gap

As women take control behind the scenes, they're beginning to influence the characters and stories we see on screen.
Peter Krause in Ryan Murphy’s new series “9-1-1.”

6 TV greats who shaped star Peter Krause

During two decades in Hollywood, the Minnesota actor has worked for some of TV's sharpest writers. He dished on six key collaborators.
Sinclair Broadcast Group's headquarters.

Sinclair's TV editorials worry media watchdogs as debate unfolds

Mandatory TV editorials worry media watchdogs.
Hank Azaria in "Brockmire."

TV picks for April 25: 'Brockmire,' 'Archer,' 'Code Black'

Fantasy island “Archer,” the animated series that takes more cues from film noir than “The Simpsons,” is setting its ninth season on Danger Island,…
Elisabeth Moss in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Elisabeth Moss shares stories behind brutal second season of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

The star returns for Round 2 of one of TV's most critically acclaimed series.
“Scandal" stars Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Kerry Washington and Bellamy Young.

Kerry Washington prepares for series finale of 'Scandal'

ABC's "Scandal" is getting ready to step aside after a groundbreaking term.
Michael Curtiz films include the classic “Casablanca,” with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

TV picks for April 18: 'Riverdale,' 'Decoding the Weather Machine,' 'Casablanca'

Fright night “Riverdale” may boast the most photogenic cast in TV, but when it comes to song and dance, it’s not quite ready for…
Hey Mom by Louie Anderson

Review: 'Hey Mom,' by Louie Anderson, pays tribute to Mom and Minnesota

NONFICTION: "Baskets" isn't the only way the St. Paul-bred comic pays tribute to his late parent.
Dom Detore and Tony D. talk business in “Staten Island Hustle.”

TV picks for April 11: Conan O'Brien, 'America Inside Out With Katie Couric, 'Staten Island Hustle'

"Staten Island Hustle" comes across as the Sopranos taking over "Shark Tank."
Zooey Deschanel returns as Jess in the seventh and final season of “New Girl.” “It’s been like high school, but longer,” she said of the sho

Zooey Deschanel prepares to say goodbye to 'New Girl'

After a yearlong break, the Zooey Deschanel sitcom returns for a short farewell run.
Minnesotan Genevieve Gorder is back to the ol’ drawing board in an upcoming episode of “Trading Spaces,” alongside new carpenter Brett Tutor.

'Trading Spaces' is the latest TV show hoping to capitalize on nostalgia wave

After a 10-year absence, the home-decorating show "Trading Spaces" is back in business.
A pair of Mayo docs appear on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Singing Mayo doctors who went viral perform on 'Ellen'

The duo became an internet sensation after crooning Mike Yung's "Alright."
Meghan Markle, left, and Patrick J. Adams, right, are both leaving “Suits.”

TV picks for April 4: 'Good Karma Hospital,' 'Suits,' 'Murder Chose Me'

Good medicine “The Good Karma Hospital” doesn’t operate from the same soap-opera playbook utilized by “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Good Doctor.” Its low-key approach to…
Steve Zahn in "The Crossing."

TV star Steve Zahn may save the world – but saving his Minnesota cabin comes first

The Minnesota native may finally achieve success on network TV. Just don't expect him to trade in his Minnesota cabin for the Hollywood Hills.
Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings on “The Americans.”

TV picks for March 28: Zach Braff, Andrew Lloyd Webber tribute, 'The Americans'

Broadcast news Your interest in “Alex, Inc.” will depend largely on how much you miss Zach Braff’s earnest doctor on “Scrubs.” The actor is…
Lois Vossen of PBS' "Independent Lens"

A Minnesotan's surprising rise from chicken plucker to movie mogul

Minnesota native Lois Vossen has made PBS' "Independent Lens" a showcase for the best in documentary film.
Bill Hader in "Barry."

In new HBO show, 'Saturday Night Live' vet Bill Hader proves he's much more than Stefon

The former sketch-comedy standout adds an assassin to his roster of characters.
Frankie (Patricia Heaton, right) helped daughter Sue (Eden Sher) celebrate her 21st birthday on a recent episode of “The Middle.”

