July 17, 2019

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘S.N.L.’ and ‘Fleabag’

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘S.N.L.’ and ‘Fleabag’


“Saturday Night Live” Season 44 comes to an end. And “Fleabag” is back on Amazon Prime Video.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 11:30 p.m. on NBC. Paul Rudd closes out the season as host with DJ Khaled as the musical guest. Rudd has hosted three times before; his most memorable character is Austin Vogelcheck, whose “kissing family” takes awkward to a whole new level.

SMALLFOOT (2018) 8 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. This animated adventure stars Channing Tatum as Migo, a yeti from a village that defiantly believes humans — that is, smallfoots — don’t exist. When Migo meets a nature-show host, Percy (voiced by James Corden), he brings word to his fellow bigfoots and is banished from the community for standing by his story. Percy, down on his luck, hopes to win fame for his discovery, even if the 18-foot-tall Migo seems terrifying from his point of view (the two can’t understand each other, which makes for a cute running joke.) If you gloss over the forgettable musical numbers, there’s much to enjoy here. LeBron James, Danny DeVito and Common round out the cast.

FLEABAG Stream on Amazon. It’s been nearly three years since this dark comedy series debuted in the United States, but it’s hard to forget the protagonist. The writer, creator and star, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, plays a grieving, self-destructive owner of a failing guinea pig-themed cafe in London. She has sex to numb the pain of her best friend’s death, loves aggravating her cruel godmother (a glorious Olivia Colman) and struggles to connect with her perfectionist sister (Sian Clifford). In the second and final season, set a year after the first, Fleabag (we never learn her real name) starts seeing a counselor (Fiona Shaw, who appears in Waller-Bridge’s other wildly popular show, “Killing Eve”) and falls for a “hot priest” (Andrew Scott). James Poniewozik named the return a Critic’s Pick in his review for The New York Times, writing that Waller-Bridge puts on a “spellbinding performance.” If you’ve yet to give this a try, know that it demands very little commitment: Each season comprises only six half-hour episodes.

THE KID WITH A BIKE (2012) Stream on Hulu or Mubi; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes or YouTube. While Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne unveil new work at the Cannes Film Festival this month, this earlier heart-wrenching drama from the brothers, which was a hit at the festival in 2011, is resurfacing on Mubi. The kid in question is Cyril (Thomas Doret), an 11-year-old boy in Belgium who is abandoned by his father and left to live in a children’s home. He runs away and ends up in the hands of a caring hairdresser, Samantha (Cécile de France). She shows him what unconditional love looks like, yet it’s not always enough to heal the wounds left by his father. In her review for The Times, Manohla Dargis called the movie “a quietly rapturous film about love and redemption.”



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