There’s a definite musical slant to our choices tonight — and further, a paean to the 1970s, a decade that had plenty problems, both overall and in its recorded sounds — but it did birth both punk and John Lennon’s “Imagine” (also, Philly soul, funk, hip-hop, but that’s not germane to our TV recs of tonight). There’s also superheroes, spies, and serial killers — and of course, Fiona’s favorite virgin gigolo — just see below!
The trailers for Epix’s four-part documentary looking at the history and evolution of punk are promising: interviews with Marky Ramone (the only one that’s left), Penelope Spheeris, Legs McNeil, Henry Rollins, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, and Flea–plus Jello Biafra and Johnny Rotten (I mean, they were there) make for a compelling mini series. There is an ick factor: the series is executive produced by John Varvatos, who has the space at 315 Bowery (where CBGB once stood) and a partnership with Converse (owned by Nike). So the series may turn out to be like the Met Gala’s punk exhibit: all show and no substance.
Biography: John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky [A&E, 9p]
While it’s being broadcast in the U.S. under the Biography umbra, there’s a bit more (and, in a good way, less) to this documentary. Using a lot of the couple’s home video, this is a two hour look into the recording of Lennon’s seminal 1973 Imagine album, featuring interviews with musicians from the recording, John’s son Julian, and said intimate footage.
Black Lightning [The CW, 9p]
Anissa learns Grace’s secret and Lynn helps a pod kid adjust to the world. And, of course, Black Lightning fights bad guys. Just another day in Freeland.
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- Original Doc Martin, Martin Clunes, stars as an investigator looking into the death of a French woman studying in the UK in the ripped-from-the-headlines Manhunt, coming to Acorn today.
- Over on Arrow, the original iteration of the CW/DC Arrowverse, the heroes and the Star City cops try to work together to varying degrees of success.
- NBC’s The Enemy Within finds its leads embroiled with a Colombian cartel. That never ends well.
- Finally, The Bachelor just went nuts as apparently we have a runaway future groom as Colton did not take well to Cassie’s exit. It’s Unreal playing out in real life — which kind of makes sense, we guess. As always, ABC.