Wednesday TV: Colonization’s Brutality

The Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck follows up his James Baldwin bio film “I Am Not Your Negro” with a wide-ranging, serious and powerful look at colonialism and slavery in “Exterminate All the Brutes” (HBO, 9 p.m.) that’s quite different from any other filmed history before it. He relies plenty on works by the scholars Sven Lindqvist, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Michel-Rolph Trouillot, but also staged reenactments of conflict as well as home movies from his own upbringing. The first two chapters run tonight; the concluding two on Thursday. 

Good to have Topher Grace back in a sitcom. This time it’s “Home Economics” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.) when he reunites with a brother and sister at different places economically. Not sure how much mileage they can get from this premise, but seems OK in the meantime. Jimmy Tatro and Caitlin McGee costar. 

The latest new series with a strangely familiar title is “Kung Fu” (CW, 8 p.m.), which stars Nicky Shen as a Chinese-American woman who trains for three years in a Shaolin monastery before returning to San Francisco helping to protect her family and community from a corrupting force. It’s yet another series from Greg Berlanti, but it’s full of action, gives Asian Americans a showcase at a time they need it and ultimately more entertaining than, say, the “Mulan” remake was.  

Taped in the prepandemic days of 2019, “Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute” (Netflix, streaming) features performances from Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgraves, Shawn Mendes, Brandi Carlile, Katy Perry, Jennifer Nettles, Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town as well as Dolly herself.

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