What To Watch: 04/20/2022

Given the number day, you can expect a lot of shows inspired by a certain substance–or featuring artists and acts associated with said narcotic. It’s unclear, however, whether the return of one of the trippiest scripted programs of the last few years today is just a coincidence. In any case, Screen Scholars is ecstatic about the time-travelling second season of its #1 show of 2019 (sadly, an unpublished list).

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Russian Doll [Netflix]
Set four years after Nadia and Alan began their shared time loop, the pair face more existentialism, and Netflix’s promises, a fate worth than endless death. 

BRAD’S PICK:
Freddie Mercury: The Final Act [The CW, 8p]
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is an icon whose story has been told many times. However, this doc tells a different story, one of the tribute concert held in his honor and how that concert helped raise AIDS awareness. Not only was he he legend; his legacy helped people in the fight against the worst plague of the 80s/90s.

JASON’S PICK:
So Dumb It’s Criminal Hosted by Snoop Dogg [Peacock]
It’s certainly not coincidental that a show starring one of weed’s greatest advocates comes out on 4/20, but it has very little to do with marijuana, other than it’s the type of premise one might say its creators came up with “while high.” 

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • Was any band here the subject of a Showtime documentary? Possibly while high? Cypress Hill, I’m looking in your direction. The tales of B Real, Sen Dog, Eric Bobo, and Muggs–who made Billboard Hot 100 hits out of songs with unlikely titles like “Insane in the Brain” and “How I Could Just Kill a Man?”–are told in Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain.
  • Conscious rapper Killer Mike is never one to shy away from controversy, especially of the political variety, but this one is more about the theme of the day as he “rolls” (their words) from dispensary to dispensary. This new Vice series boasts the wonderful title Tumbleweeds with Killer Mike.
  • Netflix’s newest documentary is about an actual murderer–and we hope that did not sound too flip as it’s one of the creepiest, most evil of serial killers. Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes debuts on Netflix today.
  • The reunion rounds of MTV’s original reality show does not feel any need to adhere to the traditional multiple-of-five timeline. Twenty-two years after their original season, Jamie, Matt, Melissa, Danny, Kelley, Julie, and David (apparently now known as Tokyo) return to The Big Easy for The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans. It’s on Paramount+.
  • Netflix releases a trio of imports. The Colombian series The Marked Heart stars Ana Lucia Dominguez as a crime boss’ wife whose heart transplant came at a cost to a random victim. In the Italian thriller The Turning Point, a gentle slacker becomes entangled in the heist of a violent criminal. Finally, Yakamoz S-245 is a spinoff of the taut, if grim, Turkish psychological/supernatural horror show Into the Night–sharing in a world where exposure to the Sun means instant death, but this time on a submarine which submerges to a strange new world.

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