What To Watch: 05/19/2020

There’s a Stargirl waiting on your TV — it joins an all Detective Comics night as the newest in CW’s superheroics. It’s leading our rule-of-three dictated recommendation formula, and what an unlikely mix of three pieces of programming it is.

Stargirl [The CW. 9p]
The CW may be known for cheese (Riverdale I’m looking in your direction). It’s newest offering has its share of Kraft singles, but it’s hard not be drawn to the characters. We all know Courtney will be the hero she is destined to be. I hope Patrick can get it together — but I think he will be fine.

Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything [Netflix]
It’s kind of on Patton that I read his latest stand-up special’s title as “I Hate Everything.” Perhaps turning 50 (a birthday Patton himself allows one to celebrate) has mellowed the man. In any case, given the last few years (both his and everyone’s) it’s amazing he’s still getting up there. But thank goodness he is as he’s one of the funniest men in the world.

The Story of Soaps [ABC, 8p]
Learn how soap operas became a dominant force in our cultural landscape over 30 years, and its impact on the cultural consciousness.



  • No, Sweet Magnolias should not be confused with the 1989 movie with the similar name — this one takes place in the South and features a bunch of female friends navigating their lives and loves. Wait, “should not” is a typo; it should have read “will definitely be.” Dammit autocorrect and dammit Netflix.
  • Expect the most hyperbole the world has ever seen as the (thankfully) incomparable Stephen A. Smith rhapsodizes over one of the greatest athletes the NBA has ever seen with After The Dance with Stephen A. Smith, an afterparty to the much talked about Michael Jordan documentary. It’s on ABC.
  • If Stargirl isn’t enough DC for you, stick around for the newest episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow where it says here the legends drink from a chalice that gives them “24 hours of immortality,” even if that’s a contradiction in terms.

The VoD Trailer Round-Up

  • Body Cam – Mary J. Blige stars as a police woman traumatized by a cover-up who returns to duty only to be haunted by a cop-killing ghost. It’s a horror movie. Bet you didn’t see that coming. We didn’t.
  • Downhill – When a depressed Will Ferrell cowardly abandons his family during what appears to be a life-threatening avalanche, the laughs ensue. It’s from Jim Rash & Nat Faxon so you’d think this might be funny, but reviews are saying otherwise.
  • Emma – In this period piece re-imagination of the 1990s classic Clueless, the title character seeks love, but might find it in a surprising place.
  • Point Defiance – A soldier back from Afghanistan and still haunted by it, meets up with his brother in a cabin and bad things happen.
Tokyo Godfathers
  • Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time Vol. 2: Horror & Sci-Fi – From George Romero to Rob Zombie, the second installment of this series looks into some classic horror and sci-fi (the trailer suggests it tilts towards the horror).
  • Tokyo Godfathers – The 2003 animated Japanese Christmas movie gets a re-release in your homes, Is it just me or is Christmas starting earlier and earlier every year?
  • Waterlily Jaguar – A pulp novelist desires to create something greater and it leads him on a downward spiral in the directorial debut of actress Melora Walters.

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