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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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TV picks for Jan. 17: 'Electric Dreams,' 'Corporate,' 'Gianni Versace'

TV picks for Jan. 17: 'Electric Dreams,' 'Corporate,' 'Gianni Versace'

Punch the clock You may want to call in sick to work tomorrow after watching “Corporate,” the new sitcom that makes the office look…
Kerry Washington and her 'Scandal' co-stars prepare to move out of the White House

Kerry Washington and her 'Scandal' co-stars prepare to move out of the White House

ABC's "Scandal" is getting ready to step aside after a groundbreaking term.
Minnesota victims aren't forgotten in 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace'

Minnesota victims aren't forgotten in 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace'

The latest Ryan Murphy crime series focuses on a notorious killing spree that began in the Minneapolis Warehouse District more than 20 years ago.
MPR's Tom Weber reassigned because of romantic relationship with Rep. Peggy Flanagan

MPR's Tom Weber reassigned because of romantic relationship with Rep. Peggy Flanagan

The state representative and candidate disclosed their involvement on her Facebook account.
Bringing sex appeal to royal storytelling, 'Victoria' returns to PBS

Bringing sex appeal to royal storytelling, 'Victoria' returns to PBS

The queen's stormy but happy marriage provides rich fodder for PBS "Masterpiece" series.
Are TV shows still a path to stardom? Katy Perry and Sean Combs say yes

Are TV shows still a path to stardom? Katy Perry and Sean Combs say yes

TV singing shows may seem like an antiquated genre. But don't underestimate their family-friendly appeal.
TV picks for Jan. 10: 'Young Winston,' 'Alone Together,' 'Rooster and Butch'

TV picks for Jan. 10: 'Young Winston,' 'Alone Together,' 'Rooster and Butch'

Cruel to be kind Fans of “Broad City” and “Difficult People” will get a kick out of “Alone Together,” another stellar example of how much…
TV picks for Jan. 8: 'Set It Off,' David Bowie, 'Antiques Roadshow'

TV picks for Jan. 8: 'Set It Off,' David Bowie, 'Antiques Roadshow'

Before setting sail Trailers for the Sandra Bullock-led “Ocean’s 8” have me itching to re-watch 1996’s “Set It Off” (6 p.m., BET), in which…
It's a golden age for comedy, thanks to podcasts and social media

It's a golden age for comedy, thanks to podcasts and social media

New platforms are helping comics win fans — and weeding out folks who just aren't funny.
TV picks for Jan. 3: 'The X-Files,' 'Grown-ish,' '9-1-1'

TV picks for Jan. 3: 'The X-Files,' 'Grown-ish,' '9-1-1'

Reopening the files Either creator Chris Carter or the American Cancer Society is determined to prove that the Cigarette Man is civilization’s greatest enemy. That’s…
TV picks for Dec. 27: 'The Day the Dinosaurs Died,' 'The EA Madden Challenge,' 'The Big Lebowski'

TV picks for Dec. 27: 'The Day the Dinosaurs Died,' 'The EA Madden Challenge,' 'The Big Lebowski'

"The Big Lebowski" still abides.
TV picks for Dec. 20: 'America's Badlands,' 'The Indian Detective,' 'Scrooged'

TV picks for Dec. 20: 'America's Badlands,' 'The Indian Detective,' 'Scrooged'

"Scrooged" is devilishly clever interpretation of "A Christmas Carol."
Thile announces new name for 'A Prairie Home Companion'

Thile announces new name for 'A Prairie Home Companion'

MPR separates broadcast from Keillor's "Prairie Home" brand.
TV picks for Dec. 16-17: 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Trollhunters,' 'CNN Heroes'

TV picks for Dec. 16-17: 'Saturday Night Live,' 'Trollhunters,' 'CNN Heroes'

Guillermo del Toro's "Trollhunters" second season underway
TV picks for Dec. 13: Ed Helms, 'Freedom Fighters,' Golden Globes special

TV picks for Dec. 13: Ed Helms, 'Freedom Fighters,' Golden Globes special

"Freedom Fighters: The Ray" shows promise by third installment.
In Hollywood, women are increasingly calling the shots on television

In Hollywood, women are increasingly calling the shots on television

While Hollywood has a long way to go, more female directors are calling the shots in TV.
Garrison Keillor says MPR's CEO never asked for his side of the story

Garrison Keillor says MPR's CEO never asked for his side of the story

Pushing back, the writer hopes for "a happy resolution" and says he's headed to Mayo to get a pacemaker.
As their relationship ends, MPR, Keillor both come under fire

As their relationship ends, MPR, Keillor both come under fire

On social media and elsewhere, longtime MPR supporters are expressing confusion or anger.
Chris Thile addresses scandal around his 'Prairie Home' predecessor Garrison Keillor

