TV Jan. 28-30: Burden of Truth, Great Escapists, Justin Timberlake in Palmer, The Dig, The Sister, Finding Ohana, Below Zero, We are the Brooklyn Saints, SNL with John Krasinski and Machine Gun Kelly

I’m late. But I did NOT forget you. Or at least I remembered before it was too late. Onward.

Thursday Jan. 28

Burden of Truth (Season 4 debut 8pmCT/9ET CBC, CBC Gem)In the new season, a rich and powerful resource company reopens a dormant mine outside Millwood, leaving JOANNA CHANG (Kristin Kreuk) and BILLY CRAWFORD (Peter Mooney), lawyers and new parents, to step in to protect a local woman’s home from certain destruction. When the mine swiftly retaliates, Joanna is forced to confront a long-buried secret from her past and scramble to protect the future of her career and her family. As both sides prepare for war with the fate of Millwood at stake, Joanna and Billy must juggle their life with a newborn with waging a legal battle against a corporate titan. When they come across evidence the mine isn’t what it claims to be, Joanna seizes an opportunity to launch an unexpected legal battle that will bring the company to its knees. ”

Friday Jan. 29

The Great Escapists (competition series premiere Amazon Prime) “In this season, Richard Hammond and Tory  Belleci (MythBusters) use what’s left of their “shipwreck” to survive and thrive. Using their engineering knowhow, the boys try to escape the island and even make their island life better. From a fully working tank to a three-story treehouse on the seafront, life is pretty sweet. But will their inventions help them escape or keep them stuck forever in paradise.”

Palmer (movie premiere Apple TV+) “After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) returns home to put his life back together – and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie’s past threatens to ruin his new life and family. Also stars Juno Temple and Alisha Wainwright, directed by Fisher Stevens.”

The Dig (movie premiere Netflix) Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes and Lily James star in this film based on John Preston’s fact-inspired novel. “On the eve of World War II, a British widow hires a self-taught archaeologist to dig up mysterious formations on her land, leading to a staggering find.”

The Sister (series premiere 8-10pmCT/9-11ET Crave, Crave app) “The four-episode miniseries  … created by Neil Cross (LUTHER), follows Nathan (Russell Tovey, BEING HUMAN) after almost a decade into his new devoted married life when his world is rocked to the core after Bob (Bertie Carvel, Les Misérables), an unwelcome face from the past, turns up on his doorstep with shocking news, triggering a series of catastrophic decisions. The series also stars Amrita Acharia (GAME OF THRONES) and Nina Toussaint-White (BODYGUARD).”

Finding Ohana (Netflix premiere) “A summer in rural Oahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.”

Below Zero (movie premiere Netflix) “When a prisoner transfer van is attacked, the cop in charge must fight those inside and outside while dealing with a silent foe: the icy temperatures. Starring:Javier Gutiérrez, Karra Elejalde, Luis Callejo

We Are: The Brooklyn Saints (doc series premiere Netflix) “From Emmy-award winning filmmaker Rudy Valdez (The Sentence), Imagine Documentaries, and Disarming Films comes We Are: The Brooklyn Saints, a four-part documentary series following a youth football program in the heart of inner city East NY, Brooklyn. Geared towards boys 7-13 years old, the Brooklyn Saints program is more than a sport – it’s a family, and a vehicle for opportunity. Through intimate verité footage, the series immerses us in the world of Brooklyn Saints football and their community, chronicling the personal stories of the driven young athletes, as well as the support system of coaches and parents rallying behind them. Over the course of a season, we witness the Saints’ power on and off the field, as they celebrate victories and overcome losses, both personal and athletic. Raw and authentic, the pressures of adolescence unfolds in real time as the boys work to propel themselves to a brighter future.”

Saturday Jan. 30

Saturday Night Life (10:30pmCT/11:30ET) “John Krasinski will host SNL for the first time on Jan. 30. Krasinski recently hosted the digital series Some Good News and directed the highly anticipated film A Quiet Place Part II. Machine Gun Kelly will make his first appearance as musical guest. His newest album, Tickets to My Downfall, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Rock Albums charts.”

Thank you so much for reading this far. You might be my soul mate, but no pressure. You do you and I’ll do me and … hmmm this is going south so… What is d2tv? 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! This is mostly a collection of Canadian streaming and broadcast programming notes focussing on premieres of new and returning series and specials etc, with the occasional series finale thrown in for sentimental reasons. Reviews are only occasional. You will notice that I focus on English-language scripted and documentary shows. I am no fan of reality TV (there is enough meanness and sarcasm in the world already without also financing it with funds that could otherwise go to quality scripted dramas, comedies and docs). If you spot an error or oversight or have a recommendation or opinion to share, please do so in the comments or by emailing me at the above address. Thanks for reading.



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