Happy Monday morning. Did you know there’s a store with reality blurred things you can buy?
It’s understandable if you didn’t: I made some things late last year after a few of you asked if there was reality blurred merch available, but I just created the store page this weekend to make those links easier to find. I’m learning this Internet thing, one day at a time.
The store is just one of the ways you can help support this site, help it stay free for everyone, and move toward an ad-free future (my dream). Options range from becoming a patron to just clicking this link before you start your regular shopping on Amazon.
Thanks for any support, and thanks especially to all of you who already do these things! On with this week’s TV.
Premiering tonight is One Strange Rock (National Geographic, Mondays at 10), and it’s one of my favorite new shows of the year. It’s hosted by Will Smith but really is narrated by astronauts with incredible stories to tell.
Also new this week are three new crime shows:
- Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48 (A&E, Thursdays at 9), on which the O.J. Simpson prosecutor looks at old cases and finds new evidence.
- That’s followed by Grace vs. Abrams (A&E, Thursdays at 11), on which Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams “debate infamous crimes and legal cases,” or perhaps just shout at each other.
- Ice-T hosts his own crime show, which has a wonderful name: In Ice Cold Blood (Oxygen, Sundays at 7).
Famous couple Teyana & Iman get their own show (VH1, Mondays at 9), while Gold Rush star Parker Schnabel gets season two of his series, Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail (Discovery, Fridays at 9).
Also this week is a show that is not what its title suggests: Bravo’s Your Husband Is Cheating On Us (April 1 at 9, then Fridays at 8) is not a series on which someone having an affair with a man confronts his wife. Instead, it’s about a play with that name, and follows the behind-the-scenes drama involved in producing the show.
Returning shows include The Real Housewives of Potomac (Bravo, April 1 at 10, then Sundays at 8) and Bering Sea Gold (Discovery, March 30, Fridays at 10).
Specials and documentaries
- The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO, Monday and Tuesday at 8) is a two-part documentary by Judd Apatow about his mentor and friend, the comedian and actor Garry Shandling, who died in 2016. It includes interviews with more than 40 people, but also has Shandling himself, in home video and audio, and through things he wrote in his diaries.
- Invisible Killers is a three-part documentary, each focusing on a different virus that “are among the three most lethal viruses ever” that “[have] taken a devastatingly large toll on the human population.” They are: Influenza (Discovery Channel, Thursday, March 29, at 8), smallpox and ebola (Science Channel, Thursday, March 29 at 9 and 10).
- New Wave: Dare to be Different (Showtime, Friday, March 30, at 8) is about “the rogue radio station on the cutting edge of music throughout the 1980s.”
- Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death (PBS, Monday, March 26, at 9) follows nine people and presents “intimate, candid portraits of individuals from all walks of life, young and old, for whom death is no longer a far-off abstraction”—whether they’ve known someone who died or have a terminal illness.
- “One of the most important, yet least known activists of our time” is the subject of Independent Lens’ Dolores (PBS, Tuesday, March 27, at 9, and online March 28). Dolores Huerta was “an equal partner in founding the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez,” according to PBS, and “evolved into one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87.”