Mythic Quest and Central Park
Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Friday June 25 and Saturday June 26. All hours are Eastern.
Central park (Apple TV +, Friday, 12:01 am, season premiere): The second season of this animated musical kicks off with three episodes, followed by new ones airing every Friday. “The only setback this season is a slower pace now that Bitsy’s (Stanley Tucci) greed is no longer the main driving force. The series loses a big, mysterious arc, but nuanced storytelling, clever humor, and evolving animated creativity cement its place as one of Apple TV + ‘s best-selling original series. Read the rest of the review here.
Mythic Quest (Apple TV +, 12:01 am, season finale): It’s time to press pause Mythic Quest for the moment. In the season two finale, “TBD,” Ian (Rob McElhenney) and Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) take a big step towards their future. Here are Nicdao’s thoughts on Poppy’s journey so far, and keep an eye out for an interview with Danny Pudi on Brad’s shocking twists and turns.
Star Wars: The Bad Lot (Disney +, Friday, 3:01 a.m.)
Lisey’s story (Apple TV +, Friday, 12:01 am)
RuPaul All Stars Drag Race (Paramount +)
False positive (Hulu, Friday, 12:01 am): “On a broader conceptual level, False positive is intelligent, setting up and then defying expectations through subversion of tropes, notably the stereotype of the “magical negro” expressed through the character of a midwife (Zainab Jah) who serves as a holistic foil to patronizing Hindle. But the satire of pregnancy culture is surprisingly sweet, given that the co-writer and producer [Ilana] Glazer, who is is currently expecting her first child, has personal experience with the subject. Here is the sequel to Katie Rife’s film review, featuring Glazier, Pierce Brosnan and Justin Theroux.
My Life by Mary J. Blige (Amazon Prime Video, Friday, 12:01 am): Directed by Vanessa Roth, this documentary celebrates the 25th anniversary of Mary J. Blige’s hit 1994 album My life, which propelled the singer into international stardom. Blige also talks about her inspirations and performs the songs live for the first time.
Miley Cyrus presents Stand by You (Peacock, Friday, 3:01 a.m.): Cyrus’ hour-long concert, filmed in Nashville, is meant to honor the LGBTQ community during Pride Month. She will take the stage with Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton and Little Big Town, as well as queer artists like the Osborne brothers and Orville Peck.
Visions of us (YouTube, Friday): This four-part Netflix documentary will air on its YouTube channel from June 25-28. It explores Latin LGBTQ representation by uplifting artists and stories creating an inclusive landscape for queer and trans people of color. Appearances include Poseby Steven Canals, Brooklyn nine-nineby Stéphanie Beatriz, VidaIt’s Tanya Saracho.
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Disney +, Friday, 12:01 am, first season): Tony Hale and Kristen Schaal star in this adaptation of The Mysterious Benedict Society, but it’s the younger and relatively new actors who steal the show. Based on the books by Trenton Lee Stewart, the series follows four orphaned children who have been selected by the enigmatic Mr. Benedict (Hale) for a risky mission. The world is in the throes of something called The Emergency – essentially a panic and anxiety-provoking mass hypnosis situation – and he believes these intelligent kids will solve the problem because of their “unusually strong love of the truth.” TMBS premieres with a two-part layout that requires patience, but presents a rather intriguing storyline. The first episode, “A Bunch Of Smart Orphans” follows Reynie Muldoon (Mystic Inscho), an empathetic and prodigious young boy who becomes the de facto leader of the other three children: George “Sticky” Washington (Seth Carr), Kate Weatherall ( Emmy DeOliveira) and Constance Contraire (Marta Timofeeva). They take tough tests to join what they believe to be an elite school, but it’s actually just Mr. Benedict who brings them into the fold. “Carrying A Bird” highlights his plans to stop The Emergency and ends with a promising cliffhanger, which could finally allow Hale to develop his one-note character. Schaal, who plays Mr Benedict’s trusted right-hand man, is making the most of his time. TMBS is full of potential, even if the first two episodes don’t quite match the imagination of the novels.
Bosch (Amazon Prime Video, Friday, 12:01 am): Titus Welliver returns as Detective Harry Bosch, a character based on the books by Michael Connelly. The seventh and final season draws inspiration from Connelly The hot room. A spin-off starring Welliver and most of the cast is already in the works.
Gender / Life (Netflix, Friday, 3:01 a.m.): This NSFW comedy-drama stars Person of interestSarah Shahi as Billie Connelly, a suburban mom who takes a fantasy trip down memory lane by journaling about her ex-boyfriend, Brad (Adam Demos), and their sexual exploits. Her husband, Cooper (Mike Vogel), finds out about her entrances, triggering an obviously complicated love triangle when Brad returns to their lives. Keep an eye out for review of Danette Chavez’s show, developed by Stacy Rukeyser based on BB Eaton’s book, 44 chapters on 4 men.