The Academy Awards, The Gay Kiss On “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Mike Nichols, “MTV Suspect”: TV THIS WEEK

Plus, Billie Jean King on "Fresh Off the Boat," and Harry Shum, Jr. in Netflix's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel.

It’s Monday and once again we’re looking at what’s interesting and noteworthy on TV in the week ahead.

Things kick off Monday at 9pm with a look at one of Hollywood’s greatest directors, when HBO debuts Becoming Mike Nichols. The documentary takes a look at Nichols’ career, focusing on an extensive two-day interview recorded just months before his death.

 

 

It looks the focus will be on Nichol’s early life, his comedy partnership with Elaine May and early films like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate. Keep your fingers crossed his later classics like The Birdcage and Angels in America come up.


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At 8pm on the CW, a new episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend addresses the kiss White Josh gave to Darryl a few weeks ago. Did White Josh mean it in a romantic way? Can you call a guy “bro” afterward and not ruin the mood?


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Tuesday at 8pm, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, Emery starts playing tennis, hoping to become a super-star player like Michael Chang. To help, Louis and Jessica hire out tennis legend Billie Jean King to coach him.



 

Wednesday sees Catfish kick off its fifth season with a first-time tale of two guys, one catfish: Both Dejay and Malik have written to the team for help—they’re both in a relationship with someone named Josiah who lives in Philly. Are they being catfished by the same guy? We’ll find out when Catfish returns to MTV at 10pm.



 

There’s more Nev Schulman at 11pm, thanks to the new series MTV Suspect, which teams him with non-binary artist-activist iO Tillett Wright as they meet people who suspect a loved one is keeping a secret.

Nev and iO will help investigate the mystery and bring it to light in a healthy, productive way.



 
Fans of ’90s television may want to take off work on Friday, when all 13 episodes of Fuller House arrives on Netflix. The Full House sequel sees D.J. Tanner as a widow raising her children with some help from sister Stephanie and BFF Kimmie. Expect callbacks and guest appearances by the original cast (but don’t hold your breath for the Olsen twins.)



 

Also on Friday, Netflix is also unveiling Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, a sequel to the Oscar-winning Ang Lee film from 2000. It’s a new cast—including Shadowhunters’ Harry Shum, Jr—but expect the same mix of high-flying acrobatics and sword fights



 

And Sunday, of course, is Oscar night, as Chris Rock hosts the 88th Academy Awards. The ceremony will no doubt address #OscarsSoWhite criticism, and there’s queer representation with Carol and The Danish Girl vying for acting trophies.

The ceremony begins at 8:30pm on ABC but those of you tuning in for the fashion will want to tune in for the pre-show coverage at 7pm.

 

 

While most channels are trying to avoid competing with the Oscars, Ovation is debuting its new talk show, Rough Draft, in which host Reza Aslan talks with writers.

The show debuts Sunday night at 8:30pm with an interview with groundbreaking TV creator Norman Lear (All in the Family, Good Times), and Transparent creator Jill Soloway and out writer-producer Mike White (Enlightened, Chuck and Buck) coming this season.

Lyle Masaki is a fan of obscure superheroes, video games, adorkable guys and that show you loved that got cancelled way too soon.
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