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Neal Justin

Columnist/Reporter | Media
Phone: 612-673-7431
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Neal Justin covers the entertainment world, primarily TV and radio. He also reviews stand-up comedy. Justin is the founder of JCamp, a non-profit program for high-school journalists, and works on many fronts to further diversity in newsrooms. 


Justin is currently president of UNITY, co-chair of the Star Tribune News Guild and teaches at Minnesota State University. He is a former governing board member of the Asian American Journalists Association and Minnesota chapter president for AAJA.
Recent content from Neal Justin
Nathan Lane, left, and playwright Terrence McNally often worked together. PBS’ “American Masters” will present “Terrence McNally: Every Act of

Playwright Terrence McNally looks back at legendary career in new PBS documentary

New PBS documentary offers a master class on an influential figure in American theater.
Ready for prime time: Jamie Yuccas is prepared for whatever CBS throws her way. Her ties to the Midwest make her a natural for the area’s big storie

Former WCCO anchor Jamie Yuccas finds calm in a chaotic career

As a CBS News correspondent based in California, she's fattening a résumé that could very well lead to a network anchor position or a spot with "60 Minutes."
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, with their newborn son.

Neal Justin's TV picks for June 12: 'First Responders Live,' Jo Koy, Meghan Markle

True Royalty TV goes deep on coverage of royal baby.
Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern in the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”.

In Season 2, HBO's 'Big Little Lies' makes even bigger statement against sexual abuse

TV is saying "Time's Up" to sexual abusers on screen and behind the camera.
“Black Mirror” returns for a fifth season.

TV picks for June 5: 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Black Mirror,' 'The King Who Fooled Hitler'

Miley Cyrus shows up on "Black Mirror."
Dr. Ruth Westheimer in “Ask Dr. Ruth.”

Hulu documentary introduces celebrity sex therapist Dr. Ruth to 'whole new generation'

The legendary therapist has more than sex on her mind in a revealing new documentary.
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman, all-star cast bring 'Good Omens' to Amazon Prime

When the celebrated author dove into the most ambitious TV project of his career, he turned to a Minnesotan.
Ian McShane in "Deadwood: The Movie."

'Deadwood' returns with the same appealing characters – and the same problems

Familiar characters have some unfinished business in the ultimate anti-Western.
Harriet Dyer as Cassie Bedford in “The InBetween.”

TV picks for May 29: 'MasterChef,' 'Archer,' 'The InBetween'

"The InBetween" revisits "Medium" concept.
“Not Normal” is Wanda Sykes’ latest stand-up special.

TV picks for May 22: 'All in the Family,' 'The Butcher,' Wanda Sykes

Those were the days “Live in Front of an Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ ” offers contemporary stars like Woody Harrelson…
Pete Lee honed his comedic chops at Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis, where he returned to perform this winter.

Minnesota comics chase stardom in L.A.: 'I knew it was going to be an ego check'

Every year, standups who conquered Minnesota move West to face the ultimate challenge: To live or die in L.A.
Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir on “­Community.”

What to watch when 'Big Bang Theory' ends? 10 more shows that celebrate nerd life

"The Big Bang Theory" wasn't the first series where nerds ruled.
George Clooney, Christopher Abbott and Pico Alexander in the Hulu miniseries “Catch-22,” which begins streaming Friday.

George Clooney throws movie-star muscle into 'Catch-22' adaptation: 'You've got to take a swing'

He directed several episodes of the Hulu miniseries and plays a short-tempered, parade-obsessed officer.
Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki star in “The Big Bang Theory.”

Why was 'Big Bang Theory' such a hit? Cast members reflect on its legendary run

As the final episode airs, cast members float theories on what made their sitcom an audience favorite.
Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme in “Tacoma FD.”

Stars of hit TruTV comedy 'Tacoma FD' head to Minneapolis on a hot streak

Sitcom creators pull back curtain in Minneapolis.
Louis C.K. opened his four-night run at Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis.

Louis C.K. addresses controversy, 'bad year' at Acme comedy club

The comedian went for button-pushing humor in an opening night set at Acme Comedy Co.
Fox News anchor Bret Baier will moderate a town hall with presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar.

Fox News anchor wants to give Klobuchar 'fair shake' at town hall tonight

Bret Baier defends his network's news department while he preps for Klobuchar town hall.
Paul Newman and Robert Vaughn in “The Young Philadelphians.”

TV picks for May 8: 'Tuca & Bertie,' 'Flinch,' 'The Young Philadelphians'

TCM's month-long tribune to Paul Newman includes some neglected gems.
Louis C.K. admitted in late 2017 that he had previously engaged in sexual misconduct, specifically exposing himself to women who either worked for him

Comedy scene 'divided in half' on Louis C.K.'s Minneapolis shows

This week's Acme Comedy Co. booking reignited a debate about the disgraced comedian.
Lorena Martinez and Karla Ramirez in “Texicanas.”

