TV March 4-6: Punky Brewster, Pacific Rim: The Black, For Heaven’s Sake, Wynonna Earp, Boogie, Coming 2 America, The Hardy Boys, Step Up: High Water, Sentinelle

Only a few bits and bites. So… maybe get outside! You’re lovely you’re beautiful I miss you, but … you’re also looking a little peaked.

Thursday March 4

Punky Brewster (reboot/sequel series premieres 7pmCT/8ET W Network, with the full season streaming on STACKTV as of 7CT/8ET) “Soleil Moon Frye reprises her iconic role as Punky Brewster in this continuation of the beloved sitcom about a spirited young girl raised by a foster parent. Punky is now all grown up but barely keeping it together as a newly single mom of three when she decides to take in Izzy (Quinn Copeland), a kindred spirit in the foster system who just might help Punky rediscover her old self.”

Pacific Rim: The Black (anime series premiere Netflix) “After Kaiju ravage Australia, two siblings pilot a Jaeger to search for their parents, encountering new creatures, seedy characters and chance allies. Based on the 2013 live-action film Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and 2018’s Pacific Rim: Uprising.”

For Heaven’s Sake (series premiere CBC Gem) Bumph: “This true-crime documentary-style series follows Mike Mildon and his true-crime-obsessed best friend Jackson Rowe as they attempt to solve this coldest of cold cases. In 1934, Mike’s great-great-uncle, Harold Heaven, mysteriously disappeared from his cabin in Minden, Ontario. Local police searched the nearby woods and lake, but Harold was never found nor heard from again. 86 years later, Mike and Jackson head back to Minden to attempt to uncover the truth with the help of Mike’s extended family, town locals, old photos and 1934 police reports. The further they dig, the stranger the theories get.”

Friday March 5

Wynonna Earp (Season 4 midseason premiere 9pmCT/10ET CTV Sci-Fi) “Once an Earper, always an Earper. Wynonna Earp returns March 5 with six new episodes. … Love is in the air as Waverly and Nicole celebrate their engagement with an enchanted evening.”

Boogie (premiere Netflix) “From acclaimed writer, producer and restaurateur Eddie Huang comes his directorial debut BOOGIE, the coming-of-age story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation. Director/Writer: Eddie Huang. Cast: Taylor Takahashi, Taylour Paige, Pamelyn Chee, Mike Moh, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alexa Mareka, Perry Yung, Pop Smoke.”

Coming 2 America (movie premiere Amazon Prime Video) “Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, N.Y., where it all began.”

The Hardy Boys (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET YTV and then on StackTV) Move over Nancy Drew. “Based on the books by Franklin W. Dixon, the series is produced by Lambur Productions and Nelvana, in association with Corus Entertainment. The story follows Frank and Joe Hardy as they arrive in the small town of Bridgeport and set out to uncover the truth behind a recent tragedy. Filmed in Toronto and Southern Ontario, the much-anticipated Canadian premiere of The Hardy Boys on YTV follows the series’ highly praised U.S. debut in December 2020 on Hulu.”

Step Up: High Water (Crave app) “Season 1 of STARZ’s STEP UP: HIGH WATER premieres March 5. The series focuses on several ambitious young dancers in a contemporary performing arts school in Atlanta. Sage Odom (Ne-Yo) is the legendary founder of Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School. Collette (late Naya Rivera), is a former dancer turned High Water administrator whose passion for her students is only matched by her history with Sage, and secrets of her own. Dancers “Janelle” (Lauryn McClain) and “Tal” (Petrice Jones), are twins who are uprooted from suburban Ohio to live with their Uncle Al (Faizon Love). As the pair settle into their new home, a new school, and a new life, they face big challenges. Season 2 of the series begins rolling out on Crave following Season 1, and Season 3 will be coming next year. STEP UP: HIGHWATER follows a weekly release schedule, with new episodes dropping Fridays.”

Sentinelle (movie premiere Netflix) “Transferred home after a traumatizing combat mission, a highly trained French soldier uses her lethal skills to hunt down the man who hurt her sister.”

That’s it for this meagre week. See you Sunday.

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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