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Neal Justin

Columnist/Reporter | Media
Phone: 612-673-7431

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
Louie Anderson earned late-career acclaim for his role in the FX sitcom, “Baskets,” receiving three Emmy nominations and winning one in 2016.

Neal Justin: Why I adored Louie Anderson

TV critic Neal Justin shares his favorite memories of the late comic.
Louie Anderson appeared at the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association to promote his Emmy-winning TV series “Baskets,” which brought him anoth

Minnesota comedy legend Louie Anderson dies of cancer at 68

The Emmy-winning St. Paul native maintained close ties to his home state throughout a four-decade career that spanned stage, film and TV.
The new A&E series, “Secrets of Playboy,” explores the reality of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire.

'Secrets of Playboy' paints Hugh Hefner as the devil

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week.
Cynthia Nixon, left, and Christine Baranski play old-money socialite sisters in “The Gilded Age” by Julian Fellowes.

'Downton Abbey' fans will swoon over HBO's 'Gilded Age'

Julian Fellowes' new period drama is set against the backdrop of economic and societal changes in America.
From left, Albert Rutecki, Rick Glassman and Sue Ann Pien in “As We See It.” The dramedy debuts Friday on Amazon Prime.

'As We See It' is TV's next great tear-jerker

What our critics are watching this weekend.
Aya Cash attended the University of Minnesota in 2004 as part of the inaugural Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program.

'The Boys' star Aya Cash plays fictional Star Tribune reporter in new Fox sitcom

'Welcome to Flatch' also features Seann William Scott as a one-time Minneapolis pastor.
Hilary Duff is the protagonist and narrator of “How I Met Your Father,” a 10-episode comedy series that lands on Hulu Tuesday.

'How I Met Your Father' is almost as adorable as the sitcom that inspired it

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week
John Cena plays a psychopathic antihero in the new “Peacemaker.”

Review: 'Peacemaker' TV series does justice to the DC Comics franchise

John Cena reprises his role as the muscle-headed hero.
“Too Hot to Handle” returns for a third season Jan. 19 on Netflix.

Which TV dating show is right for you? Depends whether you're naughty or nice

What our critics are watching this weekend.
Michele Tafoya is a four-time Sports Emmy Award winner for her work as a reporter. She covered the Vikings-49ers preseason game in 2017 at U.S. Bank S

Tafoya confirms she's leaving the NFL sidelines — but not Minnesota

Super Bowl LVI might be Edina resident Michele Tafoya's last gig as a sports journalist. "This is about opening a new chapter for me," she said.
Sven Sundgaard has joined “Morning Edition” on MPR to do weather chats and forecasts.

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard joins Minnesota Public Radio

The former KARE weatherman will be featured on "Morning Edition."
Jerry Harris was arrested last year on a federal child pornography charge. The second season of Netflix’s “Cheer” will address the arrest.

'Cheer' deals with arrest of breakout star Jerry Harris in second season

What our TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week
Co-anchor Gia Vang says at the beginning of her career she wanted to conform to what was expected from her. “I don’t have time for that anymore,�

KARE co-anchor Gia Vang fights racism with #VeryAsian campaign

Vang is one of the most high-profile Hmong-American journalists in the country.
Adrienne Warren is a mother who has a tight relationship with her son (Cedric Joe) in ABC’s new miniseries, “Women of the Movement.”

Justin: 'Women of the Movement' is rare example of network TV doing the right thing

The miniseries shines new light on the Emmett Till story.
In “Spencer,” Kristen Stewart plays Princess Diana seamlessly.

Kristen Stewart embodies Diana and then some in 'Spencer'

What our critics are watching this weekend.
Betty White

5 reasons why Betty White deserves a statue in Minnesota

The late award-winning TV icon, whose career spanned seven decades, had a deep connection to the state.
David Tennant is the fictional adventurer Phileas Fogg in the PBS adaptation of “Around the World in 80 Days.”

PBS version of 'Around the World in 80 Days' takes a fresh route

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week.
Echo Kellum is a hopeless romantic and Nicole Byer is his outgoing sister in the new NBC sitcom “Grand Crew.”

'American Auto' and 'Grand Crew' prove edgy network sitcom humor is running out of gas

Both series, which debut Tuesday on NBC, might have a tough time attracting viewers.
Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson will host the New Year’s Eve party on NBC and Peacock. Expect to see Brandi Carlile, Saweetie and mayhem.

Staying in for New Year's Eve? Here are the 7 best celebrations on TV

End the year at parties with Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson, or big-time country singers, or with Ryan Seacrest for the 16th time.
William Zapka, left, and Ralph Macchio square off in “Cobra Kai.”

'Cobra Kai,' the 'Karate Kid' TV series, still delivers a kick

What our critic is watching this weekend.
Jane Fonda makes a surprise appearance in “Yearly Departed” on Amazon Prime.

