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Around the Remote: Star-studded cast investigates ‘Only Murders in the Building’

Aug. 28, 2021 Updated Sun., Aug. 29, 2021 at 11:28 a.m.

In "Only Murders in the Building," Upper West Side neighbors Mabel (Selena Gomez), Oliver (Martin Short) and Charles (Steve Martin) bond over a shared love of true crime while trying to solve the murder of a fellow resident in their building.  (Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)
In "Only Murders in the Building," Upper West Side neighbors Mabel (Selena Gomez), Oliver (Martin Short) and Charles (Steve Martin) bond over a shared love of true crime while trying to solve the murder of a fellow resident in their building. (Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: “Only Murders in the Building” – Broad comedy blends with a juicy mystery and an intriguing trio of stars in this charming 10-episode series. Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez play residents of an upscale Manhattan apartment complex who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. When a neighbor’s death is declared a suicide by the police, they suspect foul play and decide to investigate – all while producing a podcast about their findings. The eclectic cast also includes Amy Ryan, Nathan Lane and Sting. (Tuesday, Hulu).

Other bets

SUNDAY: As the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks nears, be on the lookout for plenty of commemorative programming. Tonight brings “9/11: One Day in America,” a moving, four-night documentary series that chronicles the events of that tragic day through personal narratives of first responders and survivors. (6 p.m., National Geographic Channel).

SUNDAY: “Wicked in Concert: A Musical Celebration of the Iconic Broadway Score” is a special featuring reimagined, never-before-heard musical arrangements of songs from Stephen Schwartz’s beloved stage hit. They’ll be performed by celebrities from the worlds of film, pop music and TV. (9 p.m., PBS).

MONDAY: At last, it’s national finals time on “American Ninja Warrior.” The competition returns to Las Vegas, where the ninjas face as many as eight supersized obstacles on a ridiculously tough course. (8 p.m., NBC).

TUESDAY: Organization icon and author Marie Kondo is back with a new show – “Sparking Joy.” Over three episodes, she brings her tidying tactics to people struggling to balance their work and personal lives. (Netflix).

WEDNESDAY: On “Riverdale,” Cheryl enlists the help of Archie and others after learning there’s palladium underneath her maple groves. Also, Betty and Alice confront a trucker who may have been involved in Polly’s disappearance. (8 p.m., the CW).

THURSDAY: Toes will tap and heads will bop as the “CMA Summer Jam” comes our way. Some of country music’s biggest stars perform in the three-hour special, including Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and more. (8 p.m., ABC).

THURSDAY: Brace yourselves for more supernatural shenanigans as “What We Do in the Shadows” returns for another completely batty season. In the opener, our sharp-toothed housemates are in a panic about what to do with Guillermo after discovering that – yikes! – he’s a vampire killer. (10 p.m., FX).

THURSDAY: “A.P. Bio” is back in session. As season 4 begins, a tornado puts the school on lockdown, and Helen believes it’s coming specifically for her. Meanwhile, the kids pass the time by writing fan fiction, “shipping” various combinations of faculty members. (Peacock).

FRIDAY: “Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James” is a raw and intimate look at the life of the late funk artist whose hits included “Superfreak,” “Give It to Me Baby” and “Mary Jane.” Included: Rare footage of James’ raucous live shows, home videos and interviews with collaborators and friends. (9 p.m., Showtime).

SATURDAY: The college football season gets rolling in earnest this weekend, and there’s already a big marquee showdown lined up as No. 3-ranked Clemson takes on No. 5 Georgia at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit call the action. (7:30 p.m., ABC).

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