What To Watch: 12/11/2021

As Saturdays go, it’s a fairly bountiful one, as we have an actual Diwali-themed comedy film, as well as documentaries about motorcycles and a Hollywood legend.

JASON’S PICK:
Hot Mess Holiday [Comedy, 7p]
It’s two weeks, two holiday movies for Comedy Central, but this is likely the network’s first Diwali holiday film, so that’s kinda awesome. Filmmakers/stars Surinda Jindal and Melanie Chandra are joined by Kal Penn, Tituss Burgess, and Chris Parnell in this holiday/heist comedy. I’m hoping Burgess brings his latest fictional wine!

KATHERINE’S PICK:
The Hungry and the Hairy [Netflix]
Two friends hop on a motorbike for the road trip of their dreams to eat in scenic Korea. 

BRAD’S PICK:
The Real Charlie Chaplin [Showtime, 8p]
Charlie Chaplin, in addition to being a noted anti-fascist was also, sadly, a known womanizer and had a fall from grace that he was never quite able to recover from. Despite that, a lot of his private life is shrouded in mystery. That is until now. This new Showtime documentary examines his life through never before seen home movies and restored film footage. This could be the definitive study of his life.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • The new Discovery+ show Radford Returns is about fast cars and racing from what we can tell. The picture above would seem to be from another December Discovery+ debut that sounds much more interesting, but since Fruitcake Fraud is out and we somehow missed it, we can still mention it. It’s about deception at a popular bakery.
  • Of course, since it’s a December Saturday, there’s a vortex’s worth of Lifetime-esque, Hallmark-ish movies. Starting at the Death Star, Lifetime’s got The Holiday Fix-Up and you can probably suss out the double-meaning of the title–renovation and holiday romance. Lifetime Movie Network brings us Dangerous Snow Day, about an au pair who cares for lovely children with evil parents who ruin her life when she rejects the father’s advances. Hallmark counts ’em down to A Royal Queens Christmas which is your standard secret royalty romance. Meet-cutes cutely meets charity and goodwill in the latest in a series, A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love.

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