What To Watch: 04/17/2021

It is peak Saturday today; there’s no shortage of new content, but much of it is of the true crime or LHV-style rom-com, and it’s a non-SNL Saturday. That said: there are definitely things our editors are excited about–well, mainly two bios of beautiful human beings who died too soon–but let’s dive in.

NAVANI’S PICK:
Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist [Netflix]
Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Viola Davis and more will honor Chadwick Boseman’s legacy in the new Netflix documentary airing today. Find out what it was like to work with him on the set of legendary movies like Get On Up, Ma Rainey and more. And hopefully any lingering questions about what will happen to the role of Black Panther in the upcoming sequel will be addressed by Ryan Coogler himself. Watch it while it airs only or the next 30 days. 

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Andre the Giant [A&E, 9p]
A&E airs a new bio about the best professional wrestler (don’t @ me) from the ’80s, who has become a bit of a minor character in The Young Rock

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey feed on fear, running into haunted houses with all no aid of sunrays or light bulbs in order to discover the paranormal spooks that are hiding within. Collectively they are the title team of Ghost Brothers: Lights Out on Discovery+.
  • There’s no new SNL, but NBC is re-airing one featuring one of the most game hosts of the year in Regina King. In its undercard episode at 10pm, they’re showing an episode from 1998 starring Steve Buscemi. We don’t recall whether this is a good one, but c’mon, it’s Steve Buscemi, his Coach Bert sketch (which also has an early version of the Jason Sudeikis character that would become Ted Lasso) from a 2013 hosting stint is hilarious, and the late-’90s casts with Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, and Tracy Morgan are underrated, so you can’t go too wrong.
  • The rest of the new content takes place mostly in the LHV (The Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex)–both of those fabled networks have new movies, but we’ll start with an Oxygen doc that fits the bill: Murders at the Boarding House. It’s about murders… at a boarding house. On Hallmark, we see the debut of Right In Front of Me about a busy businesswoman who goes back to her hometown where she accidentally bumps into her ruggedly handsome college boyfriend, the Beatles song “Let It Be.” Actually, Janel Parrish and Marco Grazzini play childhood friends: she had a crush on him, but now the roles are reversed as the latter nobly and foolishly agrees to help her out with her, we’re gonna say, fiancee. Over on Lifetime, they’re going darker with its latest in a series about actions that will send Lifetime viewers to H-E-double hockey sticks, Seven Deadly Sins: Envy.

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