TV May 15-21: Time Traveler’s Wife, Lucy Wolseley Investigates, G Word with Adam Conover, Katt Williams: World War III, Love on the Spectrum, Ipcress File, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, Night Sky, Now and Then, Kids in the Hall doc, George Carlin’s American Dream, Love Death and Robots, The Valet, Twenties, SNL with Natasha Lyonne and Japanese Breakfast

Let’s cut to the chase. I’ve got balcony furniture to move around so I can fall asleep outdoors I mean track the blood moon/eclipse tonight. Here’s the new TV of note for this week.

Sunday May 15

The Time Traveler’s Wife (HBO Crave series premiere) “An intricate and magical love story adapted by Steven Moffat from the much-loved novel by Audrey Niffenegger, HBO’s new drama series THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE premieres Sunday, May 15. Directed by David Nutter, the series tells the story of Clare (Rose Leslie, GAME OF THRONES) and Henry (Theo James, Divergent), and a marriage with a problem…time travel. The six-episode series follows a weekly release schedule with new episodes streaming Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.”

Lucy Worseley Investigates (series premiere PBS) “Lucy Worsley re-investigates some of the most dramatic chapters in British history. She uncovers forgotten witnesses, re-examines old evidence and follows new clues.”

The G Word with Adam Conover (doc series premiere Netflix) “The G Word with Adam Conover is a hybrid comedy-documentary series that pulls back the curtain on the surprising ways the US government impacts our everyday lives, from the mundane to the life changing. With his signature blend of irreverence and insight, Conover explores the government’s triumphs, failures, and what we might be able to do to change it. The G Word with Adam Conover is produced by Higher Ground alongside Adam Conover, Jon Cohen, and Jon Wolf of Fair Point.”

Tuesday May 17

Katt Williams: World War III (comedy premiere Netflix) “In the war between truth and lies, there is only one man you can trust. Comedy legend & Emmy Award winner, Katt Williams, returns to deliver the unfiltered truth and hilariously breaks down conspiracy theories in his new comedy special World War III.”

Wednesday May 18

Love on the Spectrum (premiere Netflix) “ is an insightful and warm-hearted docu-reality series following people on the autism spectrum as they navigate the world of dating and relationships. Following the success of the multi award winning Australian series, this US based series tells the stories of a unique and diverse cast of characters searching for something we all hope to find, love.”

Thursday May 19

Ipcress File (series premiere AMC+, to follow later on AMC) “As the Cold War rages, ex-smuggler turned reluctant spy Harry Palmer finds himself at the centre of a dangerous undercover mission, on which he must use his links to find a missing British nuclear scientist. Starring: Joe Cole, Lucy Boynton & Tom Hollander”

Friday May 20

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Season 4 premiere Netflix) “David Letterman returns to the host seat with My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, combining humor, curiosity and in-depth conversations with extraordinary people. The 6-episode fourth season of the Netflix talk show series will welcome another round of guests, including Cardi B, Kevin Durant, Billie Eilish, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ryan Reynolds, and Will Smith. David Letterman is host; Executive producers are Tom Keaney and Mary Barclay for Worldwide Pants; Tony Hernandez, Lilly Burns, Brooke Posch, and John Skidmore for Jax Media; Justin Wilkes and Michael Steed also serve as executive producers.”

Night Sky (series premiere Prime Video) I wish for you, dear reader, a spouse or friend you love so much, it’s like you have created your own little world. What I do not wish for anyone is that your little world turns into a dangerous portal to God knows where. Am I speaking about the nature of relationships? Or dimensional time-space ruptures? You’ll have to tune in to find out. Along for the ride are J.K. Simmons and Sissy Spacek as the central beloveds. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLnhAbbMkEY

Now and Then (series premiere Apple TV+) “is a multi-layered thriller that explores the differences between youthful aspirations and the reality of adulthood, when the lives of a group of college best friends are forever changed after a celebratory weekend ends up with one of them dead. Now, 20 years later, the remaining five are reluctantly reunited by a threat that puts their seemingly perfect worlds at risk.”

Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks (doc series premiere Prime Video) Documentary companion piece to the 2.0 revival of the sketch series which premiered May 13.

George Carlin’s American Dream (HBO 9pmCT/10ET Crave) “a two-part documentary directed by Judd Apatow (HBO’s “Girls,” “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling”) and Michael Bonfiglio … chronicles the life and work of legendary comedian George Carlin. Dubbed the “dean of counterculture comedians,” Carlin’s career spanned half a century during which he headlined 14 HBO comedy specials and appeared on “The Tonight Show” over 130 times, constantly evolving with the times and staying sharply resonant up until his death in 2008 and beyond.  Carlin’s ability to zoom in on societal ills has proven eerily prophetic and much of his work resonates today with alarming (and still hilarious) clarity. The documentary examines a cultural chameleon who is remembered as one of the most influential stand-up comics of all time. … (Includes) interviews with Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Colbert, Bill Burr, Bette Midler, W. Kamau Bell, Sam Jay, Judy Gold, Jon Stewart, and others. Joining them to share their memories of Carlin are daughter Kelly Carlin, manager Jerry Hamza, second wife Sally Wade, and others.”

Love, Death & Robots (Season 3 premiere Netflix) “Emmy-winning animated anthology Love, Death + Robots returns with a third volume executive produced by Tim Miller (Deadpool, Terminator: Dark Fate) and David Fincher (MINDHUNTER, Mank). Terror, imagination and beauty combine in new episodes which stretch from uncovering an ancient evil to a comedic apocalypse, telling startling short stories of fantasy, horror and science-fiction with trademark wit and visual invention.”

The Valet (movie premiere Disney+) “World famous movie star, Olivia (Samara Weaving) faces a PR disaster when a paparazzi snaps a photo of her with her married lover, Vincent (Max Greenfield). The hard-working valet Antonio (Eugenio Derbez) accidentally appears in the same photo and is enlisted to pose as Olivia’s new boyfriend as a cover up. This ruse with Olivia thrusts Antonio into the spotlight and unexpected chaos. In this fish out of water romantic comedy, two worlds and cultures collide as both Olivia and Antonio start to see themselves more clearly than ever before. “The Valet,” directed by Richard Wong and written by Rob Greenberg and Bob Fisher, is the English-language remake of the hit French film.

Twenties (Season 2 Canadian premiere CBC Gem) “From creator Lena Waithe (The Chi, Queen & Slim), TWENTIES follows the adventures of a queer Black girl, Hattie, and her two straight best friends, Marie and Nia, as they chase their dreams and figure out life, love and the professional world. In Season 2, Hattie is ready to get her life together, find her dream woman and make a splash in Hollywood.”

Saturday May 21

Saturday Night Live (season finale 10:30pmCT/11:30ET) Guest host is Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) and musical guest is Japanese Breakfast, whose last album was 2021’s Jubilee and who are playing Saturday of the 2022 Winnipeg Folk Fest (July 7-10).

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Thank you so much for reading this far. So, what is d2tv? 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. So thanks, fellow traveller, for stopping by. If you want this sent to your email inbox instead, shoot me an email or join the 50! others who subscribe (free, no strings) by typing your email into the box at the bottom of d2tv.wordpress.com, where it reads: “Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by 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. (BECAUSE IT’S SO MEAN, THAT’S WHY.)

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