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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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Backstage with Hannibal Lecter and Gandalf

Backstage with Hannibal Lecter and Gandalf

Anthony Hopkins rekindles an old love affair with Shakespeare in "The Dresser," co-starring Ian McKellen.
Reimagining of 'Roots,' produced by Levar Burton, reaches new generation

Reimagining of 'Roots,' produced by Levar Burton, reaches new generation

History Channel hopes to make Kunta Kinte relevant again.
Keillor celebrates Minnesota in final 'A Prairie Home Companion' from home state

Keillor celebrates Minnesota in final 'A Prairie Home Companion' from home state

Saturday's show in Minneapolis was sprinkled with more Minnesota references than usual.
'Preacher' man: Seth Rogen brings '90s cult comic to AMC

'Preacher' man: Seth Rogen brings '90s cult comic to AMC

A beloved, violent comic book comes to life on AMC, thanks to Seth Rogen & Co.
'Rosen's Sports Sunday' heads into its final inning

'Rosen's Sports Sunday' heads into its final inning

Late-night Sunday spot to be replaced by extended newscast.
Duluth's 'Lady Dynamite' blowing up in Hollywood

Duluth's 'Lady Dynamite' blowing up in Hollywood

Minnesota comedian Maria Bamford is poised to be Netflix's most reluctant star.
Bryan Cranston goes 'All the Way' in all-time-great performance as LBJ

Bryan Cranston goes 'All the Way' in all-time-great performance as LBJ

In a career filled with powerhouse performances, Bryan Cranston pulls out all the stops as Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Why 'The Good Wife' was greater than 'Game of Thrones'

Why 'The Good Wife' was greater than 'Game of Thrones'

"The Good Wife," which concludes Sunday, has always been the most ambitious, most intoxicating soap opera. Week in and week out, it was the sharpest written, most addictive show on network television. Here's why.
ESPN's Barry Melrose investigates the state of Minnesota hockey hair

ESPN's Barry Melrose investigates the state of Minnesota hockey hair

Minnesota goes under the blow dryer in an ESPN show airing Tuesday.
Next for 'Game of Thrones'? Fans weigh in as TV series diverges from books

Next for 'Game of Thrones'? Fans weigh in as TV series diverges from books

As "Game of Thrones" splits from the books, fantasy fans imagine what's next for HBO's hit show.
'Fresh Off the Boat' author Eddie Huang's new Viceland show devours food TV

'Fresh Off the Boat' author Eddie Huang's new Viceland show devours food TV

Viceland's best show will have you craving seconds from its controversial host.
Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston play spy games in AMC's 'Night Manager'

Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston play spy games in AMC's 'Night Manager'

Patience pays off in AMC's "The Night Manager," the latest interpretation of a John le Carré novel.
Making house calls to Monticello and the rest of Jeffersonland

Making house calls to Monticello and the rest of Jeffersonland

Thomas Jefferson would most likely flip his wig over the current state of politics, but it's safe to assume he'd be pleased with the condition of Charlottesville, Va., which served as both his home and artistic playpen.
Keillor's looming exit has 'Prairie Home' affiliates concerned

Keillor's looming exit has 'Prairie Home' affiliates concerned

As Garrison Keillor wraps up his farewell tour over the next 12 weeks, the public radio world is anxiously preparing for "A Prairie Home Companion" without him.
Kerry Washington brings Anita Hill back to D.C. in HBO's 'Confirmation'

Kerry Washington brings Anita Hill back to D.C. in HBO's 'Confirmation'

The HBO film "Confirmation," premiering April 16, is more interested in examining our tendency to squirm through social issues than engage in a celebrity edition of "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire."
Morgan Freeman tells us 'The Story of God'

Morgan Freeman tells us 'The Story of God'

Oscar winner makes an excellent tour guide in new National Geographic doc.
Can't kill Bill: 400 years after his death, Shakespeare has kept his cool

Can't kill Bill: 400 years after his death, Shakespeare has kept his cool

The playwright's work still seeps into pop culture — and resonates with performers of all ages and backgrounds.
Sarah Paulson of 'American Horror Story' and 'The People v. O.J.' on playing different characters in the same series

Sarah Paulson of 'American Horror Story' and 'The People v. O.J.' on playing different characters in the same series

Sarah Paulson and other versatile actors won't be tied down in bold new approaches to series TV.
Justice for all: Superhero shows 'Supergirl,' 'Daredevil' help bring diversity to TV

