What To Watch: 04/17/2022

A new anthology focuses on the spouses (speeces?) of the leader of the United States (at least for the first episode) with Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt as the first three profiled. It boasts an impressive cast (if not matching early reviews). We’ve also got the return of one of three(?) walker spin-offs and the debut of a British detective show led by a Norwegian in Scotland.

The First Lady [Showtime, 9p]
This anthology drama provides a look at the rich inner lives of First Ladies Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, and Eleanor Roosevelt (portrayed by Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gillian Anderson, respectively). I’d take a drama about any one of those First Ladies (and if we’re spending second season either Mrs. Bush, that’s a hard pass). The buzz is good, and we get Susanne Bier as director and executive producer.

Fear the Walking Dead [AMC, 9p]
The war between Alicia and Strand is still heating up. but the real interesting thing coming up is the return of Madison. How did she survive the fire? Where has she been? Who has her prisoner? We will get some answers when the zombie franchise returns tonight. the world of the Walking universe still has some gas in the tank.

Annika [PBS Passport]
Glasgow chief Annika Strandhed deals with crimes on the water as head of the maritime crime unit. But is her wit dry? What do you think? OK, I’ll stop writing.


  • The titular character of the new special Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils first appeared on the BBC in 1963, which oddly enough makes them younger than three out of four members of the band currently topping the Billboard Alternative chart. The shapeshifting time-traveler’s vehicle of choice, the TARDIS, lands as a stowaway on a pirate ship in the latest fanciful adventure on BBC America as the 13th Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker) tries to navigate the usual chaos.
  • We don’t really pay attention to the particulars of the Real Housewives series, but we do love the title of this DC-based special, The Real Housewives of Potomac: Karen’s Grande Dame Reunion.
  • The grande dame of the get married quick shows, 90 Day Fiance, notches another season on TLC. OK, we guess The Bachelor would likely fit that bill more, but we really, really wanted that segue for some reason.
  • From “Runaway” to possible Senate runs, the New Jersey band led by John Francis Bongiovi has evolved a lot in almost 40 years in the public eye. Reelz gives them their patented mini-doc treatment with Bon Jovi: Breaking the Band.
  • All the LHV (Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex) action is oddly enough taking place on Up! tonight which debuts a pair of new movies: Faith, Hope & Love and Small Group. As the station was formed to play gospel, it’s not surprising that both are overtly Christian, but these ones seem particularly over the top based on the trailers.

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