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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
Aidy Bryant in "Shrill."Hulu

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From Aidy Bryant in "Shrill" to Saturday's "Vax Live" concert special, here's what we're tuning into.
Left to right: Busy Philipps as Summer, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Wickie, Sara Bareilles as Dawn, Paula Pell as Gloria.

New sitcom 'Girls5Eva,' a parody of girl groups, is what you really, really want

Former MTV staples ache for a comeback in this musical sitcom packed with zingers.
Howard Viken, shown in 1969, worked at WCCO Radio during its heyday as a powerhouse statewide station, from 1950 to 1989.

WCCO Radio legend Howard Viken dies at 97

He was a staple of the powerhouse AM station during his 39-year career.
Dave Lee announced his retirement plans in January.

Celebrity guests help WCCO Radio's Dave Lee say goodbye

"The show was hopefully about Minnesota and what people needed to know, not the host," veteran broadcaster said.
"The Bad Batch" Star Wars spinoff.Disney Plus

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From a new 'Star Wars' animated series to a 'Soul' prequel, here's what we're tuning into.
Justin Theroux stars in “The Mosquito Coast,” on Apple TV Plus.

'The Mosquito Coast' TV series may be the next 'Ozark'

TV series has all the thrills the film version swatted away.
MyPillow’s Mike Lindell appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday.

MyPillow exec Mike Lindell defends himself on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Lindell's response when Kimmel asked him whether he had plans to run for governor of Minnesota: "Right now, I wouldn't run for dogcatcher."
Regina King arrives before the 93rd Academy Awards at Union Station in Los Angeles, April 25, 2021.

Oscars shed their usual air of stuffiness in a shorter-than-usual show

On paper, a stripped-down Oscars seems about as appealing as celebrating your wedding anniversary at White Castle. But the team behind Sunday's ceremony did an…
Tracey Ashley has a new sitcom in development for Fox.

Tiffany Haddish backs sitcom project from former Minnesota comic Tracey Ashley

Former Twin Cities comic Tracey Ashley has a new sitcom in development for Fox with support from some genuine heavyweights.The producers for the series, tentatively…
Walter Mondale and Hubert Humphrey in “Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story.”

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From 'Fritz' to a new Prince documentary, Minnesota heroes take center stage on our screens.
Aaron Peterson, on a school trip from Iowa, was part of the audience as the Ray-ettes (Lydia Borchert, Caroline Hitt and Ellie Walton) performed an im

Minnesotans in need of a laugh head to comedy clubs: 'Everyone has lost their minds'

While most entertainment venues have been forced to shut their doors, several local comedy clubs have managed to stay open.
James Adomian as Mike Lindell on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

His Mike Lindell impression on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' gave this comic's career a boost

Comedian James Adomian engages in some pillow talk.
Sarah Glover named managing editor of MPR newsroom

Sarah Glover named managing editor of MPR newsroom

Glover served two terms as president for the National Association of Black Journalists.
Eddie Griffin

Comic Eddie Griffin addresses Floyd, Wright deaths in packed Mpls. show

More than 250 attended his Friday night performance at the Lumber Exchange.
Sven Sundgaard

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard sues his former bosses at KARE-11

He claims he was fired because of his sexual orientation and personal beliefs.
John Stamos in "Big Shot."Disney Plus

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From John Stamos' new Disney series to a Dolly Parton tribute, here's what we're tuning into.
Kate Winslet plays a Pennsylvania detective in “Mare of Easttown” on HBO.

Kate Winslet's toughest challenge? Playing TV detective

The award-winning actor returns to TV after a 10-year absence.
The opening sketch on “Saturday Night Live” touched on the Derek Chauvin trial with newscasters on a fictional Minnesota TV station.

'Saturday Night Live' opens with Chauvin trial sketch

The bit, called "Eye On Minnesota," featured four newscasters discussing the case on a fictional station,
Newly crowned “The Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin appeared on “Ellen.”

Will former Prior Lake 'Bachelorette' return to Bachelor Nation?

An E! News source said Becca Kufrin is being courted for the seventh season of "Bachelor in Paradise."
Melody Hurd and Deborah Ayorinde in “Them,” the new horror anthology series streaming on Amazon Prime.

