What To Watch: 10/09/2021

Saturdays, while more busy with new content lately, are still quite the hodgepodge, and tonight we’ve got a Lifetime remake of a Lifetime classic, painting-themed anime, a whole lot of animals, chefs in love, improv bites, and, of course, a new SNL.

BRAD’S PICK:
Blue Period [Netflix]
Yatora Yaguchi is a normal student. Until he becomes obsessed with art. This is the anime adaption of the much loved manga. Obsession, art, expression. What more does an animal need? Well maybe a wizard or a robot fighting a kaiju. Truth is this is a great example of how varied and diverse anime can be.

JASON’S PICK:
Saturday Night Live [NBC, 11:30p]
The 47th season started off on a promising note last week, and they may have given themselves a challenge in the second episode with the sort of famous-for-being-famous host that can often portend disaster. No one expects Kim Kardashian to star (but stranger things have happened), but if she can stay out of the way, this new cast configuration could still make it work. And if whoever wrote this bonkers cut-for-time sketch gets on-air moments, this season could have the spark we always long for in the legendary sketch show. 

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Dying To Belong [Lifetime, 10p]
1997’s tour de force sorority hazing drama–starring Hillary Swank, Jenna von Oÿ, Sarah Chalke, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar–gets a 2021 remake! Shannen Doherty, Favour Onwuka, and Jenika Rose star in a drama sure to rattle our waning interest in BamaTok.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

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  • The longest running improve “game show” returns for its 18th American go around with Aisha Tyler remaining as host and veterans of the original UK show like Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, and Greg Proops still going strong. Whose Line Is It Anyway? is still on the CW.
  • It’s Animal Saturday apparently as we’ve got returns of World’s Funniest Animals on the CW, The Zoo on Animal Planet, and Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet on Nat Geo Wild.
  • Ok, we’re usually pretty good at guessing plots of Hallmark movies, but we’ll admit that we’d have never guessed South Beach Love is about two rival chefs who fall in love while catering competing quincañeras. We did not even know quincañeras kept score.

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