What To Watch: 08/12/2022

Hello, it’s a great Friday, Trump charges have been announced, Al Franken revealed he will be hosting Jimmy Kimmel’s show, and Streaming Fridays are here again. We’ve got a ton to get through, so let’s go!

KATHERINE’S PICK:
This Fool [Hulu]
Inspired by the life of comedian Chris Estrada, this half-hour sitcom follows 30-year-old Julio, who still lives at home, is off-and-on dating his high school girlfriend, and works with a gang rehabilitation program, in spite of looking for any excuse to avoid work. Hulu calls its series irrelevant but it’s charming, too.

FIONA’S PICK:
A League of Their Own [Amazon Prime]
This long awaited series is finally here! I dragged my feet in watching the movie, much to the chagrin of my best friend. A sports movie? Not usually my thing. But wow I have maybe never been so wrong. I could not be more excited to see this story expanded into a full series. The downside is that Madonna will not be making an appearance. The upside is that Rosie O’Donnell will be making an appearance and that I hear this series is every bit as gay as the original should have been. 

JASON’S PICK:
Five Days at Memorial [Apple TV+]
This kind of medical drama or recent historical adaptation are usually not my thing, but this hospital tale ripped from the 2005 headlines of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath has an amazing cast including Vera Farmiga and Cherry Jones. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s on Apple TV+ and I’ve become ride-or-die. (for Apple TV+?!?!)

BRAD’S PICK:
Day Shift [Netflix]
This movie combines things that both seem made for each other and diametrically opposed: Los Angeles and vampires. Add Jamie Foxx eating the scenery and you have a fun little horror action film. it’s nothing that we haven’t seen before, but this is some empty calories fun.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • A conman takes the identity of an MI-5 agent in the feature film Rogue Agent that makes this roundup because it debuts at the same time on AMC+. Gemma Atherton stars.
  • The second season of one of the stranger twists in the RuPauliverse comes back for a second season as 12 celebrities do their best drag with a reveal that looks much less painful than those on The Masked Singer. It’s the second season of Rupaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race on Paramount+.
  • Discovery+ takes a deep dive into the famous innovation that changed sexual fortunes for all men starting in the 1990s with the mini-series Viagra: The Little Blue Pill That Changed the World.
  • The best series featuring an ornery 1980s tennis star as its narrator returns for a second season. Never Have I Ever, co-created by Mindy Kaling with Lang Fisher, about affably awkward teens is also a critical darling.
  • Finnish-Canadian designer Peter Nygard’s reputation went the Jimmy Savile way; however, this time his victims at least get the satisfaction of knowing his fall came within the still-living human trafficker’s lifetime. The Starz documentary Evil By Design: Exploding Peter Nygard looks deeply into the dark story.
  • It’s a big night for documentaries and docu-series, especially ones with dark undertones, and FX brings us Children of the Underground. Do you really think a show with that title would be positive? A supposed protector of the abused gets charged with heinous crimes.
  • In the latest “throw a bunch of hot people in a confined (or confined-ish at least) space and see what happens” reality show, the twist seems to be some weird room with a crystal ball type thing. It’s called Cosmic Love and its first season debuts on Amazon Prime.
  • That there’s a superhero movie and Brad’s not recommending it might tell you all you need to know about the buzz around Secret Headquarters. The Paramount+ action flick does star Owen Wilson and the premise of children believing their mild-mannered father is a secret superhero is an appealing premise so it can’t be all bad.
  • Not based on the Catherine Hardwicke’s 2003 dark coming-of-age flick but on the Jason Robert Brown Broadway Musical, 13: The Musical is a tale of a young man who has to adjust from NYC living to small-town Indiana, and like the Hoosier State’s most famous Cougar and/or Mellencamp, he’s going to sing about it. The movie debuts on Netflix.
  • Comic Alyssa Limperis’ standup special finds her also sitting down as she takes her unique travel through the stages of grief in the Peacock special Alyssa Lamperis: No Bad Days.

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