Justice for all: Superhero shows 'Supergirl,' 'Daredevil' help bring diversity to TV

Comic book TV shows are giving women and minorities a chance to show off their superpowers.
Michael B. Jordan as Batman, and more: Let's recast superheroes

Michael B. Jordan as Batman, and more: Let's recast superheroes

Those who slip into superhero costumes know they’re on borrowed time as comic-book franchises seem to trade in for younger models faster than most people…
WGN America hopes to become a major cable player with dramas, 'Outsiders,' 'Underground'

WGN America hopes to become a major cable player with dramas, 'Outsiders,' 'Underground'

WGN America is abandoning the Cubs for a new game. But will fans show up?
In final episode, 'Downton Abbey' minds its manners

In final episode, 'Downton Abbey' minds its manners

Saying goodbye to the PBS drama isn't as hard as we thought it would be.
Country legend Loretta Lynn comes 'Full Circle' with new album, documentary

Country legend Loretta Lynn comes 'Full Circle' with new album, documentary

At 83, Loretta Lynn is as sharp as ever, her wit and wherewithal on full display in a new "American Masters" documentary and a new album.
Twin Cities tuned in to "CBS Evening News," Scott Pelley

Twin Cities tuned in to "CBS Evening News," Scott Pelley

Twin Cities area bucks national trend by sticking with the "CBS Evening News" and its anchor.
Race, diversity take center stage at 88th Oscars show

Race, diversity take center stage at 88th Oscars show

Host Chris Rock and Oscar winners and presenters use platform to highlight Hollywood blind spot.
Keillor bids nostalgic farewell to the Fitzgerald Theater

Keillor bids nostalgic farewell to the Fitzgerald Theater

The question of whether he's really wrapping it up hung heavy over Saturday's emotional show.
Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai's spirit shines in NatGeo documentary

Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai's spirit shines in NatGeo documentary

A bullet from the Taliban couldn't kill the spirit of Malala Yousafzai, the subject of "He Named Me Malala."
With new NBC shows, Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria talk about diversity on TV

With new NBC shows, Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria talk about diversity on TV

Three new NBC series signal gains, but there's no guarantee of a more diverse future.
Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger share the mic for HBO's 'Vinyl'

Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger share the mic for HBO's 'Vinyl'

Martin Scorsese has never rocked out as hard as he has for "Vinyl," a new series about a label executive's inner war between a love for power and his love for soul music.
Presidential candidates look to comedy and late-night TV as new soapbox

Presidential candidates look to comedy and late-night TV as new soapbox

More than ever before, politicians are veering off the traditional campaign trail to hit the comedy circuit in hopes of reaching voters through their funny bones. The trend has led to some strange moments in an already strange political season.
Elton John straps in for Super Bowl version of James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke'

Elton John straps in for Super Bowl version of James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke'

"The Late Late Show" picks up Elton John for its hit segment "Carpool Karaoke" after the Super Bowl.
Surprising musical moments from classic TV episodes

Surprising musical moments from classic TV episodes

Having TV characters turn the small screen into a cabaret may be a hot trend, but it's not necessarily new.
John Travolta, all-star cast revisit Trial of the Century in 'The People v. O.J. Simpson'

John Travolta, all-star cast revisit Trial of the Century in 'The People v. O.J. Simpson'

The Cast of This Century takes on the Trial of Last Century, when O.J. Simpson was accused of murder.
TV musicals are big on Twitter – but how big?

TV musicals are big on Twitter – but how big?

Soccer is the star as we look at the number of live tweets worldwide during premiere broadcasts.
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny on reopening 'The X-Files'

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny on reopening 'The X-Files'

Agents Mulder and Scully are back on the case as "The X-Files" returns to TV.

