What To Watch: 01/30/2021

Tonight, Lifetime toasts that larger-than-life queen of gab and gossip (oh, and also media), Wendy Williams, as she gets both the hourlong documentary and Lifetime movie treatment. It’s also a nice little Saturday of TV as the night’s reigning king of comedy for over four and a half decades returns to the air with actor, director, and big ball of charm John Krasinski hosts the first of three episodes in three weeks.

JASON’S PICK:
The Wendy Williams Story… What a Mess! [Lifetime, 10p]
The movie may be the focus of the night–and from what we hear, the real “mess”–however, I’m more compelled by seeing the story of the real life climb of the media mogul with the loudest voice in showbusiness. Having once sat in front of her on a NYC bus for 15 minutes as she yelled at people on the phone, I stand by the characterization. While I’m not particularly a fan, I won’t deny being fascinated by her meteoric rise to success, and she’s a unique figure in modern radio & TV to say the least. I’m looking forward to this.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Saturday Night Live [NBC, 11:30p]
John Krasinski hosts and Machine Gun Kelly performs. SNL’s skewering may disappoint, but with any luck we’ll be graced with Maya Rudolph, now that we’ve been *officially* blessed with Vice President Kamala Harris.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • In the latest from Reelz transformation into MTV from 1989, tonight’s documentary takes us down to the Paradise City with Axl Rose, as the one-time singer and songwriter for L.A. hard rockers Guns’N’Roses stares down 60 in Axl Rose: Guns’N’Roses Frontman. Their debut Appetite For Destruction was the biggest thing in the world for months and 33 years and just two albums later, he’s still an intriguing figure.
  • Yes, Lifetime’s main feature, as much as Jason would like to gloss over it, is their LMN take on the life of the Queen of Media in Wendy Williams: The Movie starring Ciera Payton as Ms. Williams. We only hope they cover some of her Pandemic moments.
  • While Lifetime is all about Double W today, there is also a bevy of Lifetime-style programming, including Hallmark’s Snowkissed, which is essentially the whole Hallmark Christmas Movie experience (including the snow and fashionable parkas), just minus it being specifically Christmas. OWN features a pair of returning reality shows as Love & Marriage: Huntsville brings us a third season of the ongoing triumphs and trials of a trio of real estate mavens in Alabama. That is followed by the anthology Behind Every Man which is pretty much what its title sounds like.

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