What To Watch: 11/10/2021

A black and white film about how everything isn’t always black and white in our country’s toxic obsession with black and white leads our list of recommendations for this November Wednesday. We’ve also got the return of one of the most charming new shows on TV, challenges, animals, and a woman who is also a bat.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Passing [Netflix]
Rebecca Hall’s adaption of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel is garnering rave reviews. Filmed in black and white, and set in 1920s Harlem, two childhood friends are reunited. Ruth Negga stars as Clare, a woman “passing” as white and married to a virulent racist. (Her husband is Alexander Skarsgård, of course.) Tessa Thompson stars as Irene, a Black woman married to a doctor (played by Andre Holland). Tragedy will strike after their lives intersect.’

NAVANI’S PICK:
Gentefied [Netflix]
Our favorite cousins are back! Last season left us with a lot of cliffhangers, especially when it came to Pop being taken into custody by ICE. This season will focus on his possible deportation among other themes like colorism and maybe the loss of Mama Fina’s, which is like losing a home. Phew, heavy stuff. Luckily, we have Chris for the comic relief, who will be exploring a love interest this season. Ooh lala. Goofiness, familia and tacos, what else do you need? 

JASON’S PICK:
Animal [Netflix]
As simple as its title is, it pretty much says it all. This new Netflix series features striking and majestic live action shots of animals of all shapes and sizes from around the globe. It’s also got a fun selection of affable celebrities doing voice work, including Bryan Cranston, Pedro Pascal, Rebel Wilson, Anthony Mackie, and Rashida Jones.

BRAD’S PICK:
Batwoman [The CW, 9p]
One thing that has been a lot fun on season three is the introduction of a lot Gotham’s famous baddies. Up next is Professor Pyg. The guy’s a psychotic butcher so how they will deal with him in a CW show is anyone’s guess, but it will be fun to watch Batwoman and the gang kick his butt. It’s a great time to be a nerd.

FIONA’S PICK:
The Challenge [MTV, 8p]
After a major upset in the elimination, Logan triumphed over Cory and chose to infiltrate the Sapphire cell. This bumped Kyle back to Ruby (much to his chagrin). The Emerald cell dominated once again and escaped infiltration. Amanda angered everyone on her team by not helping in the daily challenge. Tonight she will have to do some major politicking to keep herself safe. Can the Emerald cell pull off another win and save themselves from infiltration? It seems unlikely, but also they’ve already won four times in a row so what is stopping them from winning a fifth time? 

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • …but not a whole lot more, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is always a fun ride. Tonight on The CW, there’s apparently a robot, a battle for control of the time machine, and the cool, classic movie ref’-ing episode title: “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Scientist.”
  • We also have the latest season of the exploitative weight-gawking reality series My 600 Lb. Life on TLC, which the less we say…
  • Luke Btyan hosts the 55th Annual CMA Awards on ABC, so if your boot wants to boogie and scoot, your heart is feeling a tad achy breaky, your friends are in low places, or your horse forever riding on the old town road, you might enjoy this. Ok, my knowledge of pop country is pretty shallow and mostly from the early 1990s.

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