What To Watch: 02/02/2021

It’s nearly impossible to dislike comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish (who, btw, should have been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for Girls Trip). The now-A-lister who hustled in relative obscurity for more than a decade doubles down on all that feelgoodery with her comedy showcase, which in its second season celebrates seven comedians’ comedians, most (if not all) over 40, who have been working the clubs for decades to varying degrees of recognition. It’s a fun night of Tuesday programming as we also have a new HBO documentary examining social media celebrity and the latest animation that bridges the gap between wide-eyed pre-teens and sardonic millennials.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready [Netflix]
Tiffany Haddish’s Netflix series, featuring “up-and-coming” veterans of comedy returns for its second season with Kimberly Clark, Barbara Carlyle (she’s been doing comedy for 44 years!), Dean Edwards, and more.

JASON’S PICK:
Fake Famous [HBO, 9p]
This flashy HBO documentary looks into the explosion of online influencers while conducting a bit of a social media experiment. The filmmaker selects three randos and decides to see what it takes to make them, well, the title of this documentary. 

BRAD’S PICK:
Kid Cosmic [Netflix]
In the newest offering from the creators of Power Puff Girls. A boy discovers the 5 cosmic stones of power and gains, you guessed it, superpowers. He must use those powers to fight off aliens. Don’t worry he will have the help of friends and a cat with the best name ever–Tuna Fish Sandwich. I repeat, the cat’s name is Tuna. Fish. Sandwich. If that alone doesn’t make worth watching I don’t know what will.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • The screen shot above for this week’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, entitled “Zoey’s Extraordinary Trip” has a man at a lectern in front of, well, you see what letter it is. We’re going down the rabbit hole here people. Is this charming CW show what with the songs taking s surprise turn? Is Zoey Q? Will this week’s songs be by Ted Nugent, Ariel Pink, 3 Doors Down, and Trapt? The looking glass is in our rearview, friends, and the truth will be revealed. Stay tuned!
  • If you’re a part of the U.S. covered by sheets of white powder (and not Scarface in his final minutes), you may be happy to know that Discovery+ brings its lush life abroad series under its streaming wing with seasons of Island Life, Mexico Life, and Hawaii Life (ok, life outside the contiguous 48 at least). In the same vein, they are also adding Beachfront Bargain Hunt for all us looky loos.
  • Meanwhile, back inland, the original home for all those shows, HGTV, brings us Home Again with the Fords, which is ironically new. The action takes its place in Pittsburgh, a city mediocre Senator Ted Cruz, as helpful as he ever is, has reminded us is not Paris, because everything is bigger in Texas, even assholes.
  • Over in ABC’s -Ishaverse, a fight over Blackness erupts as Paul and Harrison get innovative on mixed-ish, while in DreBowland black-ish Dre tries to coach Bow’s cousin Gary on what it means to be an ally, and Bow is not too happy, and based on the hours and hours we’ve seen of this show, we’re pre-emptively not blaming her.
  • Later in the night on ABC we reach that show people kinda like if not all that passionately. David Kelley’s latest Big Sky features a race to prove Legarski’s guilt. In a plus, it’s named after one of the greatest country singles of all time.
  • This segment of Screen Scholars What To Watch might as well be brought to you by ABC as we’re gonna close this out with To Tell The Truth where one of the panelists will be the hero of TSA agents everywhere, Lil Rel Howery. And if you want to see more of him, hunt down the underrated short-lived sketch show Friends of the People which also featured both Lucas Bros.

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