Darling screen queens! There you are. TV shall we? But not before I tell you how much I love thee, Valentine of mine.
Thursday Feb. 13
Love is Blind (new on Netflix) is “a three-week event, singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating where they hope to meet the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with…without ever having seen them. With no distractions from the outside world, the singles talk to a stream of potential love interests and when a meaningful connection is made, they propose and then lay their eyes on their fiancé for the first time. Engaged and back in the real world, as the couples plan their wedding day, they will quickly discover whether they can turn their emotional connection into a physical one before the fast-approaching ceremony. Hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, this addictive 10-part series will uncover whether looks or age do matter, or if love really is blind.”
Narcos: Mexico: Season 2 (new on Netflix) “Félix must cope with the U.S. and the consequences of his actions against the DEA while facing discontent within his organization.”
Alone: The Beast (new spinoff series on History 10pm) “From the creators of HISTORY’s fan-favourite show Alone, comes a new survival series where three strangers attempt to endure thirty days in a remote wilderness location with no tools or modern amenities, just the clothes on their backs and an untouched fallen animal. Faced with punishing weather, relentless predators, and their differing survival styles, it’ll take all their ingenuity and stamina to work together as a team and survive inAlone: The Beast.”
Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul (PBS 9pm) The description of this writer’s time at Walden Pond says it’s a repeat, premiered in 2017, but wow. Watch it. I might watch it again. #nerdalert
Friday Feb. 14
Cable Girls: Final Season (new on Netflix) “Lidia returns to Spain to try and find her daughter with the help of her close friends, as they all grapple with the consequences of the civil war.”
Isi & Ossi (new on Netflix) “They couldn’t be any more different: Isi (20) is a billionaire’s daughter from posh Heidelberg, Ossi (23) lives in the nearby working-class town of Mannheim, raised by his poor, struggling single mother. But when Isi meets Ossi, the two quickly realize that they could benefit from each other: Isi needs Ossi to provoke her overprotective parents and get them to fund her long-desired dream to become a chef – Ossi needs Isi’s money to finance a boxing match. What seems like a solid plan, soon develops into emotional chaos…”
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (new on Netflix; again, although I usually skip over the family programming — kids, bah! — I love love love Shaun the Sheep) “The world’s favorite sheep returns in this BAFTA nominated sequel to Shaun’s Oscar nominated 2015 cinematic debut. When an alien named LU-LA crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, her magical powers, irrepressible mischief and galactic sized burps soon have Shaun the Sheep and his flock enchanted. But when Shaun takes his new extraterrestrial friend on the road to find her lost spaceship, little does he know that a sinister alien-hunting agency is on their trail. Now Shaun and the flock must avert Farmageddon before it’s too late.”
Visible: Out on Television (new documentary series on Apple TV+) “investigates the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television. The five-part documentary series combines archival footage with interviews with key players from the movement and the screen, and is narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Waithe. Each hour-long episode will explore themes such as invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of the LGBTQ character, and coming out in the television industry. http://apple.co/Visible_”
Hey Lady (CBC Gem original) “is a comedy about a wiry old gal (Jayne Eastwood, Dawn of the Dead, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) with a whiskey voice and a bourbon appetite, who refuses to let herself be put out to pasture.”
Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o (CBC Gem) “In this immersive and epic TV documentary, with extraordinary and unique access, Oscar ® -winning actress, author, and producer Lupita Nyong’o journeys across Benin, West Africa to uncover the remarkable truth behind the women who helped to inspire the Dora Milaje of Marvel’s film Black Panther.”
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (CBC Gem) “explores the unique vision behind the iconic jazz record label. Through rare archival footage, current recording sessions and conversations with Blue Note artists and people closely affiliated with the label, the film provides an intimate look behind the scenes and reveals an inspiring quest that continues to be vital in today’s political climate. With Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, Norah Jones, Don Was and many more.”
Aisha Brown: The First Black Woman Ever (Crave) “In her one-hour special, nothing is off-limits for comedian Brown as she takes on her boyfriend’s penis, racism, clinical depression, and Donald Trump.”
Strike Back (Crave 10pm) “returns for its final season in 2020 with one last adrenalized storyline that culminates in an action-packed, heart-pounding climax. When an Albanian crime family kidnaps a scientist responsible for the development of a top-secret British bioweapon, the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 2020 – Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata), Thomas “Mac” McAllister (Warren Brown), Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson), Manisha Chetri (Varada Sethu) and commanding officer Alexander Coltrane (Jamie Bamber) – are sent on a mission to secure the virus and take down its potential black-market buyers.”
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO 10pm) features these guests: Senator Amy Klobuchar, broadcaster Katie Couric, broadcaster Van Jones, journalist Bret Stephens and Rep. Pramila Jayapal.
And if you are sad thinking why WHY can’t Canada have Hulu and especially its new TV series adaptation of High Fidelity (which premieres on Hulu today), you can catch it on Crave/ STARZ Feb. 23. Or like VPN on over to Hulu. “After a first date with nice guy Clyde goes wrong, record store owner Rob Brooks recounts her top five heartbreaks and a recent emotional run-in with her past.” Stars Zoe Kravitz.
Saturday Feb. 15
The Cave (Oscar-nominated documentary on National Geographic 9pm) “For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.”
What is d2tv anyway? I’m so glad you asked. This is the latest iteration of my TV writing/blogging that began back in 1986 or so? at the Winnipeg Sun, continued in print and web at the Montreal Gazette (only occasionally now) and finally, here, for myself and YOU! Owing to the time demands of full-time employment for an unnamed news outlet, d2tv is currently reduced to covering mostly the premieres of new and returning series, specials etc, with the occasional series finale thrown in for sentimental reasons, for both broadcast and streaming. Reviews are, for the moment, only occasional. If you spot an error or oversight or have a recommendation to share, please do so in the comments or by emailing me at the above address. Glad you’re here. And isn’t this era of too much TV a great time to be alive?