I have discovered there are two kinds of people (who matter). One type considers my lifelong obsession with TV in all its guises with a wrinkle of concern (surely not judgment?) on the brows, as they think, “But it’s all just TV!”). The other type is my tribe; not the sloths/unfortunates that the first group believes us to be, but rather a group vigorously knit by their love of storytelling and characters and the big heart that propels all of it. This second group understands that the end of a series is not only a rupture of viewing habit (although that is a mental-health cornerstone for some in this time of self-isolation), but also a goodbye to the friends that good characters become. I have a huge lump in my throat as I consider the Shameless series finale. I will miss those idiot Gallaghers. Those idiots and their gigantic hearts (well….) and the great music and the rise and fall and further fall of their crumbling Chicago dynasty. You will be missed. It’s also the end of a series that I have been saving the catch up on: Kim’s Convenience. But don’t be sad. Everything ends? It’s a time for renewal? Bah. Tissue please! Note to self: Get a valet to hand me a tissue at moments like this. Onward to new-TV suggestions.
Sunday April 11
Shameless (series finale on Crave, Crave app at 8pmCT/9ET) Noooooooooooooooooo! William H. Macy’s deliciously decrepit Frank Gallagher and his raggedy band of children and neighbours wrap up their 11-season run of outrageous stories and inappropriate laughs from the South Side of Chicago. I miss them already. If you haven’t followed along, I envy you starting at the beginning. Wonderful characters who will take you from spitting coffee out your nose to sobbing. Get a new box of tissues. And one of the best uses of music by a television show. I’ll miss everything about it.
Queen of the South (Season 5 premiere 8pmCT/9ET CTV Drama) “Teresa sets out to expand her business in New York City while James proves his allegiance to Teresa,” is how the bumph reads. More generally, if you are new to the show: “While living in the barrio of Jalisco, Mexico, poor Teresa Mendoza falls in love with a member of a successful drug cartel, hoping the love will help her rise above the hopelessness she feels in her life. When it doesn’t happen, she is forced to flee the country after her boyfriend is murdered. She seeks refuge in America, where she teams up with an unlikely person from her past to take down the leader of the drug ring that is after her. Teresa ends up starting her own drug empire, becoming one of the world’s wealthiest women in the process. With her success, she discovers that money doesn’t fix all of her problems, and she can only depend on herself if she wants to stay one step ahead of others and stay alive.” Stars include: Alice Braga, Verónica Falcón, Justina Machado, Peter Gadiot, Hemky Madera and Gerardo Taracena.”
The Nevers (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET HBO, Crave app) “In the last years of Victoria’s reign, London is beset by the “Touched” people, mostly women, who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities. Some charming, some very disturbing. Among them are Amalia True (Laura Donnelly), a mysterious, quick-fisted widow, and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly), a brilliant young inventor. They are the champions of this new underclass, making a home for the Touched, while fighting the forces of… well, pretty much all the forces – to make room for those whom history as we know it, has no place.“
Monday April 12
McQueen (documentary premiere 8-9:55pmCT/9ET Crave, Crave app) “Alexander McQueen’s rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Described as “unmissable” by Rolling Stone, and mirroring the savage beauty, boldness, and vivacity of his design, the documentary is an intimate revelation of his McQueen’s own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence.”
Tuesday April 13
My Love: Six Stories of True Love (season premier Netflix) “Korean director Jin Moyoung expands his acclaimed documentary My Love, Don’t Cross That River into the poignant global series MY LOVE. Local filmmakers from six countries around the world follow one elderly couple — together for anywhere from 43 to 60 years — through a year in their lives. From the Korean seaside to a Rio favela; the suburbs of Tokyo to rural farmland in India, Spain, and the U.S.; couples share the stories and the secrets of their long-lasting love.
Kim’s Convenience (series finale 7pmCT/8ET CBC, CBC Gem) In the episode called Friends and Family, “Jung gives Appa and Umma a business presentation for the store. Shannon and Kimchee’s office teasing leads to a meaningful discovery for Kimchee.” Fare thee well Kim’s Convenience, gone too soon.
Wednesday April 14
Why Did You Kill Me? (movie premiere Netflix) “After her daughter is killed, a mother uses the social networking site MySpace to investigate the people she believes are responsible, resulting in reverberations for multiple families.”
Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! (series premiere Netflix) “Brian Dixon (Jamie Foxx), successful business owner and bachelor, just unexpectedly became a full-time father to his teenage daughter Sasha (Kyla-Drew). Determined to turn over a new leaf, Brian’s going to need all the help he can get from his dad (David Alan Grier) and sister (Porscha Coleman) — and Sasha’s going to need all the help she can get learning how to fit into her new, lovingly imperfect home. Full of heart and humor, Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! is inspired by Foxx’s real-life relationship with daughter Corinne Foxx, who also serves as executive producer. The multi-cam sitcom reunites Foxx with showrunner Bentley Kyle Evans (The Jamie Foxx Show) and is directed by Ken Whittingham (black-ish).”
The Secrets She Keeps (double-episode series premiere 8-10pmCT/9ET CBC, CBC Gem, with the U.S. premiere April 19 on AMC) “Based on the psychological thriller and best-selling novel by Michael Robotham, The Secrets She Keeps is a riveting and suspenseful series starring Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey, The Spanish Princess) as Agatha and Jessica De Gouw (The Hunting Riot, Underground) as Meghan – two women that have a chance encounter in a supermarket in an affluent Sydney Suburb. They are the same age, both heavily pregnant and due at the same time. Meghan is a glamorous online ‘influencer’ on the rise with an ambitious television sports reporter husband Jack (Michael Dorman). Agatha works in the supermarket as a shelf stacker. Although they live near each other, the two women come from vastly different backgrounds with explosive secrets that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to conceal the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in one shocking act that cannot be undone.”
The Circle (Season 2 premiere Netflix) “Season 2 of The Circle returns bigger and better, with more twists, turns, and shade thrown in all 13 episodes! A cast of eight new contestants enter The Circle, where they flirt, befriend, piss off, and compete in challenges against each other on a unique social media platform to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer. With $100k on the line, will they be able to earn clout and figure out who is real and who is a catfish? The Circle is a four-week must-watch social media competition launching on April 14 and continuing with new episodes on April 21, 28, and finale on May 5th.”
See you Thursday.
Thank you so much for reading this far. So, what is d2tv? So glad you asked. There is so much great TV right now but too much to easily keep track of. So this blog is me sharing my lifelong habit of tracking TV in general, but premieres in particular — series and seasons and one-offs on Canadian broadcast, cable and streaming. And since I’m doing it for myself, I share it here with you, every Sunday and Thursday. So thanks, fellow traveller, for stopping by. If you want this sent to your email inbox instead, shoot me an email or join the 42 others who subscribe (free, no strings) by typing your email into the box at the top right of your browser page, which reads: “SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG VIA EMAIL”. Who am I, Denise Duguay? Been writing about TV since 1986 or so at the Winnipeg Sun, then at the Montreal Gazette, currently at the Winnipeg Free Press and of course here, for myself and YOU! You might want to know – no judgement – I hate and mostly ignore “non-scripted” reality programming.