Chris Thile addresses scandal around his 'Prairie Home' predecessor Garrison Keillor

Tradition fell to the wayside on the Saturday edition of what was formerly known as "A Prairie Home Companion."
Review: 'Improv Nation,' by Sam Wasson

Review: 'Improv Nation,' by Sam Wasson

NONFICTION: Writer Sam Wasson looks at the careers of Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and other quick-witted comics.
'I think I have to leave the country,' Garrison Keillor says after firing

'I think I have to leave the country,' Garrison Keillor says after firing

MPR cited "inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him." Keillor said he was fired over an incident in which he touched a woman's bare back. Later he talked about moving.
TV picks for Nov. 29: 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,' James Stewart, 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center'

TV picks for Nov. 29: 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,' James Stewart, 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center'

Standup gals One reason for the success of “Gilmore Girls” was the casting of Lauren Graham, who perfectly channeled Rosalind Russell while tackling creator Amy…
Minnesota comic Chad Daniels makes his mark both at home and abroad

Minnesota comic Chad Daniels makes his mark both at home and abroad

Chad Daniels hits the next level with an Acme documentary and a big homecoming gig.

Documentary on Minneapolis' Acme Comedy Club doesn't quite 'kill'

REVIEW: Three local comics bond as they tackle Asia in a film due Dec. 5.
Jimmy Fallon to host 'Tonight Show' live from Orpheum after Super Bowl

Jimmy Fallon to host 'Tonight Show' live from Orpheum after Super Bowl

The current king of late night will be in Twin Cities for Super Bowl weekend.
News flash: All Twin Cities TV newsrooms to be run by women

News flash: All Twin Cities TV newsrooms to be run by women

Women will run the top four TV newsrooms in the Twin Cities, the only U.S. major market that can make that claim.
TV picks for Nov. 8: Ozzy Osbourne, Danica Patrick, 'The Job Interview'

TV picks for Nov. 8: Ozzy Osbourne, Danica Patrick, 'The Job Interview'

Driving ambitions When Danica Patrick says she doesn’t care what people think of her, she means it. At least that’s the message she delivers in…
Edina-raised pro wrestler Ric Flair spotlighted in ESPN's '30 for 30'

Edina-raised pro wrestler Ric Flair spotlighted in ESPN's '30 for 30'

The superstar professional wrestler gets the ESPN documentary treatment.
Rolling Stone bios don't offer enough satisfaction

Rolling Stone bios don't offer enough satisfaction

REVIEW: Book & documentary offer very different views of the Rolling Stone magazine founder.
KQRS' Tom Barnard enters National Radio Hall of Fame, praised for 'no B.S. swagger'

KQRS' Tom Barnard enters National Radio Hall of Fame, praised for 'no B.S. swagger'

Dressed in a tux from Amazon, the KQ radio kingpin kept a tight rein at Thursday's ceremony.
'Better Things' star Pamela Adlon opens up about Louie C.K., Yoko Ono

'Better Things' star Pamela Adlon opens up about Louie C.K., Yoko Ono

"Better Things" star Pamela Adlon gets what she wants.
TV picks for Nov. 1: Hillary Clinton, 'H Is for Hawk,' 'Stan Against Evil'

TV picks for Nov. 1: Hillary Clinton, 'H Is for Hawk,' 'Stan Against Evil'

I’ll fly away “H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter” serves as a sort of follow-up to Helen Macdonald’s bestselling memoir, in which a bird…
Netflix hit 'Stranger Things' returns with new season, rides a deeper '80s wave

Netflix hit 'Stranger Things' returns with new season, rides a deeper '80s wave

The second season of the binge-worthy sci-fi series is now available on the streaming giant.
Beyond 'Transparent,' transgender talents are making progress on TV

Beyond 'Transparent,' transgender talents are making progress on TV

But TV still has a long way to go to make up for years of prejudicial representation.
TV picks for Oct. 25: 'Hero Dog Awards,' Shemar Moore, 'Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes'

TV picks for Oct. 25: 'Hero Dog Awards,' Shemar Moore, 'Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes'

Laugh in “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television” streams on YouTube Red. The channel’s obscurity is a big target in this anything-goes comedy that…
'Queen of Versailles' star holds court in Minneapolis

'Queen of Versailles' star holds court in Minneapolis

Documentary star Jackie Siegel discovers there are far worse tragedies than losing your fortune.
On ABC sitcom 'The Goldbergs,' it's mother who knows best

On ABC sitcom 'The Goldbergs,' it's mother who knows best

Wendi McLendon-Covey has made "The Goldbergs" a hit by hugging it out.
TV picks for Oct. 18: 'Empire,' Tim O'Brien, 'CMT Artists of the Year'

