Monday TV: The Black Experience on Film

Turner Classic Movies marks Martin Luther King Day with a slew of documentaries on the Black experience, starting with with “You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South” (8 p.m.), “Freedom on My Mind” (9:45 p.m.), “Say Amen Somebody” (midnight), “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” (2 a.m.), “No Maps on My Taps” (3:30 a.m.), “The Blues According to Lightnin’ Hopkins” (4:45 a.m.) and “Crisis” (5:30 a.m.).

One new documentary is on in conjunction with MLK Day as well, celebrating the music that accompanied the civil rights movement, “Music & the Movement” (TV One, 8 p.m.) highlighting the work of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Gil Scott-Heron, among others. 

Elsewhere, “9-1-1” (Fox, 8 p.m.) returns for its fourth season, reacting to another big disaster — an earthquake that caused a dam failure that caused a mudslide at the Hollywood sign. It’s accompanied by a second season of the spinoff “9-1-1: Lone Star” (Fox, 9 p.m.).  

The football saga “All American” (CW, 8 p.m.) returns for a new season, with Spencer defending himself after a controversial interview.

On “The Good Doctor” (ABC, 10 p.m.), a rich patient is obsessed with extending his life. 

Bob urges Abishola to ask for a divorce on “Bob (Hearts) Abishola” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.).

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Sunday TV: New Victorian Era Detective

A woman tries to establish herself as a detective in Victorian England in the new six-part series “Miss Scarlet & The Duke” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), starring Kate Phillips of “Peaky Blinders” and Stuart Martin. 

It provides another “Masterpiece” lead-in to the gentle “All Creatures Great an Small” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) that began last week. 

It’s gotta be the shoes, an old Nike ad went. But on “Batwoman” (CW, 8 p.m.) it’s all about the suit. That’s the only way they could switch the main character from Ruby Rose, who quit after season one, to Javicia Leslie, who takes up the title role (by simply putting on the suit). 

NFL Divisional Playoffs have Cleveland at Kansas City (CBS, 3:05 p.m.) and Tampa Bay at New Orleans (Fox, 6:40 p.m.. 

The concluding episode of “Tiger” (HBO, 9 p.m.) delves into his womanizing and decline of Tiger Woods, followed by his comeback. (Episode one is repeated afterward at 10:45 p.m.).

The mystery writer is profiled in the special “Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). 

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Saturday TV: John Ford’s ‘The Searchers’

John Ford’s 1954 classic “The Searchers” (TCM, 8 p.m.) with John Wayne and Natalie Wood, is listed as one of the greatest American films that too few have seen. Turner Classic Movies pairs it with a second film that is based on a source novel by Alan Le May, “Along Came Jones” (10:15 p.m.). The 12 o’clock noir is “Witness to Murder” (midnight), followed by two films not about the birds in their titles, “The Falcon and the Snowman” (2 a.m.) and “The Falcon’s Brother” (4:30 a.m.). 

NFL Playoffs continue with Rams at Green Bay (Fox, 4:35 p.m.) and Baltimore at Buffalo (NBC, 8:15 p.m.).

Let’s all identify felons on Anderson Cooper helms the special “The Faces of the Trump Insurrection” (CNN, 10 p.m.).

A champion ski racer and local ski instructor get romantic on “Two for the Win” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.), with Charlotte Sullivan and Trevor Donovan star. 

The case of a Philadelphia pastor who kidnapped a half dozen women is retold in the two hour special “Monster Preacher” (Oxygen, 7 p.m.).

A major roadblock threatens to shut the scheme down on “Undercover Billionaire” (Discovery, 8 p.m.). 

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Friday TV: Imagining a Memorable Night

Regina King’s  new film recreates a memorable evening that took place in 1964, when after Cassius Clay’s defeat of Sonny Liston, he partied with his pals Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown. “One Night in Miami…” (Amazon Prime, streaming) stars Eli Goree, Aaron D. Alexander, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. 

The much-hyped and effects-heavy “WandaVision” (Disney+, streaming) places two obscure Marvel characters, Wanda Maximoff and Vision as trapped in a series of old sitcoms, starting with “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Bewitched” and “The Brady Bunch.” Canned laughter to the contrary, their misadventures aren’t very amusing; the superhero stuff is kept to a minimum, at least at first. 

Anthony Mackie stars in the action film “Outside the Wire” (Netflix, streaming) as a drone pilot working for an android officer trying to find a doomsday device.

In the new film “The Ultimate Playlist of Noise” (Hulu, streaming) a high schooler creates a special playlist in case upcoming brain surgery leaves him deaf. 

M. Night Shyamalan’s “Servant” (Apple TV+, streaming) returns for a second season, with Nell Tiger Free, Lauren Ambrose and Rupert Grint.

The animated “Disenchantment” (Netflix, streaming) is back with a third season; “Carmen Sandiego” (Netflix, streaming) is back for its fourth season. 

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Thursday TV: Anne Gets Locked Down

Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor play a couple who are about to break up but are forced to stay together during the pandemic in the new film “Locked Down” (HBO Max, streaming), which also involves a planned heist. 

The new “Mr. Mayor” (NBC, 8 p.m.) is the best broadcast sitcom in a while.

Kat wins a free trip to Puerto Rico on “Call Me Kat” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

“Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox, 8 p.m.) deals with shrimp.

A role-play session turns violent on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

“Superstore” (NBC, 8:30 p.m.) returns with a new episode about dealing with systemic racism.

Ryan is offered a big corporate job on “Last Man Standing” (Fox, 9:30 p.m.).

“Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” (MTV, 8 p.m.) deals with a raccoon invasion.

An otter is apparently one of the “World’s Funniest Animals” (CW, 8 p.m.).

“Southern Charm” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) begins a two part season finale with a pool party. 

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Wednesday: Sedgwick in ‘Call Your Mother’

Kara Sedgwick always included a little humor in her long running role as “The Closer.” Tonight, she immerses in comedy starring as a mother who decides to move in with her adult kids on the new sitcom “Call Your Mother” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.).

The new four-part “Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer” (Netflix, trimmings) looks back at the killing spree in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. 

“Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) turns a camera to baby animals in the Alps, who are quite different than the mammoths explored on “Mystery of the Ice Age Giants” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.). 

 The concluding episode of “Trafficked with Mriana van Zeller” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) takes a timely look at the black market in guns.

“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.) hunts for a sniper targeting the fire department.

Candice Bergen guest stars on “The Conners” (ABC, 9 p.m.) as Ben’s mom. 

“The Goldbergs” (NBC, 8 p.m.) plan a murder mystery party. 

Katie’s mentor moves to town on “American Housewife” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.). 

A doctor has a hard time getting people in his clinical trial on “Chicago Med” (NBC, 8 p.m.), there’s an ariel ladder mishap on “Chicago Fire” (NBC, 9 p.m.), and a cop is murdered on “Chicago P.D.” (NBC, 10 p.m.). 

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Film: Fracturing the Brain for Science

Eric Schultz’s directorial debut, “Minor Premise,” is a nifty puzzle, a scientific thriller that doesn’t insult the intelligence with any superfluous corn, Instead, the scientific aspect is cranked way up.

Sathya Sridharan portrays a driven neuroscientist on the verge of a breakthrough. Building on and hoping to complete research begun by his father, he applies the experiment to himself. 

At first it seems a way to make vivid the memories deep in the consciousness, in the manner they tried on, say, the series “Devs.” He’s explaining the theory while participating in a too-familiar scene — an online class to a handful of students. 

Then you think it might be about time jumping, in that time-honored “Momento” sci-fi conceit so easily accomplished in film. But mostly we learn he’s merely blacking out for specific periods of time, awaking with dried blood on his face since he often just drops like a heap to the ground when he does so (You’d think he’d at least wear a helmet or pad the floors once he learns this side effect).

Eventually, it’s clear he’s mapping neuropathways of the brain, and learning that he’s arranging them into ten distinct sections enumerated at the start of the film: Anxiety, Anger, Libido, Unconsciousness, Intellect, Primitive, Creative, Euphoria and one, number 8, that’s still a mystery. 

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Tuesday: From Canada Comes ‘Trickster’

The latest Canadian import “Trickster” (CW, 9 p.m.) stars Joel Oulette as an Indigenous teen trying to support his family while being faced with strange mystic apparitions. It’s described as a coming of age supernatural thriller. 

“Prodigal Son” (Fox, 9 p.m.) returns for a second season, with Malcolm protecting his sister and mother from a terrible secret. 

The fourth season starts for “The Resident” (Fox, 8 p.m.), which features a mid-pandemic wedding between Matt Czuchry and Emily VanCamp’s characters. 

“Two Sentence Horror Stories” (CW, 8 p.m.), which fills out such stories to fill an hour, returns for a second season as well, starting with one about five high school seniors falling prey to a monster during detention. 

“Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) looks into the family histories of Nancy Pelosi, Norah O’Donnell and Zac Posen. 

Emily’s sister comes to help with the baby on “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

Working stories consume “PBS American Portrait” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). 

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Film: When a Documentary Goes Wrong

What if everyone could make a movie?

When Zachary Capp got an unexpected inheritance following his grandfather’s death, he decided, fresh out of rehab for a gambling addiction, to turn his obsessions elsewhere: To make a film about something, anything. 

He quit his lucrative nanny business and embarked on a documentary that turned into “The Ringmaster,” a surprisingly engaging cautionary tale about contemporary filmmaking.  

Capp had remembered a standout maker of onion rings from a town where he spent time growing up, in Worthington, Minn. 

Initially meant to be an episode of a proposed travel/food series he wanted to sell called “American Food Legends.” the onion rings story eventually became hundreds of hours of film over three years. 

With a crew mostly well versed in documentary series, it got a good start. They captured a number of colorful rural characters from rural Southwestern Minnesota raving about the rings. There seemed no doubt they were exceptional.

The one problem was that the whiz of an onion ring maker, Larry Lang, was an eccentric introvert, who didn’t or wasn’t able to talk much about his process, kept the recipe a secret and generally shied away from precisely the type of attention Capp wanted to shower on him.

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Monday TV: A Day in the Life of America

Actor and rock star Jared Leto is also a documentarian. He’s the director of a simultaneous check in of the nation that occurred in what seems eons ago — July 4, 2017. “A Day in the Life of America,” which involved 90 different film crews in every state, makes its debut on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

College Football holds its National Championship in Florida with Alabama vs. Ohio State (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

The life of codebreaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman, who helped bring down Al Capone and a Nazi spy ring is recalled on a new “American Experience” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). 

A period of revolving interim hosts begin today to fill the shows of the late Alex Trebek on “Jeopardy!” (Syndicated, check local listings). First up this week is its biggest former winner Ken Jennings. 

A documentary about real life athletes, “All American Stories” (CW, 8 p.m.) sounds a lot like one of the network’s dramatic series.

ABC News produced the one hour special “24 Hours: Assault on the Capitol” (Hulu, streaming), but is only available online.

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