What To Watch: 04/05/2022

Today we lead with a documentary about an athlete who has been in the spotlight for, well, as long as many of us have been alive–well, Tony Hawk was five when Jason entered this realm, but Hawk was pretty ubiquitous at a pretty young age.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off [HBO, 9p]
Tony Hawk, America’s cool uncle, and the first pro to land a 900, get the HBO doc treatment tonight in an appreciation for the athlete’s influential career. There are not a lot of skeletons in Hawk’s closet, but the film promises intimate interviews nevertheless with Hawk and his peers, which include Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Neil Blender, Andy MacDonald, Duane Peters, Sean Mortimer, and Christian Hosoi — plus a ’70s through ’90s soundtrack featuring our favorites The Clash, Echo and The Bunnymen, Joy Division, Pavement, Oingo Boingo, The Replacements, and New Order.

BRAD’S PICK:
Ronnie Chieng: Speakeasy [Netflix]
Ronny Chieng is grumpy, sarcastic and funny AF. Of course, if you watch The Daily Show you already know that… or maybe you’ve seen some of his high profile acting gigs like his role in Crazy Rich Asians. Now you can see an unfiltered explosion of Ronnie-brand emotion on his new stand up special which promises to be both fun and prickly.

FIONA’S PICK:
Abbott Elementary [ABC, 9p]
Ava needs to give a presentation to the superintendent to avoid budget cuts and her old blackmail leverage has been made useless. Janine and Gregory step in to help, but it might be a lost cause.   

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • In the new Food Network reality competition Big Restaurant Bet, eight up-and-coming chefs compete–the prize: their own restaurant showcasing their particular style, supported by restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian (who goes by GZ), who will also be the sole judge of our cooks’ wares.
  • Netflix’s lone import of the day, Black Dog: Being a Teacher, is a moody K-drama from about three years ago, about… teachers?
  • Reelz switches out music for crime bosses with new mini-docs with mafia ties: Bloody Boston: A Mob is Born and Larry Hoover: King of the Gangsters.

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