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From Amazon's new horror anthology to a "Bad Trip" on Netflix, here's what we're tuning into.
Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson

'Law & Order' Det. Elliot Stabler reunites with Olivia Benson before his spinoff 'Organized Crime'

Actor Christopher Meloni's return sets the "Law & Order" franchise in a new direction.
Ernest Hemingway with his three sons, Jack, Patrick, and Gregory at his Key West home.

In Ken Burns' latest, you'll like Hemingway the artist more than Hemingway the man

Ken Burns' documentary "Hemingway" doesn't skim over the writer's dark chapters.
Nasim Pedrad, a 39-year-old “Saturday Night Live” alum, goes back to high school in “Chad” on TBS.

'Chad' is the sitcom that fans of 'The Office' have been waiting for

"SNL" veteran Nasim Pedrad transforms into a 14-year-old boy on "Chad."
Cristin Milioti and Billy Magnussen in “Made for Love.”

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From Cristin Milioti's dark new comedy to a Topher Grace sitcom, here's what we're tuning into.
Emilio Estevez in “The Mighty Ducks: Games Changers.” Disney Plus

New 'Mighty Ducks' TV series wasn't filmed here, but it has plenty of Minnesota spirit

"Mighty Ducks:  Game Changers" revisits Coach Bombay and introduces a new team of scrappy underdogs.
Claire Danes and Jared Leto star as Angela Chase and Jordan Catalanto in the television series “My So-Called Life.”

Reliving 'My So-Called Life,' one of the greatest series in TV history

The ABC series that made Claire Danes a star remains one of TV's classiest shows.
Twyla Tharp instructing at Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2008.

Choreographer Twyla Tharp on the differences between working with Billy Joel and Bob Dylan

A new PBS "American Masters" documentary pays tribute to the legendary choreographer.
Cynthia Erivo plays Aretha Franklin in "Genius: Aretha." National Geographic

A new miniseries gives Aretha Franklin the R-E-S-P-E-C-T she deserves

In "Genius: Aretha," Cynthia Erivo continues a hot streak with her role as the Queen of Soul.
Andrew Zimmern helps Helen Arends of Willmar, Minn., prepare a meal during the filming of “Family Dinner.”

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From Marvel's new series to dinner with Andrew Zimmern, here's what we're tuning into right now.
Chris Harrison, left, the sidelined host of “The Bache­lor,” with this season’s star, Matt James.

How 'The Bachelor' blew an opportunity to educate host Chris Harrison

Sidelining host Chris Harrison was a missed opportunity after countless missteps.
James Nesbitt stars as Tom Brannick in “Bloodlands,” premiering Monday on Acorn TV.

Why do Brits make the best detective dramas? 'Bloodlands' shows why

The Acorn TV miniseries "Bloodlands" has a twist you won't see coming.
Michelle Obama in “Waffles + Mochi” Netflix

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From the "Bachelor" finale to Michelle Obama's new Netflix series for kids, here's what we're tuning into right now.
Andrew Dice Clay

Andrew Dice Clay finally gets some respect

The comic brings his macho swagger to the Mall of America this weekend.
Dana Wessel, right, was formerly the co-host of the GO 96.3 FM morning show.

Dana Wessel, former Go 96.3 FM personality, joins 93X morning show

A Twin Cities radio veteran has a new gig. Dana Wessel has been named executive producer for "Half-Assed Morning Show" on 93X/KXXR-FM. According to Cumulus…
“The Great North”

'The Great North' is TV's next great animated series because it drops the edginess

Fox's "The Great North" will warm your heart.
Delilah (played by Maahra Hill) with kids in “Delilah.” OWN

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From Oprah's 'Delilah' to Aubrey Plaza's 'Black Bear,' here's what we're tuning into right now.
Comedian Pete Lee's Minneapolis performance airs Thursday on 'The Tonight Show'

Comedian Pete Lee's Minneapolis performance airs Thursday on 'The Tonight Show'

When Pete Lee performed five shows at Acme Comedy Co. this past January, the cameras were rolling.The best of those Minneapolis sets is scheduled…
Chloé Zhao accepted the Best Director-Motion Picture award for “Nomadland” via video as Bryce Dallas Howard presented onstage at the 78th Annual

'Nomadland' finds a home at the Golden Globes

The Globes often serve as a signal as to who might wind up with a more coveted Oscar nomination.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg

A new SpongeBob movie, RBG, 'Debris' and other things our TV critic is watching this week

Notorious RBGThere's already been a feature film and a top-notch documentary celebrating the contributions of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but that shouldn't stop you from checking…
Soleil Moon Frye stars in a rebooted “Punky Brewster” on Peacock.

