Friday TV: Rose Byrne Gets ‘Physical’

Fresh from playing Gloria Steinem in the under recognized series “Mrs. America,” Rose Byrne stays in the time period in the new series “Physical” (Apple TV+, streaming) playing a woman who finds herself through aerobics, as her husband runs for local office. I thought the inspiration may have been Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda, who found a similar workout success, but it’s about show creator Annie Weisman’s own bout with self-hatred and bulimia. 

Period pieces are always kind of appealing, and Byrne does a good job to make the series interesting. 

The latest Pixar feature “Luca” (Disney+, streaming), about a young boy in Italy who learns he’s a sea monster, is free to subscribers without an extra fee. Jacob Tremblay and Jack Dylan Grazer are among the voice talents. 

Kevin Hart and Alfre Woodard star in the new film “Fatherhood” (Netflix, streaming) just in time for Father’s day. Lil Rel Howery, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan, Melody Hurd and Paul Reiser are part of the cast of the film produced in part by the Obamas. 

On a new series, three trailers go traveling to find “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” (Netflix, streaming).

From India comes the Tamil-language action thriller “Jagame Thandhiram” (Netflix streaming), a gangster caper.

The John Stamos basketball series “Big Shot” (Disney+, streaming) has a season finale.

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Thursday TV: ‘iCarly’ is All Grown Up

Miranda Cosgrove reprises her famous teenage role in a revival of “iCarly” (Paramount+, streaming) in which she’s a college grad trying to nail down her career. Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress return to their original roles (while Jennette McCurdy does not), and Luci Mosley and Jaidyn Triplett. 

It’s not ignored by her home cable network, with a couple of decade old episodes of the original “iCarly” (Nickelodeon, 8 and 8:30 p.m.) is followed by “The iCarly Reunion” (Nickelodeon, 9 p.m.).

The David Schwimmer workplace comedy “Intelligence” (Peacock, streaming) begins a second season.

Also back with new episodes is the teen drama “Genera+ion” (HBO Max, streaming). 

The mini-golf competition “Holey Moley” (ABC, 9 p.m.) returns for a third season with the title “3D in 2D” and two episodes.  

The life of wrestler Joanie Lauper, better known as Chyna is documented in a two hour episode of “Vice Versa” (Vice, 9 p.m.). 

The original cast of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” reunite for Jai Rodriguez’s 40th birthday on “Reunion Road Trip” (E!, 9 p.m.). 

“The Hustler” (ABC, 10 p.m.) returns for a new season, with Craig Ferguson returning as the quizmaster. 

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Wednesday TV: Goin’ to ‘Penguin Town’

The new nature series “Penguin Town” (Netflix, streaming) follows a group of birds who take over a South African town. Patton Oswalt narrates, so humor will likely be a priority. 

“Dave” (FXX, 10 p.m.) seemed to come into its own by the end of the first season. Now Dave Bure and his alter ego Lil Dicky is back with a pair of episodes in which he deals with his success. The caliber of guest star increases too with Doja Cat, Kevin Hart, Lil Nas X, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kendall Jenner and Lil Yachty, among others. 

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming) winds up its fourth season; it will be back for a fifth. 

Engaged couples collecting funds for a dream wedding use it for a down payment on the new series “The House My Wedding Bought” (Discovery+, streaming).

Another new series has the former hosts of “Going for Sold” help neighbors buy and sell homes in Houston on “Two Steps Home” (HGTV, 9 p.m.).

Joel McHale returns with his game show “Card Sharks” (ABC, 10 p.m.) coming right after two other network game shows, “Press Your Luck” (ABC, 8 p.m.) and “The $100,000 Pyramid” (ABC, 9 p.m.). McHale, of course, also presides over “Crime Scene Kitchen” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

The game show “The Cube” (CW, 9 p.m.) flies in from cable (it premiered on TBS Thursday).

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Tuesday TV: Staging ‘Rent’ in Havana

The first Broadway musical produced by an American company in Cuba in more than 50 years is chronicled in the documentary “Revolution Rent” (HBO, 9 p.m.), following Andy Señor Jr.’s staging of “Rent.”

Oprah Winfrey and Sterling K. Brown host a two hour salute to dads on “Honoring Our Kings: OWN Celebrates Black Fatherhood” (OWN, 9 p.m.).

The court date arrives and the questions are answered on the season finale of the creative “Cruel Summer” (Freeform, 10 p.m.). 

“Mr. Inbetween” (FX, 10 p.m.) reaches its fifth episode. 

