How ARE you? In my digital travels I am hearing a lot of breaking-point tension, especially here in Winnipeg where two days of heavy snow snatched spring from us, though only for a few days. News of vaccines is helping. Here is some TV to keep you distracted. Try yoga, maybe meditation, and walkies. And breeeeeeathe. And yes, I know telling someone who’s super stressed out to breathe is nearly as unhelpful as telling them to calm down, but even so, take a moment. Everybody is doing their best. Most of the above is written to myself. But if it helps you too, fill yer boots. In love and streaming, I am your faithful servant. Speaking of serving, onward to new TV!
Thursday April 15
Younger alert! The wonderful series about a 40something living as a 20something in NYC and juggling romantic interests in both age ranges is indeed returning for its final season. HOWEVER, the U.S. Season 7 premiere, tonight on Paramount+/Hulu, is four days ahead of the Canadian premiere, which comes Monday, April 19, on Amazon Prime Video.
Wahl Street (doc series premiere 7-10pmCT/8ET Crave, Crave app) “offers fans a glimpse into international star Mark Wahlberg’s life, as he juggles the demands of a rigorous film schedule, coupled with an ever-growing network of diverse businesses including his clothing line, Municipal, his gym studio, F45, restaurant chain Wahlburgers, and his production company, Unrealistic Ideas. Along the way, viewers learn powerful business and life lessons as Wahlberg navigates the numerous challenges of a global pandemic, all while trying to maintain and expand his vast portfolio. WAHL STREET also introduces the cast of colourful characters that make up Wahlberg’s real-life entourage.”
Ride or Die (more premiere Netflix) “Born and raised in a wealthy family, Rei (Kiko Mizuhara) has lived a life without need. One day, she hears from Nanae (Honami Sato), who she had feelings for in high school, and the two women are reunited for the first time in ten years. However, Rei’s happiness is short-lived as she is shocked to see that Nanae is covered in bruises suffered from domestic violence at the hands of her husband. When Nanae tells her friend that she feels cornered and fears for her life, Rei tells her: “In that case, your husband should disappear.” Hearing this, Nanae mutters: “If so, could you kill him?” After Nanae makes Rei kill her husband for love, the tale of their aimless escape begins…”
Friday April 16
Mythic Quest: Everlight (Apple TV+) Ahead of the May 7 premiere of Season 2, this behind the scenes drama set in the world of gaming designers is releasing (according to reports, but no press release i could find) a special episode featuring the squad returning to work after COVID work-from-home lockdown.
Made For Love (series premiere Amazon Prime Video) “is a darkly absurd and cynically poignant story of love and divorce. It follows Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti), a thirty-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to Byron Gogol (Billy Magnussen), a controlling tech billionaire. Starring Cristin Milioti, Ray Romano, Billy Magnussen.”
Big Shot (series premiere Disney+) “After getting ousted from the NCAA, a hothead men’s basketball coach must take a job at an all-girls high school. He soon learns that teenage girls are more than just X’s and O’s; they require empathy and vulnerability — foreign concepts for the stoic Coach Korn. By learning how to connect with his players, however, Marvyn starts to grow into the person he’s always hoped to be. The girls learn to take themselves more seriously, finding their footing both on and oﬀ the court. Stars John Stamos (“Marvyn Korn”) Jessalyn Gilsig (“Holly Barrett”) Richard Robichaux (“George Pappas”) Sophia Mitri Schloss (“Emma Korn”) Nell Verlaque (“Louise Gruzinsky”) Tiana Le (“Destiny Winters”) Monique Green (“Olive Cooper”) Tisha Custodio (“Carolyn “Mouse” Smith”) 2/18/21 2 Cricket Wampler (“Samantha “Giggles” Finkman”) Yvette Nicole Brown (“Sherilyn Thomas”) Creators: David E. Kelley Dean Lorey Brad Garrett Executive Producers: Brad Garrett Bill D’Elia Dean Lorey.”
Arlo the Alligator Boy (series premiere Netflix) “Upon learning that he is from New York City, Arlo, a wide-eyed boy who is half human and half alligator, decides to leave his sheltered life in the swamp and search for his long lost father. The animated musical movie, Arlo the Alligator Boy, will launch Arlo’s journey as he meets a group of misfits who quickly become his new family. Once Arlo’s adventure lands him in New York City, the series, I ❤️️Arlo, will kick off as he and his newfound crew set up shop in an abandoned seaside neighborhood and help bring it back to life.”
The Year Earth Changed (premiere Apple TV+) “Showcasing footage from around the world after an unprecedented year, “The Year Earth Changed” is a timely documentary special that takes a fresh new approach to the global lockdown and the uplifting stories that have come out of it. From hearing birdsong in deserted cities and seeing whales in Glacier Bay, to meeting capybara in suburbs across South America, people worldwide have had the chance to engage with nature like never before. In this documentary special, viewers will witness how the smallest changes in human behavior – reducing cruise ship traffic, closing beaches a few days a year, identifying more harmonious ways for humans and wildlife to coexist – can have a profound impact on nature. The documentary, narrated by David Attenborough, is a love letter to planet Earth, highlighting the ways nature’s resiliency and ability to bounce back can give us hope for the future.”
Earth Moods (series premiere, Disney+) “takes viewers on the ultimate retreat—transporting them to a vast array of colorful and calming corners of the world. Viewers travel to blue glaciers, arid deserts, lush rainforests and pulsating metropolises to escape from the cacophony of everyday life. Each “mood” gives the audience an opportunity to relax and reset as the sound of music and the natural world washes over them.”
Frank of Ireland (series premiere Amazon Prime) “is a physical and ridiculous brand of humour with an original twist. Brian Gleeson (Peaky Blinders, The Bisexual), stars as Frank Marron, a 32-year-old catastrophe; a misanthropic fantasist in arrested development who’s convinced that the world owes him. He’s also our hero. Frank is newly single and still lives at home with his mother, Mary (Pom Boyd). He’s a self-proclaimed musician with a tenuous hold on reality, and hasn’t written a song or played a gig in years. His ex-girlfriend Áine (Sarah Greene) has just found a new boyfriend, and Frank may be finding that a tad difficult. Luckily, Frank has a loyal best friend, Doofus, (Domhnall Gleeson) whose full-time job is clearing the debris left in Frank’s wake. Set in an idyllic suburb of Dublin, Frank of Ireland is the hilarious story of a man’s hapless search for respect, as he struggles to grow up and get his life together, and hopefully not burn everything to the ground in the process. Frank of Ireland is produced by Merman, and is a co-production between Channel 4 and Amazon Studios. The series is executive produced by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford for Merman, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, and Michael Moloney. The series is produced by Rory Gilmartin and directed by MJ Delaney for Merman.”
Saturday April 17
Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist (doc premiere Netflix) At least I hope this is premiering. So says metacritic.com but Netflix press site? Nada as of Thursday. I’ll take this trailer as encouragement. YouTube bumph: “iola Davis, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Phylicia Rashad and more invite us into a conversation to explore Chadwick Boseman’s extraordinary commitment to his craft in an intimate look at the Oscar®-nominated actor’s artistry, and the acting process which informed his transformative performances.”
Game of Thrones 10th Anniversary (special programming Crave app) “Crave commemorates 10 years of the global phenomenon with a number of special collections launching April 17: The Essential Episodes, Best of Jon Snow, Best of Arya Stark, Best of Daenerys Targaryen, Best of Tyrion Lannister, and Best of Cersei Lannister.”
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.