Welcome to the weekend edition of What’s On. Here are the big things happening on TV from Friday September 23rd to Sunday September 25th. All times are Easter. [Note: The weekly What’s On will publish on Sundays.]
1. Allison Janney directs the new thriller Lou
Friday, Netflix, 3:01 a.m.: Anna Foerster directs the action thriller Lou with Allison Janney, Jurnee Smollett and Logan Marshall-Green. The film follows a mysterious loner named, yes, Lou, who happily lives a quiet, isolated life with her dog. Everything changes when her neighbor’s little daughter is kidnapped during a storm.
2. It’s a binge eating shark tank season 14
Friday, ABC, 8 p.m.: Who is willing to watch billionaires struggle and compete to invest in a burgeoning company? Emmy-winning unscripted series shark tank returns with Season 14 to see Mark Cuban, Barbara Cochran, Lori Greiner, Kevin O’Leary, Daymond John and Robert Herjavec do just that. This season is adding new sharks to the aquarium, including the one and only Gwyneth Paltrow. She’s bound to give us some new meme fodder, right? The season premiere is a live show that allows viewers to weigh up whether the Sharks should make a deal. The regular episodes will continue the following week.
3. Oprah Winfrey presents Sydney
Friday, Apple TV+, 12:01 a.m.: Produced by Oprah Winfrey and directed by Reginald Hudlin, Sydney is a documentary about the life and legacy of actor Sidney Poitier, who died in January at the age of 94. The film will examine his career and activism and will feature interviews with Winfrey, Halle Berry, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand and Lenny Kravitz. Here is a snippet The AV Club‘s review:
Hudlin delivers standard Talking Heads documentation that’s hagiographic rather than insightful, which is a shame as Poitier has certainly channeled some of his bitterness about racism, aspects of his complicated love life, etc. into his indelible appearances in films like Blackboard Jungle, Lilies Of The Field, The Defiant Ones, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, A Raisin In The Sun, To Sir, With Love, and In the Heat of the Night.
4. Sanaa Lathan Helms On the come up
Friday, Paramount+, 3:01 p.m.: She makes her directorial debut with Sanaa Lathan On the come up, a musical drama based on the 2019 book of the same name by Angie Thomas. The coming-of-age story follows 16-year-old Bri Jackson (Jamila C. Gray) on her journey to becoming a rap star. The cast includes Lathan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Method Man and Mike Epps.
5. Netflix is dropping Spanish drama The girls on the back
Friday, Netflix, 3:01 a.m.: Get those tissues ready because it looks like they will The girls on the back is a tearIdiot. The emotional Spanish drama follows a group of five best friends in their 30s who decide to take a week’s vacation together at any cost. Circumstances are different this time as one of them was diagnosed with cancer.
6. The Global Citizen Festival is back with a celebrity-heavy lineup
Sunday, ABC, 7 p.m.: Global Citizen Festival, which always coincides with the UN General Assembly, returns for the 10th year with a star-studded list and the aim to bring together artists, activists, philanthropists and world and corporate leaders to end poverty. Priyanka Chopra-Jonas will host this year’s ceremony, which will feature performances by Jonas Brothers, Mariah Carey, Charlie Puth, Metallica, Rosaliá and Maneskin.