Hey. Did you know I am also writing occasional TV features for the Winnipeg Free Press as well? Do you too love TV bad guys? Susie Moloney, doyenne of horror novels and films, and I share some theories about why we are so afflicted. Spoiler alert: They have more fun and we like fun.
Read that right here. And thank you for supporting local news!
Also, before I get to the usual new-TV notes. If you – I’m moving, super overwhelmed – need some gentle BEAUTIFUL TV, check out Netflix’s Worn Stories. As stunning and moving as the first seasons of Chef’s Table (also watch that if you haven’t), it’s based on a book by the same name that, like the TV show, marvels at the deep connection that some of us have to our clothes. This goes beyond my late boyfriend’s dress shirt just waiting to be unpacked (and hung, no judging). It’s a sweater that IS joy. A team jersey that means family. A handmade red tie that means…. well I’ll leave that to you to discover for yourself. Thank you Netflix.
And yet one more last thing… HBO’s Game of Thrones Iron (10th) Anniversary special is streaming now on Crave. “To commemorate this milestone occasion and engage passionate fans, a two-part reunion special hosted by Conan O’Brien, and filmed during the series’ final season, is now available for streaming on Crave. Additionally, Crave has curated a number of special GAME OF THRONES collections including: The Essential Episodes, and Best Of collections for Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and Cersei Lannister.”
Thursday April 8
Rebel (series premiere 9:01pmCT/10:01ET ABC CTV) Kateyyyyyyyyy! “Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today, Annie “Rebel” Bello is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.”
Cast includes Katey Sagal, John Corbett, Sam Palladio and Andy Garcia.
Friday April 9
Them (anthology horror series premiere Amazon Prime Video) “explores terror in America. The first season, set in 1950’s, centers around a Black family who move from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. Their idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them. Subtitles available now. Dubbing available everywhere on 7/23. Starring Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Alison Pill”
Thunder Force (premiere Netflix) “In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.” Director/writer is Ben Falcone. Produced by Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy and starring Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Kevin Dunn, Melissa Leo, Jason Bateman.”
Night in Paradise (film premiere Netflix) “The story of a man targeted by gangsters and a woman who has given up on life.
Ghosts (series premiere CBC Gem) “A cash-strapped young couple inherit a rickety country mansion, only to find it teeming with needy ghosts. Starring Lolly Adefope (Shrill, Miracle Workers), Mathew Baynton (Vanity Fair, The Wrong Mans) and Simon Farnaby (Paddington 2, Detectorists), this multi-character sitcom was created by and stars the writer-performers from the award-winning Horrible Histories and Yonderland, and feature film Bill.
Misbehaviour (movie premiere Crave) “In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London and was the most-watched TV show in the world with more than 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. Starring Kiera Knightly, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Greg Kinnear, the film is described by Screen Daily as “well written, -acted, -cast and –produced”.”
Saturday April 10
Saturday Night Live (10:30pmCT/11:30ET NBC Global) Carey Mulligan (Have you seen The Dig on Netflix. Go! Now!) will host “SNL” for the first time. Bumph: “Mulligan has received Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her work in the Oscar-nominated “Promising Young Woman,” available now on demand. Kid Cudi will make his “SNL” musical guest debut. His newest studio album, “Man on the Moon III: The Chosen,” marked the Grammy Award winner’s fifth Top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart.”
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. Have a good one.