What to watch and listen to this week: 'Powerless,' 'Madiba,' Suspect Convictions podcast
Watch this week
Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution, midnight, Acorn TV: An iconic short story from famed mystery author Agatha Christie has been adapted again into a small screen movie. Kim Cattrall plays the rich and glamorous Emily French, the victim of a brutal murder in 1920s London. The BBC update of the 1925 story, with Christie's original ending, premiered last month in the U.K. Also stars Billy Howle as Leonard Vole, Monica Dolan as Janet Mackenzie and Andrea Riseborough as Romaine.
What's Acorn TV? The streaming service offers dramas, comedies and movies from the U.K. and beyond. Check out acorn.tv or amazon.com/acorntv.
Switched at Birth, 9 p.m., Freeform: The fifth season premiere sees Daphne and Bay getting an emergency phone call while in China. They return home and Daphne has to readjust to campus life while Bay feels conflicted about her feelings for Emmett.
SERIES PREMIERE: The Quad, 9 p.m., BET: The new drama about campus life at Historically Black Colleges and Universities stars Anika Noni Rose, who's already had a big television year with Power and Roots. She plays Dr. Eva Fletcher, the new president of fictional Georgia A&M University who quickly finds out the school has more problems than she though.
Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials, 8 p.m., CBS: Boomer Esiason and Daniela Ruah count down the most popular TV commercials of all time. Also features world premieres of two Super Bowl ads and behind-the-scenes looks at how spots are created.
SEASON PREMIERE: The 100, 9 p.m., CW: Last season, Clarke finally saved the world from the high-tech control of A.L.I.E., but also found out that the rest of the Earth's nuclear reactors are melting and they all have only six months left to live. The dystopian series' fourth season explores the continuing strife between the Grounders and Sky People and if they can possibly work together to survive another nuclear catastrophe.
Madiba, 9 p.m., BET: As part of Black History Month, BET premieres a six-hour miniseries starring Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela. Madiba is based on two of Mandela's book and tells the story of a younger Mandela during the early ‘60s as he copes with political unrest plaguing South Africa. The project was shot in South Africa and on Robben Island and explores the early years of Mandela's person journey.
SERIES PREMIERE: Powerless, 8:30 p.m., NBC: Powerless, set in the DC superhero universe, isn't about superhumans in tights and capes. The new quirky comedy gives the spotlight to the regular humans who have to live in the world the superheroes try to save. Vanessa Hudgens plays a young, bright-eyed woman who comes to work for Wayne Security, a company that specializes in products to help non-supers deal with the repercussions of daily superhero fights.
SERIES PREMIERE: Superior Donuts, 8:30 p.m., CBS: This new comedy stars Judd Hirsch and Jermaine Fowler and will likely spend much of its time making fun of millennials. But it's rumored that the show won't shy away from modern cultural issues like gentrification, gun control and race relations.
There's no shortage of investigative and true crime podcasts out there. The hard part is combing through the unoriginal listens to find the series that explore hyperlocal cases that have widespread impact.
You'll find that in Suspect Convictions.
The five-part series from NPR affiliate WVIK explores a brutal 1990 killing of a 9-year-old girl in Davenport, Iowa. Davenport is part of the Quad Cities metropolitan area, which consists of four major counties in northwest Illinois and southeastern Iowa. The area is one of the larger metropolitan regions along the Mississippi River.
Within days of finding Jennifer Lewis' body, police arrested Stanley Liggins, who had just been released from prison. Liggins was tried and convicted twice for the murder, but after 26 years behind bars, he's up for a new trial in May.
Suspect Convictions details the lives of Lewis and Liggins as well as Liggins' two trials, why they got repealed and what could possibly come out of a new trial. The series also explores the deep divide between people who believe he's innocent and those who are certain of his guilt.
Though the series is another piece of investigative journalism turned into a podcast to examine a true crime case, it's always nice to see local media outlets use this medium to analyze stories that greatly impacted their communities. Podcasts like this lets others around the country hear about a case on the complexities of the justice system that they otherwise wouldn't have.
Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and wvik.org.
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