Celebrate Dolly, a new “Kung Fu”, “Home Economics”, consecutive “Conners”

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An all-star cast comes together to sing the praises of beloved Dolly Parton. The CW puts a new spin on a cult favorite with a YA version of Kung Fu. ABC presents a new sitcom family made up of siblings whose bank accounts are unequal Domestical economycorn The Conners steals their show with two bold new episodes. And the PBS epic Hemingway biography reaches its tragic conclusion.

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Dolly Parton: A Tribute to MusiCares

Was there ever a singer for whom the song I will Always Love You was more appropriate? Who doesn’t adore Dolly, a country music legend and philanthropist who won hearts again when she donated $1 million to vaccine development? Even before that, she was the recipient of MusiCares Person of the Year 2019 honors, the occasion of an all-star concert of Dolly’s music. Highlights include P!nk’s rendition of Jolene, Yolande Adams hovering with the above I will Always Love Youand performances by Miley Cyrus with Shawn Mendes and Mark Ronson, Katy Perry, Willie Nelson and Brandi CarlileGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Don Henley and Vince Gill, Jennifer Nettles and Margo Priceand more.

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Kung Fu Olivia Liang

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Kung Fu

Not so much a reboot as a reimagining, the network’s latest YA action fable is at least timely in its depiction of an empowered Chinese-American woman at a time when the fight against anti-Asian prejudice is making headlines. . Banish all memories of the David Carradine Cult show from the 1970s where the story of Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang) begins. From the first minutes, we learn that for three years, the rebellious Harvard dropout has been training in a Shaolin monastery in China with her mentor, Pei-Ling (Vanessa Kai), whose mantra is, “You make the path you live.” After a violent attack involving an ancient magic sword, Nicky’s life is uprooted once again and she returns to San Francisco, where new dangers await.

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Domestical economy

That 70s show Topher Grace stars and executive produces a slightly fun and instantly forgettable family sitcom about three siblings at different rungs of the economic ladder. In the middle, in more ways than one, is narrator Tom (Grace), a moderately successful author who is embarrassed to ask his very wealthy younger brother Connor (YouTube personality Jimmy Tatro) for a loan, especially since their sister Sarah (Caitlin McGee) is newly out of work and struggling to get by with her wife Denise (saturday night live veteran Sasheer Zamata) and their children. They could probably all move into Connor’s house, which we hear over and over again belonged to Matt Damon. It’s an emptier nest, anyway, since his wife is gone – and for all his boyish bravado, Connor needs his family more than ever. Whether you go “aww” or yawn at this scenario is your choice.

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The Conners - Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert

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The Conners

The Hayworths of Domestical economy are deadly bland compared to this unlucky tribe, which makes bold moves in back-to-back episodes. Becky (Lecy Goranson) tries to better herself, taking night classes and working double shifts, but as she confesses to a little girl who barely knows her, “Mom just can’t run strong enough to make it all work.” At her breaking point, Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and Ben (Jay R. Ferguson) have some issues to work out after her bitter breakup with Dan (John Goodman), who just brought home a foster dog. blind and crippled. “Finally, something I can like here,” says her granddaughter Harris (Emma Kenney). And just when all seems dark, a face from the Roseane past (played by Danielle Harris) seems to be urging Darlene to “live in the moment.” If only.

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Also new on Netflix:

  • It’s a Theft: The World’s Biggest Art Heist: A four-part docuseries reenacts the daring 1990 theft over a St. Patrick’s Day weekend of irreplaceable works by masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Director Colin Barnicle covers the investigation into the still unsolved case from multiple angles.
  • The wedding coach: Laughter is the best medicine for calming pre-wedding jitters, according to comedian Jamie Lee, who brings a “plus one” comic in each of the six episodes to help advise couples on how not to stress too much and to enjoy their big day.

Inside Wednesday TV:

  • Hemingway (8/7c, PBS, see local listings at pbs.org): The epic Ken Burns-Lynn Novick biographical documentary covers the last years of Ernest Hemingway’s life (1944-1961), which includes a final literary triumph (The old Man and the Sea) and a Nobel Prize, but declining physical and mental health culminating in a tragic end.
  • The Goldbergs (8/7c, ABC): The ’80s family comedy pays homage to a classic music video of the era, A-Ha’s take on mewith a tribute parody featuring Wendi McLendon-Covey (Beverly) and Sean Giambrone (Adam).
  • hard as nails (8/7c, CBS): Fan favorites from the tough competition’s first season return to lead contestants through the final team challenge of hanging slabs of rock.
  • SEAL Team (9/8c, CBS): Jason’s (David Boreanaz) career hangs in the balance as he faces trial alone, unsure if Ray (Neil Brown Jr.) and the rest of the team are behind him.
  • Exterminate all bullies (9/8c, HBO): visionary filmmaker Raoul Peck (I’m not your nigga) uses innovative techniques including Hollywood film clips, animations and scripted scenes (with Josh Hartnett) to trace the dark history of European and Western racism and colonialism for four hours (ending Thursday). With sources including by Sven Lindqvist Exterminate all bullies, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s A History of the Native Peoples of the United States and Michel-Rolph Trouillot Silence the pastPeck gives voice to those who are often erased from the history books.
  • queen of the south (10/9c, USA): The fifth and final season of the crime drama opens with drug lord Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) expanding her reach in New York, which is a good time for love interest James Valdez (Pierre Gadiot) to prove his loyalty.
  • A million little things (10/9c, ABC): The soapy drama returns to its original period with more spinoffs of Eddie (David Giuntoli) confessing to his addiction, and Rome (Romany Malco) and Regina (Christina Moses) reaching out in support Tyrell (Adam Swain) and his mother.
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