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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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'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.
'Master of None' and 'Kimmy Schmidt' still hit the sweet spot

'Master of None' and 'Kimmy Schmidt' still hit the sweet spot

Dev Shah of "Master of None" and the title character in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" are two sunny-side-up protagonists who could turn a tsunami into an excuse for kite flying.

Charlie Sheen talks Twins, 'Men'

The actor is headed to Minneapolis this weekend for Wizard World event.
Neil Gaiman says 'American Gods' is rooted in Minnesota-Wisconsin weirdness

Neil Gaiman says 'American Gods' is rooted in Minnesota-Wisconsin weirdness

The writer found a strange quality in the Midwest that fuels his "American Gods."
Tina Fey's new sitcom 'Great News' will make you think: Liz Lemon

Tina Fey's new sitcom 'Great News' will make you think: Liz Lemon

Tina Fey's hot streak continues with her latest sitcom, "Great News."
Ron Howard finds 'pressure' points in Albert Einstein miniseries

Ron Howard finds 'pressure' points in Albert Einstein miniseries

Ron Howard is such a historic figure himself, it's hard to believe that "Genius," the Albert Einstein miniseries that premieres on Tuesday, marks his debut as a director for scripted television.
Spanx and lots of French fries helped Ewan McGregor play brothers in 'Fargo'

Spanx and lots of French fries helped Ewan McGregor play brothers in 'Fargo'

Ewan McGregor takes sibling rivalry to an extreme in the new season of "Fargo."
Comic Jackie Kashian took a very long road from Minneapolis to national success

Comic Jackie Kashian took a very long road from Minneapolis to national success

It's taken Jackie Kashian three decades to establish herself as one of comedy's smartest stand-up acts. That's just fine with her.
Roy Wood Jr. steps outside 'Daily Show' grind for Minneapolis appearance

Roy Wood Jr. steps outside 'Daily Show' grind for Minneapolis appearance

"Daily Show" comic Roy Wood Jr. is even funny on an empty stomach.
Comedian Guy Branum gets serious about his debt to Minnesota

Comedian Guy Branum gets serious about his debt to Minnesota

Host of new "Talk Show the Game Show" attended U Law School and got advice from Chelsea Handler.
Matthew Perry on Ted Kennedy: 'By far the most challenging role I've ever played'

Matthew Perry on Ted Kennedy: 'By far the most challenging role I've ever played'

Jackie and Teddy are front and center in the Hubbard family's latest attempt to cash in on our fascination with the Kennedys.
Trump news is good news for cable TV ratings

Trump news is good news for cable TV ratings

Fox News, CNN and MSNBC are seeing big gains as viewers tune in for the drama in Washington.
Minnesota film critic switches over to the director's chair

Minnesota film critic switches over to the director's chair

Minnesota-bred film reviewer Marshall Fine settles into the director's chair to celebrate the career of comedian Robert Klein.
New Fox series 'Shots Fired' falls short of the bull's-eye

New Fox series 'Shots Fired' falls short of the bull's-eye

The creators hope to spark a conversation about race relations and police corruption.
Funding cut for public media would hurt smaller Minnesota stations the most

Funding cut for public media would hurt smaller Minnesota stations the most

MPR and TPT, with their broader revenue bases, would be better equipped to weather a cutoff.
Meet Colton Dunn, latest Twin Cities improv veteran to find TV acting success

Meet Colton Dunn, latest Twin Cities improv veteran to find TV acting success

Dunn has them rolling in the aisles on NBC's "Superstore," but he started at St. Paul Central and at ComedySportz.
Chris Rock is back in first of 3 Minneapolis shows, and this time it's personal

Chris Rock is back in first of 3 Minneapolis shows, and this time it's personal

REVIEW: The pacing comedian still knows how to shock and provoke, but he entered risky new territory by talking about his recent divorce.
Road from Minnesota schoolteacher to Hollywood producer was 'Hell on Wheels'

Road from Minnesota schoolteacher to Hollywood producer was 'Hell on Wheels'

John Wirth has enjoyed a fruitful career as a TV producer and writer, including "Picket Fences" and "The Ghost Whisperer." But before that, he was teaching junior high in Wayzata.
TV is serving up a liberal agenda with hot-button new shows