As 'Roseanne' returns, Patricia Heaton and 'The Middle' prepare to bow out

The "Roseanne"-inspired series wasn't a hit, but still struck a chord in the Midwest.
Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El and Ian McElhinney as Val-El in “Krypton.”

TV picks for March 21: Rachel Feinstein, 'Krypton,' 'Cheap Eats'

"Krypton" adds a grimmer chapter to the Superman saga.
Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan in “The Green Mile.”

TV picks for March 14: 'Traffic Stop,' 'The Green Mile,' 'The Mountain Lion and Me'

The long arm of the law “Traffic Stop” has been running on HBO throughout the month, but you may finally want to check it…
Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan of "American Idol."

Katy Perry and Lionel Richie love their new gigs as 'American Idol' judges

The reboot of "American Idol" premieres Sunday and will go up against "The Voice" the following night.
Documentary footage of Jane Goodall’s work with chimps is included in “Jane.”

TV picks for March 12: Pete Maravich, Jane Goodall, 'Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions'

Queen Jane approximately Brett Morgen is listed as the director of “Jane,” the award-winning documentary about conservation icon Jane Goodall, but it’s the 1960s…
Daniel Boone is the focus of the first episode of “The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen.”

TV picks for March 7: 'Life Sentence,' 'The Men Who Built America,' 'Delicious'

Extended warranty “Pretty Little Liars” graduate Lucy Hale has to re-evaluate her goals after discovering her fatal disease is in turnaround in “Life Sentence.”…
Helen Mirren presents a jet ski prize in a "Price Is Right" style, which Jimmy Kimmel said would be awarded to whoever gives the shortest speech, duri

Film, not politics, at the heart of 2018 Oscars ceremony

Jimmy Kimmel's goal: Set the tone for a party that acknowledged cultural movements without letting them take over the evening.
Jimmy Kimmel on hosting the Oscars: "You’re not going to please everybody, and this idea that you should only please yourself is ridiculous."

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel has become conscience of late-night TV: 'People like seeing real emotions'

Since last hosting the Oscars, he's evolved into late-night TV's moral voice.
“Atlanta” creator and Emmy winner Donald Glover returns as Earn in Season 2: “We didn’t really look back at Season 1.”

It may be a hit, but life in 'Atlanta' hasn't gotten any easier for Donald Glover

Life hasn't gotten any easier for the characters on "Atlanta" — or the Emmy winner who created them.
Pitbull and Fifth Harmony perform on “Showtime at the Apollo.”

TV picks for March 1: 'Atlanta' returns, plus 'Showtime at the Apollo,' 'Ackley Bridge'

Playing by the rules “Atlanta,” one of the most unpredictable and satisfying shows of 2016, avoids the sophomore slump in its second season by…
Jeff Daniels in The "Looming Tower"

TV picks for Feb. 28: Marlon Wayans, 'The Looming Tower,' 'Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry'

Warning signs Hulu beat its more prominent competitor Netflix to the punch when “The Handmaid’s Tale” became the first streaming series to win best drama.…
Premiering Monday, “Good Girls” stars Retta (best known for “Parks and Recreation”), Mae Whitman (“Parenthood”) and Christina Hendricks (�

Minnesotan makes 'Good' with a new NBC show starring Christina Hendricks

"Desperate Housewives" writer Jenna Bans introduces even more desperate women in the new series "Good Girls."
Peter Finch in “Network.”	MGM

TV picks for Feb. 24-25: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Network,' 'Young Adult'

Battle of the ‘Network’ stars The idea of watching Bryan Cranston as mad-as-hell anchor Howard Beale is intriguing — and expensive. He’s currently tackling the…
The 10-part Hulu series “The Looming Tower,” starring Jeff Daniels and Tahar Rahim, takes an unflinching look at missteps leading to the Sept. 11

The Minnesota connection behind Hulu 9/11 series 'The Looming Tower'

"Sweet Land" filmmaker Ali Selim tells of inspiration behind his contributions to a heart-pounding tale about 9/11.
Chris Thile returns Saturday to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul for the first show since MPR severed ties with Garrison Keillor.

