Between network, cable, and streaming, the modern television landscape is a vast one. Here are some of the shows, specials, and movies that will air on TV this week, January 21-February. 6. Details and times are subject to change.
INDEPENDENT LENS: LOST IN BROOKS . COUNTY (In 2021) 10pm on PBS (check local listings). Hundreds of people have died trying to immigrate from Mexico to the United States via Brooks County, Tex., over the past two decades. This documentary looks at what makes the region, at the southern end of Texas, It’s dangerous for people crossing the borderand explore the work activists and community members are doing to address the crisis. The film focuses on two families thanks to Eddie Canales, founder of the South Texas Center for Human Rights, to help find missing family members.
CELEBRATE BETTY WHITE: AMERICA’S GOLDEN GIRL 10 p.m. on NBC. This hour-long special celebrates the life and career of comic book actress Betty White, who died in December at the age of 99. Many famous people will pay their respects to White, including Drew Barrymore, Cher, Bryan Cranston, Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Goldie Hawn, Anthony Mackie, Tracy Morgan, Jean Smart and President Biden.
BARBARA LEE: TELL THE TRUTH WITH POWER (In 2021) 8 p.m. on Starz. “A roar hits the Super Bowl.” That’s how The New York Times describes the reception received by Representative Barbara Lee from an audience in Oakland, California, at a community meeting in October 2001. Reason for crowd enthusiasm: Lee was only member of Congress to vote against invading Afghanistan in the days following the September 11 attacks. This documentary examines Lee’s life both before and after that important step. Interviewees included Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, CNN commentator Van Jones and actor Danny Glover.
Remembering Betty White
The actress, whose illustrious career spanned seven decades, died on January 31. She was 99 years old.
- Obituary: After creating two of the most memorable characters in sitcom history, White remains a beloved television presence.
- Remembered Fondly: Hollywood stars, comedians, presidents and seemingly the entire internet tribute after her death was announced.
- Last joke: People magazine was in a dilemma when it came to the cover of White’s upcoming 100th birthday attack newsstands right before she passed away.
- From the archive: In a 2011 interview, White shares memories of the relationship she holds dear in her heart – with an elephant.
LUCY IN THE SKY (2019) 7:15pm and 9:50pm on FXM. Earlier this month, showrunners “Fargo” and “Legion” Noah Hawley released a dark new novel, “Anthem”, fantasy teenage characters years after the Covid-19 pandemic. For a multi-format dual feature, pair the book with Hawley’s movie.”Lucy in the sky,“Where Natalie Portman is a passionate astronaut.
SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS (In 2021) 6:30 p.m. on Showtime. When multimedia musician and composer Laurie Anderson refers to “original sounds” in the narration of this documentary, the phrase has a clear dual meaning. Not only did synthesizers and other digital technology, the focus of the film, create sounds unmatched in the 20th century, but also created opportunities for female composers such as Daphne Oram, Maryanne Amacher and Clara Rockmore to innovate outside the traditional, male-dominated music industry. The film explores the work of these women and beyond, arguing that their importance in shaping electronic music has been overlooked. As a result, Glenn Kenny wrote in His review for The Times, is “informative and often engaging.”
SCREAMING (1996) 8pm on BBC America. Screams accompanied by laughter in “Scream”, Wes Craven’s horror parody gave a new life to the slasher genre when it hit theaters just over 25 years ago. The series spawned a series of sequels – the latest of which Released earlier this month – but even this first entry feels like a sequel, so it’s filled with references and recalls to previous genre-defining movies, including “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” . The film introduces the character Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), a suburban teenager who is being stalked by a masked killer with a long face. BBC America is broadcasting it alongside its first sequel, SCREAM 2 (1997).
OPENING OLYMPICS WINTER 2022 6:30 am and 8 p.m. on NBC. The Winter Olympics in Beijing officially kicked off on Friday with an opening ceremony that included a parade and the lighting of traditional national cauldrons. (Aside from athletes, the American presence at games will be reduced: The United States is among the countries the government has planned for diplomatic boycott of games, quote human rights violations.) The ceremony will be broadcast live at 6:30 a.m., then re-broadcast at 8 p.m. as a more elaborate special.
STAND AND DELIVERY (1988) 10 am on TCM day. Actor Edward James Olmos has stepped away from the glamor of “Miami Vice” to play a (but deeply gifted) math teacher in this late ’80s drama. Directed by Ramón Menéndez and based on real events, the film casts Olmos as Jaime Escalante, a teacher at a public high school in East Los Angeles who has the ability to push her students to lead the way. to the impression test scores were brought into question by testing standards that prejudge the authorities. Olmos played a key role in creating “a wonderfully inspiring effect,” says Janet Maslin in her review for The Times in 1988. (He later received an Oscar nomination for his performance.) “If there is one movie that makes audiences want to study calculus,” Maslin writes, “this is it. ”
NIGHTMARE ALLEY (In 2021) 8 p.m. on HBO. After its recent release in theaters, Guillermo del Toro’s The movie’s newest haunted house hits the small screen via HBO on Saturday night. Set primarily in the midst of a brutal carnival, “Nightmare Alley” revolves around a 1930s con man (Bradley Cooper) who successfully commits an act of psychopathy. However, the real star might be the setting: In Her rating for The Times, Manohla Dargis praises del Toro’s sleek, textured world-building, but doesn’t go overboard with the rest of the film. “The festival is turning and del Toro’s fondness for its inhabitants has helped create a human face on these purposeful monsters,” she wrote. “But after the end of the preliminary round, he struggled to turn many of the highlights into a lively and engaging whole.”
THE OPPORTUNITY OF ONE LIFE OF WILD 9pm on Food Network. Some competitive programs offer winners cash prizes that they can retire with. “Guy’s Chance of a Lifetime” presents an opportunity: Competitors vie for ownership of a Guy Fieri-branded chicken joint in Nashville. The winner will be announced on Sunday’s season finale.
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