August 24, 2019

What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Suits’ and ‘Babylon’

What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Suits’ and ‘Babylon’

SUITS 9 p.m. on USA Network. This long-running legal drama begins its ninth and final season. Since the departure of Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), his wife, Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle), and the law firm’s head honcho, Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) in Season 7, fans have watched the series mainstays, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) and Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) vie for control of the firm. And while the Duchess of Sussex will in all likelihood not be back, fans can expect to see Adams return as a guest star in the show’s final 10 episodes.

PEARSON 10 p.m. on USA Network. As “Suits” embarks on its final season, one of the show’s characters finds footing in her own spinoff. Ms. Torres reprises her role as Jessica Pearson, a former top lawyer who’s now working as a political fixer for the new mayor of Chicago, played by the actor Morgan Spector. In an interview in The New York Times, Ms. Torres opened up about her character’s new chapter. “What I love about the new show is that we actually get to go behind the scenes to see what in fact motivates Jessica,” she said. “She really is interested in using her very specific skill set for good. How she gets there is questionable.”

BABYLON (1980) Stream on Criterion Channel; Rent on YouTube and Google Play. Despite having its debut at Cannes over four decades ago, this film, which offers an unflinching look at daily life for black people in South London in the ’80s, was just released in America last March. The film follows Blue (Brinsley Forde), a young mechanic who’s steeped in the local reggae scene, and the racism and poverty that he encounters in Brixton at that time. In his review for the Times, Wesley Morris wrote, “The movie arrived with an X rating, which, in Britain, was basically like an R. But it ensured that the young black people whom ‘Babylon’ was primarily made for wouldn’t have been let into a theater to see it.”

BLOWN AWAY Stream on Netflix. If you get nervous watching people construct delicate baked goods in the summer heat on “The Great British Baking Show,” then this new Netflix competition show will send your stress levels soaring. This series brings together 10 masters of the niche art of glassblowing, where they compete for a chance to win $60,000 in prizes. To stay in the race, they have to work under pressure to create intricate glass robots, realistic-looking glass body parts and colorful botanical-themed sculptures that will impress the judges. It’s like “Top Chef” meets “Forged in Fire,” History’s bladesmithing reality show, and the art is mesmerizing to watch.

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