Dear god. Life is too short. Let’s go.
Sunday Feb. 28
Golden Globes (7pmCT/8ET CTV and NBC) All I know is the best show I saw in the last year, I May Destroy You, was snubbed. Oh I’ll still watch this gala awards ceremony, but I will be protesting in my heart and hoping the great Oz sends me some real conviction for the rest of 2021. Actually nominated shows and movies are here.
The Walking Dead / Talking Dead (premiere of the final run of episodes of the second-last season 8pmCT/9ET AMC) I had to check. It’s Season 10 currently and AMC says the show will finish with a 24-episode run in 2022. I fell off this series after Andrew Lincoln’s Rick “left” but I do miss Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), though I hear he’s not so attached to his barbed-wire bat Lucille. Good for the regulars! Anyway, new episodes start tonight, followed by the post-show chatter. “The collective communities must come together and possibly sacrifice all they have to find a way to silence the Whisperers once and for all.”
Monday March 1
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell (doc premiere Netflix) “In the wake of the Notorious B.I.G.’s landmark induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and ahead of what would have been his 50th birthday, Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell offers a fresh look at one of the greatest, most influential rappers of all time by those who knew him best. Made in collaboration with Biggie’s estate, I Got A Story To Tell is an intimate rendering of a man whose rapid ascent and tragic end has been at the center of rap lore for more than twenty years. Directed by Emmett Malloy, this intimate documentary features rare footage filmed by his best friend Damion “D-Roc” Butler and new interviews with his closest friends and family, revealing a side of Christopher Wallace that the world never knew. I Got A Story To Tell is executive produced by Sean Combs, Voletta Wallace, Mark Pitts, Stanley Buchthal, and Emmett and Brendan Malloy.”
Debris (series premiere NBC 9pmCT/10ET) Jonathan Tucker, Riann Steele, Norbert Leo Butz and Scroobius Pip star in a new sci-fi thriller: “When wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft scatters across the Western Hemisphere, it soon becomes apparent the pieces are messing with the laws of physics, changing lives in ways we can’t comprehend. Two agents from different continents, and different mindsets, are tasked to work together to recover the debris, whose mysteries humankind is not quite ready for.”
Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself (premiere 8pmCT/9ET Crave, Crave app) “From executive producer Stephen Colbert, and directed by Frank Oz, the 90-minute special explores new ways of seeing the unseeable, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. Grounded by writer, performer, and magician Derek DelGaudio’s steady hand, IN & OF ITSELF is as awe-inspiring as it is intimate, crafting a singular viewing experience that transcends the stage. Hailed by celebrity fans around the world, Hugh Jackman says, “I’ve never seen anything like it”; Patton Oswalt praises, “this is something that can’t be over-hyped…your mind will be blown”; and Neil Patrick Harris describes it as, “a masterclass in storytelling, a performance on a whole other level.”
Tuesday March 2
New Amsterdam (Season 3 premiere March 2 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC) This show ended Season 2 with an emotional episode that culminated in a shout-out to pandemic health-care heroes. With the hospital still in the grips of COVID, Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) is focussing not on fixing, but on tearing down the broken system and rebuilding from scratch. I’d estimate a minimum of two tissues.
The Flash (Season 7 premiere 7pmCT CW) “When an experiment to save Barry’s speed backfires, Nash Wells searches for a way to save The Flash and comes up with a dangerous plan; Iris makes a startling realization inside the Mirrorverse.” Seasons 1-6 on Netflix.
Wednesday March 3
My Story in My Words (music doc premiere 7pmCT/8ET) Loretta Lynn opens up on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her landmark recording that became a book that became a movie and a cultural touchstone Coal Miner’s Daughter.
Murder Among the Mormons (docuseries premiere Netflix) “High-stakes exploits turn deadly — and shake a global church to its core — in this extraordinary true crime story.”
Paramount+ launches (replacing CBS All-Access) but while the U.S.-based app will go “live” to Canadian subscribers, marquee programming will not premiere in Canada until later in the year.
Moxie (movie premiere Netflix) “Vivian (Hadley Robinson), a seemingly shy 16-year-old, has always preferred to keep her head down and fly under the radar. But when the arrival of a new student (Alycia Pascual-Peña) forces her to examine the unchecked behavior of her fellow students running rampant at her high school, Vivian realizes she’s fed up. Inspired by her mother’s (Amy Poehler) rebellious past, Vivian anonymously publishes an underground zine called Moxie to expose bias and wrongdoing in her high school, and unexpectedly sparks a movement. Now at the center of a revolution, Vivian begins to forge new friendships with other young women and allies, reaching across the divide of cliques and clubs as they learn to navigate the highs and lows of high school together. Directed by Amy Poehler and based on the novel by Jennifer Mathieu, MOXIE also stars Lauren Tsai, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nico Hiraga, Sydney Park, Josephine Langford, Clark Gregg, Josie Totah, Anjelika Washington, Charlie Hall, and Sabrina Haskett, with Ike Barinholtz and Marcia Gay Harden.”
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.