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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

What’s on TV this week: Curb Your Enthusiasm and Queens

The modern television landscape is huge between web, cable and streaming. Here are some of the shows, specials and films that air this week, October 18-24. Details and times are subject to change.

POV: LA CASA DE MAMA ICHA 22:00 on PBS (check local announcements). Decades after emigrating to the United States, the 93-year-old woman returns to Colombia in this new documentary. It is a bittersweet journey, described in an intimate chronicle by Colombian director Oscar Molina in his debut feature film.

AMERICAN MASTERS: BECOMING HELEN KELLER 21:00 on PBS (check local announcements). This new documentary, which redefines Keller’s life and legacy, features actress Cherry Jones’s secret weapon as she reads Helen Keller’s written works. Jones’ readings are accompanied by archival films and photographs, as well as contemporary interviews with historians, scholars and disability rights advocates.

QUEEN 22:00 on ABC channel. Zahir McGee, producer of Scandal, is behind the creation of this new musical drama. The plot begins with the reunion of four women who were part of a hip-hop group in the 1990s and hope to orchestrate their comeback today. (This has nothing to do with the Peacock series Girls5Eva, which is also about a musical reunion.) Naturi Noton, Nadine Velazquez and performers Eva and Brandy star. Tuesday’s debut episode was directed by Tim Storey (“The Barber Shop”), who executive produced the series.

FOUR HOURS IN THE CAPITAL (2021 year) 21:00 on HBO. Featured by HBO and BBC, this feature-length documentary follows the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. It uses footage from an actual event to chart how the violence escalated, and includes interviews with lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and others who were at the Capitol that day.

ZOMBILAND: DOUBLE DIRECTION (2019) 5:30 pm on FX. There will be many simple horror films on TV this month. But if you prefer to have your monsters sacrificed for comedy, consider turning to this silly sequel to Zombieland. The film reunites a quartet from the original Zombieland – Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone – for yet another post-apocalyptic horror riff. If you really want to get scared, you can stay on HALLOWEEN (2018), which FX shows later, at 7:30 pm.

DUNE (1984) 21:30 on HBO 2. Denis Villeneuve’s Dune hits theaters this weekend. Any new sci-fi film from Villeneuve, director of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, could be eagerly awaited, but Dune introduces an additional level of uncertainty in the form of the question: can Villeneuve finally – finally – make it successful a movie from a Frank Herbert novel? This question is in part a result of the 1984 attempt. Directed by David Lynch (who has since called the experience a “nightmare”), the 1984 film gilded Herbert’s novel, originally published in 1965 with Hollywood money, with a huge ensemble (Kyle MacLachlan; Patrick Stewart and Sting co-stars). as well as a soundtrack created mainly by Toto. “An ornate affair,” wrote Janet Maslin in her 1984 review for The New York Times, “is awash with marble, mosaics, wood paneling, leather tufting and gilding that are more suited to the offices of tycoons than to distant planets. in 10191 “. Maslin noted that some of the characters “have psychic abilities, which puts them in a unique position to understand what is happening in the film.”

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COUNTY OF HARLAN, USA (1976) 10 pm TCM. Documentary filmmaker Barbara Copple won an Academy Award for this chronicle of a miners strike in eastern Kentucky. In his 1976 review of The New York Times, Richard Eder called the film “a fascinating and moving work.” Just don’t expect neutrality: the documentary is “a direct attempt to see the struggle with the miners’ own eyes,” Eder wrote.

MINARI (2020) 21:00 on Showtime. Director Lee Isaac Chang tells a semi-autobiographical story of American immigrants in this warm drama about the heart of a country. Actors Steven Yun and Yeri Khan play young parents who move to rural Arkansas with the idea of ​​starting a vegetable farm. The problems that result from this drive – interpersonal and irrigation – put a strain on the family and create much of the drama. But there is also a lot of laughter, thanks in no small part to the outstanding performance of Korean veteran star Yoo-Jung Young, who plays a nervous grandmother. “The chronicle of an immigrant family, often told through the eyes of a child, is a staple of American literature and popular culture,” wrote A.O. Scott in his review for The Times. “But every family – every family member, for that matter – has a certain set of experiences and memories, and loyalty to them is what makes Minari in his discreet, gentle, touching and frankly frank manner.”

REDUCE ENTHUSIASM 22:40 on HBO. “I’m not a layman,” says Larry David in the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. That may be true, but David’s idiosyncratic – a more apt name for him might be an easily annoyed person – sets this show apart in many ways, so it’s probably a good thing he’s not Charlie Brown (at least when it comes to ratings). The new, 11th season of the show includes performances by John Hamm, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Vince Vaughn and Patton Oswalt. His debut is scheduled for Sunday night, after UNRELIABLE, another comedy from Los Angeles with a writer-producer-performer (Issa Rae also plays a fictional version of herself). The show will air the debut episode of its fifth and final season at 10 p.m.

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