Netflix is airing the long-awaited second season of “Russian Doll.” Natasha Lyonne stars as Nadia, a New Yorker and software engineer who sets out to celebrate her 36th birthday, only to end up dying in a strange way and then finding herself repeating her birthday.
During its many birthday events, we learn the details of the soap opera from Nadia and her circle of family and friends, but the computer coder never quite unlocks the secret of her predicament similar to that of a video game.
“Doll” isn’t the first show about life, death, and a conscious afterlife to emerge in the age of streaming. The Prime Video comedy “Upload” also explores the intersection of technology and an “afterlife” in which the deceased live out a mock eternity in a resort setting where amenities depend on the price of admission. Canceled after just one season, the supernatural comedy “Forever” also explored the idea of ”heaven” on a ranch lot. An underrated Amazon Prime series, it starred Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen and starred Katherine Keener, among others.
• The cumulative effects of YouTube consumption on “television” can be seen in “So Dumb It’s Criminal,” streaming on Peacock and hosted by Snoop Dogg and a gallery of friends and fellow comedians. Shows as old as “Cops” (1989) have featured criminal and disorderly behavior for our “entertainment”. Here we become the audience of an audience asserting our right to laugh at the silly misfortunes of others.
Also on Peacock, “Killing It” stars Craig Robinson (“The Office,” “Hot Tub Time Machine”) as a wrestler with “Shark Tank” dreams who ends up living and sleeping in his car before to set it on fire with his foreman George Gril.
One misfortune after another tempts him to join his younger brother in a life of crime, when a sign from above sends him on a new entrepreneurial quest: to join the state of Florida’s bounty hunt for an invasive species of python in a quest to win a $20,000 Sweepstakes Prize.
Not without laughs, the “Killing It” pilot takes a very long time to get to the show’s premise, and when it does, Peacock invites viewers to upgrade to its premium subscription service to watch the rest of the show. series.
– The CW is forgoing its regular schedule to air “Freddie Mercury: The Final Act” (7 p.m., CW, TV-PG), a look at Queen’s lead singer, who died in 1991.
— TCM plays eight Robert Mitchum films over 12 hours, from “Girl Rush” (5 a.m., TV-G) to “The Wrath of God” (5 p.m., TV-14). In 1948, Mitchum was arrested for smoking a joint at a party in Laurel Canyon and was sentenced to prison. Rather than ending his career, Mitchum’s pot bust cemented his reputation as a new breed of leading actor emerging in the post-war era.
Think of this film festival as TCM’s way of celebrating 4/20, a day known as Marijuana Day and a day to speak out against the hypocrisy of marijuana prohibition.
TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
— A surrogate birth goes aside on “Chicago Med” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
— “Changing Planet” (7 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) follows a scientist who visits seven monitoring stations each year to measure changes in the environment.
– A jet engine triggers a conflagration on “Chicago Fire” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
– Griff returns to surgery on “Good Sam” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
— Mogul’s death reveals a host of motivated suspects on “Chicago PD” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
“Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain” (7 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA) profiles the influential hip-hop group.
“Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) … “The Masked Singer” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-PG) … Moon over Miami on “The Goldbergs” (7 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). .. Bill misses the band on “The Wonder Years” (7:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) … “Beyond the Edge” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) … “Domino Masters” (8 p.m., Fox , TV-PG) … Darlene worries Mark won’t fit in at school on “The Conners” (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) … A supportive audience on “Home Economics” (8:30 p.m. , ABC, TV-14)… A fateful double date on “A Million Little Things” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
Alexander Skarsgard and Jack White are booked on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (10:35 p.m., CBS)… Jimmy Fallon hosts Marlon Wayans, Natasha Lyonne and Dove Cameron on “The Tonight Show” (10:34 p.m., NBC)… Kaley Cuoco, Aasif Mandvi and Amyl and the Sniffers visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (11:37 p.m., NBC).
