Saturday TV: A Return to Colder Climes

Winter’s a good time to premiere the six-part sequel “Frozen Planet II” (BBC America, 8 p.m.), with David Attenborough exploring wildlife in the Arctic and Antarctic, starting with a look at polar bears, penguins and snow monkeys. 

Speaking of the outdoors, even the made-for-TV romance “Love in Glacier National: A National Park Romance” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.) with Ashley Newbrough as an avalanche forecaster and Stephen Huszar as director of mountain rescue. 

The other made-for-TV cable movie is “Hoax: The Kidnapping of Sherri Papini” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) with Jaime King portraying the mother who disappeared while jogging but reappeared three weeks later telling of an abduction, which police eventually did not believe. 

Prime time has both pro and college basketball with Lakers at Celtics (ABC, 8:30 p.m.) opposite Ohio State at Indiana (Fox, 8 p.m.). The rest of the days long roster of games is listed below. 

Figure skating has U.S. Figure Skating Championships (NBC, 2:30 p.m.; USA, 6 p.m.) with the French dance this afternoon and pairs free skate tonight. 

“Rico to the Rescue” (HGTV, 9 p.m.) helps a half-finished A-frame in Colorado. 

A third season starts for the paranormal series “Unexplained: Caught on Camera” (Travel, 9 p.m.), accompanied by the fourth season of “Help! My House is Haunted” (Travel, 10 p.m.). 

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Friday TV: ‘Shrinking’ Expectations

Jason Segel plays a therapist who starts breaking rules while grieving a dead spouse on the new series “Shrinking” (Apple TV+, streaming), which turns out to be a comedy only that it’s 30 minutes and from Bill Lawrence, who has had a long history with such things (most recently, “Ted Lasso”).

It seems like we’ve seen an awful lot of series like this — about a central character that’s broken and messes things up. And for all the attention about Harrison Ford being in it, he’s hardly in it (and hardly looks happy about it). The cast includes Jessica Williams, Michael Brie and Christa Miller. 

There’s a couple of new romantic comedies with big name casts streaming today. “You People” (Netflix, streaming) is about an impending wedding, featuring Jonah Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Duchovny, Eddie Murphy and Mia Long, from “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris. 

Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel star in “Shotgun Wedding” (Amazon Prime, streaming), with Jennifer Coolidge, Lenny Kravitz, Cheech Marin and Steve Coulter. It’s from Jason Moore of “Pitch Perfect.”

But there are a lot of Oscar nominated films streaming free these days. Joining the group today: “TAR” (Peacock, streaming) with Cate Blanchett.

Mea Wilkerson stars as a singer who finds the dark side of the label in the thriller “Immortal City Records” (Tubi, streaming).

The Roots take center stage in Washington, D.C. on “Next at Kennedy Center” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships (NBC, 8 p.m.) gets prime time spotlight for the women’s free skate. Earlier, the men’s short program is live at 5 p.m. on USA. 

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The Spirit of ‘Columbo’ in New ‘Poker Face’

Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” movies are popular enough to have him doing Hollywood features full time. But he steps away from that success to bring something that really hasn’t been on TV in too long: A perfectly-made procedural.

The super enjoyable “Poker Face” (Peacock, streaming) stars Natasha Lyonne (of “Russian Doll”) as a unrooted woman with an unassailable knack: to know if someone is lying. That’s helped her in casinos, but also got her banned from them.

But that instinct (and thank goodness, not a superpower) also causes her to slow down, look at what’s in front of her, take it apart and put it back together again. Because she’s always on the lam, there’s a new set of characters in every episode and most of them are big names: Adrien Brody in the first episode, but also Chloe Sevigny, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Barkin, Judith Light, Tim Blake Nelson, Ron Perlman, Cherry Jones, Luis Guzman and Nick Nolte. 

Only Benjamin Bratt, a gun-happy security guard, seems to be a constant, as he’s always on her tail. 

The role is a good fit for Lyonne, who uses her wisecracking, hard-bitten persona in a way that almost suggests Peter Falk’s rumpled detective.

But the fictional detective she mentions is quite different. 

“I’ve always loved particularly Elliott Gould’s portrayal of Philip Marlowe in Altman’s ‘The Long Goodbye,’” she told reporters at the TV Critics Association winter press tour panel earlier this month. 

