What’s on TV This Week: ‘Salt-N-Pepa’ and ‘Painting With John’
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, January 18th through January 24th. Details and times can change.
AMERICAN GREED 10 p.m. on CNBC. This CNBC series – the network’s longest-running prime-time – tells the stories of people who committed illegal financial acts to get rich, as well as people affected by its programs. Today’s episode, which is the first of season 14, follows trial attorney Michael Avenatti, perhaps best known for representing Stormy Daniels in a 2018 case filed against President Trump.
KILL BILL: VOL. 1 (2003) 7:05 p.m. on HBO. Director Quentin Tarantino’s fourth film, “Kill Bill: Vol. 1”, opens in a chapel at a wedding. But instead of leaving the band married, the bride – played by Uma Thurman – falls into a coma after being attacked by a team of assassins. When she wakes up four years later, the bride is determined to take revenge. Described as “Exercise in Style” by AO Scott in his review for the New York Times: “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” is “sure to inspire both awe and revulsion. “
FIND YOUR ROOTS 8 p.m. on PBS (see local listings). Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this series where celebrities are invited to explore their ancestry. Season 7 begins with actress Glenn Close and director John Waters as they discover their ancestors and discuss them with Gates.
When a disaster strikes 10pm on PBS (check local listings). “Paradise Lost”, the third and final episode of this series, which goes behind the scenes of disaster relief, takes viewers to the Bahamas. After the country was devastated by a hurricane, the government and international aid workers are doing everything possible to provide the survivors with basic services. Previous episodes examined disaster relief efforts in Mozambique after a cyclone and in Somalia during a drought.
CELEBRATE AMERICA 8:30 p.m. on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC. Actor Tom Hanks will host this multi-network program on the evening of the inauguration of President-Elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris. The special event will include singers Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend and Bruce Springsteen, and actors Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will introduce each segment.
MURDER SHE SAID (1961) 8 p.m. on TCM. Jane Marple, an older woman played by Margaret Rutherford, witnessed a murder – a girl who is strangled on a passing train. But without a trace of evidence, no one will believe her. So, following the clues she finds herself, Miss Marple disguises herself as a maid in a household full of suspects, eventually outperforming Scotland Yard staff and cracking the case herself.
GROWN-ISH 8 p.m. in free form. In this coming-of-age saga, Yara Shahidi is portrayed as Zoey Johnson, a very cool young woman raised by very cool parents (played by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross) who only goes to college to realize that the world is more complicated than they thought. The winter premiere picks up where the first episodes of season three left off: Zoey has turned 21 and faces the decision to leave college to pursue her dream job and join rapper Joey Badass (played by himself) on tour .
THE REFEREE 10:30 p.m. on the USA Network. Rev. Richard Hartley, pastor and choirmaster, has traveled the world for over three decades training and singing church choirs, sometimes with celebrities like Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross. But now he’s back in New York with his outspoken family, and this new reality sitcom will follow the Hartleys every step of the way.
WALKING AID 8 p.m. on the CW. Although Chuck Norris is not included, this new series was written as a reinterpretation of Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001). After Cordell Walker (Jared Padalecki) went undercover for two years, he returns to his home in Austin, Texas. Cordell is a widower and is piecing together his wife’s death as he reconnects with his children and the rest of his family.
PAINTING WITH JOHN 11 p.m. on HBO. “Bob Ross was wrong.” It’s the title of the first episode in this six-part series by artist John Lurie, but it’s also a lesson from him. “Everyone can’t paint; That’s not true, ”he says in the show’s trailer. “Painting With John” is scriptless and although it teaches the viewer different techniques and styles of painting, each episode consists mainly of Lurie thinking out loud and giving advice he has for a full life.
SALT-N-PEPA 8 p.m. for life. This film was co-produced by Cheryl James, Sandra Denton and Queen Latifah. Records the journey of James (Salt) and Denton (Pepa) from their beginnings as nursing students to their success as one of the first all-female rap groups: the Grammy-winning group made fame about men on platinum-rated albums and rapped sex. “They’re sending a message that sexuality is another gift from God,” wrote Ann Powers in a 1999 pop review for The Times
EUPHORIA 9 p.m. on HBO. Hunter Schafer, who plays Jules on this Emmy-winning series, is co-executive-producer and co-writer of this new episode, along with Sam Levinson, the series creator. The second of two special episodes follows Jules over the Christmas holidays (the first of the two) aired last month, following Rue (Zendaya) when she was spending Christmas with her family.
2021 NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 3:05 p.m. on Fox. The winners of the NFC division rounds last weekend will compete against each other in this championship game. And later that afternoon, the two winners of the AFC Divisional Rounds will play in the 2021 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (6:40 p.m. on CBS). The winners will compete in the Super Bowl LV on February 7th.