One intense Friday night of television is in front of you — including the ending to the three seasons and a movie many have been waiting for well over a decade — so do those push-ups with your eyelids because it’s on!
Deadwood: The Movie [HBO, 8p]
It’s really happening! The Deadwood cast–I mean, the residents–reunite in 1899 to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Lest it sound quaint, old rivalries will be reignited. Shit will get crazy! (But hopefully historically accurate.) I’ve been to the real Deadwood, it wasn’t nearly as interesting as it deserved to be, given 1) HBO’s drama and 2) the history of the town itself.
When They See Us [Netflix]
While the Central Park Five has been covered in the media many times before, what stands out in Ava DuVernay’s long-awaited scripted mini-series is the personal touch. For the first time, we will see the individual stories of the men who were accused, convicted and later exonerated on their charges in an intimate look at the story minus all the dehumanizing headlines and media controversy.
Swamp Thing [DC Universe]
DC’s horror inspired superhero Swamp Thing comes to the DC Universe streaming service. By the looks of what we’ve seen in trailers and clips it stays true to Alan Moore’s legendary run. If you haven’t already subscribed, this should give you reason.
Good Omens [Amazon Prime]
Talk about your nerdgasm — David Tennant and Michael Sheen are devil and angel who bring this 1990 Neil Gaiman-Terry Prachett collab graphic to life (and yes I realize I should like the woman from this sketch). And the rest of the cast is amazing, with everyone from the folks behind Don Draper to Ron Swanson — and Dr. “Sherlock” Strange as Satan.
Diners, Drive-Thrus & Dives [Food, 9p]
Tune in as Guy Fieri eats his way through North America. Tonight we’ve been promised sausage, shawarma, and scaloppini.
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- Not to horn in on Katherine’s movie trailer territory (and by the way, check out her cool article about why when it comes to a certain muppet, it ain’t easy datin’ green), but the new Netflix movie Always Be My Maybe is directed by underappreciated show creator Nahnatchka Khan (rip Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23) and stars Randall Park and Ali Wong as reunited childhood chums.
- You would not think the world’s best hipster beard would belong to a septuagenarian from Indiana, yet it is so and the second season of his third talk show interviewing famous people, Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, features the usual impressive variety of “next guests” and our favorites are Tiffany Haddish and Melinda Gates.
- The best Netflix drama about the Montreal mob family with a name that implies they included an eccentric holy cow-ing 1940s shortstop and 1980s announcer, Bad Blood, returns for a second season.
- One of the coolest basketball players, Metta World Peace (nee Ron Artest) gets a well-deserved bio tonight from Showtime: Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story. You may think you know him, but you don’t.
- Let’s close out with a lightning round of Netflix foreign dramas… you’re probably as exhausted as we are so click on the titles if the titles intrigue you (and they are pretty damn good). We’ve got Killer Ratings from Brazil, Germany’s How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast), and the French-Belgian combo Black Spot.