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Around the Remote: ‘Blindspotting’ gets a second run on television

UPDATED: Wed., June 16, 2021

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal attend the premiere of Amazon Studios’ “Brittany Runs a Marathon” in Los Angeles. Oakland-set "Blindspotting," with Diggs and Casal, is set to become a TV series.  (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal attend the premiere of Amazon Studios’ “Brittany Runs a Marathon” in Los Angeles. Oakland-set "Blindspotting," with Diggs and Casal, is set to become a TV series. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: “Blindspotting” – Inspired by the acclaimed 2018 indie film from Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, this new dramedy follows Ashley (“Hamilton” alum Jasmine Cephas Jones), whose life in Oakland, California, is thrown into disarray when Miles (Casal), her longtime partner and father of their 6-year-old son, is jailed on a drug charge. The ordeal forces her to reluctantly move in with Miles’ mother (Helen Hunt) and his intense half-sister (Jaylen Barron). Plenty of friction and comical dysfunction ensue over eight episodes. (9 p.m. Sunday, Starz).

Other bets

SUNDAY: Interestingly, the final season six episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” is titled “The Beginning.” Now that underground cult leader Teddy has revealed his ominous plan, everyone desperately scrambles to live out the coming destruction on their own terms. (9 p.m., AMC).

MONDAY: In the new drama series “The Republic of Sarah,” life in the sleepy New Hampshire town of Greylock is upended when a valuable mineral is discovered there, and an unscrupulous mining company wants to bulldoze the place. Enter rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper (Stella Baker), who has a bold plan to turn Greylock into its own country. (9 p.m., The CW).

MONDAY: Here’s a different kind of reboot: Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton host “The Celebrity Dating Game,” which offers a wry wink at modern dating with a roster of well-known singles in pursuit of love. Up first: “Bachelorette” Hannah Brown and “Nailed It!” emcee Nicole Byer. (10 p.m., ABC).

TUESDAY: “Revolution Rent” is a poignant documentary that follows Andy Senor Jr. to Cuba, where he is tasked with directing a production of the landmark musical “Rent.” It’s the first Broadway show to be staged there by a U.S. company in more than 50 years and Senor, the son of Cuban exiles, embarks on a personal journey in his ancestral homeland. (9 p.m., HBO).

WEDNESDAY: “Two Steps Home” is a new real estate series that has designer Mary Tjon-Joe-Pin and her husband and business partner Jon Pierre helping their Houston-area clients to spruce up and sell their current abodes for top dollar and then acquire the home of their dreams. (9 p.m., HGTV).

WEDNESDAY: As season two of the comedy series “Dave” begins, our title character is determined to become the next rap superstar – but at what cost? With the pressure mounting, he must decide if he’ll sacrifice friendships, love, and his own sense of self in order to make his dream come true. (10 p.m., FXX).

THURSDAY: Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors missed out on the NBA Playoffs, but the sharp-shooter still has “Holey Moley” to fall back on for work. The wacky extreme mini-golf competition, for which Curry serves as executive producer and resident golf pro, returns for another hilarious season. (9 p.m., ABC).

THURSDAY: Television’s revival craze continues as Miranda Cosgrove returns in “iCarly.” The series picks up nearly 10 years after Nickelodeon’s original show ended and finds Carly Shay, the original influencer, and her pals navigating work, love and family in their 20s. (Paramount+).

FRIDAY: Break out the leg warmers for “Physical.” It’s a dark comedy series about a quietly tortured 1980s San Diego housewife (Rose Byrne) who craves a dramatic life change and eventually finds it in an offbeat place: the vigorous world of aerobics. (Apple TV+).

SATURDAY: Marking Juneteenth, the documentary “Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America” examines how key protest movements throughout U.S. history have shaped our society, laws and culture. NBA legend and social justice advocate Kareem Abul-Jabbar narrates. (8 p.m., History Channel).

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