OK sure, new TV in a second, but have you checked out the new series Sweet Tooth? My only complaint was that the very, yeah, sweet series about a viral apocalypse with genetic mutations and a huge heart did not go on forever. Check it out. On Netflix. Excellent antidote viewing, despite the apocalypse and genetic mutations that are very NOW. This TV show holds your hand and says what most of us know but are getting a little exhausted from convincing ourselves about: The future is not going to be the same but it’s going to be OK, as long as we remember to take care of each other. New TV below.
Sunday June 13
Blindspotting (series premiere 11pmCT/midnightET Starz, Crave app) “centres on Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones, #FREERAYSHAWN, Hamilton An American Musical) who is nipping at the heels of a middle class life in Oakland until her partner Miles (Rafael Casal) is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she is forced to move in with Miles’ mother Rainey, played by Helen Hunt. Rainey is a woman who has strong opinions and holds family above all else. Benjamin Earl Turner, Atticus Woodward (SHAMELESS), Jaylen Barron (FREE REIN), and Candace Nicholas-Lippman (GOOD TROUBLE) also star.”
Why Women Kill (Season 2 premiere, 8pmCT/9ET W Network) “From the creator of ‘Desperate Housewives’, Marc Cherry, season two of ‘Why Women Kill’ features a new ensemble cast and storylines set in 1949 that will explore what it means to be beautiful, the hidden truth behind the facades people present to the world, the effects of being ignored and overlooked by society and finally, the lengths one woman will go in order to finally belong… The second season stars Allison Tolman, Lana Parilla, B.K. Cannon, Jordane Christie, Matthew Daddario, Veronica Falcón and Nick Frost.”
Monday June 14
The Republic of Sarah (series premieres at 8pmCT/9ET on CW, 9pmCT/10ET Citytv) Buckle up. This is a story about declaring independence but it’s not about Quebec! When an evil corporation tries to raze a town to make way for a mine, a teacher (Stella Baker) and her friends find some maps that help them prove their town was never part of the U.S. to begin with! I know, I’m lost too but the upshot is that the town is declared an independent nation. Now what? A blueprint for liberation in 13 episodes!
Tuesday June 15
Revolution Rent (8-9:40pmCT/9ET HBO, Crave app) “follows Andy Señor Jr. to Cuba, where he is tasked with directing a stage production of the Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical, Rent, the country’s first Broadway musical produced by an American company in more than 50 years. Returning to his exiled parents’ homeland, Señor Jr. embarks on a personal journey as he reimagines the show with a Cuban context, exploring his family’s heritage and the complex relationship they have with the country they love. Señor Jr. has been inextricably tied to Rent, created by Jonathan Larson, ever since he played the role of Angel in the Broadway production in the late 1990s. The documentary follows him as he develops the groundbreaking musical, highlighting the many setbacks and accomplishments that he and his cast and crew encounter along the way.”
Wednesday June 16
Dave (Season 2 premiere 10-11:20pmCT/11ET on FXX) “A half-hour comedy based on the life of rapper and comedian Dave Burd, known best by his stage name Lil Dicky. The series is centered on a suburban neurotic man in his late twenties who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world.”
Penguin Town (Netflix) “You’ve never met penguins like these before. Forget ice and snow, this rowdy colony of African penguins are hitting the sun-drenched beaches and breaking all the rules. Every summer, these tuxedoed birds vie for prime real estate on the sandy shores of Simon’s Town, south of Cape Town, and stir things up. While humans apply sun block and wax their surfboards, these endangered little guys, who have adapted to heat and can travel long distances, are causing traffic jams in the streets and bringing mayhem to this tropical paradise. Their mission: find a mate, make babies and not go extinct! Filled with boisterous shenanigans and loads of adorable penguins — from the troublemaking “Car Park Gang” to the sweet and cuddly newlyweds Mr. & Mrs C. — this eight-part series about the real lives of African penguins brings flipper-flapping fun and drama. Join the ride … this town is gonna get painted black and white!”
See you Thursday.