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Also Thursday: ‘The 1619 Project’ on Hulu

Bad news for white supremacists trying to ban Rebekah Hannah-Jones’ Pulitzer Prize-winning tome from schools. Now there’s a six-part documentary series of “The 1619 Project” (Hulu, streaming) available to all (with a subscription). As she did in the book, the author takes a striking approach, in this case tying long-hidden aspects of American history with a lot of current struggles, including, in the first episode, worsening voting restrictions.

“This is the story of America,” Hannah-Jones told reporters at the TV Critics Association winter press tour earlier this month. “You can’t understand the story of America without understanding the story of slavery and Black Americans.”

And the backlash she takes with pride. “If people there weren’t lots of Americans who were ready and willing to have a different understanding of our country, you wouldn’t see such intensity against the project.”

Elsewhere, “Teen Wolf: The Movie” (Paramount+, streaming) advances the story from the MTV drama that ran from 2011-2017 — itself inspired by the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie. So this update, with Tyler Posey reprising his role, with Tyler Hoechlin, Orney Adams and Linden Ashby, is kind of a full circle.

Except that it accompanies a another hairy horror series from the same “Teen Wolf” creator Jeff Davis called “Wolf Pack” (Paramount+, streaming) starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy herself, as an L.A. fire investigator who responds to a school buss on fire trapped with teens. 

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC, 10 p.m.) celebrates 20 years with a prime time special featuring guests George Clooney, Snoop Dogg and Coldplay. 

Two animated series, the computer generated “Daniel Spellbound” (Netflix, streaming) and the manga “Record of Ragnarok” (Netflix, streaming) both return for second seasons. 

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Wednesday TV: Hulu’s ‘Extraordinary’

There’s no shortage of shows where the star somehow attains superpowers. In the brash new “Extraordinary” (Hulu, streaming), a woman struggles because everybody’s got a superpower but her. Mairead Tyers stars with in the UK import that has kind of a “Fleabag” vibe, but younger.

A third documentary on the notorious sex cult comes on a third network, with “Branded & Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM” (Tubi, streaming).

Behind the scenes secrets of the show are spilled in the special “Willow: Behind the Magic” (Disney+, streaming).

It’s wedding night on “Married at First Sight” (Lifetime, 8 p.m). 

“Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) finds the soul of the ocean in a new episode. 

The more dangerous wildlife down under is featured on the new series “Deadly Australians” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.), which begins in the forests. 

On “Grown-ish” (Freeform, 10:30 p.m.), Junior tries a stock market side hustle. 

Games tonight include “The Price is Right at Night” (CBS, 8 p.m.), “Name That Tune” (Fox, 8 p.m.) and “Lingo” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

In tough guy network reality competitions, there are new episodes of “Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test” (Fox, 9 p.m.) and “Tough as Nails” (CBS, 10 p.m.), 

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Tuesday TV: The Life of Roberta Flack

Born in Black Mountain, N.C., but raised largely in the Washington, D.C. area, Roberta Flack was discovered singing in a local jazz club and became one of the most influential soul singers of the 70s, helping create quiet storm genre and dedicating her life to civil rights activism. Her profile on “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) comes at a poignant time — the 85-year-old singer announced two months ago her retirement from singing because of a diagnosis of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

One of the best network sitcoms “American Auto” (NBC, 8:30 p.m.) returns for a second season, with Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family” joining as a crisis consultant as the company considers a recall notice. Ana Gasteyer leads a well-balanced comic cast that includes Harriet Dyer and Jon Barinholtz. It accompanies a new episode of the rebooted “Night Court” (NBC, 8 p.m.). 

A second season also comes for the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff “How I Met Your Father” (Hulu, streaming) starring Hilary Duff. 

Body building is the competition in the new Korean import “Physical: 100” (Netflix, streaming). 

Want to take another stab at “Accused” (Fox, 9 p.m.)? Each episode in the legal anthology series previewed Sunday is different. Tonight’s involves a deaf surrogate forced to take protective action, in an episode directed by Marlee Matlin.

Oscar nominations are announced this morning on shows like “Good Morning America” (ABC, 8 a.m.) and “Today” (NBC, 8 a.m.). The announcements are expected at about 8:30 a.m.

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Capital Radio, 1-23-23: Year of the Rabbit

The Chinese Lunar New Year brings us the Year of the Rabbit, so there are songs from Bright Eyes, The Cramps, Elton John and T. Rex about our long-eared friends.

