What To Watch: 09/08/2021

It’s a good time to be 50 (it’s the new 32 and 3/4)! With Neil Patrick Harris now just roughly three years away from hitting the average age of a medical doctor (51.5), we see a reboot of the show that made him famous, about a prodigy who earned a medical license by his teen years. Speaking of half century aged humans not to fuck with, the Wu Tang Clan docu-series returns for a second season. Meanwhile, Vice looks at how we learned to laugh again after the attack of 20 years ago, interviewing comics who are mostly around the age of… you guessed it!

Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. [Disney+]
Disney reimagines Doogie Howser, setting it in Hawaii and casting Andi Mack’s Peyton Lee as the genius doctor “with a lot to learn” and a lot of life to do it in.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga [Hulu]
The second season of the Emmy-nominated series is back! If it’s nearly as good as the trailer we are in for a treat. Whereas season one focused mostly on the origin stories of the group and how Bobby Diggs AKA RZA slowly banded together a group of lyricists from Staten Island against all odds, this season will be focused on the making of Wu’s debut album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)I’m here for the music, the nostalgia and for the hero’s journey that we rarely get to see humanized. 

Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11 [Vice]
That hip network looks back two decades to the slow return of laughter after the entire nation suffered trauma. For me, the first moment was The Onion’s brilliant coverage straddling the line between poignant and the darkest of comedy, a collection that will always make me bawl to read. The promos promise interviews with prominent stand-ups like David Cross, Lewis Black, and Gilbert Gottfried. That last comic’s watershed moment–when he decided to “go there”–served as the climax for The Aristocrats and is sure to be addressed. 

The Challenge [MTV, 8p]
As rookie/rookie teams are whittled down, how long can the vet alliance hold strong? Last week Kyle went against the vet agreement and reminded us all that once a snake, always a snake while Fessy continued to surprise by winning yet another physical challenge while fasting for Ramadan. Fessy blew up the Big Brother alliance by sending in Amber B. into the lair causing a dramatic explosion from Josh. A messy move from Fessy as Amber dominated in elimination and is ready to raise hell. 


  • The grand social experiment of a reality show that is The Circle has at least one thing going for it in underappreciated comic Michelle Buteau as its ringmaster. The biggest strike against it, the social experiment itself–people deciding to essentially catfish or not–is a bit existentially creepy. Then again, in these days sometimes you just need to gawk and if you are feeling that need, it’s on Netflix.
  • Thankfully not based on Benny Mardones’ song (aka creepiest hit in a decade that contained “Every Breath You Take”), Into the Night is a Belgian dystopian sci-fi about a group of survivors after an event where the Sun becomes a killer (even more so). Its second season debuts today on Netflix.
  • The other Netflix original foreign import comes in the form of the deceptively gentle thriller JJ+E, a Swedish movie based on a novel by fellow countryman Mats Wehl.

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