Review: 'The X-Files' worth reopening after slow start

Fans of "The X-Files" won't be disappointed by its return — as long as they skip opening night.
No easy task: Adapting 'War and Peace' for the modern TV audience

No easy task: Adapting 'War and Peace' for the modern TV audience

For the latest telling of "War and Peace," imagine "Game of Thrones" mixed with "Downton Abbey."
'Sesame Street' gets a new landlord: HBO

'Sesame Street' gets a new landlord: HBO

Those who worry "There goes the neighborhood" can rest easy as the show moves to the pay-cable network Saturday.
A Golden Globes filled with bleeps and big winners

A Golden Globes filled with bleeps and big winners

Hollywood's night to party, the Golden Globes set the stage for the more serious Oscars.
Your TV winter survival kit: 'Grease: Live!' 'X-Files,' 'War and Peace' and more

Your TV winter survival kit: 'Grease: Live!' 'X-Files,' 'War and Peace' and more

A re-creation of the O.J. Bronco chase and a star-studded "War and Peace" make this can't-miss list.
Top TV of 2015: Networks have their work cut out

Top TV of 2015: Networks have their work cut out

The best TV of the year includes only one network show – and you'll never guess which one.
TPT wins supersized grant for new kids science show

TPT wins supersized grant for new kids science show

The $37.8 million will fund 40 episodes of animated science, math program.
Top 10 weirdest holiday TV specials of all time

Top 10 weirdest holiday TV specials of all time

The weirdest thing about "A Very Murray Christmas" is that it really isn't all that weird. For genuine mischief, put these nontraditional holiday specials on your wish list.
For comedians, comedy after tragedy is tricky territory

For comedians, comedy after tragedy is tricky territory

Robert Baril wasn’t sure he was ready for war. For his debut this past weekend as a featured comedian at a Wisconsin club, he had…
Miniseries milestones on cable, from 'Hatfields & McCoys' to 'Tut'

Miniseries milestones on cable, from 'Hatfields & McCoys' to 'Tut'

“Saints & Strangers” isn’t National Geographic Channel’s first voyage into scripted waters, but it may be its most significant. The four-hour miniseries, which follows the…
10 TV shows that found drama in unusual workplaces

10 TV shows that found drama in unusual workplaces

Two new shows remind us that on TV there are career opportunities outside the fields of medicine and criminal justice.
Alex Borstein shows range, from downbeat to upbeat

Alex Borstein shows range, from downbeat to upbeat

Actress has very different roles on HBO's dark comedy "Getting On" and Fox's raunchy animated "Family Guy."
Jim Gaffigan opens Minneapolis stint with prime-rib material

Jim Gaffigan opens Minneapolis stint with prime-rib material

Review: The TV Land star shows why he's on top of the comedy world with a solid opener for his four-night stand in Minneapolis.
Mark Rosen counts down his 5 favorite sports memories

Mark Rosen counts down his 5 favorite sports memories

Mark Rosen called his autobiography “Best Seat in the House” for a reason. The WCCO sportscaster has been front and center for some of the…
WCCO's Mark Rosen, last of the red-hot sportscasters

WCCO's Mark Rosen, last of the red-hot sportscasters

For four decades, Mark Rosen has been the champ of Minnesota sports TV. But is time running out on what used to be the big game in town?
'F Is for Family' comedian Bill Burr loves Midwest, Vikings

'F Is for Family' comedian Bill Burr loves Midwest, Vikings

"F Is for Family" series co-creator isn't a household name — and that's just fine with him.
'Glee' grad Jane Lynch shows off angelic side in concert, new CBS series

'Glee' grad Jane Lynch shows off angelic side in concert, new CBS series

In addition to a national tour, Jane Lynch has won two Emmys as host of the loosey-goosey summer series "Hollywood Game Night."
Wyatt Cenac moves beyond dust-up with former 'Daily Show' boss Jon Stewart

Wyatt Cenac moves beyond dust-up with former 'Daily Show' boss Jon Stewart

There's more to Wyatt Cenac than his dust-up with Jon Stewart.
Chill is still in the air for second season of FX's 'Fargo'

Chill is still in the air for second season of FX's 'Fargo'

Review: All signs point to another stellar season of the Minnesota-based series.
Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade invade the Twin Cities

Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade invade the Twin Cities

Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade make a friendly invasion of the Twin Cities this month with nothing less than satirical anarchy on their agenda.
Illeana Douglas helps shine spotlight on female directors in TCM film festival

Illeana Douglas helps shine spotlight on female directors in TCM film festival

A TCM film festival explores why female directors continue to be marginalized in the movie industry.
St. Paul's DJ Skee on becoming 'the Oprah of music'

St. Paul's DJ Skee on becoming 'the Oprah of music'

How St. Paul's DJ Skee spun his way to becoming radio's coveted tastemaker.
Sean Maguire hits bull's-eye as Robin Hood in 'Once Upon a Time'

