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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
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep."

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

The final season of "Veep" clenches 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.
Yara Shahidi on “Grown-ish.”

TV picks for Jan. 2: 'Mythbusters Jr.,' 'Grown-ish,' 'The Masked Singer'

Sophomore year “Grown-ish” may be a spinoff of “Black-ish,” but its closest relative is “A Different World,” although I don’t remember Denise dealing with…
Rachael Kilgour performed at the Warming House in south Minneapolis. The Duluth native is getting national attention for her heartfelt songs about rel

Duluth songwriter Rachael Kilgour is folk music's Next Big Thing

Rachael Kilgour isn't hard to find. Just follow the sound of sobbing.
Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi in the early days of their Blues Brothers partnership.

Dan Aykroyd talks about his favorite Minnesotans, 'SNL' and why he's still singing the blues

Dan Aykroyd continues to sing the blues — and that's just the way he likes it.
Melissa Peterman and Reba McEntire showed off McEntire’s award from the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors.

Minnesota actress Melissa Peterman spills secrets on her Kennedy Center tribute to Reba McEntire

The Minnesota actress got a piece of the Kennedy Center Honors, thanks to her pal Reba McEntire.
TCM features a slate of Burt Reynolds’ flicks, including “Hooper.”

TV picks for Dec. 26: Burt Reynolds, 'Kennedy Center Honors,' 'Apollo's Daring Mission'

But seriously, folks I’m glad the Kennedy Center has a separate event celebrating comics, but the addition of the Mark Twain Prize means “The…
Jason Momoa in “Aquaman.” Warner Bros.

'Aquaman' is part man, part fish, part stand-up comic

"Aquaman," the latest comic-book epic, floats on one-liners and two fists.
Lakeith Stanfield, left, and Donald Glover in the Emmy award-winning series “Atlanta.”

'Atlanta,' 'Killing Eve' top the list of 2018's best TV shows

Daniel Glover's "Atlanta" took us into the Twilight Zone.
Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara in the “Schitt’s Creek” holiday special.

TV picks for Feb. 19: Justin Kirk, 'Schitt's Creek,' Samantha Bee

Gal pals Former Minnesotan Justin Kirk (“Weeds”) lends some star support to “Overthinking With Kat & June,” a new comedy about female friendship, featuring…
Roger Miret of Agnostic Front in “Godfathers of Hardcore.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Dec. 12 – 'Champaign, ILL,' Agnostic Front, 'Paris to Pittsburgh'

Boys in the band Adam Pally (“Happy Endings”) and Sam Richardson (“Veep”) have proved they can shine in top-notch sitcoms. Their latest venture, “Champaign,…
Tom Barnard, center, with morning show sidekicks Mark Rosen and Dan Culhane in 1987. “It was the perfect mix” of personalities, Rosen said of thei

KQRS stars revisit 50-year saga of Minnesota's most loved/hated station

In their own words, here's how KQ emerged from the underground to become a classic-rock mainstay, a ratings powerhouse — and at times a lightning rod for controversy.
Much like the Sundance Film Festival does for Utah, Duluth hopes the Independent Television Festival can bring noteworthy revenue into the local econo

Duluth snags national TV festival — could it be the next Sundance?

ITVFest hopes to do for northern Minnesota what Sundance did for Utah.
Anchor Camille Williams left KARE 11 recently, and now husband Cory Hepola is also leaving KARE for WCCO Radio.

Departing KARE 11 anchor Cory Hepola will replace John Hines at WCCO Radio

KARE's Cory Hepola is just the latest television personality who's made the switch to radio.
Rachel Brosnahan won an Emmy for her role as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Season 2 of Amazon's 'Mrs. Maisel' is as marvelous as ever

The year's most celebrated sitcom returns for a second season on Amazon Prime.
Clive Standen’s Duke Rollo is back as “Vikings” returns with Season 5.

TV picks for Nov. 28: 'Vikings,' 'A Legendary Christmas,' 'Homeless to Harvard'

The battle continues “Vikings” returns with Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Andersen) discovering that being king isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, with…
A “Growing Pains” marathon will include this episode from 1991 starring Alan Thicke, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kirk Cameron.

TV picks for Nov. 21: 'Final Table,' 'Growing Pains,' 'Double Dare'

Show me that smile again Spend your Thanksgiving holiday with the Seaver family by devouring every single episode of “Growing Pains,” the sitcom that temporarily…
The cover of the Journal's current edition.

Downtown Minneapolis newspaper the Journal calls it quits

Shrinking ads and a shift in downtown demographics are blamed for its demise.
Alesha Erickson was photographed in her apartment with her cat on September 21, 2018 in Mountain Iron, Minn. She was raped in a different unit in the

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.
Tim Blake Nelson as Buster Scruggs.

Coen brothers shatter expectations with their new western 'Buster Scruggs'

REVIEW: The Grim Reaper rides high in the Coens' new western.
Paul Dano as David Sweat and Benicio Del Toro as Richard Matt in “Escape at Dannemora.”

Ben Stiller makes great use of comic instincts directing Showtime's 'Escape at Dannemora' series

The "Tropic Thunder" director brings a light touch to a heavy story.
Loudon Wainwright III

TV picks for Nov. 14: Loudon Wainwright, 'Westside,' 'Origin'

Father and son Christopher Guest and Judd Apatow have great taste — and not just in comedy. Both are fans of singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III,…
On the 100th episode of "Black-ish," the family is shocked to learn that Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) are not familiar with the iconic

'Black-ish' throws TV's best-ever Prince party in its 100th episode

REVIEW: "Black-ish" cast goes all out to pay tribute to Prince.
Blake Lively and Cookie Monster in “Once Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special.”

TV picks for Nov. 10-11: 'Sesame Street,' 'Anthony Bourdain,' Melissa McCarthy

Street smarts “When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special” may be aimed at kids, but like all adventures from the legendary…
Claire Foy trades in her crown and corgis for leather and tattoos in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.”

'Crown' star Claire Foy goes from Buckingham Palace to the 'Spider's Web'

She may have abdicated her throne on "The Crown," but Claire Foy might just be starting her Hollywood reign.
Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander.

'The Girl in the Spider's Web' fails to spin a compelling thriller

REVIEW: The latest incarnation of Lisbeth Salander just isn't smart enough to work.
A mailroom associate at Star Printers in Cambridge stacks and binds freshly printed copies of the second issue of the Pine Knot News.

Minn. holds its own as small-town newspapers shrink across America

Papers continue to claim a vital role in communities like Cloquet, which just got a new weekly.
Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carell in 2004’s “Anchorman.”

TV picks for Nov. 7: Judd Apatow, 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey,' 'BoJack Horseman'

Staying classy Those who aren’t going to see Judd Apatow do his live stand-up act Wednesday at the Pantages Theatre can still appreciate the comedy…
Judd Apatow will return to his stand-up comedy roots at the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday.

Director Judd Apatow retakes stand-up stage in Minneapolis

The award-winning director/writer/producer talks about "the camaraderie of comedians," mentor Garry Shandling, the young comics he admires and more.
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