What To Watch: 09/09/2021

While the early video game what with the frog trying to cross a road to safety may not be the most unlikely idea for a game show in the 2020s, it is a bit outside of the box. It could be fun though. There’s also Irish drama, superheroes, true crime and a bunch of other possible options on the tube (or laptop or phone or wherever you watch) tonight.

JASON’S PICK:
Frogger [Peacock]
While part of me is rec’ing this ironically, there’s a large part of me that’s intrigued of the oddly timed live-action version of the 1980s video game about trying to get a frog across a busy street, then a fast-flowing stream and onto a safe lily pad. What?! It’s humans, not trained frogs?! Well, it is at least hosted by the affable duo of Damon Wayans, Jr., and Good Morning Football‘s Kyle Brandt. 

KATHERINE’S PICK:
It Couldn’t Happen Here [Sundance]
Host Hilarie Burton Morgan visits six small town in this series that examines how crime impacts tight-knight communities. ID promises that it’s in “surprising ways.”

BRAD’S PICK:
Titans [HBO Max]
It’s been a rough season for our heroes. Hawk is dead, Jason Todd has gone evil and Starfire’s sister Blackfire is on Earth and no one really seems to know what to do about her. Episode 8 probably won’t make anything easier for the Titans, but if we are lucky we will at least get a clearer idea of what Scarecrow is up to…

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • The latest sprawling and gritty tale of crime told from many angles comes from the isle of Ireland. Unsurprisingly, Kin has landed on AMC+, a channel that loves to air that sort of thing. It does look compelling and features Charlie Cox, Aidan Gillen, Ciarán Hinds, and Clare Dunne.
  • In one of the more likely child-size spinoff of a reality show, American Ninja Warrior Junior begins at Peacock today. We here at Screen Scholars would never send our children into that gauntlet, but then we are all childless editors, so that’s a pretty easy boast.
  • At least Top Chef Family Style has the parents teamed up with the minors to go with a less yelly host chef than Gordon Ramsay (in fairness, he is actually kind to children). Bass enthusiast and treble eschewer Meghan Trainor emcees with chef Marcus Samuelsson is there to judge. It’s also on Peacock.
  • The relationship between legends Malcolm X and Muhammed Ali formed half of the premise of one of 2020’s best films, One Night in Miami. The new Netflix documentary Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammed Ali looks beyond a night in a bar and focuses on the different paths of the two leaders.
  • The French documentary The Women and the Murderer delves into the story of the victim’s mom and police chief who teamed up to catch a serial killer–Guy Georges to be specific. Our real-life villain operated in the Bastille section of Paris in the 1990s and killed seven women. It’s on Netflix.
  • There’s a lot of 9/11 remembrances out there and we know no one will ever forget and we’re sure you can find it. Interestingly, Amazon Prime is dropping a movie about the 2008 attack on Mumbai that has been called the Indian 9/11, Mumbai Diaries 26/11.

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