What To Watch: 04/12/2020

The days in national mutual seclusion have been blending in together so seamlessly that you may or may not remember today is Easter (or that we’re flush in the middle of Passover, if that’s your religious jam). Whatever your connection to holidays of faith, there is certainly a festival of exciting new television to watch, and this What To Watch is barely scratching the surface.


Run [HBO, 10:30p]
It’s the, let’s say, 15th (and likely the best) show whose trailer uses DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels’ “Nobody Speak,” as Phoebe Waller-Bridge produces and her pal Vicky Jones creates this promising looking thriller where Merritt Wever plays a 30-something suburban-ite who makes good on a pact she made at 17 with her then-boyfriend — to leave their lives if one of them typed “run” and the other typed “run” back. The pair meet on a train and have a pleasant sightseeing trip across the U.S.A. Just kidding, of course everything goes sideways in a train adventure that looks to travel in an intensity level between Midnight Run and Snowpiercer (look that first one up if you’re younger than 35).

Belgravia [Epix, 9p]
IT’S A PERIOD DRAMA!!!!! From Julian Fellowes, so there’s probably going to be some messed up gender shit, but that never bothered anyone watching Downton Abbey, did it. Welcome to 1815, London, ya’ll, and enjoy the ball.

Insecure [HBO, 10p]
Issa is back for season 4 and suddenly I know I will make it through this pandemic after all. It’s time to level up, y’all. Issa made a bold move last season and left her job at We Got Y’all, found herself an apt. in exchange for some handy work and is going after her own passions professionally. But her runs in with Lawrence will always have us wondering what if? Tiffany is leveling up to motherhood, Kelli is still taking one for the team and Molly is navigating her relationship and her place in the law firm. I’m here for all the adulting as long as the mirror raps continue.

The Tiger King & I [Netflix]
I’m sure you are wondering, like most of the world what’s has become of the cast of Tiger King since the documentary has ended? Well look no further than this aftershow (of sorts), hosted by Joel McHale. Come for the laughs. Stay for the awkward interviews.



  • As if the critically beloved Killing Eve wasn’t already creepy enough, based on the above image, it would appear its third season contains clowns. Well, that’s just great! While at the outset, Eve and Villanelle appear to be getting on with their lives after the latter shot the former, clearly that won’t last long. It’s a joint venture of BBC and AMC. Class!
  • In the interest of making sports from where there is no sport, the NBA HORSE Challenge takes the classic backyard game where you have to echo your opponents’ shots — earning a letter for each miss until loser spells out HORSE — and adds professional basketball players so gamblers can survive the pandemic. There’s some cool current and former players, though, including Trae Young, Paul Pierce, and Chris Paul. Follow the ESPN Ocho-style action on the originoo G ESPN.
  • If you’re feeling more country than you are rock & roll, then you are in luck tonight as A&E is airing a pair of documentaries about two veteran singers who even most country music haters can agree to love. It starts with Biography: Dolly and ends on Willie Nelson: American Outlaw.


  • As for shows unlikely to inspire spin-offs, The Missing would stand somewhere between Rectify and Bloodline, and even we’re not sure what we mean by that, but we are a tad surprised by the existence of Baptistein said spinoff, the titular Julian Baptiste searches for a prostitute who is, you guessed it, missing. On PBS.
  • Over on HBO’s hit show Westworld, nobody seems to have any clue as to what is going on, but Aaron Paul is somehow involved. The episode title is “Genre” and the synopsis simply reads “Just say no,” so that’s not much help there.
  • The episode title from Black Monday is a tad more informative and undeniably hilarious. It’s “Arthur Ponzarelli.” While there may or may not be a Henry Winkler involved (the 74-year-old actor usually seems game for about anything), the farcical Showtime show chronicling late-’80s decadence is usually a hoot.
  • We’ll close, as we like to do, deep inside the Lifetime/Hallmark Triangle, as Lifetime is offering us an Easter-friendly title in the God-loving dramatic movie A Question of Faith featuring three families united in tragedy. It’s greatest miracle would appear to be finding C. Thomas Howell.

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