TV picks for Oct. 18: 'Empire,' Tim O'Brien, 'CMT Artists of the Year'

Dearly beloved Sanaa Hamri, an executive producer of “Empire,” was tight with Prince. While she wasn’t able to get him to appear on her show…
Why ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' has so many references to Minnesota

Why ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' has so many references to Minnesota

For the creators of ABC's fairy-tale drama "Once Upon a Time," the Gopher State is just a magic carpet ride away.
Minnesota-born 'Black-ish' star Yara Shahidi is ready for world conquest

Minnesota-born 'Black-ish' star Yara Shahidi is ready for world conquest

The 17-year-old actress has crushed TV, the red carpet and social media. Next up? The world.
'This Is Us' villain to spread good cheer in Eden Prairie

'This Is Us' villain to spread good cheer in Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie High alum Adam Bartley reflects on playing good and bad on TV.
New 'Will & Grace' is best when it acts its age

New 'Will & Grace' is best when it acts its age

REVIEW: You can't shake the feeling that the actors are trying a little too hard to prove they're not ready for the retirement center.
One of the world's most popular podcasts preps for live show in Minneapolis

One of the world's most popular podcasts preps for live show in Minneapolis

"Stuff You Should Know" brings its live show to the Pantages in Minneapolis.
Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson have built an 'Empire' on chemistry

Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson have built an 'Empire' on chemistry

"Empire" has firmly established itself as a network hit, thanks to unapologetic soap-opera twists, butt-shaking music and high-profile guest stars. But the main draw continues to be scenes between Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
From 'Will & Grace' to 'Dallas': Why TV executives keep rebooting classic shows

From 'Will & Grace' to 'Dallas': Why TV executives keep rebooting classic shows

Network executives hope to create new hits by rebooting "Will & Grace" and other classic shows.
'Star Trek: Discovery' continues familiar mission: comforting earthlings

'Star Trek: Discovery' continues familiar mission: comforting earthlings

TV is taking viewers on a space trip this fall, with a "Star Trek" spinoff leading the new wave of escapism.
'Handmaid's Tale' and 'Saturday Night Live' win big at politically charged Emmys

'Handmaid's Tale' and 'Saturday Night Live' win big at politically charged Emmys

Winners for "Saturday Night Live" and "The Handmaid's Tale" made big little statements against Donald Trump.

Ken Burns' 'Vietnam' inspires Minnesota-focused efforts by TPT

During its 18 hours, Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War” finds time to acknowledge Minnesota with commentary from a Worthington-born author and at least three Bob…
Emmy predictions: Who will reign in a year without 'Thrones'?

Emmy predictions: Who will reign in a year without 'Thrones'?

When the Emmy Awards show is presented Sunday, it'll be missing its most royal subject, "Game of Thrones."
It was 'This Is Us' before its time: Cast members reflect on 'Everwood'

It was 'This Is Us' before its time: Cast members reflect on 'Everwood'

Cast members look back on a short-lived tear-jerker. So should you.
With his sixth TV show, Steve Harvey is one step closer to world domination

With his sixth TV show, Steve Harvey is one step closer to world domination

Steve Harvey has already been a King of Comedy. Now he's attempting to rule everything else.
Jim Gaffigan reminds State Fair fans why he's a Minnesota favorite

Jim Gaffigan reminds State Fair fans why he's a Minnesota favorite

REVIEW: Jim Gaffigan reminded fans why he's one of comedy's top wordsmiths.
True-life soap opera tale of a Minnesota actor on 'Days of Our Lives'

True-life soap opera tale of a Minnesota actor on 'Days of Our Lives'

Minnesotan Billy Flynn slapped his high school principal, partied at St. Cloud State and worked in finance (yawn) before landing a role on "Days of Our Lives."
Ray Romano and Chris O'Dowd channel 'Fargo' in new series 'Get Shorty'

Ray Romano and Chris O'Dowd channel 'Fargo' in new series 'Get Shorty'

Chris O'Dowd and Ray Romano go gangster in a new TV adaptation of "Get Shorty."
Amazon's newest cartoon heroes 'Danger & Eggs' were born in Minnesota

Amazon's newest cartoon heroes 'Danger & Eggs' were born in Minnesota

Can our state become a force in animation? A preteen tomboy and her trusty sidekick are about to find out.
Now that there's a female 'Dr. Who,' here are 8 more heroes women should play

Now that there's a female 'Dr. Who,' here are 8 more heroes women should play

The next time Hollywood execs reboot a popular character, they should consider these women.
Paul Douglas is back on Twin Cities airwaves as WCCO radio host