TV picks for May 7: 'Dead to Me,' 'Foster,' 'Texicanas'

Two broken girls Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are very much alive and kicking in “Dead to Me,” a deliciously dark new comedy about…
Emily Watson in “Chernobyl,” a five-part miniseries about the 1986 nuclear accident.

TV picks for May 6: 'The Bachelorette Reunion,' 'Chernobyl,' 'State of the Union'

Hen party The title “The Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!” may just be poking fun at the franchise’s flair…
Jane Lynch

'Glee' star Jane Lynch brings 'throwback' cabaret show to St. Paul

The versatile Jane Lynch takes time out of her in-demand schedule to sing in St. Paul.
Retiring Fox 9 anchor Jeff Passolt reflected on his 23 year run at the station in the newsroom at the station.

After 23 years, Fox 9's Jeff Passolt exits anchor desk: 'It's someone else's turn'

Longtime Fox 9 anchor Jeff Passolt gets ready to sign off — but not without a few final digs.
Thái Thi Kim Phuong on “Street Food.”

TV picks for May 1: Anthony Jeselnik, '2019 Billboard Music Awards,' 'Street Food'

Minneapolis native Genevieve Gorder hosts new competition series, "Best Room Wins."
Former NASA engineer Chad Zdenek at a power plant on “Inside Mighty Machines.”

TV picks for April 27-28: '2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremonies,' 'Inside Mighty Machines,' Kamau Bell

Watch former NASA engineer Chad Zdenek dismantle jumbo jets, oil rigs and hovercrafts.
Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc in “Top Gear.”

TV picks for April 25: 'There She Goes,' 'Top Gear,' 'I Think You Should Leave'

"Top Gear" and Matt LeBlanc back for fourth season.
A female grooms a male on the documentary “A Life Among Monkeys.”

TV picks for April 24: 'A Life Among Monkeys,' 'Saving the Red Sea,' 'Cobra Kai'

What we can learn from the toque macaques of Sri Lanka.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep."

'Veep' star Julia Louis-Dreyfus 'overcome with joy and grief' while taping final season

The final season of "Veep" clinches her status as the queen of comedy.
Steve Way and Ramy Youssef in “Rammy.”

TV picks for April 20-21: 'Ramy,' Prince, 'Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration'

Hope and a prayer Mining jokes out of growing up Muslim in America may seem like heavy lifting, but Ramy Youssef makes it look easy…
Sherman Augustus as Moon in "Into the Badlands."

Ex-Minnesota football player scored in Hollywood with AMC's 'Into the Badlands'

"Into the Badlands" star Sherman Augustus on how football informed his acting career.
Minnesota native, “Design Star” winner and former “Color Splash” host David Bromstad works with lottery winners on HGTV’s “My Lottery Drea

Minnesota HGTV star David Bromstad hit jackpot with 'My Lottery Dream Home'

With "My Lottery Dream Home," Minnesota native David Bromstad makes HGTV his own Magical Kingdom.
Dianne Wiest, left, as Joan Short and Giselle Eisenberg as Sophia Hughes in “Life in Pieces.”

TV picks for April 18: 'Life in Pieces,' 'Special,' 'My First First Love'

Hard-knock life No network sitcom gets more laughs from more actors than “Life in Pieces,” which returns with two new episodes, starting with a…
Janelle Pierzina, right, of Lakeville, competes on “The Amazing Race” with Britney Haynes.

TV picks for April 17: Beyoncé, 'The Amazing Race,' 'Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World'

Lakeville resident and reality competition vet returns to screen.
Dave Chappelle.

In first night here, Chappelle thanks Minn. for sending 'wild' politicians to D.C.

Review: Like Springsteen, the comedian worked hard and reached deep as he launched a four-night run.
Jaime King navigates a hostile new world in the early days of a zombie apocalypse in “Black Summer.”

TV picks for April 11: 'The Flay List,' 'Black Summer,' 'Double Shot at Love'

Apocalypse drama stars Jaime King.
“Our Planet” is filled with stunning photography like this bald eagle swooping in to pluck a herring from the water near Sitka, Alaska.

TV picks for April 10: 'Dark Side of the Ring,' 'Our Planet,' 'Queens of Mystery'

In "Queens of Mystery" series, three English women team up with their niece to solve crimes.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones."

Who's the boss in 2019? These are the 12 toughest women on TV today

These female protagonists as dark, daring, disturbed and delicious as the characters male actors take for granted.
Minneapolis-raised actor Peter Macon plays grim second officer Bortus on "The Orville."

Minneapolis actor is a hit on Fox's sci-fi series 'The Orville'

Despite heavy makeup, a pivotal role on "The Orville" is exposing new depths for Peter Macon.
Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh in "Killing Eve."

