Hulu is going old school in more ways than one. Not only does “Candy” take place in the 1980s, it will run like a traditional “event” miniseries, airing a new episode every night this week before its conclusion on Friday.
Produced by and starring Jessica Biel, “Candy” recalls the real-life story of Candy Montgomery (Bienne), a seemingly primitive, responsible, and devout Texas housewife, accused of the brutal ax murder of her best friend, Betty Gore ( Melanie Lynskey), after embarking on an affair with Betty’s husband (Pablo Schreiber).
Much like “The Americans,” “Stranger Things,” and “Halt and Catch Fire,” this miniseries makes the most of the era’s curly perms, peculiar fashions, decor, and monochromatic beiges and browns of decor. Reagan. It’s a little hard not to exaggerate when it comes to ax murdering church ladies in Texas.
Biel is no stranger to the role of a pleasant woman who has a sudden crush, having played one in the first season of “The Sinner”, which she also produced.
Lynskey was recently seen on Showtime’s “Yellowjackets” and might be best known for playing Rose in “Two and a Half Men.”
She is rather unique in that she directed a standout film that was pretty much overshadowed by another actor’s debut. She co-starred in the 1994 thriller “Heavenly Creatures,” based on a murder that shocked New Zealand in the 1950s. It was Lynskey’s luck that her co-star was a young Kate Winslet in a role that would launch his career. The film also marked the mainstream breakthrough of a New Zealand director named Peter Jackson, who would go on to helm the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, among other endeavors.
• Produced by Snoop Dogg, the 2021 documentary “When Claude Got Shot” airs on “Independent Lens” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings).
Five years in the making, the film follows a story of gun violence from the perspective of the shooter and his victim. In this case, would-be attorney Claude Motley returned to his hometown of Milwaukee for a school reunion, only to be shot in the face by 15-year-old Nathan King during an attempted carjacking. A few days later, King was shot in self-defense by the woman he was trying to rob. His bullet left him paralyzed from the waist down.
While a flippant report might see this as a matter of righteous deserts, this film follows the three people whose lives have been derailed by gunfire and Claude’s long road to forgiving his young abuser.
– TCM spends 24 hours with Busby Berkeley films, starting with the 1936 musical short “Stage Struck” (5 a.m., TV-G), starring Dick Powell and Joan Blondell, who appeared in many Berkeley films set on or around the Broadway Stage.
Just as sound was introduced in the movies, Berkeley electrified the musical with kaleidoscopic choreography and dizzying camera movements. Even his movie titles, such as “Fast and Furious” (1:30 p.m., TV-G), would be recycled in later decades and across different genres.
TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
– In the face of tragedy, a long-reigning monarch (Helen Mirren) learns that her signature stoicism is interpreted as indifference in the 2006 drama “The Queen” (6:15 HBO Signature). Written by Peter Morgan (“The Crown”).
— A winner emerges on “American Song Contest” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
— The voice of Dwayne Johnson hosts the 2016 musical “Moana” (7 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
— Drone software lands in the wrong hands on “NCIS” (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
— Jimmy’s business is booming on “Better Call Saul” (8 p.m., AMC, TV-14).
— A spin on “We Own This City” (8 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
— The truth comes out about Maggie in “NCIS: Hawai’i” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
– Teenagers are in danger on “New Amsterdam” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
– Guts galore on “Gentleman Jack” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
A suburban housewife (Rosanna Arquette) is mistaken for a wild inner-city scener (Madonna) in the 1985 comedy “Desperately Seeking Susan” (7 p.m., TMC).
Calvin is recognized on “The Neighborhood” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-PG)… Suspicion falls on a “hero” who could foment dangerous situations on “9-1-1” (7 p.m., Fox, TV- 14) … Spencer’s bumpy road on “All American” (7 p.m., CW, TV-PG) … Dele’s dream carried over to “Bob Hearts Abishola” (7:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) … A man must be saved from a trash compactor on “9-1-1: Lone Star” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) … Simone seeks distractions on “All American: Homecoming” (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG) … An unorthodox surgeon in “The Good Doctor” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
Jimmy Fallon hosts Rachel Brosnahan and Jack Harlow on “The Tonight Show” (10:34 p.m., NBC)… Bob Odenkirk, Bobby Moynihan and Derrick Wright visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (11:37 p.m., NBC).
