What To Watch: 07/28/2021

Robin Roberts became famous in the sports world as one of the greatest on screen personalities, and especially interviewers, at ESPN, so it’s no surprise that the indefatigable reporter would be the host of a new talk show–although Disney+ might not have been our guess for a location. Other than that, your options for new content are a couple new reality shows (although one is a twist on a popular one from last year), one of Freeform’s better dramas (with a hefty does of Constance Zimmer), a pair of fast-paced crime dramas for those in The Sopranos mode, and the return of some classic Disney animated brothers.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts [Disney+]
Robin Roberts sits down with three accomplished women in each episode of this four-episode series produced by a team composed of women, BIPOC, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Roberts will interview such luminaries as Debbie Allen, Sofia Carson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jenna Dewan, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Mickey Guyton, Betsey Johnson, Billie Jean King, Tig Notaro, Raven-Symoné, and Josie Totah.

FIONA’S PICK:
Good Trouble [Freeform, 10p]
Callie and Gael are going strong while Malika and Dyonte have rough roads ahead. Meanwhile Mariana is finding ways to help Callie uncover more details about the night of Zack’s death. I highly doubt Mariana working at Callie’s office will be smooth sailing, but it is entertaining!

JASON’S PICK:
Love Is Blind: After the Altar [Netflix]
I’m no fan of this or any dating show as they are bound to be manipulative in some way. This show at least theoretically took the looks factor out, using our moment in history to sequester its contestants into adjoining pods. I do love the attempt to show some sort of story of how it works after the glitter fades. However, (1) they knew the cameras would still be on and (2) at least from the trailer, all the couples are people who would not look out of place fighting a Chicago fire or solving a mystery of a returned plane on network television. It could still be fun, especially for those of us who stanned UnREAL.  

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • If you’re doing a binge re-watch of The Sopranos, in prep for its coming prequel The Many Saints of Newark, you can soothe your jones a bit with The Snitch Cartel: Origins, a prequel to a 2011 crime film of the same name (which in turn was inspired by the 2008 TV series El Cartel, and is based on real life Colombian operatives). While the Spanish-language Colombian series sounds like it’s jammed two Guy Ritchie flicks together, the actual show is much more brutal, if a bit less frantically paced. It all takes place on Netflix.
  • For more international mobbery, Netflix also has the new Polish flick Bartkowiak about an MMA fighter who becomes embroiled in the criminal underground after the suspicious death of his brother.
  • On a ligher note: Netflix’s newest reality show Tattoo Redo could hardly be anything other than what its title would suggest–and it’s not.
  • All the chimpmunks, so many chipmunks, and they all go round and round, chasing nuts in their park life. At least we presume the new Disney+ series featuring the familiar characters, Chip n Dale: Park Life, is a mash-up with the 1993 Blur album.

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