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DEREK SPECIAL (Netflix)
As is his wont, Ricky Gervais follows two seasons, totaling 13 episodes, of his latest project with an hour special, just as he did with his original British version of The Office and HBO’s Extras. He reprises his Emmy-nominated role as a simple-minded caretaker at a nursing home, and this installment encompasses a wedding, a baby and lots of talk about toast. Will this be the last we see of Derek? Perhaps, but we can’t wait to see what Gervais comes up with next.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME (Acorn TV)
A kind of Australian Downton Abbey, this wildly popular period melodrama concerns Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp), a woman who returns to New South Wales after two decades abroad — and World War II—and comes into conflict with a rich matriarch (Noni Hazlehurst) who makes Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess look like a softie. Throw another shrimp on the barbie and get caught up in the drama, mate.
LOUIE SEASON 4 (Netflix)
Before Season 5 kicks off on April 9, catch up on Louis CK’s latest misadventures. Guest stars include Jerry Seinfeld (as himself), Charles Grodin (as Louie’s doctor) and Ellen Burstyn, in a remarkable six-episode arc as a Hungarian neighbor whose niece (Stranger Than Paradise’s Eszter Balint) bewitches Louie, despite the fact she doesn’t speak English. And if you can watch the episode in which Louie dates an overweight woman (Sarah Baker) with your significant other and not get into a debate afterwards, you’re made of stronger stuff than I.
Super Size Me documentarian Morgan Spurlock’s new project, based on an Israeli format, gives cameras to six people—among them Jonathan Bricklin (who was dating Susan Sarandon during filming), a young cancer patient, a struggling stand-up comic and a woman who marries a man with four kids. The result is a lot more real than your average reality show.
THE CRAZY ONES (Netflix)
Robin Williams returned to TV in this David E. Kelley-produced comedy about an adman and his daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Sadly, CBS cancelled it after a single uneven season, and Williams took his own life shortly afterwards. Still, the comic genius shows flashes of his old brilliance, and the show benefits from a stellar supporting cast (especially Mad Men’s James Wolk and The New Adventures of Old Christine’s Hamish Linklater). RIP, Funnyman.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts wrote TV Guide Magazine‘s wildly popular “Cheers & Jeers” column for 10 years. His work has also been published in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Emmy Magazine, Vulture and TheMid.com. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.