Friday TV: Strong ‘Seven Seconds’

seven-secondsThe sheer number of shows that continue to premiere on streaming services — and Netflix in particular — can be daunting to the point of surrender. But the new “Seven Seconds” (Netflix, streaming) stands out as a great crime drama that at the same time reflects the racial divides in the country as only a mournful show about a blood stain at the foot of the Statue of Liberty can be.

A cop’s hit and run of a black youth in a park sets in motion the rickety urban justice system and brotherly code of silence even as his family refuses easy answers. And it may all be in the hands of a lowly prosecutor if she can keep her drinking in check.

From Veena Sud, whose last work “The Killing” had both the same deep pull and a lot of similar elements — from slowly spinning omniscient overhead cityscapes, to mournful looks out of dirty windshields, to lots of brooding silences to let the human drama seep in. With a great cast led by Regina King (“American Crime”) and what looks to be solid pacing, “Seven Seconds” deserves attention.

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The service also presents a new movie, “Mute” (Netflix, streaming) starring Alexander Skarsgard, Justin Theroux and Paul Rudd about a wordless man looking for a missing girlfriend. Director Duncan Jones set the cyberpunk tale in 2052 in Berlin, where his father, David Bowie, made his famous trilogy of recordings.

Finally, Momofuku chef David Chang hosts a new show about his favorite kinds of food, some of which may not be pretty, in “Ugly Delicious” (Netflix, streaming).

Alan Cumming hosts the 17th Movies for Grownups Awards, which gets its first broadcast on “Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). Helen Mirren receives a career achievement award in the event taped earlier this month in Beverly Hills. Gary Oldman, Laurie Metcalf, Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep are among the nominees. But, spoiler alert, the big movie winner of the night may be a familiar space fantasy.

On the second to last episode of “Celebrity Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.) there is a double elimination in advance of Sunday’s finale and two hours given to get it done. But how is Omarosa still there?

Bobsled, speed skating, snowboarding and Alpine skiing are on the Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.).

But maybe even better news: The first spring training baseball games, including Washington vs. Houston (MLB, 1 p.m.).

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Thursday TV: ‘Bachelor Winter Games’ End

bachelorgamesIt was a stupid way to divert people who got snow-blind by all the skiing and skating, but “The Bachelor Winter Games” (ABC, 8 p.m.) has been sort of entertaining, even though few on it could actually ski or skate (but they tried). They did manage to couple up pretty cozily though, even though it included several people who weren’t the usual “Bachelor Pad” regulars, but were from some of the international spinoffs. Romance seemed to win more than it did on regular version (and Dean and Lesley, above, may be wanting to settle down).

I also liked that they had a opening ceremony and parade. Whether or not they’ll have a closing ceremony, they will have “The Bachelor Winter Games: World Tells All” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

But really, everybody should be watching the regular Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.) which tonight includes finals in ladies figure skating and short track speedskating.

But not “Thursday Night Darts: Premier League” (BBC America, 10 p.m.).

Fred and Carrie prepare for a natural disaster on “Portlandia” (IFC, 10 p.m.).

The Voltaggio brothers reunite on “Top Chef” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) for the first time since competing against each other.

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Wednesday TV: Students Demand Action

GunRallyA town hall event that may be worthy of the countdown clock they’ve been using for it, is “Stand Up: The Students of Stonemason Douglas Demand Action” (CNN, 9 p.m.) in which outraged surviving students demand action on gun violence like the one in Parkland, Fla., a week ago that killed 14 students and three teachers.

Three lawmakers have agreed to attend: Florida Rep. Ted Deutch, Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio. Not coming: Florida Gov. Rick Stott and the sitting president. Jake Tapper hosts.

Action on guns, however, has been as rare as thenorthern white rhino, whose fight against extinction in Kenya is reported on “Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

Music’s biggest night in England may be the Brit Awards (AXS, 9 p.m.) where Dua Lipa leads all nominees with five. Performances are expected from Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheehan, Jorja Smith, Sam Smith, Rita Ora and Stormzy.

Cross-country skiing Alpine skiing, bobsled and freestyle skiing halfpipe are all on the Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.).