Former 'Prairie Home' returns for first time since Keillor scandal: 'It's been really hard'

Host Chris Thile talks about bringing the radio show back to the Fitzgerald Theater, saying "the show must go on."
Oprah Winfrey visits Ellen DeGeneres.

Neal Justin's TV picks for Feb. 21 – Denzel Washington, Joel McHale, Ellen DeGeneres

Soup to nuts Those who miss the snark of “The Soup” may want to sample “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” with the…
Dan Rowles, upper left, joined “A Prairie Home Companion” in 1985 as a stagehand and soon worked into a spot on the cast.

Source of Garrison Keillor allegations shocks those close to radio host

Longtime "Prairie Home" employee Dan Rowles alerted MPR after being dismissed from the show, seven show staffers say.
A student walks past a plaque with musician Dessa Wander's picture and story (left) on Scholars Walk at the University of Minnesota campus on Monday,

Garrison Keillor's plaque removed from Scholars Walk at University of Minnesota

Garrison Keillor has been removed from the University of Minnesota's Scholars Walk, which pays tribute to students and professors from the university. "I was…
Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood in the 1961 film “Splendor in the Grass”

TV picks for Feb. 15: 'Splendor in the Grass,' 'Stargate Origins,' 'Roseanne: The Return'

Natalie Wood shines in "Splendor in the Grass."
Josh Feldman and Shoshannah Stern star in “This Close.”

TV picks for Feb. 14: 'This Close,' 'He Lied About Everything,' 'Little Women'

More than words Words aren’t always necessary to convey charm and humor, as proven by the new dramedy “This Close.” Deaf actors Shoshannah Stern and…
Jason Mitchell as Brandon and Kristina Emerson as Sarah in "The Chi."

Star of 'The Chi' is proving to be one of Hollywood's most intriguing leading men

"The Chi" lead actor Jason Mitchell: "I'm a 17-layer cake."
Jimmy Fallon as Bob Dylan performs "The Times They Are A-Changin'" from the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis after the Super Bowl.

What audiences didn't see on Minneapolis version of 'Jimmy Fallon'

Live edition of "Tonight Show" lived up to the hype — even after the cameras were turned off.
Jimmy Fallon with Justin Timberlake. “Justin is pumped” about Sunday’s live show, Fallon says, and he may bring a special guest, too.

Jimmy Fallon promises surprises in Minneapolis

"Tonight" show host on what's coming after the Super Bowl: "It's a giant show. Justin is pumped."
Go for a hunt along with a cheetah in “Animals With Cameras.”

TV picks for Jan. 31: 'Animals With Cameras,' 'Step Up: High Water,' 'SEAL Team'

Follow the action as animals are outfitted with cameras.
Dan Hodgson held his one-year-old daughter Brenna as they joined thousands of people who waited for Idina Menzel to sing Let it go, from the movie Fro

Minnesota gearing up for its most star-studded week ever

Minnesotans who don't care about a Vikings-less Super Bowl — or never gave a hoot about football in the first place — can still enjoy the time-tested game of celebrity spotting.
In this May 21, 2016, photo, Garrison Keillor appears during a live broadcast for "A Prairie Home Companion" at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. “W

Wishing to be heard, Garrison Keillor now is planning return from scandal

Stalled talks with MPR over exit focus on archives, but he wants cash and more.
Drew and John Erick Dowdle on the set of "Waco."

Make room, Joel and Ethan Coen: St. Paul's Dowdle brothers have arrived

A filmmaking duo used Minnesota Nice to revisit a horrific chapter in history.
Garrison Keillor accused Minnesota Public Radio of a “breach of good faith” in releasing complaint details.

MPR lays out its case against former host Garrison Keillor

Minnesota Public Radio said the woman who worked for the host of "A Prairie Home Companion" alleged "dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents ... over a period of years."
Peter Krause in Ryan Murphy’s new series “9-1-1.”

6 TV greats who shaped Minnesota-bred TV star Peter Krause

During two decades in Hollywood, the Minnesota actor has worked for some of TV's sharpest writers. He dished on six key collaborators.
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