What To Watch: 04/01/2022

With Streaming Friday coinciding with April 1st, and Netflix being famous for not taking itself too seriously (at least when it suits their needs), this is a particularly hard day to compile a listing of top new screen content. Judd Apatow, Stephen Merchant, and Richard Linklater all supposedly have projects coming to the small screen–each of them fairly fantastical. Additionally, there’s a new British spy drama starring Gary Oldman. If any of these are pranks, they would be elaborate, hella expensive, and cost a lot of good will for them to be a prank. But in the age of a game show host/obvious con man as begrudged former (and way too likely future) world leader, who even knows anymore?

BRAD’S PICK:
Apollo 10 1/2 [Netflix]
Netflix’s new animated movie sounds like it could be the feel good hit of the spring, although given it’s directed by Richard Linklater, who knows?! It’s a coming-of-age story set in Houston in the summer of 1969 amid the backdrop of the Apollo 11 mission. Featuring the voice talents of Jack Black and Zach Levi, this treat, in the very least, make the wait for Lightyear bearable.

JASON’S PICK:
The Bubble [Netflix]
In this new Judd Apatow movie, the ginormous cast of a popular Harry Potter-esque series camp in London to film its sixth installment–however, it’s early 2020 and the Pandemic is right around the corner, so they’re gonna be trapped together for awhile. While the reviews are not great–and that’s putting it mildly–the premise could still be fun and there’s a lot of appealing people in the cast like Guz Khan and Keegan-Michael Key and Kate McKinnon and Maria Bamford and an insane amount of crazy cameos, so it still could be a worthwhile watch.

FIONA’S PICK:
RuPaul’s Drag Race [VH1, 8p]
Last week the queens performed in Moulin Ru: The Rusical. There was contention over casting. Bosco and Lady Camden fought over the main role and while Bosco got the part, she flopped in the performance and Lady Camden won the challenge. Bosco and Jorgeous wound up in the bottom and Jorgeous won the lip sync, but Bosco had the golden ticket so no queens went home. This week the queens are roasting Ross Matthews. I’m expecting to see some serious comedic flops. Roasts are hard! And, with the golden ticket out of the way, we should definitely end the evening with six queens. 

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • It’s a… big night… for Christopher Walken. First there’s the latest episode of Ben Stiller’s gripping dystopian thriller Severance on Apple TV where Walken has a supporting role as a gentle (if slightly creepy) love interest for John Turturro (you read that right)–although it’s possible his arc on that show is done after last week’s reveal. Walked will definitely appear (as seen above) on the new Stephen Merchant comedy The Outlaws about a group of petty criminals who accidentally become entangled with serious crime when they find a bag of money of dubious origin. It’s on Amazon Prime.
  • Jerrod Carmichael has made a career on being unique. His latest comedy special–Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel on HBO Max–purposely leaves the laughs out as with downbeat jazz music in the background he promises to be honest for once and sits purposefully on a metal fold-up chair set to tell the audience some dark stories. We’re admittedly intrigued!
  • Netflix’s latest foray into the interactive world is the simply titled Trivia Quest, where one’s correct answers help the game’s hero release his buddies from the claws of…{checks notes} Knifey. And, again, this is not an April Fools Day joke. They were probably eating rotisserie chicken when they thought of that, if you know what we mean!
  • In Apple TV’s Slow Horses, Gary Oldman ostensibly leads–but mostly hurls insults at–a team of MI5 rejects who have been exiled to Slough House, a clerical-heavy clearing house for agents who either couldn’t hack the field or met with an unforgivable scandal. As his co-star Kristin Scott Thomas points out, no one has ever made it back to regular duty, but guess what, the current group is a scrappy bunch.
  • In Netflix’s Get Organized with the Home Edit, Clea and Joanna are Marie Kondo types who actually go out in the field to help celebrities like Kevin Hart and Drew Barrymore as well as good ol’ regular folks. Its second season is out today.
  • We’ll close things up with the Polish thriller The Thaw, a new series on Netflix about a detective who finds a Jane Doe beneath a block of ice and discovering the who? where? why? etc of it all of course leads to parallel revelations of self. While that last part is clear in the official synopsis, we probably could have guessed that anyway.

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