TV April 22-24: Stowaway, Greta Thunberg, Life in Colour with David Attenborough, Cher and the Loneliest Elephant, Search for Sheela, Shadow and Bone, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Call the Midwife, Romeo and Juliet, Tell Me When,

Hello. I can barely see for allergies so please watch all these and report back. That is all.

Thursday April 22

Stowaway (movie premiere Amazon Prime) ” Mars-bound space crew discover a surprise passenger (no, it’s not the NASA execs from Apple TV+’s For All Mankind, who can only dream of the Red Planet). The title stowaway (Shamier Anderson) compromises the ship’s life support, throwing the crew (Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim) into a crisis of conscience vs. survival.”

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the Planet (doc premiere PBS 7pmCT/8ET) “PBS, in partnership with BBC Studios’ Science Unit, announces a new three-part documentary series following teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg as she seeks to raise awareness of the accelerating climate change. GRETA THUNBERG: A YEAR TO CHANGE THE WORLD (w.t.) premieres in its entirety as a special presentation on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 at 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS stations nationwide. Encore airings of all three episodes air Wednesdays, April 28 – May 12, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). Greta Thunberg is on a mission to save the world. She is asking every one of us to act and to mobilize in order to slow down the growing climate change that is destroying our planet and threatens our way of life. The message is clear, and scientists agree—we need to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees in order to give our species the best possible chance of avoiding a catastrophic future. This revealing series follows Greta as she steps from behind the podium and onto the front lines. Over the course of the three episodes, Greta explores the science as she travels to extraordinary locations across the globe, meeting leading climate scientists, witnessing first hand the consequences of climate change and confronting the complexity of what is required to make change happen. She travels from the burning tar sands of the Canadian oil industry to the coal mines of Europe and the melting glaciers of the U.S.—places where the impact of a changing climate is glaringly obvious, both for the planet and for the inevitable human costs—making clear the reasons why scientists call for action to be taken. The series also hears from a range of academics, economists and experts, further exploring the climate change science Greta encounters on the ground.

Life in Colour with David Attenborough (premiere Netflix) “Premiering this Earth Day, in a stunning new three-part series, David Attenborough travels the world from the rainforests of Costa Rica to the snowy Scottish Highlands to reveal the extraordinary and never-before-seen ways animals use color. Using revolutionary camera technology created specifically for this series, viewers will experience how colors invisible to the human eye play a vital role in animal interactions. From the seemingly magical ultraviolet signals on a butterfly’s wings to the surprising yet crucial purpose behind a Bengal tiger’s stripes, a hidden world of color is waiting to be discovered.”

Cher and the Loneliest Elephant (doc premiere Paramount+) “The documentary ‘Cher and the Loneliest Elephant’ follows Cher’s amazing journey to help relocate an elephant that had been living alone in a Pakistani zoo for nearly 9 years. Previous efforts to free the elephant had been in vain until Cher joined the fight ultimately founding Free The Wild to boost the movement.”

Searching for Sheela (doc premiere Netflix) “Journalists and fans await Ma Anand Sheela as the infamous former Rajneesh commune’s spokesperson returns to India after decades for an interview tour.”

Friday April 23

Shadow and Bone (series premiere Netflix) “Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive. Shadow and Boneis a Netflix production from 21 Laps Entertainment, starring Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), and Ben Barnes (General Kirigan).”

A Black Lady Sketch Show (Season 2 premiere 9pmCT/10ET HBO, Crave app) “The narrative sketch comedy series features a core cast of Black women living relatable, hilarious experiences in a magical reality that subverts traditional expectations. Joining the cast this season are featured players Laci Mosley and Skye Townsend, and returning this season are core cast members Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis and Ashley Nicole Black. The new season will feature several celebrity guest stars, including executive producer Issa Rae (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for HBO’s INSECURE), Gabrielle Union, Jesse Williams, Miguel, Skai Jackson, Laz Alonso, Omarion, Kim Wayans, Ayesha Curry, Lance Gross, Wunmi Mosaku and many more.”

Call the Midwife (Season 5 premiere CBC Gem) “As the community prepares to enter a new decade – the 1960s – Nurse Trixie receives a proposal from handsome young curate, Tom Hereward.  Nurse Cynthia starts to think seriously about joining the order as a nun, something that shocks both Trixie and Patsy.  And an unexpected set of events sees Chummy take on the challenge of running a mother and baby home for unmarried girls.”

Great Performances: Romeo and Juliet (premiere 8pmCT/9ET PBS) “An original film for television by the National Theatre, Great Performances: Romeo & Juliet premieres Friday, April 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS, pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app. This stylized film of Shakespeare’s masterpiece celebrates the theatrical imagination, moving from the stripped-down aesthetic of a rehearsal into a cinematic journey that embraces the architecture of the theater space and varied backstage spaces of the National’s Lyttelton Theatre. In this contemporary rendering of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, a company of actors in a shuttered theater bring to life the tale of two young lovers who strive to transcend a world of violence and hate.”

Tell Me When (movie premiere Netflix) “Workaholic Will puts his humdrum life in LA on hold to fulfill his grandpa’s last wish: visiting Mexico City’s most iconic sights and falling in love. Starring: Jesús Zavala, Ximena Romo, Verónica Castro.”

Saturday April 24

Hello? Hmmm. Have you seen Sasquatch (Crave), the three-hour doc co-produced by the Duplass Bros.? Do. Go!

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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.

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