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Around the Remote: ‘WandaVision’ gives Marvel characters a retro homecoming

Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Teyonah Parris participate in the "WandaVision" portion of the Marvel Studios panel on day three of Comic-Con International on July 20, 2019, in San Diego.  (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Teyonah Parris participate in the "WandaVision" portion of the Marvel Studios panel on day three of Comic-Con International on July 20, 2019, in San Diego. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: “WandaVision” – We don’t really know what to expect from this trippy new series, but we’re definitely intrigued. “WandaVision” takes characters from Marvel’s superhero comics and movies and plops them in retro locales reminiscent of those in TV classics such as “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Bewitched” and “The Brady Bunch.” Picking up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” it reunites Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) with the android Vision (Paul Bettany). Together, these super-powered beings live idealized suburban lives but begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. (Friday, Disney+).

Other bets

SUNDAY: “Tiger” is a torrid, two-part documentary that chronicles, in extraordinary detail, the amazing highs and stunning lows of golf superstar Tiger Woods. Among the film’s revealing interviews is one with Woods’ former mistress, Rachel Uchitel, who, for the first time, speaks publicly about their relationship. (9 p.m., HBO).

SUNDAY: James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930s Yorkshire are given a colorful new adaptation for “All Creatures Great and Small.” Newcomer Nicholas Ralph makes his television debut as the iconic country vet in this seven-part “Masterpiece” series based on the beloved stories. (7 p.m., KSPS; 9 p.m., KCDT).

MONDAY: Gridiron superiority is on the line in the College Football Playoff National Championship. No. 1-seeded Alabama (12-0) takes on No. 3 Ohio State (7-0) in Miami. (5 p.m., ESPN).

MONDAY: The documentary series “American Experience” returns with “The Codebreaker.” It’s the fascinating story of cryptanalyst Elizebeth Smith Friedman, who took down gangsters and Nazis and laid the foundation for modern codebreaking. A suburban wife and mother, Smith Friedman led a secret double life that only came to light decades after her death. (9 p.m., KSPS and KCDT).

TUESDAY: The season premiere of “The Resident” finds Conrad and Nic preparing for their wedding day. Meanwhile, flashbacks to the early days of the COVID-19 crisis shine a light on the heroism of the doctors and the toll the virus took on everyone at Chastain Memorial. (8 p.m., Fox).

TUESDAY: As Season 2 of “Prodigal Son” begins, Bright’s personal life is in disarray after his sister’s shocking actions during the Season 1 finale. Now, he has to “take care” of her and protect his mother from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again. (9 p.m., Fox).

WEDNESDAY: Kyra Sedgwick returns to series television in the sitcom “Call Your Mother.” She plays Jean, a lonely empty-nester mom whose children live thousands of miles away. Seeking a change, she decides her place is with her family, and it’s time to reinsert herself into their lives. (9:30 p.m., ABC).

THURSDAY: As Season 4 of the acclaimed comedy thriller “Search Party” begins, Dory is being held prisoner by her psychotic stalker Chip, who is determined to make her believe they are best friends. Can her real pals put their traumatic pasts behind them and come to her rescue? (HBO Max).

FRIDAY: In Season 3 of Matt Groening’s animated adult comedy “Disenchantment,” princess Bean continues to grow into her power and own her destiny. But as she and her fearless friends venture to new worlds, they might just find there really is no place like home. (Netflix).

SATURDAY: “One Deadly Mistake” is a new true-crime series that follows various homicide investigations that ultimately hinge on a surprising, or unlikely, piece of evidence that exposes the killer. The opener focuses on a 2014 case in Austin, Texas. (9 p.m., Oxygen).

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