This weekend, I have… an hour, and I can’t separate art from artist.
‘We need to talk about Cosby’
Watch when: Sunday at 10 p.m., on Showtime.
In the first hour of this four-part documentary, comedian W.Kamau Bell interrogates the legacy of Bill Cosby, “America’s Dad,” who became “America’s Dad accused of eating style. petty theft and mass rape”. (His 2018 sentence on three counts of more serious indecent assault is upside down in 2021.) Using archival footage, clips from Cosby’s comedy albums, interviews, and the testimonies of some of his more than 50 accusers, Bell set out to explore the literary position Cosby’s complex chemistry. Or, as he puts it, “What do we do with everything we know about Bill Cosby and what we know now?”
… 3 hours, and I definitely didn’t peak in high school.
‘The Party After’
Watch when: Starting Friday, on AppleTV +.
“Nothing can ruin this night!” a man talking about his 15 year high school reunion. Then a corpse plunges onto the beach below. The first three episodes of this murder mystery comedy will premiere on Friday, with five more to follow. The stick? Each episode presents a different cinematic style. (Does this story really need eight episodes? Are the general spotlights a hit? You decide!)
But the casting department got ahead of itself, with a team that included Tiffany Haddish as the lead investigator, along with Zoë Chao, John Early, Dave Franco, Ilana Glazer and Sam Richardson. If mystery turns mysterious, you can always find Haddish and her singles. “Get the cornmeal,” she told Early’s detective. “The thick plot.” Here’s the real mystery: Was anyone really looking forward to high school reunions?
… 3 hours, and I have an inquiring mind.
‘Beginning Curiosity with Jonathan Van Ness’
Watch when: Come Friday, on Netflix.
Have you ever wished that John Wilson had better hair? Or did David Attenborough sing sometimes? Then enjoy this eclectic documentary series by Jonathan Van Ness, the groomer of “Queer Eye.” Inspired by Van Ness’ podcast of the same name, this six-episode series sees him satisfy his passions (haircare, snacks, ice skating, gender neutral) and investigate the question of no regularly (how are skyscrapers built? His investigations aren’t particularly rigorous. But his enthusiasm feels genuine. And his hair?
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/arts/television/afterparty-w-kamau-bell-bill-cosby.html How much watch time do you have this weekend?