Anthologies are growing on virtual trees these days, and the latest delves into the unknown (at least publicly) as its first season tackles the 1990s hip-hop beef between Christopher Wallace and Tupac Shakur that ended in the murder of both parties. Our recommendations also extend to tales of gritty superheroes and families in Florida and Indiana doing their comical best to get by. Also, we welcome newest scholar Monica San to What to Watch.
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. [USA, 10p]
Many of us are still haunted by the murders of hip-hop icons Biggie and Tupac and the fact that after 20 years there are still no answers. We know that no one was convicted in their cases but what we don’t know is what went on when trying to solve them, until now. Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. will chronicle the investigations led by LAPD detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) into both cases based on his book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. I think fans are just hungry to get any any small crumble of closure we can feed on at this point. Also importantly, will pretty boy Josh Duhamel be believable enough in this role to keep us invested? We’ll see tonight when the limited series event premieres.
Black Lightning [The CW, 9p]
What a rush watching Jill Scott be a baddie. Almost as good as the will-they-or-wont-they between the separated and implausibly good looking Cress Williams and Christine Adams. I’m invested.
Fresh Off the Boat [ABC, 8:30p]
Our boy Eddie Huang gets into NHS! This isn’t a surprise–the real Eddie Huang is a smart dude (and a freaking lawyer), but in the fictional landscape this is, for some reason, a problem for Evan. Whatever. Good job, Eddie!
The Middle [ABC, 8p]
I’ll rep this better-than-it-has-any-right-to-be multi-cam sitcom til its end later this year, and definitely can’t miss an episode where Sue Sue Heck turns 21 and gets drunk with her mom (or probably doesn’t … after all, it’s Sue).
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- Get over the tragedy of Jack and the Crock-pot by taking a trip to “Vegas, Baby” (it’s the episode title) with the current day This Is Us triplets as they celebrate Kate and Toby’s bachelorette and bachelor parties, respectively. On NBC.
- Over on FX, it’s Thanksgiving in Baskets-land and Martha has made tilapia, because that’s just so, so Martha.
- Comedy Central’s Drunk History examines the life of Fred Rogers, although they are hard-pressed to beat Paul F. Tompkins’ podcast Spontaneanation‘s take on Mr. Rogers’ personal life (“I can’t do nuthin’ without that man gettin’ on my nerves, gettin’ on my nerves…”)
- Stay tuned to CC for Another Period as Frederick runs for President to battle … Teddy Roosevelt, we’re guessing. We can never keep track of that show’s timeframe, not that it really matters.
- Some people rave about Fox’s Lethal Weapon, and tonight’s adventures of the modern iteration of Riggs & Murtaugh take on a topical issue as the precinct’s gun buyback program is robbed.