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Is the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend about to become the crazy wife?

Vincent Rodriguez III, Rachel Bloom (Photo: Michael Desmond/The CW)

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW, 9 p.m., Friday): So it’s all been leading up to this second-season finale, as Rebecca rushes dream guy Josh to the altar. After all the heavy boobs, all the period sex, all the refusals to settle (poor Greg), all the triumphant bisexual anthems, and all the sexy getting-ready, could this be the fulfillment of our heroine’s lifelong dream (and the impetus for a major series name-change)? Considering that Rebecca is, well, Rebecca, and that the previews keep teasing some of those last-minute shocking revelations and developments that TV wedding episodes thrive on, we’re not holding our breath. (Seriously, how does anyone on television actually get married?) At any rate, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend reviewer Allison Shoemaker has her tissues ready, regardless of the outcome. She knows that tissues are good for both happy and sad tears.

Imperial Dreams (Netflix, 3:01 a.m., Friday): Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Attack The Block’s resident cool guy John Boyega stars in this Netflix original feature about a young ex-con trying to make it as a writer and take care of his young son on the mean streets of L.A.

Live From Lincoln Center: 50 Years Of Mostly Mozart (PBS, 9 p.m., Friday): The rest will be a selection of Whitesnake songs, strangely enough.


Trump: Inside The Greatest Political Upset Of All Time (Showtime, 9 p.m., Friday): Because fuck everything. This is a documentary.

Cut-Off (Viceland, 10 p.m., Friday): The struggles of indigenous peoples in Canada is the subject of this documentary told mostly through the voices of young people living in First Nation reserves.

High School Lover (Lifetime, 8 p.m., Saturday): In the ongoing multimedia art project that is James Franco’s life, the actor/director/student/poet stars as the overprotective father of a high-school-age girl in a Lifetime movie. It’s like Why Him?, except Franco is Bryan Cranston, and everyone’s afraid and possibly murderous all the time. (Alternate title: Franco, May I Sleep With Danger?)

Premieres and finales

Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix, 3:01 a.m., Friday): Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in this supernatural horror-comedy about a chipper realtor who, after an unfortunate fainting spell, discovers that she’s really, really into human flesh. Created by the guy behind the enduringly quirky and underrated Better Off Ted and Andy Richter Controls The Universe, the show is, according to our own Erik Adams, “essentially a sitcom hybridization of iZombie and The Americans.” Which he says is actually a pretty good thing, somehow. Our own Andrea Reiher has plenty of snacks on hand for her daily reviews, starting Friday.

Yum! (Photo: Netflix)

The Grand Tour (Amazon, 3:01 a.m., Friday): Those three Top Gear guys crash their last impossibly expensive car as the first season screeches to a halt.


Killing Bigfoot (Destination America, 10 p.m., Saturday): In the premiere of this “reality” series, a pair of Bigfoot hunters (one of whom claims to have had a run-in with the big guy as a child) say, “To hell with plaster footprints and grainy home movies. We’re just gonna shoot us a Sasquatch.” That’s the American way.

Regular coverage

The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 8 p.m., Friday)

Grimm (NBC, 8 p.m., Friday)

Saturday Night Live (NBC, 11:30 p.m., Saturday)

Streaming pick

Cheers, “I Do, Adieu” (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon): You know what turns out to be a really effective way to cope with the unending daily stress and despair of watching your beloved country descend into authoritarian chaos at the hands of an incompetent, irrational reality-show clown and his white-supremacist sidekick/puppet-master? Cheers reruns. Seriously. And in keeping with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s will-they/won’t-they wedding extravaganza, this episode—where the all-time will-they/won’t-they couple Sam Malone and Diane Chambers’ Cheers-set wedding gets interrupted by a fateful phone call—will also have you reaching for the happy/sad tissues. Remember: “Have a good life.”


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