It’s weird to think that in 1977, when the Sex Pistols serenaded her, Queen Elizabeth II was just 50 years old. Almost a half century after the band broke up, her fascist regime rages on. Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Oh well. Anyway, one of the UK’s greatest directors takes on the band’s big moment at the head of the punk movement in the late 1970s in a six-part mini-series starting today. We’ve also got the latest in CW gritty reboots of familiar childhood tales and one of the most tantalizing ESPN 30 For 30s yet.
Tonight’s miniseries premiere includes all six episodes of this drama, which follows Sex Pistols founder Steve Jones as he forms and survives the controversial British punk band. Toby Wallace stars as Jones, whose memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, inspired the series. Loathe I am to admit the Sex Pistols’s singular influence, this looks, well, good.
Tom Swift [The CW, 9p]
While this may be a Nancy Drew spin off, in some ways the character is closer to Batman. A billionaire inventor, Tom Swift, is introduced to the world of espionage and conspiracy after the disappearance of his father. See? All the ingredients are there for a compelling series. I hope the show is given a chance what with all the rumors about Warner Brothers wanting to sell the CW.
30 For 30: The Greatest Mixtape Ever [ESPN, 8p]
Oh, man, this looks great–even if it is one of the shortest chapters in the ESPN docu-series. This one looks into the intertwining of culture that built between hip-hop and street basketball starting in the 1980s.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- So did you hear the one about how Shakira, Jonas Brother Nick, and social media star Liza Koshy got together to create a dancing show plucking a name from a Generation X/Billy Idol hit inspired by 1970s Japanese fans boogie-ing down with their mirror’s reflections. NBC’s Dancing with Myself places ordinary people in boxes on a stage (think Hollywood Squares if that ref is not too dated) to dance their little hearts out as America, the audience, and the three celebrity creators judge who’s best.
- If that sounds not too far from another show (or a few shows) on NBC, well that show (or one of them) is returning for its latest season as a lead-in. Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell, and America’s Got Talent is back!
- If you can’t sleep at night, you toss and turn, listening for more content about New Edition-member and superstar solo artist Bobby Brown, well, A&E’s got your back as there’s a second bio of him in two nights: this one’s called Bobby Brown: Every Little Step.
- Finally, as the History Channel continues its march back to being about its named topic, we’ve got one of those shows we probably all should watch as they celebrate African American heroes from the Civil War with Black Patriots: Buffalo Soldiers.