It’s a documentary sorta Tuesday, and that’s where most of our picks reside–except for a bit of a Save Our Show as Katherine laments/lobbies for(?) a gone-too-soon animated series.
Mama’s Boy [HBO, 9p]
In one of the greatest Oscar acceptance moments–one filled with passion, righteousness, and hope–Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black thanked his mom for accepting him, even as her Mormon community told her not to. The next day, she challenged him to back up the inspiring words from his 2009 speech, and this documentary tells the tale of their relationship and how it fired up his activism to ensure that LGBTQ+ children and teens know they deserve to be heard, to love and be loved. It’s an HBO doc about a compelling figure–this should be great.
LiSA Another Great Day [Netflix]
Asian pop–K-pop, J-pop, etc., is huge these days and anime has been since the ’90s. Singer LiSA combines both. The popular singer has made a name for herself singing anime themes. And now she is the subject of a Netflix documentary which will tell you all you need to know about the phenomenon.
Fox releases the final six episodes of its sweet, yet canceled animated sitcom.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal has made a career as an exceedingly good-natured dude who is up for anything (he’s shown up in the weirdest places from a The Simpsons commentary for an episode that he had nothing to do with to an awesomely cool 30 Rock cameo to an especially semetic Funny or Die Die Hard parody). The apex of his career as a sweet human being is the popular Netflix reality series Somebody Feed Phil which starts its sixth season on Netflix today.
- Although we still are a bit mad at comedian Gabriel Iglesias for kinda ruining Cristela Alonzo’s otherwise promising sitcom with his shoehorned in rapey suitor, we recognize the international superstar standup is not without his fans (or talent) or he would not be an international superstar as a standup. His latest special Gabriel Iglesias: Stadium Fluffy debuts on, where else, Netflix today.
- A&E has quietly amassed an army of reality series with the title “Wars” in them, and the latest is Customer Wars which exploits–we mean takes place in–the country’s supply chain problems and not-as-runaway-as-the-media-would-have-you-believe inflation. Neighborhood Wars also returns.
- The reboot of the classic anthology Unsolved Mysteries–now going into its third season on Netflix–has no narrator, which may be a good thing given that 80% of its presenters have retired and passed on. We’ll always remember raincoated Robert Stack as the main guy for the show but did you know it was also hosted by legends like Raymond Burr and Karl Malden. Virginia Madsen is the only former host who still walks this side of the mortal plain.
- If you really want cynical, the tenth season of VH1’s Black Ink Crew New York revolves around the abuse of a dog at the hands of one of the show’s stars. At least the exploitative “branding” clearly paints the culprit as a villain of the highest order. Still…
- The life before in the new Amazon Prime series Life After alludes to all 12 subjects having played at least for a time in the NFL. That it was almost impossible to find much about it makes you wonder if the powerful sports league might not want you to hear about the effects of the sport. In any case, the ex-athletes include DeMarcus Ware and Thomas Jones. The NFL is so powerful, this was almost a top 40 hit in 1986: