What To Watch: 05/06/2021

Ok, so are we at the point of Streaming Thursdays. All four of our editor recommendations are on streaming and it’s not small stuff, including two new shows featuring SNL head writers (one past, one present). Tina Fey and her posse return with a critically buzzing story of a fictional girl band two decades outside the limelight. Fans of Pose who can’t get enough voguing will be happy to know that Legendary is back–as is one of the most impressive judging panels in the game. A Foo Fighter’s mom looks at her relationship with her superstar musician son as well as a fun array of other mother-child combos. Also, a head writer for the greatest sketch show of all time gets his chance to run his own sketch show

NAVANI’S PICK:
Girls5eva [Peacock]
When a young hip-hop star samples a Y2K-era pop group it gives them a second wind. 20 years after their one-hit wonder, the ladies of Girls5eva are making a comeback, scheduled somewhere in between childcare and time with their spouses of course. This girl group parody about second chances is created by Meredith Scardino (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (the duo produced 30 Rock) and stars Busy Philipps & Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) so I’m pretty stoked to binge this over the next two days. 

FIONA’S PICK:
Legendary [HBO Max]
Season two is here! Ten new houses are set to compete for $100,000. I. CAN’T. WAIT.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
From Cradle To Stage [Paramount+]
Dave Grohl and his mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, bring us this new series about rock stars and their moms, as inspired by Virginia’s book, From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars. Tonight’s debut features Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and his mother, Christene.

JASON’S PICK:
That Damn Michael Che [HBO Max]
The title, chosen by Che himself, fits the humor of SNL‘s co-head writer Michael Che–simultaneously both self-deprecating and endlessly confident. That he’s put together his own six-episode sketch show is thrilling, especially with all the talent from both his main gig and beyond (it’s even got Method Man). 

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • Acorn TV’s newest arrival (also on Sundance Now) is The Drowning–the title alone should be a catnip to a certain sort of dark European detective series fan. In this one, our lead, Jodie is a downward spiral stemming from the drowning death of her four-year-old son. Or did he drown? She sees a teenager who looks just like he might and that’s where the plot thickens and we have a TV show.
  • The tales from the crazed world of the WWE (nee WWF) and other “pro” wrestling organizations return on VICE with Dark Side of the Ring.
  • Also new on Netflix, inspired by the director Maria von Heinz’s experience as a member of Antifa in Germany, And Tomorrow The Entire World comes from Germany and tells the story of her struggle against a resurgent far-right.
  • It’s a big day for celebrating mothers (you’d think there might be some sort of holiday coming up or something) as never-resting Ava DuVernay brings us a Netflix celebration of African American matriarchs with In Our Mothers’ Gardens.
  • The tales of fictional power couple Luvell and Candace continue to get more tangled as Stuck on You gets a second season on ALLBLK.
  • Finally, if like many people, including editors on this site, are the sort who like to gaze at Zillow with longing eyes, then you’ll be happy to see that another season of glitz and glamour, housing market style returns with a new season of Million Dollar Listing New York on Bravo.

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