You should probably save some screen strength for Thursday, when ABC returns Station 19, Grey’s, A Million Little Things and more. But for now, here are the newish things, starting with the one you’re already sick of hearing about (but even I will watch). Onward.
Sunday March 7
Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special (special premiere CBS 7pmCT/8ET CBS) At last the most hyped conversation on modern history is upon us. “Oprah Winfrey … sits down with Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex … in a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure. Later, the two are joined by Prince Harry as they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.”
Vice (Season 2 premiere 7:30pmCT/8:30ET Crave, Crave app) “Known for delivering immersive reporting from the frontlines of global conflicts, civil uprisings and more, VICE returns to Crave Sunday, March 7 at 8 p.m. ET with a new slate of ground-breaking stories from its team of global correspondents, taking on a range of issues from police brutality in Nigeria to the continued shockwaves of President Trump’s foreign policy in Iran and Yemen. In the U.S., VICE continues its fearless exploration of the racial reckoning underway in the country.”
Good Girls (Season 4 premiere NBC 9pmCT/10ET) “follows suburban moms Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta) and Annie (Mae Whitman) who, at a loss over how to solve their various crippling financial troubles, decide to rob a supermarket in a heist that attracts the attention of a local gang leader, Rio. The stakes get higher in season four as the Secret Service closes in on our women’s counterfeit ring. When we last saw Beth, she was struggling to carve out her own criminal path separate from Rio, using her husband’s spa company, Boland Bubbles, as a front. Ruby seemed to have salvaged her marriage after a rocky road, but only time will tell if her hidden secrets implode. Annie is focusing on inner love and healing as she takes the journey to rebuild independence.”
Pennyworth (returns from Season 2 hiatus, 8pmCT/9ET Showcase) Not much episode detail so here’s a reprint of the bumph on S2: “A year after the explosive events of last season, England finds itself embroiled in a devastating civil war, with the powerful, neo-fascist Raven Union, led by Lord Harwood (Jason Flemyng) threatening to control the entire country. North London remains one of the few resistance holdouts remaining. It’s here in the West End Neutral Zone, that we find Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon, The Imitation Game). After years in the British Army, his training with the SAS has taught him to be a cynical optimist – expecting the worst, but knowing that he can handle it.”
Ride with Norman Reedus (Season 5 premiere 11:06pmCT/12:06ET on AMC) More vroom vroom with the Walking Dead star. Auckland and Josh Brolin are featured this night.
Monday March 8
Bombay Rose (animated film premiere Netflix) “Escaping from child marriage, a young club dancer living in the streets of Bombay, must choose between fending for her family and finding love with a boy orphaned by the militancy. Painted frame by frame and woven delicately through music, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible loves. Love between two dreamers tested by duty and religious divides. Love between two women. Love of an entire city for its Bollywood stars. Based on true events, the film, in documentary fashion, explores the ruthlessness of a society where the love and life that reigns on the big screen can crush you in its mean streets. Bombay Rose is directed by Gitanjali Rao and produced by Cinestaan Film Company/Les Films d’ici. An award-winning festival favorite, it was the first Indian animated film ever selected to open Venice Critics Week; it was also selected by the Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival, and an award winner at the Chicago and Mumbai Film Festivals.”
Tuesday March 9
HBO’s COVID Diaries NYC (documentary premiere 8pmCT/9ET HBO, Crave app) “chronicles the lives of five young filmmakers, ages 17 to 21, who turn their cameras on themselves and tell the stories of their families during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. “The Only Way to Live in Manhattan” is by Marcial Pilataxi, Aracelie Colón directs “My COVID Breakdown,” Camille Dianand chronicles “When My Dad Got COVID,” Shane Fleming helms “No Escape From New York”, and “Frontline Family” is directed by Arlet Guallpa. Rosemary Colón-Martinez provides original animation to the documentary.”
Wednesday March 10
Last Chance U: Basketball (season premiere Netflix) “From Greg Whiteley (Cheer) and the team behind Emmy-winning Last Chance U comes LAST CHANCE U: BASKETBALL, an honest, gritty look inside the world of community college basketball. Over the course of eight episodes, viewers will follow the East Los Angeles College Huskies (ELAC) in their high stakes chase to an unprecedented California state basketball championship. Led by passionate head coach John Mosley, the ELAC team is made up of former D1 recruits and powerhouse athletes hustling to prove themselves for a last chance to fulfill their dreams of playing at the next level. But the team is tested as the players battle adversity, inner demons, and emotions on and off the court.”
Marriage or Mortgage (season premiere Netflix) “Married or single, we’ve all heard it. “You could buy a house for the price of that wedding!” But have you ever stopped to think, what if you actually did? Nashville-based wedding planner Sarah Miller and real estate agent Nichole Holmes are here to help couples make this decision. Sarah, a hopeless romantic who spared no expense planning her own wedding, evidently shares the same sentiment as many of her brides and grooms…your wedding day is the most important and happiest day of your life, and the memories you make are priceless. But when you ask twice-divorced Nichole, if it doesn’t make dollars it doesn’t make sense! Nichole will tell you that a set of sparkling new house keys is the most romantic (and practical!) decision any couple can make. Sarah and Nichole will come armed with their strong opinions and best sales strategies to win a newly engaged couple over to their side.”
Dealer (season premiere Netflix) “Franck, a music video director, infiltrates a rough neighbourhood in the South of France to film Tony, a charismatic but unpredictable drug gang leader wanting to break into the rap music scene. Using his camera to reveal the hidden, true face of drug dealing, Franck will get caught in a bloody gang war. A fast paced found footage thriller.”
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.