Jane Fonda and female comics roast 2021 in new TV special

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week
Emily (Lily Collins) the Chicagoan settles further into French life in the second season of “Emily in Paris.”

Why so many people love the terrible 'Emily in Paris'

The second season of the Emmy-nominated series is now streaming.
Nasim Pedrad

Ken Burns films on Hemingway and Ali made 2021 a legendary year in TV

"Chad" was the most memorable series of the year.
Brian Wilson

New Brian Wilson documentary will make you smile

What to watch (and skip) on TV this weekend
Brian Baumgartner played the earnest doof Kevin Malone on “The Office.”

Former Minnesotan gets 'meta' about his beloved 'The Office' character Kevin

Former Minnesotan Brian Baumgartner looks back at the NBC sitcom's legacy.
Michele Tafoya is scheduled to be part of “Sunday Night” coverage this weekend after being on a three-week break.

Michele Tafoya may be leaving 'Sunday Night Football' sidelines

The Minnesota-based reporter's role on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" will be changing after the network airs the Super Bowl in February, according to a report.
Rachael Leigh Cook plays Merry, a dating advice writer who is yet to find love, in “‘Tis the Season to be Merry.”

Minnesotan Rachael Leigh Cook continues her Hallmark movie hot streak

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week
Will Forte and Kristen Wiig are together again in “MacGruber.”

'SNL' greats Will Forte and Kristen Wiig reunite for ultra-silly 'MacGruber'

What our critics are watching this weekend.
Terry Esau

Founder of Minnesota's Free Bikes 4 Kidz gets honored on 'Live With Kelly and Ryan'

Terry Esau got a surprise donation from the show.
“Harlem” follows a group of stylish and ambitious girlfriends, and their careers, relationships and dreams.

Forget about 'Sex and the City,' watch 'Harlem' instead

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week.
Sarah Silverman voices Candy the Elf in “Santa Inc.,” which is streaming on HBO Max.

10 new holiday specials to watch this month

Mariah Carey, Sarah Silverman and a new baking show will help lift your spirit this season.
From left, Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan, Tituss Burgess as Rooster Hannigan, Nicole Scherzinger as Grace Farrell, Celina Smith as Annie and Harry

Bet your bottom dollar that Taraji P. Henson will be the best reason to check out 'Annie'

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
Norman Seawright III has been weekend sports anchor at WCCO since 2019. Once an intern at rival KARE-11, Seawright says he learned plenty from the sta

WCCO's Norman Seawright III brings enthusiasm to Minnesota's sports scene

WCCO's weekend sports anchor shares some of the moments that have shaped him, as well as his favorite meals and dating advice.
Jeremy Renner plays Clint Barton, the wisecracking marksman of the Avengers, in “Hawkeye.”

TV version of 'Hawkeye' misses the bull's-eye

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week.
Anvils, Mallets & Dynamite by Jaime Weinman

Review: "Anvils, Mallets & Dynamite," by Jaime Weinman

Books in brief
Richard Thomas serves as the narrator in “The Waltons’ Homecoming” on CW.

'The Waltons' return — just when we need them the most

The Christmas movie is a first for the CW Network
“The Beatles: Get Back” on Disney Plus features the band’s famous rooftop concert in London.

'The Beatles: Get Back' is a long and winding treat for music lovers

Review: The nearly eight-hour documentary includes enthralling footage with the tiniest details.
Halle Berry as Jackie Justice in “Bruised.”

Halle Berry packs a one-two punch as writer, director of 'Bruised'

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
Elle Fanning plays Catherine the Great in Hulu’s dramedy series, “The Great.”

'The Great' continues to deliver history-making zingers

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week.
From left to right, Renee Rapp, Pauline Chalamet, Alyah Chanelle Scott and Amrit Kaur in “The Sex Lives of College Girls.”

Mindy Kaling's 'Sex Lives of College Girls' is more than just raging hormones

The new series deals with a lot of deeper issues encountered by students.
The new documentary, “Jagged,” about Alanis Morissette debuts on Thursday.

Why you ought to watch Alanis Morissette documentary 'Jagged'

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
Sasha Farber and Suni Lee performed on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday night.

Suni Lee eliminated from 'Dancing With the Stars'

The St. Paul native and actress Melora Hardin were sent home in Monday's semifinals.
Gordon Parks

Minnesota legend Gordon Parks honored by fellow photographers in powerful HBO documentary

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week
Lori Barghani (left) and Julia Cobbs celebrate a big win.