If we haven’t learned enough about South Korean culture from the Winter Games, here’s “Forgotten” (Netflix, streaming), a South Korean series about a kidnapped teen who returns with a case of memory loss and finds he’s tied to a murder.

Also in South Korea: Bea, looking for her mom on “Black Ink Crew” (VH1, 9 p.m.).

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Tuesday TV: Monsters From All Over

sean-bean-frankenstein-chroniclesIt’s the 200th anniversary of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s first and most popular book, “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus.” The wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley was only 20 at the time. Scores of adaptations have come in the last century; the newest comes online, with the British import “The Frankenstein Chronicles” (Netflix, streaming). It stars Sean Bean as an officer looking into the discovery of a corpse made up of body parts from a number of missing children. Boris Karloff is not the monster.

The new three-part documentary series “Death Row Chronicles” (BET, 10 p.m.) looks at another monster: the hip hop label started by Suge Knight.

The fraught history between Iran and Saudi Arabia goes back more than 40 years and continues to animate deadly conflict in the Middle East. “Frontline” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings)  and correspondent Martin Smith travel to seven countries to untangle the tale and unveil a few scoops along the way — such as the U.S. knowing of Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons in the Iraq-Iran war. Tonight is the first of two parts of “Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia.” Part two concludes next week.

The Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.) has snowboarding, bobsled, Alpine skiing and figure skating.

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Monday TV: The History of Black Colleges

WeAreRisingThe history of America’s HBUs are told in Stanley Nelson’s documentary “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). The haven for black intellectuals was also an incubator for social change, and produced such leaders as Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Elison, Alice Walker, Common and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Also of interest is the Oscar-nominated documentary short “Traffic Stop” (HBO, 8 p.m.) chronicles what happens when a black schoolteacher in Texas is pulled over by a white cop and the situation worsens.

The 2018 American Rescue Dog Show (Hallmark, 8 p.m.) has less rigorous categories.

It’s freestyle halfpipe, ice dancing and two-man bobsledding on The Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.).

Hometown visit time for the four final choices on “The Bachelor” (ABC, 8 p.m.) – Tia, Becca, Lauren and Kendall — where Arie receives stern warnings from fathers in Los Angeles, Arkansas, Minnesota and Virginia.

It’s already the final week for “Celebrity Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.), so there’s another eviction.

Zari is on a time loop on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

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Sunday TV: Joel McHale, Talking Again

Joel-McHale-New-Netflix-show-will-make-fun-of-everythingJoel McHale began his career doing “The Soup” for a dozen years. He’s back to the format, sort of, in the online “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale” (Netflix, streaming), adding guests, sketches and video clips.

It’s been months since the last new episode, so there’s a lot to cover on the fifth season of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO, 11 p.m.).

Tonight is the NBA All-Star Game (TNT, 8:20 p.m.). What’s different is that the each team’s captain, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, get to pick their own teams.

The Olympics (NBC, 7 p.m.) continues with ice dancing, freestyle skiing women’s halfpipe , women’s speed skating, two man bobsled and men’s cross country skiing relay.

Can’t wait until the Oscars? Tonight is the 2018 BAFTA Film Awards (BBC America, 8 p.m.) from London, honoring the best in British and international film. “The Shape of Water” leads nominations with 12; “Darkest Hour” has nine, “Dunkirk” eight. Joanna Lumley takes over hosting duties from Stephen Fry.

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Saturday TV: New Space Cartoon.

FinalSpaceTBS’ move to becoming an unusual comedy outpost continues with the elaborate sci-fi cartoon “Last Space” (TBS, 10 p.m.) about a prisoner on a space ship that gets involved in fighting whole galaxies for befriending a benign circular form that is also a planet killer. The hero is a cad who doesn’t seem like he’d be able to navigate the universe and its evils. Conan O’Brien is a co-producer; voices are from Fred Armison, Tom Kinney and creator Olan Rogers, who developed it on YouTube. The showrunner is David Sacks, a writer from “3rd Rock from the Sun.” The actual premiere is Feb. 26, but the first two episodes are on tonight.

Ed Gordon considers the nature of race with  guests Misty Copeland, Anthony Anderson and Samuel L. Jackson on “Ed Gordon: Am I Black Enough?” (Bounce, midnight).

