Sunday, June 4, 2023

TV Listings March 4-10


Thursday 4

"For Heaven's Sake" (Paramount+ streaming) ViacomCBS rebrands and relaunches CBS All Access as a cross-corporate streaming service, featuring content from Paramount Pictures, CBS, DreamWorks Animation, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies and others. First up on offer is this eight-episode comedy/true crime mockumentary from the folks at Funny or Die.

"Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years" (Paramount+ streaming) Paramount moves SpongeBob Squarepants into the computer-animated realm with this "Young Sheldon"/ "Young Rock"-esque prequel following a 10-year-old SpongeBob as he leaves home for the first time to attend a sleepaway camp.

"Pacific Rim: The Black" (Netflix streaming) Guillermo del Toro's "giant robots fighting giant monsters" sci-fi flick makes the rather natural shift to anime with this series about two siblings forced to pilot an abandoned Jagger across a hostile landscape to locate their missing parents.

Friday 5

Coming 2 America (Amazon streaming) More than 30 years after the original comedy hit theaters, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and the rest of the cast return to milk more laughs from their fish-out-of-water premise. Seems that Eddie Murphy's African king, Akeem Joffer, discovers that he fathered a son in America back in the day. Now he must return to the states to find his royal offspring and make him a prince.

Boss Level (Hulu streaming) This week's Groundhog Day knockoff is this adrenalized action flick starring Frank Grillo (Captain America and the Winter Soldier) as a special forces agent stuck in a time loop who must hunt down the head of a secret government project (Mel Gibson) before a bunch of ruthless assassins kill him, forcing him to start his day all over again.

"City of Ghosts" (Netflix streaming) Emmy-winning storyboard artist Elizabeth Ito ("Phineas and Ferb," "Adventure Time") concocts this unique hybrid documentary/animated series in which a gang of kids learn about this history of Los Angeles by interviewing a series of ghosts (all of whom are voiced by actual L.A. neighborhood dwellers).

Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney+ Premiere Access streaming) Disney's newest animated fairy tale comes to theaters and streaming. If you've got Disney+ (and you fork over the $30 extra fee), you can watch it at home. Or wait until June, when it becomes free to Disney+ subscribers.

Saturday 6

"Svengoolie" (Lifetime 7pm) The cadaverous horror movie host digs up another "classic" of bad movies, 1958's The Thing That Couldn't Die. The "thing" in this case is a moldy old severed head, lopped off a 16th century devil worshiper by no less than Sir Francis Drake. Which just makes me wanna watch a movie in which a swashbuckling Sir Francis Drake sails around the world fighting monsters. ... Trust me, nothing that cool happens here.

Sunday 7

"The 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards" (KWBQ-19 6pm) Award Season continues, pandemic be damned. Here, top TV and radio film critics choose the best films of 2020—probably none of which you got to see. (Minari? The Father? The Way Back?) At least they invited sexy Taye Diggs to host.

Monday 8

"Super Sema" (YouTube streaming) YouTube powers up the first African animated superhero series. In this educational toon, a young girl uses science and technology to save her African town from a villainous cyborg named Tobor.

Tuesday 9

"The Houseboat" (Netflix streaming) From Germany comes this "lifestyle" docuseries in which podcasting pals Olli Schulz and Fynn Kliemann purchase an old houseboat and attempt to rebuild the waterlogged dwelling (hopefully, without killing one another).

"COVID Diaries: NYC" (HBO 7pm) Five young filmmakers document stories of their families during the first wave of the pandemic.

"Kings of Kush" (Vice 8:30pm) High-volume celebrity TV pitchman Anthony Sullivan launches a new hemp farming venture in Vermont with the help of "adventure racer" Dave Christian and "Survivor" winner Ethan Zohn—which sounds as logical as anything that's happened in the last 12 months.

Wednesday 10

"Dealer" (Netflix streaming) This French crime drama, based on a 2017 feature film of the same name, is described as a "found footage thriller." It centers on a filmmaker who infiltrates a rough neighborhood in the South of France to shoot a music video for a drug gang leader who wants to become a rap star. Unfortunately, our camera-slinging protagonist finds himself trapped in the middle of a gang war.

"The South ParQ Vaccination Special" (Comedy Central 6pm) Surprising that it took this long for the makers of "South Park" to get around to roasting the COVID pandemic. Seems that a vaccine has arrived in South Park, but a "militant group" (that would probably be the "Q" hidden in the title) tries to prevent the kids from getting their teacher vaccinated.


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