The 1971 Attica prison uprising is relived on “Boiling Point” (Smithsonian, 10 p.m.). 

 “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 10 p.m.) continues auditions. 

Cecile confronts her past in “The Flash” (CW, 8 p.m.).

“LEGO Masters” (Fox, 8 p.m.) have to create structures that can withstand earthquakes. 

There’s more prime time swimming with the U.S. Olympic Trials (NBC, 8 p.m.) in the men’s 200 meter freestyle finals, women’s 100-meter backstroke, men’s 100-meter backstroke and women’s 100-meter breaststrokes. Earlier are qualifying heats (NBC Sports, ).

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Monday TV: New ‘The Republic of Sarah’

Stella Baker plays a hipster teacher in a small New Hampshire town that’s being overrun by a big mining corporation who decides that maybe the way out is to secede and declare independence in the new series “The Republic of Sarah” (CW, 9 p.m.), a summer fight the power show that has a similar vibe another CW show, “Burden of Truth,” recently canceled after four seasons. 

Michael Bolton and Zooey Deschanel make a kooky duo to host “The Celebrity Dating Game” (ABC, 10 p.m.), which puts a twist on the classic show. What kind of celebrities? Well, the first two are Hannah Brown and Nicole Byer, so you tell me. 

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS, 11:35 p.m.) returns to the Ed Sullivan Theatre for the first time in 15 months, with a full capacity (and fully vaccinated) audience. Guests include Jon Stewart, H.E.R. and Dana Carvey. He’ll be reunited with bandleader Jon Batiste, who will give the musical performance. 

“BBQ Brawl” (Food, 9 p.m.) fires up the grill for a new season.

Rapper and former “American Idol” contestant is profiled in “Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall” (Starz, 9 p.m.). 

The U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials (NBC, 8 p.m.) hit prime time again with women’s 100-meter butterfly finals, men’s 100-meter breaststroke and women’s 400—meter freestyle. Earlier are the qualifying heats (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.). 

Twenty-three men are left to pursue Katie on “The Bachelorette” (ABC, 8 p.m.) and one has a cat suit. 

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Sunday TV: A New Swing at ‘Blindspotting’

Writers Daveed Diggs and and Rafael Casal return to their hometown of Oakland, Calif., and the subject of their 2018 film of the same name for the new series “Blindspotting” (Starz, 9 p.m.), which is reconceived as the story of a woman who has to move in with her mother in law with her son, after her boyfriend is arrested. Jasmine Cephas Jones is quite a force in the lead, but Helen Hunt is a hoot. And the show can turn to include spoken word poetry to unexpected dance moves. 

The trope of a much-put-upon sitcom wife is upended in the new “Kevin Can F@# Himself” (AMC+, streaming) In which Annie Murphy, who earned so much good will in “Schitt’s Creek” plays a woman stuck in the worst kind of sitcom life that even has a laugh track. She schemes a way to escape from all of it as the series turns darker. It doesn’t immediately work, but it may improve. It premieres on regular AMC next week. 

Canceled by Netflix after a single season in 2019, the clever and colorful “Tuca & Bertie” (Cartoon Network, 11:30 p.m.) resurfaces on cable, with voice talents Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong and Steven Yeun all returning.

The 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (Fox, 7:30 p.m.) has group judging, with a live preshow at 7. Earlier are some preliminary activities (Fox Sports 2, 1 p.m.).  

“Fear the Walking Dead” (AMC, 9 p.m.) reaches its season finale. 

Candace Cameron Bure stars in a new “Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Till Death Do Us Part” (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 8 p.m.) set just before Aurora’s wedding, when a body is discovered. Niall Matter and Marilu Henner also star. 

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Saturday TV: Show Dogs Sent Outside

The 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (Fox Sports 1, 7:30 p.m.) which usually is held in February, was delayed by COVID til now, where it will be held outdoors at the Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, N.Y., rather than Madison Square Garden. Hope there’s no distractions for night one, which involves group judging. The second half is Sunday. There’s a pre-show at 7. It’s preceded by preliminary activities (Fox Sports 2, 1 p.m.) and Agility Championship Finals (Fox, 5 p.m., live).

Sports take up a lot of prime time with Utah at Clippers (ABC, 6:30 p.m.) in game 3 of the second round of the NBA playoffs. 

Baseball has San Francisco at Washington (Fox, 7:15 p.m.).

There’s prime time racing with the Camping World SRX Series (CBS, 8 p.m.) from Connecticut.

The U.S. Olympic Diving Trials (NBC, 8 p.m.) has the men’s 10-meter platform finals. The women’s three-meter springboard finals are earlier, at 4.

