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Thursday 4

“The Head” (HBO Max streaming) This international thriller in English, Danish, Swedish and Spanish is set in an isolated and inaccessible Antarctic research station at the South Pole that has been locked down for the winter. When the station’s summer commander (Alexandre Willaume, Tomb Raider) shows up, it seems the entire previous team (including his wife) is now missing or dead. This dark survival mystery comes to us from the Pastor brothers (The Occupant, Carriers, The Last Days).

“The Murders” (Sundance Now streaming) Sundance hauls in this cop series from Canada. A rookie Vancouver homicide detective (Jessica Lucas, “Gotham”), whose negligence resulted in a fellow officer’s death, seeks redemption alongside a new partner (Dylan Bruce, “Orphan Black”).

“Fast Foodies” (truTV 8:30pm) Three gourmet chefs try to put a haute cuisine twist on a guest celebrity’s fast-food fave in truTV’s new cooking competition. In tonight’s premiere episode: actor/comedian Joel McHale and Chicago Red Hots.

Friday 5

“The Snoopy Show” (Apple TV+ streaming) Charles Schultz’ iconic cartoon dog (and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang) show up in Apple’s newest animated outing.

“Invisible City” (Netflix streaming) In this Brazilian fantasy, a single dad/”environmental police” detective (Marco Pigossi, Brazil’s answer to John Krasinski) finds a strange dead animal on a beach in Rio de Janeiro and stumbles into a murder investigation involving a world inhabited by mythical entities usually invisible to humans.

Space Sweepers (Netflix streaming) Billed as the first South Korean space blockbuster, this relatively expensive (about $20 million U.S.) sci-fi flick follows a crew of deep space junk collectors who stumble across a surprisingly innocent-looking weapon of mass destruction and end up getting tangled in a deadly conspiracy.

Earwig and the Witch (HBO Max streaming) Japan’s Studio Ghibli releases its first full 3D CG-animated feature. Directed by Goro Miyazaki (Hayao’s son) and based on a book by Diana Wynn Jones (who wrote Howl’s Moving Castle), it tells the tale of a young British orphan who is adopted by a strange couple and comes to learn that she has magical powers.

“Unseemly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard” (Discovery+ streaming) Canadian fashion mogul and “King of Polyester” Peter Nygard gets the true crime once-over following allegations that he sexually abused women and underage girls after luring them into the fashion industry.

Saturday 6

Life in a Day 2020 (YouTube streaming) This crowdsourced documentary (a follow-up to Life in a Day 2011) asked filmmakers (both professional and amateur) from around the globe to send in video clips of themselves living their lives on July 25, 2020. Stories of love, hope, heartbreak, life, death and pure pandemic-induced boredom are featured.

“Devil May Care” (Syfy 10pm) Syfy’s newest late-night cartoon stars Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,” “Resident Alien”) as Satan himself, trying to “rebrand” Hell with the help of a new social media manager (voiced by Asif Ali from “Wrecked”).

Sunday 7

“Puppy Bowl XVII” (Animal Planet Noon) Over 70 new pound puppies are unleashed (literally) into a brand new “stadium” to frolic for three hours, giving dog lovers an alternative to today’s sports action. For some reason Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart are there, having a tailgate party in the parking lot.

“Kitten Bowl VIII” (Hallmark Noon) Of course, if you prefer your fuzzy friends feline, Hallmark has the distraction you’re looking for.

“Super Bowl LV” (KRQE-13 4:30pm) Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs battle Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are the first team in Super Bowl history to sport a home field advantage. The Weeknd performs at this year’s halftime show—because The Weeknd performs at freakin’ everything these days.

“The Equalizer” (KRQE-13 8pm) Remember the 1985 CBS hit starring Edward Woodward as a retired intelligence officer with a mysterious past who helps random people for free? If not, you probably remember the 2014/2018 movie remakes starring Denzel Washington. Well, now rapper-turned-actor Queen Latifah takes over, doing the action hero thing.

Monday 8

“Tooned In” (Nickelodeon 3pm) Why has it taken this long for Nickelodeon to host a TV gameshow for kids based entirely on cartoon trivia?

Tuesday 9

Black Art: In the Absence of Light (HBO 7pm) By centering on the groundbreaking exhibit “Two Centuries of Black American Art,” curated by David Driskell in 1976 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, HBO’s newest documentary feature introduces audiences to the history of African-American visual art.

Wednesday 10

“Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage” (History 6pm) History Channel gets into Black History Month by examining how a legendary group of African-American pilots in World War II helped end segregation in the U.S. military and pave the way for the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.