TV May 2-5: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Story of Late Night, United Shades of America, Pose, The Girlfriend Experience, Amy Tan, NYTimes Presents, Finding Your Roots, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Selena, The Sons of Sam

It’s a bit drippy here in Winnipeg, which makes it a perfect day for housecleaning. Nah. I thought that might get me in the mood. Perfect day for bad movie watching on the TV. Fortunately, there’s some interesting new fare for this evening and beyond. Voila!

Sunday May 2

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 6 premiere 7pmCT/8ET CTV Sci-Fi, CW) “The Legends reunite to challenge the Time Bureau’s authority, and insist that however messy, some problems can only be fixed by Legends.”

The Story of Late Night (doc series premiere 8pmCT/9ET on CNN) The look back on the art form of late night TV talk shows starts with Steve Allen, then Jack Parr and then heeeeere’s Johnny Carson!

United Shades of America (Season 7 premiere 9pmCT/10ET on CNN) W. Kamau Bell is back and he’s looking at policing, specifically the two extremes of police warrior vs. guardian.

Pose (Season 3 premiere 9pmCT/10ET on FX) The AIDS crisis is nearing its terrible peak and the urge to help leads characters on very different paths.

The Girlfriend Experience (Season 3 premieres with back to back episodes at 11pmCT/ midnight ET Starz, Crave app) “is a reimagining of Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 critically-acclaimed movie of the same name, and explores the relationships between exclusive escorts and their clients. Known as GFEs, they are women who provide “The Girlfriend Experience” – emotional and sexual relationships at a very high price. The third instalment of the anthology series is set amidst the London tech scene. Iris (Julia Goldani Telles, THE AFFAIR), a neuroscience major, begins to explore the transactional world of The Girlfriend Experience, only to find herself deep inside the uncanny valley with the relationships she creates. Iris quickly learns that her client sessions provide her with a compelling edge in the tech world and vice versa. She then begins to question whether her actions are driven by free will, or something else altogether, and heads down a deep path of exploration.”

Monday May 3

American Masters: Amy Tan – Unintended Memoir (8pmCT/9ET PBS) A look a the life and work of the author of the Joy Luck Club.

The New York Times Presents: They Get Brave (doc series premiere 8pmCT/9ET on Crave, streaming now on Crave app) “The Times gave doctors and nurses cameras to document their lives at the height of the coronavirus crisis in New York City., What they captured reveals an extraordinary resolve in the face of a profound breakdown in the health-care system.”

Tuesday May 4

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Season 7 finale 7pmCT/8ET on PBS) Lewis Black and Roy Wood Jr. are the season’s final guests on this pop culture genealogy series.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (series premiere Disney+) “The series will premiere on May 4th with the second episode premiering on Friday, May 7th. Subsequent episodes will premiere on Fridays. “follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army – each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.”

Selena The Series (Part 2 premiere Netflix) “Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice. The two-part coming-of-age drama Selena: The Series explores the once-in-a-generation performer’s journey as a young artist, from singing small gigs in Corpus Christi with her family to becoming one of the most successful Latin artists of all time — and the years of grit and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together before Selena’s meteoric rise to fame. Cast: Christian Serratos, Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemí Gonzalez, Seidy López, Jesse Posey, Julio Macias, and Natasha Perez.”

Wednesday May 5

The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness (series premiere Netflix)
The hunt for the “Son of Sam” captivated the world in the late 1970s, but the story behind one of America’s most notorious serial murderers is all but forgotten — until now. While the arrest and conviction of David Berkowitz brought the nightmare to an end for many New Yorkers, for journalist and Ultimate Evil author Maury Terry, the real mystery was just beginning. Terry, convinced Berkowitz had not acted alone, would go on to spend decades attempting to prove that the web of darkness behind the murders went deeper than anyone imagined – and his pursuit of that elusive truth would eventually cost him everything. Filmmaker Joshua Zeman (CROPSEY, MURDER MOUNTAIN) draws on archival news footage, conversations with the people closest to the investigation, and Terry’s own words and case files to tell a cautionary tale of a man who went down a rabbit hole and never came out. But was Maury Terry just chasing ghosts – or are the true Sons of Sam still out there…

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.

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