“Yellow Vests” Finale, Remembering Marilyn Monroe, Bridget Everett Is “Someone Somewhere”, NFL Wild Card Weekend
Showtime’s Wild Thriller yellow jackets ends its first season with a cliffhanger. A CNN docuseries takes a fresh look at the rocky career of sex symbol movie star Marilyn Monroe. HBO’s offbeat comedy Somebody Somewhere stars Bridget Everett as a Kansas misfit who unexpectedly finds her voice. It’s the NFL Super Wild Card Weekend, including a simulcast of CBS’ Sunday game on Nickelodeon.
SUNDAY: The buzz around yellow jackets has grown all season for one of the most original and disturbing thrillers on television in quite some time – and it’s likely to only build after Season 1’s cliffhanger, which, like the rest of the season, takes place in dueling time frames. In 1996, the victims of the plane crash wake up from their mushroom-enhanced “Doomcoming” orgy with fateful confrontations looming. At the 25th anniversary class reunion in the present, the unruly gang of four – Shauna (Melanie Lynskey), Natalie (Juliette Lewis), Taissa (Tawny Cypress) and the crazy Misty (Christina Ricci) – washed their hands with gratitude from their latest gruesome cleansing, but mysterious forces tied to their unspoken past are about to remind them that their problems are far from over.
Cropped: Marilyn Monroe
SUNDAY: A four-part docuseries about the immortal sex symbol movie star begins with back-to-back episodes, tracing the journey of Norma Jean Mortenson in the exotic and troubled icon Marilyn Monroe. The opening hour depicts her first encounters with the Hollywood studio system, and the second sees her overcoming an early sex scandal (a nude calendar photo) to become a major star who wasn’t afraid to take advantage. of his sexuality and his popularity.
SUNDAY: As calm and heartfelt as its accompanying comedy Virtuous Gemstones is raucous and crude, this endearingly quirky and unexpectedly moving human comedy stars Bridget Everett as Sam, a role that suits the Kansas native very well. As the series opens, Sam is adrift in his hometown of Manhattan, Kansas after the death of his beloved sister. When his surviving brother Tricia (Marie-Catherine Garrison) asks to know “What do you do with your life?” Sam decides to accept that of his friend Joel (scene stealer Jeff Hillier) invitation to attend a “choir practice” of mavericks who gather in a church within a mall to wave their anomalous flags through music. As Sam gets her voice back, we can’t wait to see where she goes.
It’s a bonanza of postseason football action, with six games scheduled through Monday on four networks — five if you count Nickelodeon, and don’t forget live streaming. As Seeds #1 Green Bay and Tennessee sit down to wait for the playoffs, the fun starts Saturday at 4:30 p.m. / ET with Las Vegas Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals, followed by another AFC game with New England Patriots at Buffalo Tickets, 8:15/ET on CBS. Sunday programming begins on Fox at 1 p.m. / ET with Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then for the second year, Nickelodeon will simulcast a joker game with CBS as San Francisco 49ers take the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 a.m. ET. Among Nick’s improvements: special graphics and appearances by Young Dylan Dylan Gilmer as a secondary journalist and Young Sheldon Iain Armitage on hand to help explain penalties during the game. Sunday ends, as usual, on NBC with Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs in the Sunday Night Football slot at 8:15/ET.
- On the weekend before what would have been her 100th birthday, game show-centric cable channel Buzzr presents a one-day binge (starting at 10:30 a.m./ET) of Betty White’s many appearances on Password and its various iterations, often alongside husband Allen Luden, where his talent for puns was always hard to beat. TV celebrates the star’s centenary with 12-hour marathons (from 6 a.m./5 p.m.) from Hot in Cleveland and Golden girls Saturday and Sunday.
- And in honor of Bob Saget’s unexpected passing on January 9, MeTV is accelerating plans to add Full house on its program, with a two-hour tribute scheduled for Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. (The series will air regularly from 2-4 p.m. ET/PT on Sundays starting next Sunday.)
Inside Weekend TV:
- Remix My Space with Marsai Martin (Saturday, streaming on Discovery+): In an eight-episode series, the blackish star gives back to young people who are making a difference in their communities when she surprises them with elaborate bedroom makeovers.
- Secure room (Saturday, 8/7c, lifetime): Station 19 Boris Kodjoe directs his wife Nicole Ari Parker (And just like that) in a thriller about a widow and her autistic teenage son (Nik Sanchez) who take refuge in a panic room to hide from burglars (Mackenzie Astin and Drea de Matteo) who they witnessed committing murder.
- Saturday Night Live (Saturday, 11:30/10:30c, 8:30/PT, NBC): The dazzling multi-nominated star of West Side Story, Ariana DeBose (Anita), dances on stage as a guest host for the first time, joined by bleachers as a musical guest – a late replacement for Roddy Rich, who dropped out due to Covid.
- Brittany (Sunday 9/8c, Epix): Sophie Okonedo joins the cast of the fantasy epic in season 3 as Hemple, the hedonistic wife of ruthless Roman general Aulus Plautus (David Morrisey), as they search both magical teen Cait (Eleanor Worthington-Cox), who was prophesied as the savior of the Druids and Celts from Roman invaders.
- All creatures big and small (Sunday 9/8c, PBS, check local listings at pbs.org): The Daffodil Ball gives James (Nicholas Ralph) a chance to advance his relationship with Helen (Rachel Shenton), and even grumpy Siegfried (Samuel West) gives romance a chance on the dance floor.