Alone, the acting debut of the NFL running back who made the line “I’m just here so I don’t get fired” ubiquitous would be one hell of a small screen night, but there’s so much more than that. We’ve got Valentine’s Day with Bugs Bunny and pals, the returns of two sci-fi tales revolving around children (one animated, one live action), a documentary about those fictional NYC ladies who brunch, and an ABC look at the country’s original sin that continues to divide us (which sort of takes us right back to the NFL given one of its many storylines this week).
I’m almost always here for a well-casted comedic murder mystery and there have been so many good ones lately. However, this one adds on an improv element, an interactive element (at least among the actors), and an anthology element. Will Arnett stars as a lead detective who has a new celebrity partner every week–including Kumail Nanjiani, Conan O’Brien, Annie Murphy, and future NFL Hall of Famer and affable weirdo Marshawn Friggin’ Lynch. To add to the quirk factor, no one has a script and each co-star is tasked with using the clues to solve the case.
Looney Tunes Cartoons Valentine’s Extwavaganza [HBO Max]
Our animated pals enjoy “unlimited chocolates,” awkward dates, and lots of kisses in HBO’s holiday special, which features three Valentine’s Day vignettes.
Kid Cosmic [Netflix]
If this show reminds you of the golden age of Cartoon Network, it’s probably because it was created by the team behind Powerpuff Girls. The show has the same crazy energy and quick wit that PPG was known for. Also it’s back for season 3. Will Kid and the gang be able to defend from all the alien armies wanting the Cosmic Stones of Power? Sure they will, but it will be fun to watch. It’s the journey not the destination here people.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- Maybe not as plentiful as murder mystery parodies are dystopian dramas involving children and HBO Max’s Raised By Wolves returns for its second bite at the downbeat sci-fi audience apple. It has so far evaded our Scholars-sense, but given that Paste Magazine calls it “as bonkers as ever,” perhaps that should change.
- In 2022, you’ll get a double shot of cute animals vaguely recreating sports events as one week and three days before the Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl, we get Puppy Bowl Presents: The Winter Games, to be paired with the 2022 Olympic Games opening tomorrow–and not, as we first thought, for the unlikely relaunch of the classic Commodore 64 game. It’s on Discovery+.
- Also on that streaming service is something called Undercover Underage which we’re hoping is not as creepy as it sounds.