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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
Grant Wilson leads an all new team on A&E’s “Ghost Hunters.”

TV picks for Aug. 21: 'This Way Up,' 'Ghost Hunters,' 'Psychic Kids'

Up, up and away Aisling Bea is the writer and star of “This Way Up,” a brilliant new comedy about an English teacher who…
Alice Wetterlund in her new TV special “My Mama Is a Human and So Am I,” which begins streaming Friday on Amazon Prime.

Calmed down and sobered up, Minneapolis-bred comedian gets her first Amazon special

Twin Cities-bred comic Alice Wetterlund has calmed down and sobered up. But she can still kick your butt.
Louie Anderson

Louie Anderson will say goodbye to 'Baskets' in Minnesota: 'I'm far from being done'

The Emmy-winning Minnesota native is "full of gratitude" as his show ends.
Akili McDowell and Phylicia Rashad in “David Makes Man.”

TV picks for Aug. 14: 'Danny's House,' 'Alternate Endings,' 'David Makes Man'

The farewell The title of “Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America” says it all. The documentary shares stories from a half-dozen different…
George Takei

With new AMC series, 'Star Trek' veteran George Takei confronts real-life horror

The "Star Trek" legend and AMC team up to shine a light on one of the most tragic chapters in American history.
Michelle Lanier shared stories of her grandmother’s legacy and her family’s life in North Carolina for “Family Pictures.”

TV picks for Aug. 12: 'Family Pictures,' 'The Terror: Infamy,' 'Straight Up Steve Austin'

Snap judgments Photographer Thomas Allen Harris asks folks to share their “Family Pictures,” revealing an intimate history of America in this three-part series that…
Jennie Garth in the “BH90210” reunion series.

TV picks for Aug. 7: '90210' gang reunites plus 'Bulletproof' and Morris Day on 'Sherman's Showcase'

Much of the original cast of "Beverly Hills, 90210" is back playing versions of themselves.
Lil Nas X performed during the CMA Music Festival.

TV picks for Aug. 3-4: 'My Little Pony,' 'CMA Fest,' 'Flip It Like Disick'

Horsin’ around It’s a crime that Weird Al Yankovic hasn’t been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But at least the satirist…
Brandon Mychal Smith, Nathalie Emmanuel, Rebecca Rittenhouse and John Reynolds in “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

TV picks for July 31: 'Four Weddings and a Funeral,' 'Jihadi John, 'Sherman's Showcase'

Mindy Kaling's series is loosely based on the 1994 film.
Four billion years ago, Mars had a global magnetic field. Aurorae danced above its poles.

TV picks for July 24: 'Sex. Scandals. Crime,' 'The Planets,' 'South Side'

Martian chronicles If looking back on our travels to the moon left you less than inspired, you may want to set course for an even…
Nancy O'Dell

Nancy O'Dell looks back at weathering the infamous Trump tape: 'It was bizarre'

Nancy O'Dell revisits Hollywood scandals in Reelz special.
Sandra Oh in “Killing Eve”

Sandra Oh poised to make Emmy history

"Killing Eve" star would be the first Asian actor to win for a leading role.
Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson on “Pearson.”

TV picks for July 17: 'Conan,' 'Pearson,' 'Frankenstein's Monster'

"Suits" spinoff stars Gina Torres.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin posed beside the U.S. flag on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. The lunar landing, which once topped polls

50 years after the moon landing, reactions range from 'wow' to 'whatever'

On July 20, 1969, roughly 600 million viewers worldwide sat riveted to their TV sets. But for many folks under 50, Neil Armstrong might just as well have taken his stroll during the Ice Age.
Molly Mabray is learning “traditional practices, like snowshoeing or hunting for agate stones, but she’s also just an everyday kid that’s super-

'Molly of Denali' breaks new ground with first Native American hero on children's TV

Children's TV ventures into new territory with the first animated show for kids with a Native American hero.
“The Jetsons” made their TV debut just months after John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

From Tang to 'Toy Story': 10 ways the moon race shaped pop culture

Entertainment, fashion and more drew inspiration from space travel.
Comedian Kate McCarthy

Minnesota grad is building a big career in comedy, one character at a time

Kate McCarthy is making an impact in comedy, one nutty character at a time.
The "Five Presidents": Gerald Ford (James Ramlet), Jimmy Carter (Martin L’Herault), Ronald Reagan (Steve Sheridan), George H.W. Bush (Casey E. Lewis

You won't want to run for office after seeing Old Log Theatre's 'Five Presidents'

REVIEW: "Five Presidents" suggests that life after the White House is no rose garden.
“SpongeBob SquarePants” celebrates its 20th birthday

At age 20, 'SpongeBob SquarePants' is still soaking up the love

The show, still a pop-culture phenomenon, celebrates with a one-hour special Friday and a party Saturday at the Mall of America.
Laura Chinn, right, created and stars in “Florida Girls” with Melanie Field.

TV picks for July 10: 'ESPY Awards,' 'Battle of the '80s Supercars,' 'Florida Girls'

All-star roster Tracy Morgan will never pass for a professional athlete, but it should be great fun watching him host the “2019 ESPY Awards,”…
David Harbour posed with the Science Museum of Minnesota shirt that became a hot item after being seen in his series.

'Stranger Things' star is obsessed by a Minnesota State Fair seed-art portrait that got away

David Harbour is heftier and funnier than ever as "Stranger Things" returns this week.
Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars.

TV picks for July 3: 'Veronica Mars,' 'Rivers of Life,' 'Designated Survivor: 60 Days'

A new season of "Veronica Mars' drops July 26.
Seth Meyers

Stars came out for Minneapolis Comedy Fest, but it needs more than big names

REVIEW: Big names alone aren't enough to throw a memorable party.
In this May 13, 2018 file photo, actress Jane Fonda poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Sink or Swim' at the 71st intern

Jane Fonda looks back at the films she loved – and hated

The legendary actor will look back on her film career in a special event at the Ordway.
Bob Newhart in 1960, performing at Freddie's Cafe in Minneapolis. He’ll bring the laughs to the Orpheum on Friday as part of the Minneapolis Comedy

Comedy legend Bob Newhart recalls how Twin Cities radio helped make him a star

The venerable comic recalls how WCCO helped launch his career.
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Season: 5 -- Pictured: Seth Meyers -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC) ORG XMIT: Season:5

TV picks for June 26: Seth Meyers, 'My Cousin Vinny,' 'True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality'

A little respect Anyone who still thinks Marisa Tomei didn’t deserve her Oscar for 1992’s “My Cousin Vinny” should go back and give the…
David Portnoy is founder of the satirical sports and pop culture blog Barstool Sports.

TV picks for June 25: 'Big Brother,' 'Tianamen,' 'Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel'

Hello, roommates “Big Brother” returns with 16 new contestants, including a wine-safari guide, a college soccer star, a preschool aide and a Broadway dancer.…
John Leguizamo's "Latin History for Morons" on Netflix.

5 can't-miss shows in the Minneapolis Comedy Festival

The inaugural Minneapolis Comedy Festival may not be as star-studded as other cities’ showcases, but it has a decent mix of up-and-coming acts, unsinkable veterans…
Bob Newhart will make a rare stage appearance at the Minneapolis Comedy Festival.

With big-name talent, new Minneapolis Comedy Festival aims to make a summer splash

Big-name stars include Seth Meyers, George Lopez, John Leguizamo, D.L. Hughley, Fortune Feimster and Cedric the Entertainer.
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…
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