Sleeper Picks – March and April 2017
From historical dramas about Queen Victoria and the Bronte Sisters to new documentaries on The Great War and Patsy Cline, 2017 has already been quite an eventful year in terms of new programming. Of course not every show receives the fanfare of Victoria, which is why we turn to our Chief Programming Officer, Jim Wiener, to see which shows we should keep an eye out for. Here are seven shows Jim is looking forward to this March and April:
Independent Lens: Ovarian Psycos
Monday, March 27, at 10pm on CET
Tuesday, March 28, at 11pm on ThinkTV16
Their official name is the Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade. It’s a group of young women of color who bike through the barrios of L.A.’s East side, helping to create safe spaces for women by collectively confronting racism and violence. One might think of it as a west coast, all women’s version of the Guardian Angels, but they describe themselves as having “feminist ideals… with an urban/hood mentality.”
Saturdays, April 1-22 and May 6-27, at 9pm on CET
This show is an Australian dramedy about a recently widowed Sydney newspaper columnist (who just so happens to be Lifetime-Movie-of-the-Week handsome). He wants a fresh start, so gets the idea to move his family to a small seaside village in New Zealand. He remembers it fondly as a young boy when his family vacationed there.
Naturally his two teenage kids don’t see it in the same light, and the new surroundings don’t help them in the grieving process, especially when Dad becomes the new ladies’ man in town.
Half this 8-part series runs in April before the CET Action Auction, then half afterwards in May.
Last Days of Jesus
Tuesday, April 4, at 8pm on CET & ThinkTV16
Years back, FRONTLINE’S “From Jesus to Christ” was a fascinating account of Jesus as archeologists and religious historians attempted to piece together his life. A similar focus is given to his final days, and how the power politics of Rome’s occupying army led to the pauper turned preacher’s execution.
Roberta Flack: Killing me Softly
Friday, April 14, at 9pm on CET
Profile of the ‘70’s singer who was one of the first and most significant black artists to cross over into the musical mainstream. She gave us “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Killing Me Softly” and “Feel Like Making Love.” She grew up in Arlington, VA, and played many DC jazz clubs before hitting it big as a Grammy Award winner.
Nature: Hotel Armadillo
Wednesday, April 19, at 8pm on CET & ThinkTV16
It wasn’t the original title that was later changed by the Eagles to “Hotel California.” This shows us that armadillos never sleep in the same place twice. They work at digging out a safe and comfortable place for the night, then move on. And then the fun begins as many animals see these gently used shelters as prime real estate. So the armadillo wanders off, and then it’s who can race in and claim squatters’ rights.
When I’m 65
Friday, April 21, at 9pm on CET
Monday, April 24, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Even if you tear up those AARP solicitation letters as a measure of denial that you’re getting up in years, you’ll enjoy this fast paced look at retirement. Narrated by David Brancaccio of Marketplace on American Public Radio, this provides plenty of good planning information for Boomers and Millennials alike. Real life stories, case studies and lively expert interviews make this worth watching whether your retirement is decades away or later this year.
Independent Lens: The Last Laugh
Monday, April 24, at 10pm on CET
Friday, April 28, at 10:30pm on ThinkTV16
Jewish comedians such as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman and Gilbert Godtfried talk about whether there are any subjects off limits in comedy, like… say… the Holocaust?
Clips include The Producers and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and a very rare look at The Day the Clown Cried. Jerry Lewis directed and starred in it, but was so embarrassed by the finished film, he vowed never to release it. It may remind you of another film 25 years later that won several Oscars, Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful.