Day: August 24, 2020

Oprah special Aug. 28 ripples with history

Six key moments in Black history – from the tragedy of the Emmet Till lynching to the triumph (shown here) of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech – all happened on the same date.
That was Aug. 28, which was dramatized in a short film by Oscar-nominee Ava DuVernay. Now that will be the centerpiece of an Oprah Winfrey Network special on – appropriately – Friday, Aug. 28.
“OWN Spotlight: Culture Connection & August 28th, Ava DuVernay & Rev. Sharpton” will air at 1, 4 and 6 p.m. that day. It will also be on OWN YouTube page, starting at 2 p.m. ET. Read more…

It’s time to celebrate … well, the planet

We don’t seem to see the word “celebration” much these days.
What could we possibly celebrate? Well … how about the entire planet?
“Planet Earth: A Celebration” arrives at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 on four cable channels, as a sort of end-of-summer bonus. It’s downright joyous, with flamingos (shown here) strutting on parade in the Andes; it’s also nightmarish, as racer snakes pursue baby iguanas. Mostly, it’s a reminder that the British are good – REALLY good – at nature filmmaking. Read more…

Best-bets for Aug. 26: United, they party

1) “United We Fall” season-finale, 8 p.m., ABC. This pleasant-enough comedy has has a rough ride. ABC planned to run the eight episodes this spring; when COVID shutdowns hit, it considered promoting the show to the fall … then, instead, dumped it in the summer. All of this back-and-forth has been for an OK show, with Will Sasso, Christina Vidal and Jane Curtin as struggling parents and his mom. Tonight, they plan a celebration (shown here) to renew their vows; naturally, there’s a snowstorm and more. Read more…