What To Watch: 05/16/2021

We’ve got a fun little Sunday of TV to unfurl: from murders in Massachusetts to nights out with friends to the return of a vogue world favorite.

NAVANI’S PICK:
Run the World [Starz, 8:30p]
If you loved Sex and the City but wished sometimes it wasn’t  so…. white, today is your day! Enter Run the World. The new comedy series follows a group of Black female friends living their best lives in Harlem. Men, career, taking over the world –all in a day’s adventure. I’m especially excited for the return of Erika Alexander, an homage to the influence of Living Single I’m sure.

JASON’S PICK:
Fall River [Epix, 10p]
If you’ve binged The Sons of Sam and wanted more satanic stories, prolific terror house Blumhouse Productions takes its try at the ol’ docu-series and they go with a story rip’t from the shadows of one of the most famous real-life horrors. Almost 90 years after Lizzy Borden (allegedly) took an axe and gave her parents 81 whacks, three women were killed by guess what… a satanic cult. 

FIONA’S PICK:
Pose [FX, 10p]
Pray Tell is headed home to reconnect with his birth family. Bring some tissues.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
The Great North [Fox, 8:30p]
An unexpected guest–maybe his mom?!–RSVPs to Wolf and Honeybee’s wedding.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • The picture above gives you all the reasons to watch the 30th or so occurrence of MTV’s award show, but this year with a twist that we can now know about the “Best Kiss” in television along with movies. But, well, I got to admit with the master of un-irony Leslie Jones hosting, it’s a bit harder to make total fun of it. Anyway, it’s the MTV Movie & TV Awards, so, of course, it’s on MTV.
  • There’s more awards giving tonight and it’s on the whole other side of the gravitas universe with TV One’s Urban One Honors hosted by Erica Campbell, celbrating things like investigative journalism and equality in the workplace.
  • Reelz is getting a bit better in that their profile of a deceased musical artist does not get into his last hours or his autopsy. Freddie Mercury: Inside His Mind debuts tonight along side a half-alive artist with The Who: Breaking The Band.
  • The image above may tell you all you need to know about the Starz mini-series Death & Nightingales. But if you’d like to know more, it’s based on a 1992 novel of the same name, it takes place in 19th Century Northern Ireland and stars Ann Skelly as a 23-year-old woman who feels trapped by her life and her stepfather (Matthew Rhys) and longs for real love in the form of Jamie Dornan’s Liam. It sounds a bit Hallmark-y (or even Harlequin), but we’ll see.
  • Speaking of Hallmark, it welcomes back The Good Witch which is somehow in a seventh series (along with its many movies) and apparently we find out (maybe) what the deal is with the purple bags of dirt.
  • And we’ll end with the channel with enough movies for, well, a lifetime, and tonight it’s Sorority Sister Killer. Do we honestly need to write any more? Have fun bingeing your week from the editors at Screen Scholars.

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