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Channel Surfing: Awesome TV picks for the week of 08/24/2020

There’s a lot to put a smile on your face with this week’s Channel Surfing TV picks. Reno 911! is always good for a few laughs and part two of the revival is set to start. Whoever thought death metal could be so kawaii in season three of Aggretsuko. Then, after appearing in the Wonder Woman 1984 ‘Werewolf 1984’ panel at DC FanDome this weekend, actor, Ravi Patel is literally looking for happiness with family and friends.

Weird Al as the Nuge

Last spring, it was announced that mockumentary series, Reno 911!, would be revived on the short form streaming service, Quibi. We checked back in with Dangle, Junior, Jones, and all the rest of the gang in the “Biggest Little City in the World” when the seventh season premiered in May.

Death Metal and Pop Collide

Aggretsuko began as a mascot for famed kawaii company, Sanrio. She became such a hit, she was soon featured in animated shorts, a comic series from Oni Press, and even a mobile game. Netflix also wanted to capitalize on the popularity and developed an anime series based off of the character.

Retsuko is a mild-mannered red panda who works in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm. Every day she must manage demanding bosses and frustrating colleagues and it begins to take a toll. While some people hit up happy hour after they clock out to drink their problems away, she visits a karaoke bar and sings death metal to take out her aggressions. Hence the name, Aggretsuko.

In the latest season, which drops on Thursday, August 27, Retsuko is experiencing financial problems and becomes involved with an upcoming girl pop group. We’ll see if the difference in styles leads to any drama.

Everything that shine ain’t always gonna be gold…

CNN initially produced Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness and planned to air the program on the network but with all the reshuffling by their parent company, Time Warner, and the release of HBO Max, it was decided that it would be released on the streaming service instead.

The buddy comedy docuseries follows actor/documentarian/philanthropist, Ravi Patel, as he travels to different regions of the world looking for answers regarding some of life’s universal questions. At each stop, he is accompanied by family members or friends that share a similar conflict/question about life and together they explore the comparisons of social norms here in the U.S. to those internationally.

Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness premieres on HBO Max this Thursday, August 27.


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