What To Watch: 08/10/2021

It’s been 23 years since our last reboot of Fantasy Island, so why not have a new one for the 20-21! We’ve also got the return of a DC superhero and a sports anthology takes a look at a famous brawl that involved a man named World Peace (back when he was known as Ron Artest).

JASON’S PICK:
Fantasy Island [Fox, 9p]
It’s a reboot of a classically crazypants hit show from the 1970s about a magical island. This will probably be terrible and leave us longing for Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechiase, but it could be some meaningless fun too.

BRAD’S PICK:
DC’s Stargirl [The CW, 8p]
Season 2 hits tonight. The Justice Society is back! But first… summer school. This season has a lot to look forward to, We see more of the JSA and Shade as a villain (anyone who read the 90s straman run knows that shade can be a powerful arch nemesis). The first season was better than we expecting and the second season is looking to be just as good.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Untold [Netflix]
Tonight’s debut of this sports anthology examines the 2004 brawl between the Indiana Pacers and fans with interviews from the team’s players themselves. The doc appears to cover the cult of fandom, original footage that didn’t air on the evening news, and criticism of the media coverage which was, frankly, pretty racist.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • But, wait, there’s more sports yelling as the NFL’s main pre-season follow-a-team-around docu-series returns on HBO–and for the third time they fete America’s Mediocre Team with Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys. Besides their enduring fanbase among the casual football fan, the team known for the big star and the cheerleaders have been featured thrice for that very mediocrity as to get selected, you cannot have been in the playoffs the prior season and Dallas has lately been good at missing the post-season, even in their perennially easy division.
  • British comedian Phil Wang is a regular on the Brit comics circuit (you know: 8 Out of 10 Cats, Taskmaster, Would I Lie To You?) and now he has a memorably named Netflix special: Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang.
  • The Chopped franchise has apparently been watching this page as it’s tournament time for Food Network’s Chopped: Playing with Fire.
  • Psychological vampires are at play in Shudder’s newest scarefest Bleed with Me. In the Amelia Moses thriller, Rowan fears that her friend (and apparently roomie) is stealing her blood while she sleeps.
  • Whenever we see ads for The Profit, we wish it was a reboot of the gritty seven-episode legend starring Adrian Pasdar Profit, but, no, it’s a dude who is charismatic and very good at business and did not grow up eating raw meat in a cardboard box.
  • Finally, the Discovery+ special Unraveled: The Stalker’s Web looks back at a Long Island serial killer who operated as recently as 2011. Scary.

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