Tom Hollander (The White Lotus) is Truman Capote in a new edition of FX’s Feud, depicting the backlash from his inner circle of rich female “swans” after he publishes an article exposing their scandalous secrets. A Disney+ docuseries follows the Detroit Youth Choir on the road to Carnegie Hall. On PBS, Nature visits a gorilla family, and Nova investigates the fossilized remains of a whale with four legs. An HBO documentary reveals the remarkable comeback of MMA fighter Tatiana Suarez.
Feud: Capote Vs. The Swans
The cold shoulder is mightier than the pen in the dazzling new edition of Ryan Murphy’s Feud anthology. Tom Hollander (The White Lotus) stars in an uncanny impersonation of author Truman Capote, whose celebrity status and barbed wit made him a favorite of New York high society, represented by the ultra-rich “swans” (played by an A-list team including Naomi Watts, Chloë Sevigny, Calista Flockhart and Diane Lane). When he publishes a fictionalized exposé of their most scandalous secrets, the ladies who lunch shun their gay confidante, sending him into a self-destructive spiral of alcoholic angst. Launches with two episodes.
Get your “gleek” on for an inspiring six-part documentary (all available for binge-watching) that follows the renowned Detroit Youth Choir, runners-up on Season 14 of America’s Got Talent, as the group takes on a new challenge: Carnegie Hall. Yes, practice (practice, practice) will be required, but also tough choices for choir director Anthony T. White, because only 50 will be able to travel to New York and perform on the iconic stage.
Escape the winter doldrums when the long-running nature series travels to Gabon’s Loango National Park, the last wild coastline remaining in the African tropics. The park houses lowland gorillas who have been studied for nearly 20 years by biologists. Cameras capture a silverback family including a newborn baby gorilla, among wildlife including forest elephants and buffalo. Followed by a fascinating episode of the science docuseries Nova: When Whales Could Walk (9/8c), about the discovery in a fossil graveyard in the Sahara of the skeletal remains of a 43-million-year-old whale sporting four legs. Scientists look for ancient clues to explain how these mammals evolved from land animals who walked the Earth to become the largest creatures of the sea.
The Unbreakable Tatiana Suarez
The MMA fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar is the subject of a biographical documentary that charts her remarkable comeback from injury and cancer. Tatiana Suarez was destined for the Olympic wrestling spotlight at the 2012 summer games when she suffered a neck injury that sidelined her career and unexpectedly revealed a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. The film depicts her rehab, training, and emergence as one of the world’s top female MMA fighters.
INSIDE WEDNESDAY TV:
- Wild Cards (8/7c, The CW): TV’s latest odd couple—demoted detective Ellis (Giacomo Gianniotti) and con woman Max (Vanessa Morgan)—hunt for a missing butcher in a small town. But Max seems even more interested in Ellis’ personal life.
- Chicago Fire (9/8c, NBC): While Mouch (Christian Stolte) vets new firefighter and ex-boxer Derrick Gibson (Rome Flynn), Brett (Kara Killmer) and Violet (Hanako Greensmith) get personally involved after witnessing a domestic dispute. Followed by Chicago P.D. (10/9c), in which Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) works an extra shift, putting her right in the middle of a drive-by attack on refugees.
- FBI True (10/9c, CBS): The docuseries revisits the investigation into the 1993 bombing by van of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Another segment follows the hunt for a sniper who killed an abortion doctor in his Buffalo home in 1998.
- Criminal Record (streaming on Apple TV+): The crime drama takes a traumatic turn when June’s (Cush Jumbo) aggressive investigation into a possible police cover-up leads to cops targeting her 12-year-old son Jacob (Jordan A. Nash), planting drugs on the unsuspecting boy.
- Alexander: The Making of a God (streaming on Netflix): Historians and elaborate dramatic re-enactments tell the story of the legendary warrior Alexander the Great (Buck Braithwaite).