Twin Cities station MyTalk FM, home of 'Lori & Julia,' wins major radio award

It is the first time the Hubbard-owned station has received the Marconi Award,
Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell shows why 'Saturday Night Live' veterans make great dramatic actors

He blows up in "The Shrink Next Door," a new limited series on Apple TV Plus.
Kevin Garnett

In a new Showtime documentary, Kevin Garnett revisits what went wrong in Minnesota

Plus, more of what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
Libianca

Minnesota contestant Libianca eliminated from 'The Voice'

The local singer didn't make the top 13.
Suni Lee and Sasha Farber

Watch: Suni Lee earns perfect scores on 'Dancing With the Stars'

The Minnesotan advanced to the semifinals.
Dave Chappelle

Surprise! Usher and Justin Bieber join Dave Chappelle for Minneapolis show

Moments after the comedian wished the crowd a good night, Bieber marched out unannounced for four songs. He was soon joined by Usher.
In “Finch,” Tom Hanks plays a man in a post-apocalyptic future who lives alone with his dog. 

Tom Hanks takes back seat to a robot in 'Finch'

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week.
Michael C. Hall returns as the well-meaning serial killer in Showtime’s “Dexter: New Blood.”

Why 'Dexter' needed to kill again

The Showtime series returns after an eight-year break on Sunday.
Idris Elba (in stripes) is the meanest varmint in “The Harder They Fall.”

'The Harder They Fall' is a bloody good western

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend.
Suni Lee and Sasha Farber

Suni Lee survives 'Dancing With the Stars' despite stomach sickness

The gold medalist has made it to the final 8.
Boyd Huppert

KARE's Boyd Huppert reveals that he has cancer

The award-winning reporter is being treated for multiple myeloma.
Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy tapes Netflix special in downtown Minneapolis

The veteran comic has more than 'redneck' jokes.
Dar Williams

Dar Williams reminds Minneapolis fans why she's one of our greatest songwriters

The acclaimed singer performed at Cedar Cultural Center.
“Colin in Black & White’ on Netflix explores Colin Kaepernick’s early life.

Colin Kaepernick speaks his mind in new Netflix series

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week.
“Star Trek: Prodigy” is an animated sci-fi adventure on Paramount Plus.

Do we really need another 'Star Trek' series?

New animated spinoff is aimed at the next generation.
Ventriloquist and impressionist Terry Fator generally performs with puppets like his pal, Winston the Turtle. But when he stops by Treasure Island Res

Top Vegas acts are coming to entertain Twin Cities audiences

Headliners like Terry Fator take time from their gigs on the Strip to hit Minnesota casinos
The Scooby-Doo gang

The Scooby-Doo gang reunites for a TV special with no bite

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend
Jamie Frazer, who works in costumes and is a member of IATSE Local 705, places a candle during a vigil on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at IATSE Local 80 in

Assistant director who handed gun to Alec Baldwin in fatal shooting had Minnesota ties

Dave Halls worked on several locally made films.
John Waters thinks Lizzo should play Divine on screen

John Waters thinks Lizzo should play Divine on screen

The filmmaker returns to Minneapolis with his two-day one-man show.
Sasha Farber and Suni Lee on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Suni Lee barely survives elimination on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Minnesotan Libianca also advances on "The Voice."
Katie Couric

Review: Katie Couric's gossipy new autobiography reads more like a vendetta than a memoir

The former CBS anchor burns bridges in her book 'Going There,' which comes out Tuesday.
Judy Garland’s ruby slippers were recovered 13 years after they went missing from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn.

What really happened to Dorothy's ruby slippers that went missing in Grand Rapids?

"There's No Place Like Home" podcast focuses on the most famous shoes in movie history.
Dave Chappelle

Amid controversy, Dave Chappelle bringing tour to Target Center

The stand-up comic will be in Minneapolis on Nov. 7.
Larry David is back for Season 11 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Larry David gifts us with another season of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week.
Brothers Ron and Clint Howard’s memoir, “The Boys,” is about their family story of navigating and surviving life as child actors.

Clint Howard reveals his all-time favorite performances

He and his brother Ron Howard have teamed up for a new memoir.
Selma Blair gives an intimate look at her life in the documentary, “Introducing, Selma Blair,” as she struggles through the debilitating symptoms

Selma Blair gives the performance of her life in new documentary

Critics' guide on what to watch (and avoid) on TV this weekend
John Oliver

John Oliver spotlights Minnesota car dealership

Zumbrota Ford is featured in HBO's late-night bit.
Suni Lee and Sasha Farber danced the Charleston on “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday night.

Suni Lee proves she was born to hand jive on 'Dancing With the Stars'

The St. Paul gymnast has advanced to Week 6.
From ‘Saturday Night Live’

Daniel Craig attempts Prince impression on 'Saturday Night Live'

The James Bond actor makes a surprise appearance on the late-night series.
Jim Gaffigan

Comedian Jim Gaffigan tapes Netflix special in Minneapolis

The stand-up had plenty of sharp material about the coronavirus.
From left, Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Lelazquez in “Queens.”

New ABC drama 'Queens' is a rapper's delight

What TV critic Neal Justin is watching this week
Ronny Chieng is in town for a three-night run at the Acme Comedy Club.

'Daily Show' star Ronny Chieng opens sold-out run in Minneapolis

The comedian shared his frustrations on a variety of issues.