Paul Douglas is back on Twin Cities airwaves as WCCO radio host

Paul Douglas is returning to the airwaves. Starting Aug. 1, the longtime Twin Cities personality will once again be spelling out the WCCO call letters,…
Can't get enough 'Game of Thrones'? Check out these 8 shows

Can't get enough 'Game of Thrones'? Check out these 8 shows

Many of the elements that appeal to fans of TV's hottest show can be found in past TV series perfect for binge-watching.
'Hood Adjacent' star brings South Central-inspired stand-up to Mall of America

'Hood Adjacent' star brings South Central-inspired stand-up to Mall of America

He talked to us on a wide range of subjects, from his artistic obligations to the Minnesota fans he's most eager to impress.
Legendary music producer Jimmy Iovine: 'I didn't want to do a documentary about me'

Legendary music producer Jimmy Iovine: 'I didn't want to do a documentary about me'

Legendary producer's rag-to-riches journey is the highlight of a new HBO film about his relationship with Dr. Dre.
Director John Singleton revisits South Central in FX's gripping 'Snowfall'

Director John Singleton revisits South Central in FX's gripping 'Snowfall'

"Boyz N the Hood" filmmaker John Singleton returns to South Central in FX's "Snowfall."
'Pretty Little Liars' cast prepares to tweet goodbye

'Pretty Little Liars' cast prepares to tweet goodbye

Tuesday's finale of "Pretty Little Liars" will be packed with "OMG moments," but there's no mystery about one thing: It's a social media powerhouse.
After 'intense' cancer battle, 'Playing House' co-stars find 'deepened' friendship

After 'intense' cancer battle, 'Playing House' co-stars find 'deepened' friendship

Story line helps transform HGTV-lite sitcom into one of the summer's more ambitious offerings.
Rare Minn. show by Adam Sandler suggests he's ready to be a real grown up

Rare Minn. show by Adam Sandler suggests he's ready to be a real grown up

REVIEW: The film star shows signs of maturity in a stand-up appearance at Treasure Island with an all-star supporting cast.
Fortune Feimster gets ready to help kick off Pride Weekend in Minneapolis

Fortune Feimster gets ready to help kick off Pride Weekend in Minneapolis

"Chelsea Lately" comedian Fortune Feimster will help open Pride Weekend.
14-year-old Minnesota girl to be featured on new NBC show 'World of Dance'

14-year-old Minnesota girl to be featured on new NBC show 'World of Dance'

The show released a video showcasing the teenager on Facebook that has already garnered more than 1 million views.
International Netflix series offer Minnesotans a world of entertainment

International Netflix series offer Minnesotans a world of entertainment

Netflix series such as Israel's "Fauda" and Japan's "Terrace House" offer international experiences from your couch.
Julianne Hough gets fans moving in a pop-up visit to Minneapolis yoga studio

Julianne Hough gets fans moving in a pop-up visit to Minneapolis yoga studio

Julianne Hough continues to prove that her versatility isn't limited to the dance floor.
'I'm Dying Up Here' is a killer new series

'I'm Dying Up Here' is a killer new series

When it comes to capturing the world of stand-up and the '70s, Showtime's "I'm Dying Up Here" kills it.
Why Jerrod Carmichael is one of comedy's brightest new stars

Why Jerrod Carmichael is one of comedy's brightest new stars

"The Carmichael Show" returns as network TV's most daring sitcom.
How Minnesota writer Mark Frost teamed with David Lynch to resurrect 'Twin Peaks'

How Minnesota writer Mark Frost teamed with David Lynch to resurrect 'Twin Peaks'

Agent Dale Cooper is back in "Twin Peaks," but he wouldn't be there without Minnesotan Mark Frost leading the way with longtime partner David Lynch.
Comedian Maria Bamford gives $10K fee from her U keynote to students

Comedian Maria Bamford gives $10K fee from her U keynote to students

After giving her fee for the commencement address to two lucky students, the Duluth-raised comic handed out personal advice in a smaller session.
As con man Bernie Madoff, Robert De Niro makes another offer you can't refuse

As con man Bernie Madoff, Robert De Niro makes another offer you can't refuse

Robert De Niro has played so many creeps that you wouldn't think a bookish investment adviser would end up being one of his most bone-chilling characters.
Tim Pigott-Smith's 'King Charles III' is a crowning achievement

Tim Pigott-Smith's 'King Charles III' is a crowning achievement

The drama "King Charles III" imagines a changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
Daughter of famous Minnesota journalist David Carr makes her mark on HBO

Daughter of famous Minnesota journalist David Carr makes her mark on HBO

Before you dismiss "Mommy Dead and Dearest" as just another entry in the crowded field of true-crime documentaries, consider its promising young director.
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