Child star disaster stories abound. How did Punky Brewster avoid that fate?

Soleil Moon Frye's love for her '80s kid sitcom character helped keep her sane.
Former KQRS DJ/producer John Lassman is now on Rockin' 101 in St. Cloud.

Former KQRS personality John Lassman replaces controversial St. Cloud radio host

St. Cloud morning show is trying to recover from an incident that led to its last host's resignation.
Ellis Haizlip with the J.C. White Singers on the set of “Soul!”

'Superman & Lois' and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week

Change is gonna come"Soul!," the PBS program that celebrated African American dance, music and literature in the late '60s and early '70s, doesn't get mentioned…
Ronan Farrow, Dylan Farrow, Mia Farrow from “Allen v. Farrow.”

You may never watch a Woody Allen film again after seeing 'Allen v. Farrow'

An HBO documentary makes a devastating case against the filmmaker.
Falcon Heights teacher, Kelly Klein on the ‘Ellen’ show.

'Ellen' show pays tribute to terminally ill Falcon Heights teacher

Kelly Klein will also receive $20,000 for medical bills and a vacation.
Host Jason Biggs on “Cherries Wild.”

A new sitcom from Kevin James and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week

No deal"Cherries Wild" wants to appeal to the same viewers who played "Deal or No Deal," but this time the centerpiece is a three-story slot…
Leo Shidla(photo courtesy the Shidla family) ORG XMIT: MIN2102110935070032

NPR grants 8-year-old Minneapolis boy's wish for more dinosaur talk

Leo Shidla thought that not "All Things" were being considered on NPR's flagship show. "Cool things," for one.
Kenan Thompson, who has been a staple on “Saturday Night Live” for years, is trying out prime time with the premiere of “Kenan.” NBC

Is it time for Kenan Thompson to leave 'Saturday Night Live'?

It may be time for one of late-night's most beloved comics to move on.
Twin Cities radio personality Paul Geiger retires after 43 years on the air

Twin Cities radio personality Paul Geiger retires after 43 years on the air

Geiger has spent most of the decade at the classic-hits/oldies station WDGY, headquartered in Hudson.
Bill Dallman

Former KMSP news director Bill Dallman named KARE's new general manager

For the past three years, he was running the newsroom for the ABC affiliate in Seattle.
Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling.

How CBS' 'Silence of the Lambs' spinoff will survive without Hannibal Lecter

Agent Clarice Starling returns in a promising new CBS series.
Chief Janeé Harteau of the Minneapolis Police Department is featured in “Women in Blue.”

Minneapolis police documentary 'Women in Blue,' and four other things our TV critic is watching this week

Internal affairs"Women in Blue" investigates the Minneapolis Police Department, specifically its woeful record in hiring women for key positions. Former Chief Janeé Harteau is among…
Actor Hal Holbrook as himself (left) and as Mark Twain, circa 1976.

Former WCCO anchor Don Shelby pays tribute to the late Hal Holbrook

The former WCCO anchor shared a love for Mark Twain with the celebrated actor.
“Saturday Night Live” and late night talk show hosts made hay with impersonations and jokes about former President Donald Trump, with  Alec Baldwi

How political comedy will adjust to a Biden administration

What does the future of stand-up look like in the shadow of Trump?
Elizabeth Carmichael, shown with her Dale automobile in “The Lady and the Dale.”

A new Britney Spears documentary, and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week

Mother of inventionElizabeth Carmichael aspired to be the next Henry Ford, but she has more in common with Elizabeth Holmes, the con artist featured in…
Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall on “The Equalizer.”

How Queen Latifah is putting a new spin on 'The Equalizer'

Queen Latifah puts a new spin on a beloved character.
North High School head football coach and former Minneapolis police officer Charles Adams III.

