What To Watch: 03/30/2021

Our Tuesday rec’s for the last one of those in March really give you options depending on your mood. If you’re feeling like a light-hearted but well-made DC superhero program, one of its best protagonists returns today. Should you wish to confront the darker side of American history, PBS digs into a forgotten hate crime which was one of the catalysts that led to the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s. Want some cute puppies being presented by one of the most likeable comic actresses? Well, ABC has you covered with its import of a Rebel Wilson reality competition. And that’s all the moods there are. Seriously, though, there’s more (tidily in the “THERE’S MORE” section).

BRAD’S PICK:
Supergirl [The CW, 8p]
That dang Lex Luthor… he has Brainiac near death and it’s up to Supergirl to save him. I’m going to level with you here. Even if you haven’t watched an episode. Even if you don’t like superhero shows.. John Cryer’s take on the famous bald villain is a revelation.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
American Experience [PBS, 9p]
Tonight’s episode, “The Blinding of Isaac Woodard” explores the horrifying hate crime (CWIDT) perpetrated against Isaac Woodard Jr., a decorated WWII veteran. Honorably discharged from the Army and on his way home to North Carolina from Georgia, he was attacked and blinded by South Carolina police while still in uniform. The crime galvanized the Civil Rights movement. Spoilers: When South Carolina wouldn’t take action, then-President Harry S. Truman ordered a federal investigation. Sheriff Lynwood Shull was indicted but acquitted by an all-white jury. After the trail, Woodard moves to New York City. He died in the Bronx in 1992 at the age of 73. There is a historical marker at the site where he was arrested. The bottom half of it is in Braille. 

JASON’S PICK:
Pooch Perfect [ABC, 8p]
While the original Australian version of this dog grooming competition has already been canceled in its home country, that did not stop ABC from betting on Americans having a greater love for our pups. The title’s play on names becomes a bit clearer when you realize both the original and the U.S. version are hosted by Rebel Wilson, one of the stars of the cult singing franchise Pitch Perfect. Woozle wozzle!

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • The guests of the ocean liner The Diamond Princess left port not planning to be a harbinger for the world as it has been since March 2020. The HBO documentary The Last Cruise aims to capture how it felt as two cases on board turned into an outbreak and to thousands of people stuck in an offshore limbo.
  • People, the magazine, might be the perfectly American source to celebrate the odyssey of an American actress who became a princess only for her and her prince to discover they would prefer life outside the royal realm. The wonderfully titled People Presents Harry & Meghan’s American Dream debuts on The CW. It looks like a lot of fun with quirky animations, if it’s the sort of thing you’re into.
  • This Lifetime return to its ostensible roots deserves to raise the network out of its usual closing slot for this round-up. The network celebrates the first female VPOTUS as Kamala Harris joins them for Women Making History.
  • For its second season, the YouTube series Glad You Asked–which prides itself on taking different tacks to the Life’s Questions Answered By Experts genre–takes on systemic racism over five episodes. And while it’s obvious that one of America’s great tragedies cannot be solved by five hours of online content, the trailer looks promising that it effectively tries to make it real for its subjects as well as its viewers.
  • If you’re secular like we are, Easter–what with its shifting Sundays–always sneaks up on you. Therefore, we thank OWN and its special Our OWN Easter for reminding us that it’s this coming weekend. It’s a gospel showcase, and if that’s your jam, this should be good because, well, Oprah!
  • If, on the other hand, you feel like watching twins renovate houses, well, then you’re also in luck as HGTV’s Unsellable Houses returns for a second season. If you love gospel AND twins renovating houses–well, don’t plan to leave the home tonight. Thanks for reading and see you in these here virtual hills tomorrow we reckon.

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