What To Watch: 11/15/2021

Mondays are the new Saturdays, but there are still some great new shows if you know where to look.

BRAD’S PICK:
A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks [HBO, 9p]
Gordon Parks is the subject of a new HBO documentary that explores the enduring legacy of progressive photographer, writer, activist, composer, and filmmaker. Through the lens of three photographers—Devin Allen, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Jamel Shabazz—the film will spotlight how Parks’ visionary work impacted the next generation of artists. Even if you know of his work, you’re sure to learn something.

JASON’S PICK:
Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown [Food, 9p]
Being on a diet, I’m avoiding non-British baking shows (they’re just so refreshingly kind), but I can watch this one as there’s zero temptation to eat gingerbread, while the pieces of art can be astounding.

FIONA’S PICK:
Wakefield [Showtime, 9p]
Last week Nik began experiencing bouts of depersonalization and after a series of questionable choices at work, Linda encouraged Nik to withdraw his promotion application. Nik’s past trauma continues to pop up in flashes and Kareena suggested that Nik’s depersonalization might have something to do with anxiety about his sister’s wedding. This week Nik’s mother is coming to stay with him. This is interesting because I definitely assumed that his tragic past had to do with his mother dying! But she is not dead! I love to be wrong. I am very anxious to see the rest of his past trauma unfold. 

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • A Spanish psychological drama with a simple English title that’s a bit of a phenomenon in its home country–well it’s worked before so let’s see how it goes for Lies & Deceit starring Angela Cremonte and Javier Rey as, respectfully, a literature teacher and the surgeon who may or may not be guilty of date raping her.
  • 1000 Lb Sisters does not seem as shocking for a TV title as it probably should be, but it’s more depressing when you realize this is not the first season of this TLC show designed for Cletus Spuckler.

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