Back to the Monday world, which unfortunately often acts like a Monday as the new content pickings can be slim. But you just need to know where to look, and today we’re suggesting Netflix, ID, and Acorn are good places to find them, we think. … Continue reading What to Watch: 01/23/2022
It’s a busy day for popular shows–including two tentpole reality competitions returning along with one of the perennially most watched detective franchises. However, we’re leading with the reboot of a show that famously struggled to find its audience, but had no problem garnering a huge cult following who can quote it to this day. Perhaps its next leap will be the leap into huge ratings.
Quantum Leap [NBC, 10p]
I loved the original Scott Bakula version of this show from its first pilot–it had me with his first stunned stare into the mirror upon seeing a person he did not recognize. Raymond Lee takes over the frazzled time traveler who jumps into the bodies of people who during his lifespan made a fatal mistake as he, as ths show puts it, makes right what once went wrong. Presumably, he’s still hoping the next leap will be the leap home. RIP Dean Stockwell.
The Cleaning Lady [Fox, 9p]
Despite its horrible name, this crime thriller turned out to be the rarest of things these days–a big network drama that sucked me in. Now we can see the continuation in season two. I admit that I have my concerns–the first season was such the self-contained story in a way–so I hope the plot doesn’t feel shoehorned in to a far-fetched story. What I do know is that, as of now, I am here for it!
Queer for Fear [Shudder]
This four-part documentary series examines the history of the LGBTQ+ community in horror and thriller films. Acknowledging queer authors (Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde), and their influence, through today’s films and queer audiences.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- The delightfully pun-happy named Best in Dough takes the usual food competition to the world of pizza. Mmmmmm…. pizza! We’re too hungry now to tell you it debuts today on Hulu.
- This week the NFL put a game on streaming and non-tech-savvy fans were rioting. We’re pretty sure Dancing with the Stars does not have a demographic that will have that much better luck, but we’ll see as season 31 finds the beloved dance competition on Disney+ instead of ABC. This season’s celebrities run the gamut from 70s sex symbol Cheryl Ladd to frequent Rupaul’s Drag Race competitor Shangela to improv man of all seasons Wayne Brady.
- The other titan of arts-based talent competitions returning tonight (and staying on good ‘ol non-streaming TV) is that cavalcade of heaty pipes and swivelling chairs, The Voice on NBC. This year’s new coach is one-time Fifth Harmonizer and Havana enthusiast Camila Cabello.
Our Scholars Gang (SchoGang for short) are agog for any movie that stars Mila Veintraub AND Paul F. Tompkins AND Chris Gethard AND Leslie Jones, so Comedy Central is making us very happy with their programming today featuring a movie by The Office writer/co-star Paul … Continue reading What To Watch: 09/05/2022
It’s the dog days of summer, but there’s plenty to see at home or the cinema. We have at least two films starring Aubrey Plaza and two films starring Idris Elba–and several “adapted from” vehicles as well. If you’re me, you know what to do: … Continue reading Box Office Weekend: August 2022￼
It’s a new month, which means a new Marvel movie–that’s how it works, right? There are also documentaries, foreign films (some very good ones on Netflix), thrillers, questionable action movies, and animated films for kids. New in theaters: Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song … Continue reading Box Office Weekend: July 2022￼
It’s a great day for legendary women as we’ve got an anticipated documentary of one of the leading triple threats of the last quarter century. Additionally, we’ve got the iconic pairing of an actor who plays funny well and a comedian who became an A-lister … Continue reading What To Watch: 06/14/2022
It’s another month, which means new movies, and this June we get literary adaptations, hottakes, romantic comedies, and blockbusters. There’s something for everyone! Dashcam, a horror from Blumhouse, follows a bored woman whose night goes sideways when she promises to escort an elderly woman across … Continue reading Box Office Weekend: June 2022￼
We have plenty of movies this month, should you need to shelter from April showers (or near-freezing conditions, if you’re where we are). New movies in theaters and at home on Netflix and Hulu. (Their competitors seem to be offering mostly miniseries.) See the trailers … Continue reading Box Office Weekend: April 2022
Even on a busy Friday, Amy Schumer stands out to the tune of 40% of our recommendations. There’s also tempting thrillers, a Big Mouth spinoff, Mikey Day tries to fool people with baked goods, the latest adaptation of recent American hubris, Zach Braff and Gabrielle … Continue reading What To Watch: 03/18/2022
This Streaming Friday (we’re gonna keep pushing that name til it’s industry standard) follows a Thursday that was just insane, and while it’s not the busiest Friday in memory, it’s got a lot to offer including a superhero spinoff, a tribute to a comedy legend, … Continue reading What To Watch: 03/04/2022