What To Watch: 09/03/2021

It’s a humongoginormous (sorry) day of new content led by the return of one of the most bingeworthy shows of the past few years for a season that is diabolically split into two. Then there’s a Showtime deep dive into the career of the Buffalo-born artist who was the original superfreak and whose over-the-top persona was famously mocked by Dave Chappelle on a show in the elite 8 of our longest-lasting online tournament of all-time. That’s a shameless segue to VOTE HERE!!!

BRAD’S PICK:
Money Heist [Netflix]
Ok, so confession time! I’m not completely caught up on this amazing Spanish action flick. That doesn’t make me any less excited for the debut of season 5 pt 1. We know what we are getting. Stylish robberies and changing character dynamics. Oh and a lot of narrow escapes. It is a true wonder, however, that we all keep coming back for more. Don’t believe me? An Indian IT company gave its employees the day off to watch. Welcome back Casa De Papel.

NAVANI’S PICK:
Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury [Showtime, 9p]
We’ve seen the Dave Chappelle reenactments, but now director Sacha Jenkins (Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men) is giving us the real story behind the funk icon Rick James. The doc will cover his rise and speak to his musical genius and social justice advocacy as much as the demons that often eclipse his talent and impact on the world of funk. 

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Dive Club [Netflix]
This scripted series has a Pretty Little Liars meets Sirens vibe: “On the shores of Cape Mercy, a skillful group of teen divers investigate a series of secrets and signs after one of their own mysteriously goes missing.” 

FIONA’S PICK:
Surrealestate [Syfy, 10p]
Luke questions taking on paranormal clients while the team engages with a property that grants desires and keeps it’s houseguests permanently sixteen. 

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • One of the classic fairy tales gets a new spin in Amazon’s Prime take on Cinderella and while the buzz is blah, it’s got an all-star cast that leans on Broadway talent including Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, and James Corden (it’s easy to forget he came from that world). In true theater kid fashion, the cast was seen confusing traffic in L.A. with a flash mob stunt for Corden’s talk show. Fifth Harmony ex-pat Camilla Cabello is in the titular rags-to-princess role.
  • What comes after you blow up as a teen Tik Tok superstar? You get a Hulu show that examines your unlikely rise to fame, of course? The D’Amelio Show is that show and it follows the ascent of the D’Amelio family when, at 16, daughter Charlii acquires over a million followers on the Chinese social media experiment by doing… well, from the trailer and our research, it’s genuinely hard to tell.
  • If that doesn’t satisfy your need for youngsters dancing, you’re in luck, because Paramount+ brings you the movie The J Team. According to a commenter on its trailer’s YouTube page, the peppy little flick is a tweaking of the Dance Moms universe.
  • On the angstier side of the teen ledger, we’ve got sullen pop singer Billie Eilish’s ode to the city that made the 19-year-old popular and critical fave singer who she is. There’s a lot of the City of Angels in tonight’s content, but Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles is the only one who mentions L.A. by name. Don’t tell Jared Leto or he’ll catch a sad for not making this Disney+ offering as Leto:L.A.::The Rock:Jungle.
  • The 9/11-related programming is starting to roll out for the 20th anniversary of the tragedy, but Worth is actually a movie meant for theaters outside of any remembrances. Michael Keaton plays real-life attorney Kenneth Feinberg who was tasked with the macabre and impossible task of assessing a value to 9/11 victims. Sundance liked it last year, fwiw.
  • And in the end, we’re all drawn–as we ever are–into the LHV (Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex) where tonight’s new offering is on the Lifetime Movies channel. Party From Hell is not about the Libertarians or Republicans, but tells the tale that must be told of an evil party planner who plots revenge.

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