HBO's 'Real Sports' spotlights North High School and its football coach

The 27th season premiere airs 9 p.m. Tuesday.
How to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to lower the temperature of discourse. ASsociated Press

6 strategies for cooling it down on social media

Tips on how to lower the temperature on social media without losing your mind.
“Bridge and Tunnel”

'Fate: The Winx Saga' and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week

Tunnel of loveEdward Burns made a name for himself in the 1990s with a string of romcoms that insisted that pretty people have problems, too.…
John Hanson, left, in 2008, shown with KSTP "Twin Cities Live" producer Taylor Cisco and Hanson's co-host Rebekah Wood.

WCCO Radio parts ways with its program director

John Hanson, who grew up in the Twin Cities, returned home in 2018 for the WCCO programming position.
Javicia Leslie makes her debut as Ryan Wilder, aka the title character in “Batwoman.”

Meet the new Batwoman: New actor steps in after only one season on the CW

Can the CW's "Batwoman" survive a major departure?
Comedian Pete Lee performed at Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis on Feb. 28, 2019. TONY SAUNDERS • anthony.saunders@startribune.com

Comedian brings Acme Comedy Co. to 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Pete Lee's weekend stint at the Minneapolis club will be featured on the late-night show.
“Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure” is one of the offerings on the new Discovery Plus.

Should you add Discovery Plus as a streaming service?

Fans of nonfiction TV have a new streaming platform to consider.
Elfo (voice of Nat Faxon), Bean (Abbi Jacobson) and Luci (Eric Andre) in “Disenchantment.”

The return of 'Disenchantment' and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week

Comedy Camelot"Disenchantment" may not stick around as long as other Matt Groening projects, most notably "The Simpsons." So enjoy it while you can. Season 3…
Paul Rudd in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

Watching 'WandaVision'? Here are five titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to see first

Catch up with the world of "WandaVision" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney Plus.
Above, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision in “WandaVision.”

In 'WandaVision,' Marvel superheroes take on sitcoms

Superheroes take on sitcoms in Marvel's thunderous step into TV.
Ethan Mundt, 25, performs under the stage name Utica Queen, a nod to growing up in Utica, Minn.

'RuPaul Drag Race' contestant flaunts her Minnesota roots

One of this season's competitors on "RuPaul's Drag Race" hails from Minnesota —and wants the whole world to know it. Ethan Mundt, 25, performs under…
KSTP's Jay Kolls

KSTP partially retracts reporter Jay Kolls' story on Capitol riot

He quoted an expert as saying it was "highly likely" that people aligned with antifa may have been part of the violence at the U.S. Capitol.
WCCO radio's Dave Lee announces his retirement

WCCO radio's Dave Lee announces his retirement

The morning-drive host is looking forward to sleeping in.
Omar Sy stars in “Lupin.”

'Lupin,' 'Dickinson' and other shows our TV critic is watching this week

To catch a thiefDespite its title, "Lupin" isn't really about the crafty burglar from French literature. He's merely the inspiration for vigilante Assane Diop (Omar…
Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship at Hazeltine in 2002.

HBO film documents the rise and fall (and rise again) of Tiger Woods

A new documentary looks at the rise and fall (and rise again) of a legendary athlete.
Nicholas Ralph (with a two-ton bull) as country veterinarian James Herriot in “All Creatures Great and Small.” PBS

New PBS adaptation of 'All Creatures Great and Small' offers country comforts

A new take on James Herriot's beloved memoirs offers country comforts we need right now.
Ben Garvin. Photo by Mette Mork.

KARE photographer says he was fired after company car was stolen

"It was time to move forward and start something new," the award-winning photographer wrote.
THE BACHELOR - Ò2501Ó Ð Matt James, the charismatic and engaging star of ABCÕs hit romance reality series ÒThe Bachelor,Ó will hand out the rose

Minnesotan snags second-to-last rose on season premiere of 'The Bachelor'

Owatonna's Anna Redman received the penultimate rose in Monday's season premiere.
Then President Jimmy Carter, right, and singer Willie Nelson sang “Amazing Grace” together.

A new Tina Fey sitcom, and four other shows our TV critic is watching this week

Gotta serve somebodyBob Dylan offers up a rare on-screen interview to hail a musical chief in "Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President," a documentary that's…
Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in “Roseanne,” which made full use of the closing credits.

6 sitcoms with the most hilarious closing credits

"Call Me Kat" is the latest sitcom to have fun with the closing credits.