That Britney Spears doc that you’ve been hearing about is finally here on Crave. Other stuff too, of course. Let’s go.
How to Start a Revolution (CBC Gem) “Based on the CBC Podcast Recall: How To Start A Revolution – this stylish and shockingly relevant two-part news documentary brings to life the 1960s protest movement in Quebec and the radical F-L-Q militants who ultimately defined it. Revolutionary moments mined from the CBC archives, along with first-person accounts, reveal a fight for social justice that crossed a line to bombs, kidnapping and murder.”
Friday Feb. 26
Framing Britney Spears (Crave) “The high-profile, buzzed-about documentary FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS comes to Canada exclusively on Crave on Friday, Feb. 26. Directed by Samantha Stark, the documentary re-examines the pop icon’s prolific career and offers a new assessment of the movement rallying against her court-mandated conservatorship, capturing the unsavoury dimensions of the American pop-star machine. Crave is also set to be the home of THE NEW YORK TIMES PRESENTS documentary series, which FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS is a part of. THE NEW YORK TIMES PRESENTS series debuts on Crave in March and is comprised of eight documentaries which are driven by the unparalleled journalism and insight of The New York Times.”
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (doc premiere Apple TV+) “tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom. From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the documentary offers a deeply intimate look at this extraordinary teenager’s journey, at just 17 years old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, while writing, recording and releasing her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
Myth: A Frozen Tale (movie premiere Disney+) “In an enchanted forest outside of Arendelle, a family sits down for a bedtime story and is transported to a vibrant and mystical world where the elemental spirits (inspired by Disney’s global phenomenon, Frozen 2) come to life and the myth of their past and future is revealed.”
Crazy About Her (movie premiere Netflix) “is a film directed by Dani de la Orden (Élite) that will arrive on Netflix on 26 February 2021. After a magical one night stand with cryptic & enigmatic Carla (Susana Abaitua), Adri (Álvaro Cervantes) decides to admit himself at the mental institution where Carla resides in order to see her again, but he will soon discover that checking himself out will not be as easy as he thought.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Corona Can’t Keep a Good Queen Down (Crave 7:30pmCT/8:30ET, Crave app) “tells the story of how the show taped its historic thirteenth season amid the coronavirus pandemic. The new, behind-the-scenes documentary begins streaming Friday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET and captures the raw emotion surrounding the extraordinary experience; from the combination of hope and anxiety of the early days, to creative challenges prepping and executing the show, and an ultimate sense of celebration and gratitude. The documentary features vulnerable interviews with the queens, never-before-seen footage, casting reels, and striking photography from the set.”
Arctic Vets (series premiere 7:30pmCT/8:30ET CBC, CBC Gem) “The Canadian Arctic is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring creatures. Arctic Vets follows an incredible group of animal experts who are on a mission to save the Arctic’s most vulnerable and adorable species – one remarkable patient at a time. For the first time, cameras are granted access to the day-to-day operations of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC), where a wide variety of Arctic animals are treated by a renowned team of veterinarians and animal care professionals. Each half-hour episode of the 10-part series features a mix of dramatic expeditions in the great white north and complex treatments with the rescued animals at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s animal hospital.” the series kicks off with Polar Bear Heli-Rescue: “Dr. Chris makes the journey to Churchill, Manitoba, just as the polar bears are starting to migrate up the coast of Hudson Bay where they will wait for the ice to form and begin their hunting season. Dr. Chris works closely with the Polar Bear Alert Team, a group dedicated to preventing human and bear conflicts. Having been off the ice all summer, these polar bears are hungry and there’s a risk they will head into Churchill to hunt for food.”
Bigfoot Family (premiere Netflix) “Bigfoot’s now a big deal. So when he goes missing, his shy but tech-savvy teen son must take on an evil CEO to save his family and a wildlife preserve.”
Saturday Feb. 27
Saturday Night Live (10:30pmCT/11:30ET) “Nick Jonas will pull double duty when he takes the stage for his “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut and second solo musical guest appearance on Feb. 27. Jonas will perform his newly announced single, “Spaceman,” due out Feb 25. “Spaceman” arrives as Jonas returns as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” which premieres March 1, and also appears in the upcoming Lionsgate film “Chaos Walking,” arriving March 5.”
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.