With Sandra Oh in the lead, TV's 'Killing Eve' remains bloody good in Season 2

TV's most warped — and wonderful — thriller returns for a second season.
Clockwise from lower left: “Jane the Virgin,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Killing Eve,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” “Shrill,” “The F

Women rule TV in 2019 to create wealth of fascinatingly 'difficult' characters

Working behind and in front of the camera, women are changing the medium for the better.
Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell play the title roles Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse in the new FX miniseries.

FX's 'Fosse/Verdon' series re-examines the myth of a Broadway legend

Broadway legend Bob Fosse may have hogged the spotlight, but a spectacular new miniseries proves it took two to tango.
Laura Osnes

Burnsville native plays Shirley MacLaine for FX's new 'Fosse/Verdon' series

Laura Osnes — a Chanhassen Dinner Theatres favorite who went on to a Tony-nominated Broadway career — jumped at the chance to play Shirley MacLaine.
Mark Proksch as Colin Robinson.

Minnesota office workers inspired actor's energy-sucking vampire character on new FX series

Minnesota office life inspired Mark Proksch's bloody good vampire for new FX comedy.
Look for Bob Costas to guest star as himself on “Brockmire” this season.

TV picks for April 3: 'Brockmire,' 'What We Do in the Shadows,' 'Ultraman'

Back in the ballpark In the show’s third season, “Brockmire” star/creator Hank Azaria (man of a thousand voices on “The Simpsons”) lands his smack-talking…
The cast of “Julius Caesar.”

PBS' all-women 'Julius Caesar' is latest to let women tackle traditionally male roles

A new PBS production of "Julius Caesar" gives women another opportunity to tackle some of theater's most coveted roles.
Gina Rodriguez in “Jane the Virgin.”

TV picks for March 27: 'What We Do in the Shadows,' 'Jane the Virgin,' 'Million Dollar Mile'

Calamity Jane The CW is about to lose two of its more prestigious series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin,” which kicks off its fifth…
Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser returns to stand-up with a Minneapolis debut

The "Mad About You" star wants us to know he still has his comic chops.
Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish star in the spinoff “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.”

TV picks for March 20: 'Warrior Women,' 'Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists,' Michael Bublé

Back to school Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish reprise their “mean girls” roles for “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists,” a new soap that revolves…
From left: Christian Siriano, Elaine Welteroth, Nina Garcia, Karlie Kloss and Brandon Maxwell. “Project Runway” returns to Bravo for its 17th seas

New season of 'Project Runway' brings fresh faces, unprecedented diversity

The popular reality competition has a new host — and a new mission.
Jussie Smollett in “Empire.”

TV picks for March 13: 'Made in Heaven,' 'Empire,' Jimmy Carr

Jussie Smollett is back as "Empire" returns from break, but he's been written out of the last two episodes.
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart; Audra McDonald as Liz Reddick-Lawrence and Rose Leslie as Maia Rindell in "The Good Fight."

CBS All Access' smart, provocative 'The Good Fight' takes aim at politics

"The Good Fight" — Donald Trump's worst nightmare — returns for a third season.
Lyric Lewis, left, and Mary Sohn in “A.P. Bio.”

NBC sitcom star credits career to improv training, St. Paul's Central High School

Lyric Lewis "commanded" high school stage before learning improv with Groundlings in L.A.
Clive Owen and Clare-Hope Ashitey in “Children of Men.”

TV picks for March 6: 'Children of Men,' 'Losers,' 'Documentary Now!'

Tracks of our tears Alfonso Cuarón has now won two Oscars for directing (“Gravity” and “Roma”). But his greatest cinematic achievement remains 2006’s “Children…
Filmmakers Jimmy Chin and his wife and collaborator, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, clutching their statuettes, attended the Governors Ball after the Osca

Mankato native still riding high after winning Oscar for best documentary

Carleton College grad and "Free Solo" filmmaker Jimmy Chin takes us behind the scenes of his big night.
NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown in a hippo costume with host Nick Cannon, left, and Brown after he revealed his identity on “The Masked Singer.”

TV picks for Feb. 27: 'Gone,' 'The Masked Singer,' 'Ministry of Evil'

Ain’t it a shame “The Masked Singer,” America’s most embarrassing guilty pleasure, lifts the fake head off the final C-list celebrity in this two-hour…
Viggo Mortensen, from left, Linda Cardellini, Dimiter Marinov and Mahershala Ali accept the award for best picture for "Green Book" at the Oscars on S

With 'Green Book' win, Oscar celebration of diversity gets surprise ending

"Green Book," a feel-good movie about race relations, upset "Roma" and "The Favourite" to win Best Picture. Olivia Colman also nosed out sentimental favorite Glenn Close in the category of best actress.
Director Daniel Bergin’s new documentary on the history of housing discrimination in the Twin Cities airs Monday at 9 p.m. on TPT.