“Okay, that was weird. The least anticipated story of the week was the scandal involving Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) and “When Calls the Heart” star Lori Loughlin (7 p.m. Sunday, Hallmark, TV-G), in a bribery plot / cheating to get their respective daughters into elite universities.
This is obviously an ongoing case, and all parties must have their say, or one day, in court. But the motivation at the center of this story is worth discussing. It implies an overwhelming need to do anything to get children into elite schools. As if something “less” was unthinkable.
Television plays a significant role in this insecurity. I can’t remember how many times I’ve had to describe an ABC legal drama where every character hails from the most exclusive Ivy and spends most of the pilot bragging about it.
There was a time, not too long ago, when John Grisham wrote best-selling books about barely accredited young lawyers from anonymous institutions who took on impossible cases against huge corporations and ultimately won. And I got the girl, to boot.
Thus, the neurotic obsession of our present age with elitism and inequality is hardly entrenched.
If anything stands out from this sordid affair, it’s an appreciation that shoddy efforts at snobbery are still essentially pathetic. Or on classic TV, comedy. Watching “Gilligan’s Island,” we identified with Mary Ann and the Skipper, and felt sorry for the millionaire and his wife.
— CNN debuts the four-hour documentary “Tricky Dick” (8 p.m., Sunday), chronicling the life and times of Richard Nixon’s public career, which spanned decades from the dawn of the Cold War to the Clinton years.
— An anxious new mother joins a solidarity and support group, only to find he has darker plans on his agenda in shock 2019 “Mommy Group Murder” (7 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).
– The Thunder and Warriors meet in NBA action (7:30 p.m., ABC).
— A former kidnapper returns to form on “Ransom” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
— Program on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): embassy employees in China and Cuba complain of mysterious ailments; AOL founder Steve Case and his plans to invest in the future of neglected small towns in America; a visit to Monaco.
— The duels begin on “World of Dance” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
— Auditions continue on “American Idol” (7 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
– Lex Luthor is free on “Supergirl” (7 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
— Mr. Wednesday prepares for battle on “American Gods” (7 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
— After discovering her royal lineage, an adopted 10-year-old girl becomes a little bully in the 2019 clash “Mommy’s Little Princess” (7 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).
— A secret room harbors dangers on “Charmed” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
— Hidden secrets revealed in “The Walking Dead” (8 p.m., AMC, TV-MA).
— A new trial continues on “The Case Against Adnan Syed” (8 p.m., HBO, TV-14).
– Ax is determined to destroy Taylor in the fourth-season premiere of “Billions” (8 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
– Ulysses pursues a conspiracy theory on “Now Apocalypse” (8 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
— “Unsung” (8 p.m., TVONE) portrays the Jets.
— Peaceful openings on “Madame la secretary” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
— The tension mounts on “Good Girls” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
— Mo’s past is revealed on “Black Monday” (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
— St. Patrick’s Day inspires many traditions. Syfy offers a marathon of “Leprechaun” movies, from “Leprechaun 5: In the Hood” (Saturday 4 p.m., TV-14) to “Leprechaun 2” (8 p.m.). TCM takes the traditional approach, ladling the Technicolor blarney from director John Ford’s 1952 romance “The Quiet Man” (7 p.m. Sunday, TV-PG).
“Dateline” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG)… “NBA Countdown” (7 p.m., ABC)… The kids are fine on “MasterChef” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG)…” 48 Hours” (9 p.m., CBS) … A vintage portion of “Saturday Night Live” (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
A visit from an old friend inspires Miles in “God Friended Me” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-PG)… Homer can’t leave Bart’s virtual kingdom in “The Simpsons” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-14 ) … Empathy for all things on “Bob’s Burgers” (7:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
A walk down the aisle on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14)… On two episodes of “Family Guy” (Fox, TV-14), Meg’s Winter Olympics ( 8 p.m.), the fights on a dowager (8:30 p.m., r)… Aches on “Shark Tank” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).