Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is huge. Here are some of the shows, specials, and movies that will hit TV this week February 1-7. Details and times can change.
INDEPENDENT LENS: 9TO5 – THE HISTORY OF A MOVEMENT 10 p.m. on PBS. Filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (“American Factory”) shot this new documentary about the founding of 9to5, the National Association of Working Women. The organization was founded in the 1970s by a group of secretaries in Boston. The documentary picks up on its roots and the larger surge in feminist activism from which it emerged. It contains interviews with the founders of the organization and others associated with the movement – including Jane Fonda, who appeared in 1980 with Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton in the farce “Nine to Five”, which was inspired by the organization’s backstory.
FAKE FAMOUS (2021) 9 p.m. on HBO. Nick Bilton, a journalist who has written extensively on technology for publications like Vanity Fair and The New York Times, is the director of this new documentary. The film follows Bilton as it brings together a trio of relatively unknown young people – an actress, a real estate professional, and a fashion designer – and helps them become “famous” social media influencers. He uses a variety of man-made tactics to do this, such as setting up photo shoots that make subjects’ lifestyles appear lavish and helping them buy fake Instagram followers. The documentary contains at least one scene in which one of his subjects is driving a car with two smartphones.
GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) 8 p.m. on AMC. Groundhog Day in real life is Tuesday, so naturally AMC is showing this classic comedy about an Ornery Weatherman (Bill Murray) reliving the same day over and over again. You can also see it at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. (seriously).
A rain in the sun (1961) 10 p.m. on TCM. The first week of Black History Month is a fitting time to revisit A Raisin In The Sun. Lorraine Hansberry made history in 1959 when she became the first black woman to perform a play produced on Broadway. The original Broadway cast – including Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Claudia McNeil – later appeared in this classic film version. The script, which Hansberry took from her original play, tells the story of the Youngers, a black family who must decide what to do with a large insurance payment and who face relentless discrimination when their members try to get a house within one fictional white for sale neighborhood in Chicago.
MO ‘BETTER BLUES (1990) 6:50 p.m. on Showtime. You can see a trio of Spike Lee films on Showtime Thursday night, beginning with Lee’s 1994 Bed-Stuy coming-of-age story, “Crooklyn,” at 4:55 pm and ending with Lee’s 1989 opus, “Do the Right Thing.” “At 9 p.m. Between these two, the network shows” Mo ‘Better Blues “, Lee’s music-heavy comedy drama about a jazz trumpeter, Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington). Most of the music in the film comes from Lee’s father, jazz bassist and composer Bill Lee; The plot features Bleek’s complicated love life and his band’s financial troubles, fueled by their gambling addict manager (Lee), raising questions about the relationship between art and money. “An artist has to be a businessman today,” Lee said in a 1990 interview with The Times. “Money means a lot. It is equal to strength. If my films weren’t making the money they make, I wouldn’t be able to make the demands that I make. A studio knows that I’ll have the final cut. “
WASTELAND (1973) 6.15 p.m. on TCM. Terrence Malick drew inspiration from a short, bloody real-life episode for his directorial debut. Based on a series of murders committed in the 1950s, Badlands casts Martin Sheen as a 25-year-old trash collector in the Midwest and Sissy Spacek as an underage girl who runs away with him. The two of them go on a grueling road trip through the Midwest. The film Vincent Canby wrote in his 1973 review for The Times is “wildly American”.
IRRESISTIBLE (2020) 8 p.m. on HBO. After staying away from the couch comment social media center for years, Jon Stewart finally joined Twitter last week and charged the stock market internet chap of all things, which revolves around video game retailer GameStop. Stewart’s voice has been largely absent in the political commentary arena since he quit hosting the Daily Show in 2015, but he got back to it last year with Irresistible, a satire about an accomplished political advisor in Washington, DC busy, named Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell), who rushes into a small town in Wisconsin to run a mayoral campaign. Gary’s search for his candidate – a farmer and retired Marine played by Chris Cooper – is complicated by the arrival of a Republican opponent (Rose Byrne). The result is a film that feels like “a stale corn chip being trampled in party convention carpets,” wrote Jeannette Catsoulis in her review for The Times. But she notes, Byrne “gives Faith a snappy quirky policy that tells us she’s got Gary’s number: She knows he’s as happy with his privilege as he is with hers.”
THE BALANCER 10 p.m. on CBS. The 1980s action series “The Equalizer” received two ultraviolet film adaptations in the 2010s, with Denzel Washington taking on the task of devastating villains for the original series star, Edward Woodward. With this new TV restart, the circle in which Queen Latifah can be seen as the new version of the dashing vigilante group comes full circle. CBS clearly has high hopes for the new series; They broadcast it right after the Super Bowl, which starts at 7 p.m. on the network