What To Watch: 04/07/2021

The late David Carradine’s trippy Western(?) about traveling the land reluctantly settling scores would not be the first show I would expect to be rebooted in the 2020s, but here we are with a gender-swapping update. Also on the TV agenda for this Wednesday we have a new dramedy that adds the class struggle to the This Is Us formula, the always fun documentary about a grand heist, and a powerful expose by the director of one of the best films of the 2010s.

JASON’S PICK:
Home Economics [ABC, 8:30p]
ABC sitcoms like this are rarely really on my radar, but this one about three siblings in various income brackets intrigues. Partially, it’s probably just relating to Topher Grace as a struggling writer. Mostly, it’s just the curiosity of seeing American Scandal‘s Jimmy Tatro as the absurdly rich and together brother. 

BRAD’S PICK:
Kung Fu [The CW, 8p]
I first heard of the original when Samuel L. Jackson talk about “walking the earth like Kane in Kung Fu”. Well we have a chance to rediscover the story in a new CW show. It’s hard to say how much influence this version will have. The CWness of it all may help or hurt it but tune in tonight and judge for yourself.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist [Netflix]
This doc examines the 1990 heist at Boston’e Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum–a $500 million theft with a $10 million reward

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • In the spirit of A People’s History of the United States, director Raoul Peck, maker of the excellent James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro, takes site on the other of America’s original sins, the practical genocide of the country’s native people. Exterminate All The Brutes, a four-part docu-series, debuts on HBO tonight.
  • As we head into the fifth season of the USA drama Queen of the South, newly single Teresa has chosen her life as her power grows as her empire settles into its New Orleans set-up.
  • Comedian Jamie Lee tries to strip the scourge of perfectionism from matrimonial culture as she guides couples through all the arrows and pitfalls the big day can throw at them, all the while saying things like “how can I bippity boppity boop this situation.” It’s OK, because her guest list on Netflix’s The Wedding Coach is awesome and includes the likes of Fortune Feimster and Lena Waithe.
  • In fact it’s an international day for nuptual bliss(?) on streaming’s Death Star as The Big Day looks into the vast culture surrounding the wedding industry in India.
  • We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, is there anything Dolly can’t do? As we got our first shot of vaccine, the first person we thought about was Dr. Fauci, but the second was Country music superstar Dolly Parton, who donated over a million to research. She gets feted for her lifetime of human kindness today on Netflix with Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute. We’d put the guest list, but it’s probably quicker to list those who won’t be there: Martin Shkreil, Chewbacca Mom, Bean Dad, the Trumps, and Satan. Most of the rest of those who are famous will be on the stage.
  • We’ll admit that we’re not all that familiar with the Swedish phenomenon that is the Easy Money movie series–even we have our limits. That said, we’re not NOT tuning into its Netflix spin-off series. The series, as with the sequels, dispenses with the English translation. Snabba Cash debuts its first six episodes today.
  • Finally on TLC, one of its seemingly endless supply of body worry shows, Save My Skin, returns for a season today.

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