Remembering Little Richard, ‘Manifest’ Finale, Road Trip with Guy and ‘Searching for Soul Food’
American Masters profiles rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard. Netflix drops the final episodes of rescued-from-cancellation apocalyptic thriller Manifest. Foodies can take a road trip through America with Guy Fieri and his family, then travel the globe seeking regional soul foods with celebrity chef Alisa Reynolds.
Back in his prime, Little Richard could boast The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as his opening acts. A true pioneer of rock 'n' roll, the defiantly flamboyant Little Richard gets the American Masters treatment in documentary Little Richard: King and Queen of Rock and Roll which tells his story through audio recordings made by his authorized biographer Charles White ("Dr. Rock"). Keith Richards and Ringo Starr are among those singing Little Richard's praises.
The "death date" is upon us as the mystical apocalyptic thriller drops its final 10 episodes, promising answers to questions that defy explanation, or possibly exposition, regarding the survivors of mysterious Montego Air Flight 828. Closure was never guaranteed when NBC canceled the series after three series, only for Netflix to come to the rescue for a two-part final season. As these last chapters open, Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) is still reeling from husband Zeke's (Matt Long) sacrifice, but at least she has old flame detective Jared (J.R. Ramirez) around to help investigate the latest twists as the 828ers and the rest of humanity face their final test.
Guy's All-American Road Trip
It's a family affair when Guy Fieri packs up wife Lori and sons Hunter and Ryder to take an RV road trip through Appalachia to sample the tastiest treats Kentucky and Tennessee have to offer. In the opener, they journey back to the Old West in Bowling Green, Ky., and engage in an ice cream making contest at Chaney's Dairy Barn before taking laps while visiting the National Corvette Museum.
Searching for Soul Food
More fun for foodies as Onyx Collective presents an eight-part global culinary travelogue featuring celebrity chef Alisa Reynolds, whose goal is to discover what passes for soul food in cultures around the world. She starts more locally in Mississippi, Oklahoma and, again, Appalachia, before jetting to Cape Town, South Africa, Naples in Italy, Jamaica and Peru then coming full circle to her home base of Los Angeles.
When is a Pez dispenser more than a Pez dispenser? When it's a forbidden relic from past times that could get spell doom for the object's owner. As the underground silo's new sheriff Juliette (Rebecca Ferguson) continues investigating recent murders and their connection to the illegal trade in relics, she reflects on her relationship with her late lover George (Ferdinand Kingsley), who was fond of mulling Big Existential Questions like, "Don't you ever think about the world beyond the silo?" Words like that can get you killed in this subterranean society, and it looks like we're about to get the curtain pulled back to see what's really going on in and outside of this strange future world. And can we have a shout-out to Harriet Walter, who not only plays Juliette's confidante Martha on this show but appeared earlier this week as two very different mother figures in the finales of HBO's Succession and Apple's Ted Lasso. Talk about range.
INSIDE FRIDAY TV:The Greatest @Home Videos (8/7c, CBS): Cedric the Entertainer returns for a new season of family-friendly video clips, focusing on doofus dads and cut-up grads.True Crime Watch: On ABC's 20/20 (9/8c), Matt Gutman reports on how jealousy fueled the 2020 murders of Colorado musician Scott Sessions and his date, mother-of-three Heather Frank. On Dateline NBC (9/8c), Dennis Murphy digs into the 16-year investigation that led to the killer of 22-year-old Arkansas college student Rebekah Gould in 2004.Painting with John (11/10c, HBO): Artist/raconteur John Lurie returns for a third season of life lessons through watercolors, opening with a cautionary statement about binge-watching.
ON THE STREAM:Queen of the Universe (streaming on Paramount+): Just in time for Pride Month, executive producer RuPaul's global singing competition for drag queens adds Mel B to the Season 2 judging panel with Michelle Visage, Vanessa Williams and Trixie Mattel. Contestants hail from Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Israel, Mexico, Australia, the U.K., and Orlando and San Francisco in the U.S.With Love (streaming on Prime Video): From Gloria Calderon Kellett (One Day at a Time), the proudly diverse family romcom returns for a second season, each episode structured around a major life event or holiday, as one of the Diaz sibs considers walking down the aisle.Love Allways (streaming on Paramount+): A dating competition finds Gen-Z bachelorette Lexi Paloma choosing from a dating pool of all genders.Shooting Stars (streaming on Peacock): An inspirational sports movie reveals the origin story of LeBron James (Marquis "Mookie" Cook), who with his childhood friends built the #1 high-school basketball team in the country.Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets (streaming on Prime Video): A four-part docuseries exposes the dark side of the seemingly wholesome reality-TV mega-family and how their scandals relate to the religious cult known as the Institute in Basic Life Principles.Drops of God (streaming on Apple TV+): In the multilingual drama's season finale, the rivals for an inheritance in vintage wine have an epiphany that could be hard to swallow.