What To Watch: 02/17/2021

If nothing else, tonight’s programming runs the ideological gamut from a special about what we can do to improve ourselves as a nation to the return of a hunting show which would make Morrissey cry… well, more so.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Amend: The Fight For America [Netflix]
This six-part series, hosted by Will Smith (who also produced) examines the 14th Amendment and how it defines citizenship.

JASON’S PICK:
Behind Her Eyes [Netflix]
I’m always up for a dark noir thriller based on a novel–and it’s a novel that would seem to be famous for its twist, and if I ever knew it, I don’t recall it now, so this could be exciting. The novel is by Sarah Pinborough and concerns a married woman who starts an affair with her boss at the same time as a deep friendship with his wife. What could possib-LIE go wrong?

BRAD’S PICK:
Riverdale [The CW, 8p]
Toni and Archie try to keep Riverdale High open after budget cuts are announced. Will audiences still connect to the show after the time jump? Time will tell, but for now the quality is still there and it’s worth the ride.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • The Adams Foster siblings of The Fosters fame are all grown up and for a third season of the show’s spin-off, they are getting into some Good Trouble as Callie gets an exciting new gig and Mariana has to deeply examine her Raj relationship post-infidelity.
  • Netflix’s latest South Korean import finds an adrift 37-year-old woman who finds inspiration when she is visited by her 17-year-old self in the promising (and wonderfully titled) Hello, Me!
  • I suggest that you not underestimate the staggering housewife power of the Garden State. If other Real Housewife installations have issues, the ones in New Jersey have lifelong subscriptions. The Real Housewives of New Jersey return for an eleventh season on Bravo.
  • Somehow not on NRA TV, Netflix’s MeatEater seems like a show cooked up on Parler by folks with Pepe avatars who use phrases like cuck and SJW, and it may well be, but on its surface it’s simply what would happen if Duck Dynasty were on the Travel Channel. To be clear, this show in on Netflix and it concerns a team of hunters who go state-to-state finding prey specific to the area, killing them, and making an elaborate meal from their kills. It’s not our cup of meat (in fact it’s so off our radar, this is the second half of the ninth season and we’ve never really noticed it), but as at least most of the Screen Scholars are not exactly vegetarians, who are we to judge?
  • A different kind of “hunter” is on screen on Discovery+ as they have taken advantage of the love stand-up comedians have for home makeover shows to bring us the MST3K/GoggleBox-style offshoot House Hunters: Comedians on Couches Unfiltered. It’s not C-list comics either: Dan Levy, John Mulaney, and Natasha Leggero are just a few names who have appeared on this show. And you just know Ron Funches will show up at some point.
  • Skylville Live is CMT’s live showcase for not merely country music (but it does inclued C&W from Willie Nelson to Toby Keith) brings us a collection of one of R&B’s most versatile singers–a woman who first had hits as a teenager in the 1950s. For Skyville Live: Gladys Knight & Guests it’s Martina McBride and Estelle (hopefully dancing in Pip-like unision) in the role of guests. It seems repackaged as the concert happened at least six years ago, but we’re still featuring it because, well, whenever Gladys takes that ride, guess who’s gonna be right by her side (spoiler alert: us! woot woot!).
  • Gio Benitez hosts a collection of clips and follow-up interviews with people whom happenstance has placed in the path of violent crimes. Since they are being interviewed and the title is I Survived a Crime no spoiler alert is needed to let you know they make it out OK… …in case you were worried. It’s on A&E and we’re mostly surprised the show had an easy-to-find trailer. Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

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