The documentary “Oceans of Crime” (CNBC, 8 p.m.) looks into lawlessness in the seafood industry.

Chris Stapleton ant the Turnpike Troubadours are on a new episode of “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings).

Cuttlefish battle for mates and an octopus avoids sharks in the green seas on “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” (BBC America, 9 p.m.).

Valentine’s Day forges on in “Wedding March 3: Here Comes the Bride” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.) with Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett. I don’ think you’ll have to watch the first two first to get it.

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Friday TV: Deconstructing Rap Lyricism

nas-word-is-bondBlack History Month brings Sacha Jenkins’ “Word is Bond” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), a thoughtful exploration of hip hop, with a special emphasis on the mechanics the language and the artistry of writing with interviews from old school pioneers like Rakim, Nas (above) and Big Daddy Kane to Jadakiss, Clips and J. Cole. It’s enhanced by snippets of classic videos and distinctive animation by Hectah Arias.

In the new series “Everything Sucks!” (Netflix, streaming) uncool teens try to survive their high school years in Boring, Ore. by making movies in their AV club.

In the romance film “Irreplaceable You” (Netflix, streaming), Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman play a couple negotiating their next stage, with Christopher Walkin and Kate McKinnon in the cast.

The refugee crisis gets an artist’s eye in Ai Weiwei’s “Human Flow” (Amazon, streaming).

On the third season finale of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW, 8 p.m.), Rebecca makes amends for her past and someone new arrives in West Covina.

A fourth season starts for “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon, streaming), some of it set in Japan.

The Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.) has the finals in men’s figure skating and women’s Super G Alpine skiing. Plus: women’s skiing aerials and skeleton.

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Thursday TV: ‘Splendor in the Grass’

Splendor-in-the-GrassNot only did William Inge win an Oscar for his screenplay of “Splendor in the Grass” (TCM, 8 p.m.), he also appears as a Protestant clergyman in Elia Kazan’s 1961 film. But you’ll be looking more at young Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood.

It’s part of a day long look at best original screenplay Oscar winners and nominees on Turner Classic Movies, as part of their 31 Days of Oscar. It begins with “Interrupted Melody” (6:15 p.m.), “The Naked Spur” (8:15 a.m.), “It’s Always Fair Weather” (10 a.m.), “Titanic” (noon), “Designing Woman” (2 p.m.), “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer” (4 p.m.) and “Woman of the Year” (6 p.m.), before a slate of prime time winners that also include “Pillow Talk” (10:15 p.m.), “The Candidate” (12:15 a.m.), “The Producers” (2:15 a.m.) and one of the greatest of all, “Citizen Kane” (4 a.m.).

The thing about “The Bachelor Winter Games” (ABC, 8 p.m.) is that it knows its stupid. How can you dislike a two week show that begins with its own opening ceremony and theme song? “Celebrity Big Brother” didn’t do that. And it seems like people are getting to like one another. What’s interesting to the same old U.S. faces is the same thing interesting to us: All the international visitors.

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Noel Gallagher’s Birds ‘n’ Beatles

IMG_5173Much as he wants to get away from it, the Beatles thing continues to dog Noel Gallagher, long after his band Oasis has broken up.

Of course, that group got the comparisons, in part from the younger Gallaghers in the band doing some boastful claims. Plus they had some great songs that held up British rock at a time when it was sinking into synths.

Now on tour to promote the third album by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, which stopped at the Anthem in Washington, D.C., Monday, he’s acting like a solo Beatle immediately after their breakup — downplaying the work of his old band, even though that was the stuff that really got the crowd going.

It was reserved seats all around for the Anthem show — an odd choice, since old Oasis fans aren’t quite that old yet, and Gallagher’s music maintains an edge and a rocking core. But everybody stood from beginning to end, owing to how compelling so much of his new music is.

Gallagher has always had a knack for rock-based hooks; by now he also uses that cleverness to devise songs that work because of their simplicity and the kind of repeated phrases that bolstered rock ’n’ roll from the outset.

With a swirl of arresting video on a circular screen behind him, he and his various Flying Birds appeared at first as mere silhouettes against the screen before a staccato barrage of lights illuminated the musicians.

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