Like our own Ken Burns, TPT filmmaker mines Minnesota history

TPT filmmaker Daniel Bergin focuses on the history of Minnesota — the good, the bad and the ugly.
Ron Clark competes on “Survivor.”

TV picks for Feb. 20: 'Survivor,' 'Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy,' 'Documentary Now!'

Higher education “Survivor,” which is coming off one of its most satisfying seasons, returns for its 38th(!) edition. Competing castaways include a morning-news anchor,…
Don Cheadle in a 1992 staging of “The Grapes of Wrath” by Mixed Blood Theatre.

Set to host 'SNL,' Hollywood star Don Cheadle reminisces about Mpls. theater days

Set to host "Saturday Night Live," actor Don Cheadle fondly remembers his years on the Minneapolis stage.
Ken Jeong has a new special, “Ken Jeong: You Complete, Me Ho.’

TV picks for Feb. 14: Ken Jeong, 'The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook,' 'Unrivaled: Earnhardt vs. Gordon'

The unmasked comic “Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho” is being billed as a stand-up special, but it’s really more of an opportunity for…
“The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti.”

TV picks for Feb. 13: Nick Buoniconti, David Lean, 'Weird City'

Cloudy memories “The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti,” which premiered earlier this week, is aptly titled as it profiles a man who scored as…
Joel McKinnon Miller as Scully in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Minnesota's Joel McKinnon Miller infiltrates cast of NBC's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

Joel McKinnon Miller went from opera to hitting high notes on the NBC cop comedy.
“Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner”

TV picks for Feb. 6: 'Criminal Minds,' Ray Romano, 'Challenge: War of the Worlds'

Ray of light “Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner” the comedian’s first stand-up special in 23 years, feels like little more than a collection…
John Goodman and Michaela Coel in “Black Earth Rising.”

TV picks for Jan. 30: 'Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes,' Dan Patrick, 'Black Earth Rising'

Back on the beat “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television” was renewed for another season, a development that seems to have shocked the people…
Jeffrey Wright in "Hold the Dark."

Forget the big screen: 12 superb movies you can see only by streaming

Oscar nods for Netflix's "Roma" make this a watershed moment for streaming services.
Ja Rule and Billy McFarland in the documentary “Fyre.”

TV picks for Jan. 23: 'Fyre,' Sean Penn, 'Butterfly'

Playing with Fyre No matter how many crummy parties you’ve experienced, it’s unlikely you’ve attended anything quite as disastrous as the bash featured in
Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy in “Stan & Ollie.”

Laurel & Hardy biopic is another fine mess

The film about one of comedy's greatest duos has a hard time playing it straight.
CNN anchor Don Lemon: “This is really an exciting time to be a journalist. Our role has never been more important.”

CNN's Don Lemon defends show's on-air debates, woozy New Year's Eve reports

The outspoken anchor squeezes in a trip to the Twin Cities to mark Martin Luther King Day.
Keegan-Michael Key, Jae Suh Park, Cobie Smulders, Zack Robidas and Nat Faxon on “Friends From College.”

TV picks for Jan. 16: 'Deadly Class,' 'Wayne,' 'Friends From College'

Holding out for a hero “Wayne” is a wannabe superhero without any superpowers, unless you count his willingness to get beaten to a bloody…
Mark Rosen.

As WCCO's Mark Rosen retires, his famous friends share memories of 'Rosie'

Family members and friends look back on Mark Rosen's half-century-long TV career.
Andrea Savage returns in “I’m Sorry.”

TV picks for Jan. 9: 'Schooled,' 'I'm Sorry,' 'You're the Worst'

Hot for teacher “Schooled” doesn’t have anything new to teach us, but as family comedies go, this spinoff to “The Goldbergs” makes the grade, thanks…
Iraq's Saddam Hussein is among those featured on "The Dictator's Playbook" on PBS.

TPT explores dark world history with new 'Dictator's Playbook' series

Six-part series is the latest big-tent project from the St. Paul-based outlet that helped bring "Hoop Dreams" to the screen.
Rami Malek, a Golden Globe winner for playing Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," celebrated with Mercury's bandmates Brian May and

'Bohemian Rhapsody' rocks the Oscar race with surprise wins at Golden Globes

The Golden Globes celebrated diversity during an evening that left few clear front-runners.
Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will host the Golden Globes on Sunday.

Celebrity duos we'd like to see hosting the 2019 Oscars

The Golden Globes have the right idea by putting Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh center stage.
Garrison Keillor recently performed at Crooners Lounge and Supper Club in Fridley.

Keillor is selling Common Good Books, but he isn't leaving the Twin Cities

The former host of "Prairie Home Companion" has no plans on retreating full-time to his Manhattan pad.
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