Sean Maguire hits bull's-eye as Robin Hood in 'Once Upon a Time'

"Once Upon a Time" archer Sean Maguire revisits the trail that led him to Sherwood Forest.
'SNL' vet Kenan Thompson gets ready to go back to school

'SNL' vet Kenan Thompson gets ready to go back to school

Kenan Thompson will take a short recess this fall from his duties at "Saturday Night Live" to conduct a guest lecture at the college or university that exhibits the most online enthusiasm in a program sponsored by NBCUniversal and Comcast Xfinity.
'Murder' in the first: Viola Davis, Jeffrey Tambor make history at Emmys

'Murder' in the first: Viola Davis, Jeffrey Tambor make history at Emmys

Viola Davis and Jeffrey Tambor contribute to a historic night both for black actresses and the transgender community.
TV critic Neal Justin makes his Emmy predictions: Viola Davis, Jon Hamm and more

TV critic Neal Justin makes his Emmy predictions: Viola Davis, Jon Hamm and more

Tight races, including one with historical potential, dominate TV's night to pat itself on the back.

Emmy predictions: who will win, who should win

Tight races dominate TV's night to pat itself on the back as two African-Americans are front-runners for lead actress in a dramatic series.
TV review: FX's 'The Bastard Executioner' lacks color besides blood red

TV review: FX's 'The Bastard Executioner' lacks color besides blood red

"Sons of Anarchy" creator goes medieval, but new show lacks color — besides blood red.
Fall TV's big 5: Neil Patrick Harris, 'Supergirl,' the return of 'Empire,' more

Fall TV's big 5: Neil Patrick Harris, 'Supergirl,' the return of 'Empire,' more

This fall, TV watchers can have not only the "Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris" but with "Supergirl" and "Empire," too. They're among the top picks in our annual Fall Arts Preview.
Kirsten Dunst takes top billing in new season of FX's 'Fargo'

Kirsten Dunst takes top billing in new season of FX's 'Fargo'

Feeling Minnesotan is nothing new for the A-list actress, who'll headline the second season of FX's "Fargo."
Will the real Stephen Colbert stand up? Four ways he'll succeed on CBS' 'Late Show'

Will the real Stephen Colbert stand up? Four ways he'll succeed on CBS' 'Late Show'

The new face of CBS late night tries to drop the mask of "truthiness" that made him famous.
St. Paul native works his magic, makes 'America's Got Talent' finals

St. Paul native works his magic, makes 'America's Got Talent' finals

A longtime magician and comedian from the Twin Cities hopes to pull a victory out of his hat now that he's advanced to the finals of NBC's "America's Got Talent" competition.
PBS' other science guy makes lab experiments cool – without the fanfare

PBS' other science guy makes lab experiments cool – without the fanfare

Meet the unassuming brainiac who's made TPT a powerhouse for kids' science shows.
'Fear the Walking Dead' brings new blood to the zombie genre

'Fear the Walking Dead' brings new blood to the zombie genre

With a zombie spinoff, AMC hopes to feast on the success of its biggest asset, "The Walking Dead."
'Blunt Talk-ing' Patrick Stewart sheds 'Trek' image

'Blunt Talk-ing' Patrick Stewart sheds 'Trek' image

Patrick Stewart substitutes gravitas for goofiness in his new Starz cable series, "Blunt Talk."
Jamie Yuccas leaving WCCO for CBS in New York

Jamie Yuccas leaving WCCO for CBS in New York

The popular WCCO-TV morning anchor announced to views on Friday's show that she was moving to New York.
St. Paul's Ian Anthony Dale is a familiar face on TV, but eyeing bigger roles

St. Paul's Ian Anthony Dale is a familiar face on TV, but eyeing bigger roles

Ian Anthony Dale may have gone from St. Paul to "Hawaii Five-O," but he's still seeking a more scenic view.
10 moments of Zen from Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' reign

10 moments of Zen from Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' reign

For 16 years, Jon Stewart has used his "The Daily Show" to remind millions of viewers that they're not the only ones frustrated by the shortcomings of journalists and politicians. His run ends Thursday.
How Jon Stewart went from frat boy joker to a giant of political humor

How Jon Stewart went from frat boy joker to a giant of political humor

Jon Stewart's unlikely reign as host of "The Daily Show" ends Thursday after 16 eventful seasons.

MPR cuts newsroom staff by 13%

The company said it will focus on investigative and feature reporting.
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