But back to the studio after two weeks away means catching up on the recent deaths of David Crosby and Jeff Beck — who are celebrated by their affiliation in ornithological groups; the former in the Byrds, the latter in The Yardbirds.

More recent work is included from both — Crosby working with Sarah Jarosz; Beck with, er, Johnny Depp. But he also had a mutually satisfying relationship with Stevie Wonder. 

Had a song from the late Lisa Marie Presley, from her T Bone Burnett-produced album, but botched an intended salute to Gordy Haron from The Whispers. Snuck in a Tex Rubiniwicz tune just because he came out of retirement to do a show in D.C. 

Here’s the link to the entire broadcast. The setlist follows:

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Monday TV: Rose Distribution Resumes

Zach Shallcross, a 26-year-old castoff from the last season of “The Bachelorette,” is now “The Bachelor” (ABC, 8 p.m.), choosing from 30 women who line up for the 27th season. Among the candidates: four nurses, one nursing student, a rodeo racer, a former Miss South Carolina and ex- Miss Florida World and the niece of country singer Barbara Mandrell — one of five he already met on “The Bachelorette” finale. 

The grape-growing comedy from New Zealand, “Under the Vines” (Acorn TV, streaming) returns for a second season.

Five queer comic book artists talk about their medium in the documentary “No Straight Lines,” making its debut on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). 

“The Playboy Murders” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.), is a new six-part series about the uglier side of the Playboy Mansion, hosted by ex-bunny and frequent reality star Holly Madison. 

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Sunday TV: New ‘Accused’ After Football

For as many sharp shows that Howard Gordon has been a part of, from “24” to “Homeland,” his new “Accused” (Fox. 9 p.m.) is a bit of a puzzle. It’s an anthology series with a new cast each week in which a defendant is on trial and their case is unveiled through the course of an hour. The first is a disturbing one starring Michael Chiklis and Jill Hennessy dealing with a potential school shooting mass murder.

The timing is not a sure thing, as it comes after the NFL divisional playoff of Dallas at San Francisco (Fox, 6:30 p.m.). Earlier, it’s Cincinnati at Buffalo (CBS, 3 p.m.).

Against live football, other broadcast networks roll over and play dead with a series of reruns and old movies, from the 1986 “Top Gun” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) to the 2008 “Iron Man” (ABC, 8 p.m.). 

Last year’s premiere of “The Last of Us” (HBO, 9 p.m.) was the biggest debut for the network since “Boardwalk Empire” bowed 13 years ago, with 4.7 viewers last Sunday. Episode two is tonight. 

Already icky in concept, the premiere of “MILF Manor” (TLC, 10 p.m.) crossed a further line when the line of hot dudes presented before the randy mothers turned out to be their sons. They carefully choose partners tonight. 

Elsewhere, Eliza tracks a con man to a remote corner of France on “Miss Scarlet and the Duke” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

On “All Creatures Great and Small” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), Siegfried tries to save a racehorse.

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Film Review: Powerful ‘You Resemble Me’

Dina Amer’s mesmerizing, elegiac film “You Resemble Me” begins with the lovely interactions of a couple of sisters, age seven and 9, tumbling through life and the outskirts of Paris in their gaily colored dresses that do, in fact, make them resemble each other. 

That the dresses were lifted from somewhere (and the removal of the electronic security tags left telltale holes) hints at the sharp edges of life in which they simply try to live as children. (Having to eat Cocoa Puffs with water is another). 

That their mother slaps them when she isn’t completely neglecting them sends them out on the streets to survive. They can’t even beg properly in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower because so few of the tourists there speak French. 

Eventually the system catches up with them and places them in foster homes — separately. The elder Hasna has a bad fit and runs away again; like her, we don’t ever see her sister Mariam again, leading to a the elder sister’s spiraling, having lost her last connection to love and belonging.

There are hard times and bad choices, but definite attempts to get things right, in fast food service or even trying to enlist into the army. But when her past isn’t catching up to her, she’s not allowed to be anything other than an outsider, though as an Arab Muslim she’s lived in France all her life.

This makes her somewhat susceptible when she runs into a cousin after many years who tries to entice her in his fundamentalist cause. Simply being wanted and the possibility of acceptance into something brings a  context or possible explanation for a choice that would otherwise be unthinkable. 

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