‘The Tick’ returns, ‘Seven Seconds’ on Netflix, Award-winning adult movie
A selective critical checklist of notable Friday TV:
The tick (streaming on Amazon): With his wavy antennae, his bright blue costume and his childish enthusiasms – “Hot dog, killer robot!” he chirps—The tick (successfully played in this latest incarnation by Peter Serafinowicz) is a wonderfully entertaining antidote to all those super-serious and important superheroes. Returning for the back half of a quick 10-episode first season – it was renewed for a second – the action picks up again with Tick worrying about his nerdy sidekick Arthur (Griffin Newman), who has been kidnapped by the Resurrected arch-demon The Terror (Jackie Earle Haley). With the help of Arthur’s intrepid sister Dot (Valorie Curry) and the fearsome fellow vigilante Overkill (Scott Speiser), the Tick is determined to stop The Terror from causing damage to the revered superstar superhero Superian (Brendan Hines). ). We have faith in this blue wonder, even if it is used to confusing ”onions” with “servants. “
Seven seconds (streaming on Netflix): The anguished mind of ABC so missed American crime the series continues in a grueling 10-part urban melodrama by Veena Sud (The slaughter). Twice criminality Emmy winner Regina King plays the distraught mother of a Jersey City teenager hit on a bicycle by a white cop. This terrible accident escalates to the level of a deadly crime when the cop’s corrupt partners attempt to cover it up, with many inflammatory legal, political and emotional twists and turns along the long and frustrating road to justice. The solid set includes Clare-Hope Ashitey as the wreckage of an Assistant District Attorney handling the case, Michael Mosley as a gum-busting detective with a trick for strayers, Russell Hornsby in as King’s broken husband and Gretchen Mol as a cunning shark. police lawyer.
Also premiering on Netflix: the futuristic thriller Mute, starring Alexander Skarsgard as a former mute Amish bartender on the hunt for his missing girlfriend in a dangerous Berlin of 2048, where he meets gonzo American surgeons played by Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux. And foodies will want to check Ugly Delicious, an eight-part culinary travel story in which Momofuko founder and celebrity chef David Chang introduces famous friends (including Jimmy Kimmel, Steven Yuen and Nick Kroll) to exotic cuisines and broadens their taste horizons.
Adult Movies Awards with AARP magazine (9 / 8c, PBS, check local listings on pbs.org): in its 17e year of honoring films that refuse to flatter whippersnappers, this ceremony is coming to television courtesy of Great performance. Recorded earlier this month at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the evening is hosted by Alan Cumming, which opens with musical parodies of Get Out, Lady Bird, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Shape of Water and Three billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri. (Is he fishing for Jimmy Kimmel’s work at the Oscars?) Helen Mirren, adored by all generations, receives the Career Achievement award.
Inside Friday TV: The NBC TV show of the Winter Olympics (8 / 7c) begins its final weekend with the debut of the Alpine team event (weather permitting), a new snowboarding event with big air men’s, as well as the men’s 1000m speed skating and four-man bobsleigh. … Another kind of action takes place on Cinemax Counter attack (10 / 9c) as Section 20 travels to the Hungarian forest to save Mac (Warren Brown) from a white nationalist camp – and also to prevent a Russian chemical weapons expert from falling into the clutches of evil terrorist Jane Lowry (Katherine Kelly).