What To Watch: 12/27/2020

Samuel L. Jackson and Guy Fieri lead a quiet night (and that’s the rare time “quiet” and those names are going to be in the same sentence). The former leads an all-star team of celebrities waving a humorous goodbye to the awful year, while Fieri leads a similarly all-star team of restaurateurs who are trying to protect their industries from the ravages of this awful year. Meanwhile, Showtime has a stellar line-up and celebrities in outlandish costumes dance instead of sing.

BRAD’S PICK:
Death To 2020 [Netflix]
So the creators of Black Mirror decide to make faux documentary comedy about the WORST YEAR EVER? And the cast includes Leslie Jones, Kumail Nanjiani, and Tracy Ullman playing the queen? For sure this has to be added to the small list of things that didn’t suck in 2020. Oh and I’d be perfectly OK if Kumail changed his name to Bark Multiverse.

JASON’S PICK:
Restaurant Hustle: All on the Line [Food, 9p]
Say what you want about Guy Fieri, his heart does seem to be in the right place frequently. This docu-series is meant to highlight the difficulties restaurants are facing during the times of COVID, showing how it effects even the most acclaimed chefs as four culinary artists document their own perils.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • So you think you can dance with the (well, other) stars while wearing a costume that hides your true identity. The latest addition to the Realitysinganddanceiverse is Fox’s The Masked Dancer. It’s hosted by the ever-charming Craig Robinson with a panel that includes Paula Abdul, Ashley Tisdale, Brian Austin Green for some reason and Ken Jeong for every reason.
  • Reelz continues in its attempt to turn into MTV at the very moment it stopped playing music videos. This week, it’s a pair of country singer profiles from a new series The Price of Fame: Miranda Lambert and The Price of Fame: Shania Twain.
  • As we come close to the end of the Gallagher Family’s 11 seasons of misadventure, Showtime celebrates some of the greatest stories from the cult-beloved program with Shameless: Hall of Shame. On this episode, they celebrate the relationship of Ian & Mickey.
  • Finally, if you want to be bummed the f out, but also entertained by Emmy-level performances by the likes of Bryan Cranston and Hope Davis, check out the fourth episode of Your Honor on Showtime as Cranston’s judge tries to protect his son who hit Davis’ mob wife son with his car and then drove away. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as of course they (inadvertantly) frame an innocent African American kid for the murder, putting the kid in the crosshairs of the New Orleans Mafia and crooked cops.

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