What To Watch: 12/15/2020

It’s a relatively light night for new programming, but there’s some cool new stuff including a cool off-the-beat topic for an ESPN tentpole and a new slate of profiles, including one of a legendary 1990s alternative/industrial act and Brad favorite. So, having looked from our perch up above it, let’s get down in it…

JASON’S PICK:
30 For 30: The Infinite Race [ESPN, 8p]
If you’ve never heard the story of the reclusive Tarahumara tribe of Mexico and their brilliantly insane long-distance race, well, you’re in for a treat as it’s one of the more intriguing tales that seems “tall” but is a true story. After the publication of Born To Run, which is one of the more fun reads I’ve encountered, the obscure contest of individual will has become a pilgrimmage for a certain type of runner. The premier ESPN docu-anthology looks into the history of the event and the cavalcade of unique people involved. 

BRAD’S PICK:
Song Exploder [Netflix]
Song exploder returns with a new backchat of episodes. Included this time around is Dua Lipa, The Killers, Natalia LaFourcade and Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor discusses how “Hurt” came together. As great as Johnny Cash’s cover is we now have a peek into the original.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • Shining a light on music’s central location as a force for social justice, CBS’ Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change is hosted by Kevin Bacon, who is sporting a nifty moustache btw, and features performers who are at least a few degrees of separation from each other, including LL Cool J, Sheryl Crow, and Sara Bareilles.
  • Scene in Black and White is the first production of the alliance between Antonio Banderas and Maria Casado for Amazon Prime and tracks musicians through seven installments to look into the impact their music has in society. The Spanish-language program, as hinted by its title, is presented elegantly in black and white.
  • Animal Planet explores the tragic case of the African elephants who must be preserved even if some of them, like people, are just jerks. Walking with Elephants features ex-paratrooper and animal conservationists Levison Wood as he gives voice to the majestic creatures who are sadly zooming up the endangered species charts.
  • With just 10 days til that day, there’s a surprising dearth of new Christmas-related programming tonight. In fact, the only one we found was a new OWN movie Cooking Up Christmas. It stars Lammar Rucker and Meagan Holder in a lighthearted family-themed romance, with the emphasis on light.

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