And this morning, the French Open (NBC, 9 p.m.) has the women’s singles final. 

The days when President Eisenhower enforced laws removing gay federal workers is recalled in the documentary “The Lavender Scare” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). 

For anyone who hasn’t been able to watch it on Peacock, one of its best comedies gets a replay on cable late tonight with the first four episodes of “Girls5eva” (E!, midnight). 

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Friday TV: ‘Lupin’ Back for Second Season

It’s a night for second season starts for a number of popular streaming series, none so welcome as the French mystery thriller and sleeper hit “Lupin” (Netflix, streaming), with Omar Sy’s Assane pursued by Hubert and his henchmen. 

A second season also comes for the homegrown mystery series “Home Before Dark” (Apple TV+, streaming, the series based on a real-life kid journalist. Brooklynn Prince stars. 

After a long break after season one, which premiered on the Pop network in February 2019, “Flack” (Amazon Prime, streaming) is back for its second season, finally, with Anna Paquin reviving her role as a high-powered American PR agent in London. Lysia Wilson, Genevieve Anderson, Daniel Dae Kim and Rufus Jones also star. 

Pride Month is a good time for the return of the high school series “Love, Victor” (Hulu, streaming) about Michael Cimino’s starring character dealing with his sexuality at high school. 

Last week’s splendid episode of “Mythic Quest” (Apple+, streaming) delving into the early days of C. W. Longbottom wasn’t a one-off after all. Its story continues today in the present, as F. Murray Abramson gets a full episode reuniting with his onetime rival, who has grown up to be William Hurt. Best of all, Shelley Hennig’s character also returns. 

In addition to exploiting its Marvel holdings, Disney looks back at its own animation past and recuts scenes to match themes meant to relax and put to new music in the new season of “Zenimation” (Disney+, streaming). 

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Thursday TV: ‘In the Heights’ Premieres

The pre-“Hamilton” musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda about a New York bodega gets a big screen premiere today that ought to help revive the long-dormant movie theater business. But “In the Heights” (HBO Max, streaming), which stars Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera and Jimmy Smits, also gets a 31 day showcase on TV, where it ought to be a huge attraction.

Also worthwhile on the same service is the first season finale for “Hacks” (HBO Max, streaming), the solid comedy about a veteran standup comic and the whip-smart young writer she hires to freshen her Las Vegas material. Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder have been fine throughout, and it’s easy enough to binge the first eight episodes before tonight’s final two.

“Younger” (Paramount+, Hulu, streaming), the amusing series with Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff and Debi Mazar that began on cable and ended on streaming services, ends its run after seven season. 

It’s also the series finale of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (E!, 8 p.m.), but I’ll have to see it’s the actual end to believe it. 

The imported French series “Moloch” (Sundance Now, streaming) is a mystery thriller about a seaside industrial town where people are suddenly bursting into flames. A journalist and psychiatrist team up to investigate. 

Colombia comedians perform in the new weekly series “Locombianos” (Netflix, streaming). 

From Manila comes the third season of the horror anime seres “Trese” (Netflix, streaming) based on a Philippine graphic novel.

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Film Review: Victoria Justice in ‘Trust’

Though it has gorgeous shots of New York City and glimpses of Paris, with pretty people doing things in the worlds of fine art and broadcast journalism, there’s something of a TV-movie quality to Brian DeCubellis’ latest feature “Trust.”

That may because its good looking cast arose from the ranks of television, particularly Victoria Justice who grew up before our eyes in a series of Nickelodeon shows and here plays her most mature character yet, a young married woman with temptations all around her.

Her husband is played by Matthew Daddario, whose looks makes him well suited as both the local TV reporter he portrays, and a lead in the Freeform series “Shadowhunters” where he played alongside Katherine McNamara, who seduces him here.

Daddario and Justice had also worked together before, too, in the 2015 Netflix rom-com “Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List.” 

In “Trust,” Justice’s character Brooke is a high-powered gallery owner in the heart of Soho, who is on the verge of introducing a new artist she’s found, played by Lucien Laviscount (an English actor with some teen TV credits as well, in “Katy Keene”).

Exclusively painting lurid female nudes (preferred models: married women), he’s meant to be full of animal magnetism, but he comes off as the worst kind of obvious cad, who wears furs and makes his own rules. 

But he’s also about to become a successful artist (with a movie star as a new client), so Brooke goes to Paris with him to close that sale; the artist wants to close his own deal, and his sexual single mindedness provides much of the drama.

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