TV June 28-July 1: Doctor Sleep, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Black Monday, POV’s And She Could Be Next, Welcome to Chechnya, George Lopez, Homemade, The Stand-up Show with Jon Dore, Deadwind, Say I Do and more

Catching up: Doctor Sleep anyone? New movie on Crave, it’s the sequel to The Shining that no one who loves sleep ever wanted but can’t resist. Available since June 26. I’M SORRY! I’M MOVING AND RETIRING AND … SOB. But OK. You’re right. You’re a paying customer so … hey wait a minute! Now, where were we? Oh yeah. Bumph: “Doctor Sleep” continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King. Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.”

Sunday June 28

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO, 10-11pm, after Perry Mason, which continues, yum) “is based on the book of the same name and explores writer Michelle McNamara’s investigation into the dark world of a violent predator she dubbed the Golden State Killer. Terrorizing California in the 1970s and ‘80s, the Golden State Killer is responsible for 50 home-invasion rapes and 12 murders. This series gives voice to the survivors and their families, documenting an era when sex crimes were often dismissed or hidden in shame.”

Black Monday Season 2 (Crave 11-11:30pm) Hello Don Cheadle! More big hair and big, big drama in the series about “a group of outsiders (that) crashes the old-boys’ club of Wall Street and accidentally crashes the world’s largest financial system on Oct. 19, 1987.”

Monday June 29

POV: And She Could Be Next (PBS 9-10:30pm) This new documentary kicking off the 33rd season of the esteemed POV series “follows a defiant movement of women of color as they transform politics from the ground up. Filmed during the historic 2018 midterm elections, the series features organizers and candidates (including Rashida Tlaib and Stacey Abrams) as they fight for a truly reflective government, asking whether democracy can be preserved—and made stronger—by those most marginalized.”

Tuesday June 30

Welcome to Chechnya (new documentary, HBO 9-10:50pm) “From Academy Award-nominated director David France (How to Survive a Plague, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson) comes Welcome to Chechnya, a powerful and eye-opening documentary about a group of activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ persecution in the repressive and closed Russian republic of Chechnya. With unfettered access and a commitment to protecting anonymity, this documentary exposes Chehnya’s underreported atrocities while highlighting a group of people who are confronting brutality head-on. The film follows these LGBTQ activists as they work undercover to rescue victims and provide them with safe houses and visa assistance to escape persecution.”

George Lopez: We’ll Do It for Half (new comedy on Netflix) “Comedian George Lopez tackles the future and the past of Latinx culture in America, touching on immigration, his tough relatives, aging and much more.”

Homemade (new short-film festival on Netflix) “Acclaimed filmmakers from around the world channel their creativity during COVID-10 isolation with this diverse genre-spanning collection.”

The Stand-up Show with Jon Dore (new comedy series, CTV Comedy 10-11pm) “Filmed at the 2019 Just For Laughs festival in Montréal, the one-hour series sees renowned Canadian comic Jon Dore take the stage to spotlight some of the biggest and up-and-coming names in comedy, including Sasheer Zamata, Kyle Brownrigg, LETTERKENNY’s Mark Forward, and Jackie Pirico. Tuesday night’s premiere showcases comedians: Nigel Grinstead, Comedian CP, Megan Gailey, Robert Kelly, Tom Allen, and Jessimae Peluso.”

Wednesday July 1

Deadwind: Season 2 (new on Netflix) “Corruption and murder collide as Helsinki detectives Sofia Karppi and Sakari Nurmi scour the city for the rumored connection.”

Say I Do (new on Netflix) “Dream weddings really do come true as experts Jeremiah Brent, Thai Nguyen and Gabriele Bertaccini help couples pull off their perfect celebration.”

Under the Riccione Sun (new on Netflix) “While vacationing on the beaches of Riccione, a group of teens become friends and help each other manage romantic relationships and summer crushes.”

Unsolved Mysteries (new on Netflix) “The iconic series UNSOLVED MYSTERIES is back! Fusing signature elements from the original series with contemporary immersive, character-driven storytelling, the new episodes are rooted in the experiences of ordinary people who have lived the unthinkable — from the trauma of a loved one’s unexplained disappearance or horrific death, to the shock of a bizarre paranormal encounter. Alongside detectives and journalists, family members offer clues, present theories, and identify suspects, hoping one viewer holds the key to solving the mystery. From the creators of the original docuseries, Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, and 21 Laps Entertainment, the producers of Stranger Things.”

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 briefly in print and on the web at the Montreal Gazette and finally, here, for myself and YOU! Owing to the time demands of full-time employment, 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?

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