What To Watch: 04/15/2022

Streaming Friday–yes, we’re still on about this, but c’mon, it’s just so obvious–comes correct today with an anticipated anthology, a new David E. Kelley, a series version of a cult 1994 corporate revenge flick, and a bizarre supernatural western starring Josh Brolin that promises to at least be better than Cowboys & Aliens. Let’s dig in.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Roar [Apple TV}
GLOW creators Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive see their first release through their new deal with Apple, and it’s this dark comedy anthology, starring Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Issa Rae, Merritt Weve, Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, and Meera Syal, Fivel Stewart, and Kara Hayward. Roar isn’t an all-female adaptation of the Heath Ledger 90s drama (I wouldn’t mind a revival, though!) but an adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s short stories.

BRAD’S PICK:
Swimming with Sharks [Roku]
Lou may seem like a naive intern at Fountain Pictures, but she’s got an obsession with her boss, Joyce. what will Lou do as her dark obsession grows? Swimming With Sharks will give you the answer. It’s a remake of the 1994 film starring Frank Whaley and Kevin Spacey as the assistant and abusive Hollywood mover-and-shaker, respectively, is an unlikely movie to make into a 2022 series. Kieran Shipka and Diane Kruger take on those central roles and, you know, this could be very good if you can find the Roku Channel.

JASON’S PICK:
Outer Range [Amazon Prime]
The modern Wild West, strange symbols, suddenly appearing bottomless sinkholes, mysterious travelers, and Josh Brolin: what’s not to be intrigued by in Amazon Prime’s latest blockbuster series. It could be overblown and awful, but it could come together into something special.

FIONA’S PICK:
RuPaul’s Drag Race [VH1, 8p]
After the world’s longest season of Drag Race, it comes as no surprise that we are headed into the grand finale with a top five. But! Before we get there we’ve got one final hurdle, the reunion episode! I’m looking forward to hearing what the queens have to say about the season and who gets voted Miss Congeniality!

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

 
  • David E. Kelley is known for well-written office dramas like Boston Legal and Boston Public (ok, he has a type). His debut for Netflix, Anatomy of a Scandal is an anthology featuring a different salacious story each week and the first chapter talks about political corruption in Bos… oh, wait, the UK. Good for him!
  • The latest Peanuts special was apparently co-written by a wooden wall plaque from Home Goods. It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown debuts on Snoopy et al’s current home of Apple TV.
  • If you are in your 30s and want to double down on animated children’s nostalgia, Paramount+ rings in the new series of the Rugrats reboot. So if you wanna go there, Paramount+ can take you there.
  • Like the South Bronx she ruled over, Lorine Padilla has cleaned up a lot since the start of the 1980s. The Showtime documentary La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padrina tells her story from her days as “first lady” of the Savage Skulls street gang to navigating the gentrification that she helped bring about through her efforts to build up the once maligned neighborhood.
  • We’re not huge on dance competitions, but the premise behind Come Dance with Me could be genuinely really cool. Under 18 prodigies of the field bring on their parents who try to keep up with them. LL Cool J & Chris O’Donnell created it (between NCIS: Los Angeles takes?) and Philip Lawrence hosts.
  • There’s a pair of new imports on Netflix: Heirs to the Land is a sweeping Spanish period drama that takes place in 14th Century Barcelona (assuredly at some point in the century that would lend to a Black Plague story); the thriller Mai hails from India and deals with a mother feverishly trying to figure out who’s to blame when her daughter is killed by a truck in front of her.
  • Amazon Prime’s lone new import is from Brazil. The series Verdict involves a lawyer who contemplates a new path when her friend is mewed up by the justice system.
  • Call it Jumanji with more gore and a higher death count: in Choose or Die, a coder uncovers a cursed horror video game from the 1980s, and as you can imagine, no good comes of it. It’s on Netflix.
  • Not to be outdone, horror mavens Shudder unveil their latest fright-fest, and as a positive, it stars Eliza Cushbert. The plot of The Cellar is pretty standard though as a family moves into a new and spooky house with an even spookier subterranean floor.
  • Speaking of horrifying things, contrarian comedian and one-time top-rate talk show host Bill Maher has a new HBO standup special Bill Maher #Adulting. Frankly, we think he can go fuck himself as can his condescending title. However, some people like him and if you are one of them… there you are.
  • Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex. New Lifetime Movie. It’s on LMN. It’s called Killer Design.

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