Day: September 19, 2020

Teen years are tough (and funny) the second time

The first time they were teenagers, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle  found life was tricky.
“You’re hiding all of the freaky parts of yourself,” Erskine said.
And what’s it like, now that they’re teens again, in Hulu’s “Pen15” series? The more she gets into it, Konkle said, “the more confused I get about who I was.”
In “Pen15,” the actresses (both 33) play 13-year-old versions of themselves. (They’re shown here, with Erskine at the back of the bike.) Read more…

PBS sets Ginsburg special Thursday (Sept. 24)

(PBS has just scheduled a new Ruth Bader Ginsburg special. I’m putting that here, on top of the previous story about Ginsburg movies; thast story follows.)
A PBS special Thursday (Sept. 24) will view Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and the aftermath.
That may be difficult for many people to find, however, “RBG: Her Legacy & The Court’s Future” is set for 8 p.m. Thursday. That’s a slot usually as local-station time, with nothing scheduled by PBS.
Altermative places to find it include pbsorg/newshour, the PBS Video App and PBS; FaceBook, YouTube and Twitter sites. Read more…

Best-bets for Sept. 21: The season starts (sort of)

1) “L.A.’s Finest” debut, 8 p.m., Fox. The fall TV season gets off to a quick, slick start. “Finest” – which aired previously on the Spectrum system – is descended from the “Bad Boys” film and has a big-movie look. Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba (shown here) play police detectives. The opener has clever dialog and big chase scenes and shoot-em-ups – so big that the show often strains believability. Read more…

ABC’s dramas return; CBS sets movie night

The wobbly plans for the new TV season have received a couple boosts lately.
One is a temporary step: Next month, CBS will revert to making Sunday an old-movie night.
And the other is more thorough: ABC will have most of its dramas return in November.
One ABC drama (“The Good Doctor,” shown here) returns on Nov. 2; five more arrive Nov. 12-19. That includes “Big Sky” from David E. Kelley (“L.A. Law,” “Ally McBeal,” “Big Little Lies”); its arrival on Nov. 17 should make it the season’s first new, scripted show on the five commercial broadcast networks. Read more…