This Week’s TV: Exploring Psychedelics, a Phoebe Robinson Comedy and the Return of ‘Saul’

Now that book has been adapted into a four-part documentary from producer Alex Gibney and director Alison Ellwood. Pollan hosts the “How to Change Your Mind” series, which explores the often forgotten history and future potential of LSD, MDMA, mescaline and psilocybin.

It’s on Netflix starting Tuesday.

WHAT I WATCH THIS WEEK

1. Comedian, writer and actress Phoebe Robinson presents a sitcom on Freeform Wednesday at 10 p.m. “Everything is trash” and loosely based on his book “Everything’s Trash, but It’s Okay,” the show features Robinson as a broke Brooklyn podcast star who is forced to clean up his act when his brother launches a political campaign. The series also stars Jordan Carlos, Toccarra Cash, Nneka Okafor and Moses Storm. It is produced by Jonathan Groff, who also serves as showrunner.

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring in ‘Better Call Saul’. The series returns for its final set of episodes on Monday.Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

2. This week, two notable shows return. “You better call Saul,” the “Breaking Bad” prequel, begins the six-episode second half of its final season Monday at 9 p.m. on AMC. Among the upcoming guest stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Carol Burnett. Tuesdays at 10 p.m., FX presents the fourth season of the vampire comedy “What we do in the shadows.” The new episodes show the vampires renovating their Staten Island home, and Nadja pursues her dream of opening a vampire nightclub. Moreover, the series was recently renewed for two more seasons.

3. PBS’s ‘POV’ kicks off new season Monday at 10 p.m. on GBH 2 with the pandemic documentary “Wuhan Wuhan.” Taking place in February and March 2020 in the city of Wuhan, it focuses on Chinese citizens and healthcare workers struggling with the then-mysterious and deadly virus. Director Yung Chang focuses on specific stories, including those of an ER doctor, intensive care nurse, volunteer psychologist, and COVID-19 patient mother and son.

4. Nathan Fielder of the remarkable “Nathan For You” returns to television Friday at 11 p.m. on HBO with another unusual concept. In “Repetition,” it helps everyday people prepare for the biggest and most important moments in their lives by rehearsing them in elaborate simulations with cast and crew.

THE ZAPPING

“Edge of the Earth” Four groups of elite athletes face challenges around the world in this docuseries. HBO, Tuesday, 9 p.m.

“Resident Evil” A new live-action horror series from the franchise. Netflix, Thursday

“Claim the Glory” Kevin and Frankie Jonas host this reality show featuring competitions between 12 celebrity parents. ABC, Monday, 10 p.m.

From left to right: Jeremy Allen White, Lionel Boyce and Ebon Moss-Bachrach in “The Bear”.Courtesy of FX

RECENTLY REVISED

“Black bird” Dennis Lehane’s chilling prison drama stars Taron Egerton. AppleTV+

“Magie” A pleasant but cutesy sitcom in the style of “How I Met Your Mother”. Hulu

“The Bear” A drama set in a Chicago restaurant starring Jeremy Allen White as the chef. Hulu

“Chloé” Social media plays a role in this captivating six-part British thriller. Amazon

“Booty” Maya Rudolph is a billionaire trying to do good in this workplace comedy. AppleTV+

“The old man” Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow shine in this thriller. FX, Hulu

“Queer as Folk” A reboot of the LGBTQ soap opera. Peacock

“Dark Winds” A six-part atmospheric mystery set in the Navajo Nation of the 1970s. AMC, AMC+

“Girls5eva” In the second season, the happy medium between stupidity and satire. Peacock

“From time to time” A luscious thriller with lots of twists. AppleTV+

“Ten Percents” The British adaptation of “Call My Agent!” remains close to the original. CMA

“Conversation Between Friends” A melodrama from the creators of “Normal People”. Hulu


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