A series of contemporary anthologies by BJ Novak (Office) finds surprising new angles on hot topics. NBC’s Beloved Brooklyn nine-nine ends with an hour-long finale. Dan Brown’s bookish symbologist Robert Langton embarks on a new adventure in a limited-series Peacock. The vampires of What we do in the shadows Head to Atlantic City, and all bets are off.
Destabilizing in a sardonic way, with a O. Henri black irony style appreciation, creator / writer / host of BJ Novak (Office) impressive serocomic anthology tackles big problems with broad premises that bear fruit. Serling rod would approve. Launch with two episodes, the first (“Social Justice Sex Tape”) stars Dear Evan Hansen Ben Platt as a socially “awake” white liberal who flips an embarrassing sex tape that reveals in the background a hotly contested police incident involving a falsely jailed black suspect (Jermaine Fowler). The ensuing trial may lead to justice, but at what cost to the ego of our conflicting hero? In the powerful second episode, “Moment of Silence”, The Walking Dead Jon Bernthal cunningly portrays a grieving father who takes a public relations position in a national gun lobby after losing his 5-year-old daughter to gun violence. What is his real motivation? The ending will stay with you for a long time, which is the point.
Keeping details mostly under wraps, the acclaimed detective comedy ends a successful final season with an hour-long episode titled “The Last Day.” After eight seasons and over 150 episodes, it will be hard to let go of a series that has managed to stay funny and irreverent while dealing with recent social movements promoting accountability and police reform. Fortunately, the cast reunites again to reminisce about the good times of Late night with Seth Meyers (12:35 / 11:35).
Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol
Ashley Zukerman (Succession) takes on the role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in a limited series based on Brown’s 2009 novel. Although he’s not Tom Hanks, the touchstones are still there to solve obscure puzzles and peril akin to that of Indiana Jones with hidden Masonic chambers and walls that close, threatening our claustrophobic hero. The adventure begins when Langdon’s mentor, Smithsonian leader Peter Solomon (Eddie Izzard), is kidnapped with his mutilated hand displayed as a clue for Langdon to set off on a search for a portal hidden somewhere in Washington. , DC
What we do in the shadows
You can bring the vampires in this hilarious horror comedy out of their lair, but you had better protect their precious ancestral ancestral soil. It’s the living lesson of the living dead in a wonderful episode that sends the vampires and their familiar / bodyguard Guillermo (Harvey Guillén), to an Atlantic City casino for a road trip. As Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) relives fond memories of her days as a Rat Pack camp follower, Nandor (Kayvan Novak) is mesmerized by a The Big Bang Theory-branded slot machine: “Bazinga!” is the battle cry of Sheldon, their great leader. But when the household disrupts the soil they use to sleep and recharge, their vacation becomes an existential crisis.
Inside Thursday TV:
- The Harper House (streaming on Paramount +): Rhea Seehorn, who should be nominated for an Emmy for her excellent work on You better call Saul, takes the helm of this slightly amusing adult animated comedy – which means there are swear words – as the beleaguered mother of an Arkansas family who moves her herd to a Victorian parsonage inherited from the poor side of their small town after losing their job.
- Little food fight (Discovery Stream +): Cooking contests come in all shapes and sizes, and to prove that point, this six-part series challenges budding chefs to create memorable little bites using ‘miniature appliances and utensils. Social media actor Mamrie hart hosts, with Chopped champion Darnell ferguson as chief judge.
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (Streaming on Netflix): Mattel produces this amplified animated superhero fantasy in which He-Man and his gang of rookie heroes take on Skeletor to save Eternia, Castle Grayskull, and essentially the entire universe.
- Tacoma FD (10 / 9c, truTV): Where the smoke is, there is laughter for those Station 24 firehouse pranksters, back for a third season of pranks and nonsense. When the season opens, the crew goes into quarantine at the station after being exposed to a potentially infected capuchin monkey. (Not that of Y: The last man, I hope.)
- Dark Side of the Ring (9 / 8c, VICE TV): The Pro Wrestling Expos resumes its third season with the first of seven new episodes, starting with “The Plane Ride from Hell”, about a scandal that ensued after a private 757 flight when intoxicated wrestlers clashed with their flight crew.
- From The Guilty Pleasure Chronicle: MTV Launches New Seasons Of Floribama shore (8 / 7c) and Double blow to love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny (9 / 8c). You have been warned.