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Samantha Bee hosts her own damn correspondents’ dinner

Samantha Bee at The Paley Center For Media in February in New York. (Photo: Andrew Toth/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner With Samantha Bee (TBS, Saturday, 10 p.m.): In defiance of the lame White House Correspondents’ Dinner that our chicken-ass president isn’t even attending, Samantha Bee, recently dubbed our “comedian-in-chief,” hosts her own event. The evening will undoubtedly include many funny yet spot-on statements on what a wreck our administration is right now. Bee fan Laura M. Browning can’t wait.


Dear White People (Netflix, Friday): This exemplary new series is based on Justin Simien’s 2014 movie about black students at a predominantly white fictional Ivy League university; Simien returns to expand his film into ten 30-minute episodes on Netflix. In her enthusiastic A review, Ashley Ray-Harris says the show doesn’t “waste time creating tragic origin stories to explain or explore the racism of its white characters. The show would rather examine the impact of such racism on its black characters.” Joshua Alston will review Dear White People starting today, with reviews posting every other day at noon.

Catastrophe (Amazon, Friday): The third season of this unconventional rom-sitcom drops this weekend just in time for your binge watch. Molly Eichel called the second season “stellar” as “Catastrophe has this incredible ability to take the unsexy and the unromantic and turn it around so that it feels sexy and romantic.” She, Erik Adams, and Esther Zuckerman will rotate on daily reviews.

Regular coverage

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1, Friday, 8 p.m.)
Reign (The CW, Friday, 8 p.m.)
Doctor Who (BBC America, Saturday, 8 p.m.)
Class (BBC America, Saturday, 9:05 p.m.)
Samurai Jack (Adult Swim, Saturday, 11 p.m.)


Wild card

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (DFC, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.): The seventh season of this series is underway and as delightful than ever. In this episode, Pinkie Pie’s sister, the deadpan Maud, considers a move to Ponyville. We’re guessing that even a brainiac like Maud learns a lesson or two about friendship somewhere along the way.

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