Reduced circumstances inspire the Dashwood sisters to approach love from different directions in the 2024 adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” (8 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark, TV-G). For those keeping score, the Hallmark Channel, long associated with greeting cards and Valentine’s Day gifts and chocolates, has rebranded this February as “Jane-uary.”
Sporting a production team including Maya Rudolph (“SNL”) and Natasha Lyonne (“Poker Face”), the new adult cartoon comedy “The Second Best Hospital in the Galaxy” streams on Prime Video.
Hulu streams the British fantasy “All of Us Strangers,” released in theaters in 2023. Andrew Scott stars as Adam, an isolated writer who visits his old family home after a strange encounter with a man, Henry (Paul Mescal), from his apartment block. While he assumes that his old house had been abandoned, he discovers it occupied by his parents, looking just as they had before they were killed in a car accident some 30 years earlier.
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A psychological thriller with science-fiction and supernatural overtones, “Constellation” streams the first three of its eight episodes on Apple TV+ today.
There are two ways to look at last summer’s “Barbie” phenomenon. Was way too much made of the film and its use of a docile, objectified plaything to make points about female empowerment? Or not enough? Its box-office success and the tidal wave of digital “ink” spilt on the phenomenon suggests the latter.
With series returning from strike-enforced inaction, the new network spring season is taking shape. But first, the winter season shows must end.
Once the most dominant show on network television, “American Idol” (8 p.m., Sunday, ABC, TV-PG) slips into its 22nd season. A staple of the early stages of reality television in the beginning of the 21st century, “Idol” still puts the focus on unknown talent. Unlike other series and even game shows, it has resisted the impulse to create a “celebrity” edition or flog an “all-star” round, concentrating on finding random strangers with talent, or at least a penchant for exhibitionism, particularly in the audition rounds of “Idol” that begin tonight.
Whether you enjoyed Sunday’s Super Bowl or merely endured or even ignored it, the annual rite brings a certain finality to the NFL season and all its thundering music, loud banality and hyperbolic commentary.
Television’s obsession with cults, their leaders and unfortunate followers continues on “The Doomsday Prophet: Truth and Lies” (8 p.m., ABC). A production of ABC News, it returns to the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), who have defied laws and mainstream Mormon practice to embrace polygamy and violently control those who defy their perverted patriarchy.