TV May 9-12: Ziwe, Blinded: Those Who Kill, Crime of the Century, Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer, Strange Angel, The Upshaws, Oxygen

Hello mamas. Stay safe but celebrate from a distance or over the internet. We can do it. Oh my God that exhausted me. I’m going to bed with my iPad.

Sunday May 9

Ziwe (variety series premiere Crave 10pmCT/11ET) “The six-episode season will feature interviews, musical numbers, guest stars, sketches and more – including unscripted and unpredictable interactions with everyday people. Writer, comedian and performer Ziwe, who also serves as showrunner on the series, brings her singular, riotously funny, no-holds-barred brand to SHOWTIME with her new eponymous late-night variety show, ZIWE. Previously, Ziwe wrote for DESUS & MERO, OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT and Dickinson, and rose to viral popularity with her ground-breaking and provocative Instagram Live series questioning cultural figures on race. She has also voiced Kamala Harris and other roles for OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, as well as Tooning Out the News, and appears in her own Pop Show, which she created and performs at Brooklyn’s Union Hall with original pop songs off her album Generation Ziwe. ZIWE is produced by A24. In addition to Ziwe, Jamund Washington and Hunter Speese serve as executive producers.”

Monday May 10

Blinded: Those Who Kill (premiere Acorn TV) “An intriguing spinoff of the hit Danish crime series, Darkness – Those Who Kill, this captivating psychological crime drama sees leading criminal profiler Louise Bergstein delve into the dark desires and psychology of the potential suspects surrounding a murder case.”

The Crime of the Century (two-part doc series premiere HBO 8pmCT/9ET, Crave app) “Directed by Emmy® and Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney and presented in association with The Washington Post, THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY is a searing indictment of Big Pharma, and the political operatives and government regulations that enabled over-production, reckless distribution, and abuse of synthetic opiates. The documentary explores the origins, extent, and fallout of one of the most devastating public health tragedies of our time, with half a million deaths from overdoses this century alone, revealing that America’s opioid epidemic is not a public health crisis that came out of nowhere.”

Tuesday May 11

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer (doc premiere 7pmCT/8ET on PBS) “examines the science and medical innovations that conquered some of the deadliest diseases and doubled life expectancies across the globe. Set in the context of today’s COVID-19 crisis, this new four-part health documentary series explores lessons learned from previous global pandemics, including smallpox, cholera and the Spanish flu. Best-selling author Steven Johnson and historian and broadcaster David Olusoga guide viewers across 300 years of medical innovation, all while introducing today’s unsung heroes tackling COVID-19 and other public health threats. Continue reading to learn how your brand can sponsor this public health documentary series, or discover additional marketing opportunities in the PBS Science & Nature sponsorship package.

Strange Angel (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET on Showcase) “follows Jack Parsons, a brilliant and ambitious blue collar worker of 1930s Los Angeles who started as a janitor at a chemical factory but had fantastical dreams that led him to birth the unknown discipline of American rocketry. Along the way, he fell into a mysterious world that included sex magic rituals at night, and he became a disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley. Parsons used Crowley’s teaching of self-actualization to support his unimaginable and unprecedented endeavor to the stars. The cast includes Jack Reynor, Rupert Friend, Bella Heathcote and Peter Mark Kendall. Strange Angel, created by Mark Heyman (Black Swan, The Skeleton Twins) and based on George Pendle’s book of the same name, is inspired by the real-life story of Jack Parsons and explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction.”

Wednesday May 12

The Upshaws (series premiere Netflix) “Bennie Upshaw (Mike Epps), the head of a Black working class family in Indianapolis, is a charming, well-intentioned mechanic and lifelong mess just trying his best to step up and care for his family — wife Regina (Kim Fields), their two young daughters (Khali Daniya-Renee Spraggins, Journey Christine) and firstborn son (Jermelle Simon), the teenage son (Diamond Lyons) he fathered with another woman (Gabrielle Dennis) — and tolerate his sardonic sister-in-law (Wanda Sykes), all without a blueprint for success. But the Upshaws are determined to make it work, and make it to the next level, together. The Upshaws is co-created by Regina Hicks and Wanda Sykes, who serve as executive producers alongside Mike Epps, Page Hurwitz and Niles Kirchner.”

Oxygen (movie premiere Netflix) “is a French survival thriller directed by Alexandre Aja. The film tells the story of a young woman (Mélanie Laurent, 6 Underground, Inglourious Basterds), who wakes up in a cryogenic pod. She doesn’t remember who she is or how she ended up there. As she’s running out of oxygen, she must rebuild her memory to find a way out of her nightmare.”

See you Thursday, my people!

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