TV is serving up a liberal agenda with hot-button new shows

TV executives are serving up issues-heavy programming as the Trump era begins. But will viewers stomach it?
Why Jessica Lange is Minnesota's greatest actor

Why Jessica Lange is Minnesota's greatest actor

The Cloquet native has collected many honors in her four-decade career. Time to add another to that illustrious list — state icon.
'La La Land' stars aren't alone on the musical path to the Oscars

'La La Land' stars aren't alone on the musical path to the Oscars

The stars of "La La Land" are triple threats in a more musically-minded Hollywood.
Laverne Cox makes history in 'Doubt' as first transgender star of network drama

Laverne Cox makes history in 'Doubt' as first transgender star of network drama

The actress has made history for the transgender community before, but never quite like this.
Pete Holmes' new comedy 'crashes' the cutthroat world of open-mic comedy

Pete Holmes' new comedy 'crashes' the cutthroat world of open-mic comedy

Laughs come easy in a new sitcom about the world of open-mic comedy.
Actress/producer Reese Witherspoon gets 'real' with HBO's new 'Big Little Lies'

Actress/producer Reese Witherspoon gets 'real' with HBO's new 'Big Little Lies'

A more promising future for Hollywood actresses may rest in the hands of Reese Witherspoon, whose behind-the-scenes muscle resulted in a new HBO series.
BBC America's 'Planet Earth II' offers another spectacular nature trip

BBC America's 'Planet Earth II' offers another spectacular nature trip

The six-hour "Planet Earth II" does everything but talk to the animals.
Love for 'shining jewel' Motor City drives new sitcom 'Detroiters'

Love for 'shining jewel' Motor City drives new sitcom 'Detroiters'

Two veterans of Second City rally behind a new sitcom that dares to shoot in Detroit.
'This Is Us' is TV's surprise hit of the season – because America needs a good cry

'This Is Us' is TV's surprise hit of the season – because America needs a good cry

The NBC drama's nearly 15 million viewers have made it the most watched new show of the season and the most unexpected rookie hit since "Lost" more than a decade ago.
The filling is missing from new CBS comedy 'Superior Donuts'

The filling is missing from new CBS comedy 'Superior Donuts'

Based on a play by Pulitzer winner Tracy Letts, the new CBS show aims for easy laughs.
Mpls. and TV icon Mary Tyler Moore turned the world on with her smile

Mpls. and TV icon Mary Tyler Moore turned the world on with her smile

Her portrayal of a spunky Minneapolis newswoman made her a TV icon and inspired a generation of young women.
Mary Tyler Moore was an icon of independence for many women

Mary Tyler Moore was an icon of independence for many women

Mary Richards may not be an icon to younger viewers who grew up wanting to sip cosmopolitans with Carrie Bradshaw or vanquish vampires alongside Buffy…
Idina Menzel and Nia Long stay in safe waters in Lifetime's remake of 'Beaches'

Idina Menzel and Nia Long stay in safe waters in Lifetime's remake of 'Beaches'

Idina Menzel and Nia Long stay in safe waters for a TV remake of "Beaches."
Kristen Bell rings true in 'The Good Place,' network TV's best new sitcom

Kristen Bell rings true in 'The Good Place,' network TV's best new sitcom

Kristen Bell rings true in one of the season's finest new sitcoms.
The Obamas' 7 funniest TV moments, from 'Mom Dancing' to Mean Tweets

The Obamas' 7 funniest TV moments, from 'Mom Dancing' to Mean Tweets

The Obamas are ready to drop the mic, but not before we look back on the lighter side of their time in the White House.
How Hollywood is bracing itself for the Donald Trump era

How Hollywood is bracing itself for the Donald Trump era

Those who opposed him express an obligation to carry on, while others see opportunity ahead.
In FX's 'Taboo,' Oscar nominee Tom Hardy still refuses to play Mr. Nice Guy

In FX's 'Taboo,' Oscar nominee Tom Hardy still refuses to play Mr. Nice Guy

Everyone assumed James Delaney was dead. After just a couple of nights in town, most wish he was.
Kaitlin Olson becomes TV's most brazen mean girl in 'It's Always Sunny' and 'The Mick'

Kaitlin Olson becomes TV's most brazen mean girl in 'It's Always Sunny' and 'The Mick'

Kaitlin Olson moves to the front of detention class with two high-profile roles.
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