I hate to get bossy, but get vaccinated, please, stay home and wait for the numbers to drop. Fortunately, there’s some interesting new TV for you to watch.
Update: I forgot to include this fundraiser and live table read for one of my fave shows from 2020: Never Have I Ever. Details here (and I’m going to make an executive decision to ignore the wonky time reference in the caption and go with the details in the image: Saturday at 2:30pmPT, 4:30 Winnipeg time and 5:30 Montreal time. I am also assuming the video will be live on IG and probably some other of the show’s platform. If you don’t know this Netflix show, check out the coming of age story about a nerdy teen who has just lost her father (but it’s a comedy!!!). Wonderful wonderful.
Thursday May 6
That Damn Michael Che (sketch comedy series premieres with back to back episodes 9-10:05pmCT, 10ET Crave, Crave app) “The series uses sketches and vignettes to illustrate what it feels like to experience various everyday situations including racial profiling, unemployment, falling in love and more, from Che’s perspective. In addition to Che, the series features SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cast members Cecily Strong, Heidi Gardner, Colin Quinn, Ellen Cleghorne, and Che’s “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost, along with guest stars Omari Hardwick, Geoffrey Owens, Godfrey, Billy Porter, and Method Man.”
Legendary (Season 2 premiere Crave app) “The HBO Max ballroom competition series LEGENDARY returns. … MC Dashaun Wesley, along with judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach, and Grammy® winner Megan Thee Stallion, are set to crown the last house standing. Upcoming episodes also feature guest-judges Tiffany Haddish, Taraji P. Henson, Amiyah Scott, Nicco Annan, Adam Lambert, and Demi Lovato. In this series highlighting modern day ball culture, the teams compete in an arcing competition that documents a themed ball each episode from start to finish giving full access to the behind the scenes action. Season 2 features 10 houses, each compromised of five performers and a leader, battling in fashion and dance challenges including vogueing for the chance to snatch the legendary trophy and win the $100,000 cash prize. Every episode is a themed extravaganza to see who will be named the superior house, and move one step closer to becoming “Legendary”. LEGENDARY follows a weekly release schedule, with new episodes dropping Thursdays.”
Dark Side of the Ring (Season 3A premiere 8pmCT/9ET Crave, Crave app) “Produced in partnership with VICE Studios, the series continues to lift the veil on the most controversial stories in the world of wrestling, giving viewers unprecedented access to wrestling insiders, and revealing the brutal truths and often tragic consequences of lives in the squared circle. Season 3 offers an inside look into the stories of Brian Pillman, Nick Gage, The Ultimate Warrior, Grizzly Smith, The Dynamite Kid, and more. ”
The Drowning (premiere Sundance Now and Acorn TV) “When Jodie (Jill Halfpenny, Waterloo Road) sees a teenage boy that resembles her missing son, she is convinced that she has found the solution to her problems. Regardless of whether it’s her son or not, this gives her hope and prompts her to commit to a dangerous and transgressive path that will take her to the edge of reason.”
Friday May 7
Way Over Me (Sortez-moi de moi) (series premiere Crave) “Marking a first for Crave, the French series is available for English-language audiences in two versions: subtitled or dubbed audio. The psychological thriller takes viewers inside the world of mental health care, with Dr. Justine Mathieu (Pascale Bussières) following patients brought to her by emergency care front-line responders, Clara St-Amand (Sophie Lorain) and Gabriel Beauregard (Bruno Marcil). Despite her misgivings, Dr. Mathieu is attracted to a new patient, David Ducharme (Vincent Leclerc), who is struggling with a bipolar episode. Their secret relationship grows more and more compromising. The series is based on an original idea by Sophie Lorain and Alexis Durand-Brault. Durand-Brault also directs the series.”
Dynasty (Season 4 premiere 8pmCT/9ET CW WPIX) “Two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, feud for control over their fortunes and their children.” Yeah, they’re still at it.
Mythic Quest (Season 2 premiere Apple TV+) “With the quarantine finally over, season two of “Mythic Quest” finds everyone back in the office (well, almost everyone), attempting to build upon the success of Raven’s Banquet by launching an epic new expansion, but Ian (Rob McElhenney) and the newly promoted co-creative director, Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao), struggle with the game’s direction. Meanwhile, C.W. (F. Murray Abraham) reconciles some unresolved issues from his past, the testers (Ashly Burch and Imani Hakim) test the bounds of an office romance, and David (David Hornsby) loses yet another woman in his life as Jo (Jessie Ennis) leaves him to assist Brad (Danny Pudi).
Monster (premiere Netflix) “tells the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison. Director: Anthony Mandler. Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Jharrel Jerome, Jennifer Ehle, Rakim Mayers, Nasir ‘Nas’ Jones, Tim Blake Nelson, John David Washington.”
Milestone (movie premiere Netflix) “The poignant film follows the story of a recently bereaved, middle-aged truck driver, Ghalib, who is coping with a personal tragedy and the consequences thereafter, while facing the existential threat of losing his job to a young recruit. The events in the story come together as Ghalib’s truck touches the 500,000 kilometers mark – a record at his company.”
Jupiter’s Legacy (premiere Netflix) “Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacyis an epic superhero drama that spans decades and navigates the complex dynamics of family, power, and loyalty. The series stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, and Matt Lanter. … After nearly a century of keeping mankind safe, the world’s first generation of superheroes must look to their children to continue the legacy. But tensions rise as the young superheroes, hungry to prove their worth, struggle to live up to their parents’ legendary public reputations — and exacting personal standards.”
Shrill (Season 3 premiere Crave, Crave app) “Starring and created by Aidy Bryant, and from executive producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks, all eight episodes of the third and final season of Hulu’s SHRILL drop on Friday, May 7. The new season finds Annie (Bryant) energized by her breakup with dud boyfriend Ryan (Luka Jones) and her newfound momentum at work. Annie feels like everything is finally falling into place for her, but does she actually know how to get what she wants?”
Ghostwriter (Season 2 premiere Apple TV+) “When Ghostwriter seemingly brings Ruben’s paintings to life, the kids think it’s just or fun. But then, Ruben’s brush goes missing.”
Saturday May 8
Saturday Night Live (10:30pmCT/11:30ET NBC Global) The host in the first of three consecutive new episodes that will close out the 46th season is Elon Musk and musical guest Miley Cyrus. Boom.
Going Native (series premiere 9:30pmCT/10:30ET APTN) “Celebrated Anishinaabe humorist and author Drew Hayden Taylor explores everything from the weird and wacky, to the deep and profound ways of Native life. Examining stereotypes and traditions while discovering cool new ways Indigenous Peoples in North America are changing the world and re-shaping their culture in the 21st century. Each week Drew takes a wild journey of discovery from concert halls to desert ruins and from video game conventions to treacherous cliff pole-fishing expeditions.” You will also enjoy my friend Randall King’s feature on the series, which you can read here.
See you Sunday.