Jessie Mueller plays Loretta Lynn, who is taken under the wing of famous singer Patsy Cline, in the Lifetime feature movie, "Patsy & Loretta," premier

Broadway star was terrified to play a 'musical icon' in 'Patsy & Loretta'

Broadway star Jessie Mueller plays Loretta Lynn in Lifetime biopic "Patsy & Loretta."

In golden age of animation, TV's hottest cartoons are for grown-ups

September 28
Not just the usual suspects: There’s more out there than just “The Simpsons.”
It's the golden age of TV animation with a grown-up lineup of shows. Just don't tell your kids.

He writes Hollywood hits from his Brooklyn Park home

September 24
Michael Starrbury at home in Brooklyn Park.
Emmy nominee Michael Starrbury is determined to make it big in Hollywood while sticking around in Minnesota.
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October 18

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 19-20: 'The Simpsons,' 'Patsy & Loretta,' 'Modern Love'

Honky tonk girlsLoretta Lynn visiting her hero Patsy Cline in the hospital is considered a musical milestone. The biopic "Patsy & Loretta" takes that introduction…
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October 18
Dame Helen Mirren plays royalty once again. She’s the title character in HBO’s “Catherine the Great.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 21: 'Catherine the Great,' 'The Mayo Clinic,' 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Royal family Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth, returns to the throne for “Catherine the Great,” a four-part series about the…
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October 18
A still from “The Lion King.”

Video review: 'The Lion King'

A battle for survival in the jungleThe live-action version of "The Lion King" (PG; ⋆⋆⋆), based on the Oscar-winning 1994 Disney animated film, features the…
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October 18
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“The Morning Show”

Is the buzz over for binge TV? New streaming services adopt an older model

New streaming services — and even Netflix — are turning toward a more traditional, slower-paced release schedule.
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October 18
Anne Hathaway in “Modern Love.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 20-24 – 'Living With Yourself,' 'Modern Love,' 'The Misery Index'

Love is in the airRom-coms may be an endangered species in theaters, but the genre is alive and kicking in "Modern Love," a new…
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October 17
Regina King in “The Watchmen.”

Regina King relishes the law and disorder of 'Watchmen'

Regina King finds strength in "Watchmen" character.
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October 17
Paul Rudd and Aisling Bea in “Living With Yourself.”

TV picks for Oct. 18-20: 'Watchmen,' 'Grammy Legends,' 'Sid & Judy,' 'Living With Yourself'

What friends are for Minneapolis native Jimmy Jam presents Valerie Simpson and the late Nickolas Ashford with Lifetime Achievement Awards during “Grammy Salute to Music…
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October 16
Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Holland in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Nielsen ratings for Oct. 7-13: NFL games in top 2 spots

Here are the top 20 broadcast TV shows for the week of Oct. 7-13 (Monday to Sunday), based on the number of viewers, according to…
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October 15
The Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, Italy, collapsed in 2018.

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 16 – 'Why Bridges Collapse,' 'Limetown,' 'The Birch,' 'Little Monsters'

End of the road “Why Bridges Collapse” focuses largely on the 2018 disaster in Genoa, Italy, that claimed 63 lives. But roughly three minutes…
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October 14
“Joker,” with Joaquin Phoenix, raises a lot of questions about the character’s origin.

How does Joker's new movie compare with his comic book origins?

Warner Bros.’ “Joker” made $96 million at the box office in its opening weekend, the biggest October opening of all time. But it also raises…
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October 14
It should be anything goes for Lilly Singh during her late-night talk show, “A Little Late With Lilly Singh.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 15 – 'Battle of the Fittest Couples,' 'Treadstone,' 'A Little Late With Lilly Singh'

No rest for the wicked"Treadstone" is based in the Jason Bourne universe, which means its key characters are sleeper assassins awakened for missions too…
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October 14
John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler in the iconic scene from 1989’s “Say Anything.”

John Cusack encourages Minnesotans to 'ask anything' about his most beloved film

The veteran actor is ready to take Minnesotans behind-the-scenes of a cinematic gem.
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October 13
“The Casagrandes” features a multigenerational Mexican-American family.

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 14 – 'The Casagrandes, 'The X Factor: Celebrity,' 'Becoming Big League'

Peaceful, easy feelingsThe animated series "The Casagrandes," a spinoff of "The Loud House," takes us under the roof of a multigenerational Mexican-American household, where…
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October 13
Jessica Cordova Kramer of Lemonada.

Minneapolis producer turns personal tragedy into a podcast empire

A Minneapolis producer is turning a family tragedy into a podcast empire.
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October 12
Jesse Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola.

Video review: 'The Art of Self-Defense' offers dark comedy

The dark ‘Art’ The dark heart of “The Art of Self-Defense” (R; ⋆⋆⋆) makes it one of the blackest comedies in recent years. After…
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October 12
Martin Umbash as Dr. Meisner and Jeremy Irvine as J. Randolph Bentley in “Treadstone.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 13-17: 'Inside the Actors Studio,' 'Treadstone,' 'Why Bridges Collapse'

Stage hands “Inside the Actors Studio” returns, but without original host/kiss-up James Lipton. Instead, celebrities grill each other. In the season premiere, interviewer Alec Baldwin…
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October 12
Patricia Sellers, an international criminal attorney, in “Why We Hate.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 12-13: 'The DNA of Murder With Paul Holes,' 'Why We Hate,' 'Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America'

All you need is love Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers behind “Why We Hate,” a well-intentioned but all-too-scholarly docuseries that explores the…
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October 10
Aaron Paul in “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 11-13: 'Charmed,' 'El Camino,' 'The Banana Splits Movie,' 'Inside the Actors Studio'

Witchy women The “Charmed” sisters start the second season in charge, but soon find themselves stripped of their powers, forcing them to dive in…
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October 9
T.I., Cardi B and Chance the Rapper are the judges on “Rhythm + Flow.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Oct. 10: 'Rhythm + Flow,' 'Rotten,' 'Goliath'

Go with the flow Those who find “American Idol” and “The Voice” a little too stiff may want to check out “Rhythm + Flow,” a…
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October 9
Tom Holland in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

Nielsen ratings for Sept. 30-Oct. 6: Another strong showing for NFL

Here are the top 20 broadcast TV shows for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6 (Monday to Sunday), based on the number of viewers, according…

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