“Okay, that was weird. The least anticipated story of the week was the scandal involving Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) and “When Calls the Heart” star Lori Loughlin (7 p.m. Sunday, Hallmark, TV-G), in a bribery plot / cheating to get their respective daughters into elite universities.
This is obviously an ongoing case, and all parties must have their say, or one day, in court. But the motivation at the center of this story is worth discussing. It implies an overwhelming need to do anything to get children into elite schools. As if something “less” was unthinkable.
Television plays a significant role in this insecurity. I can’t remember how many times I’ve had to describe an ABC legal drama where every character hails from the most exclusive Ivy and spends most of the pilot bragging about it.
There was a time, not too long ago, when John Grisham wrote best-selling books about barely accredited young lawyers from anonymous institutions who took on impossible cases against huge corporations and ultimately won. And I got the girl, to boot.
Thus, the neurotic obsession of our present age with elitism and inequality is hardly entrenched.
If anything stands out from this sordid affair, it’s an appreciation that shoddy efforts at snobbery are still essentially pathetic. Or on classic TV, comedy. Watching “Gilligan’s Island,” we identified with Mary Ann and the Skipper, and felt sorry for the millionaire and his wife.
— CNN debuts the four-hour documentary “Tricky Dick” (8 p.m., Sunday), chronicling the life and times of Richard Nixon’s public career, which spanned decades from the dawn of the Cold War to the Clinton years.
— An anxious new mother joins a solidarity and support group, only to find he has darker plans on his agenda in shock 2019 “Mommy Group Murder” (7 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).
– The Thunder and Warriors meet in NBA action (7:30 p.m., ABC).
— A former kidnapper returns to form on “Ransom” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
— Program on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): embassy employees in China and Cuba complain of mysterious ailments; AOL founder Steve Case and his plans to invest in the future of neglected small towns in America; a visit to Monaco.
— The duels begin on “World of Dance” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
— Auditions continue on “American Idol” (7 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
– Lex Luthor is free on “Supergirl” (7 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
— Mr. Wednesday prepares for battle on “American Gods” (7 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
— After discovering her royal lineage, an adopted 10-year-old girl becomes a little bully in the 2019 clash “Mommy’s Little Princess” (7 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).
— A secret room harbors dangers on “Charmed” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
— Hidden secrets revealed in “The Walking Dead” (8 p.m., AMC, TV-MA).
— A new trial continues on “The Case Against Adnan Syed” (8 p.m., HBO, TV-14).
– Ax is determined to destroy Taylor in the fourth-season premiere of “Billions” (8 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
– Ulysses pursues a conspiracy theory on “Now Apocalypse” (8 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
— “Unsung” (8 p.m., TVONE) portrays the Jets.
— Peaceful openings on “Madame la secretary” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
— The tension mounts on “Good Girls” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
— Mo’s past is revealed on “Black Monday” (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
— St. Patrick’s Day inspires many traditions. Syfy offers a marathon of “Leprechaun” movies, from “Leprechaun 5: In the Hood” (Saturday 4 p.m., TV-14) to “Leprechaun 2” (8 p.m.). TCM takes the traditional approach, ladling the Technicolor blarney from director John Ford’s 1952 romance “The Quiet Man” (7 p.m. Sunday, TV-PG).
“Dateline” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG)… “NBA Countdown” (7 p.m., ABC)… The kids are fine on “MasterChef” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG)…” 48 Hours” (9 p.m., CBS) … A vintage portion of “Saturday Night Live” (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
A visit from an old friend inspires Miles in “God Friended Me” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-PG)… Homer can’t leave Bart’s virtual kingdom in “The Simpsons” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-14 ) … Empathy for all things on “Bob’s Burgers” (7:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
A walk down the aisle on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14)… On two episodes of “Family Guy” (Fox, TV-14), Meg’s Winter Olympics ( 8 p.m.), the fights on a dowager (8:30 p.m., r)… Aches on “Shark Tank” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).