What To Watch: 05/19/2021

Let’s all talk about the elephant in tonight’s content. Two thirds of our recommendations involve actual elephants–one hanging out all documentary style by its drinking place, the other forging a relationship with a 70-something pop and rock icon. There’s also an ongoing promising sitcom starring a comic presence SNL was never quite able to use correctly.

JASON’S PICK:
Life at the Waterhole [PBS, 8p]
Can’t get enough African wildlife footage? Well, this new series, from the network that airs most of the best unfiltered animal action outside of the Discovery Channel, should whet your beak as it follows the fauna of Central Africa as they congregate at their source of life-giving nectar three different times of the day.

FIONA’S PICK:
Home Economics [ABC, 8:30p]
I usually wait to start new sitcoms, mostly to not get too attached if they don’t make it past the first season, but Home Economics has been officially renewed for season 2! Time to get into it. 

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Cher & the Loneliest Elephant [Smithsonian, 8p]
Cher–yes, that one–organizes a social media campaign and flies to Pakistan to rescue Kaavan, “the world’s loneliest elephant.” (It appears that he’s OK now.)

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • In 1998, arguably as a complement to his hit WWII feature film Saving Private Ryan, Stephen Spielberg also produced The Last Days, the most heralded documentary about the Holocaust since Shoah–not coincidentally, the directer was the founder of the Shoah Foundation. Netflix has remastered it to add it to its streaming collection.
  • Now here’s a quick turnaround. Netflix scored something of a hit in March of this year with the Mexican ex-convict revenge series Who Killed Sara? Its second season drops only a couple months later promising even more dark thrills as Alex tries to find whoever framed him for his wife’s murder and avenge that as well as his beloved’s murder.
  • Speaking of dramatic shows with quick turnarounds, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns to Bravo for its eleventh season. And that’s all we have to say about that.

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