Saturday, CBC NN, 10 p.m. on The Passionate Eye
This rather overwrought, glossy doc was originally promoted with the tagline, “a tale of treachery, corruption and depravity at the heart of the British monarchy.” However, it doesn’t contain much that is new to students of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. They will know that the couple (Edward VIII who renounced the throne in 1936 and Wallis Simpson) had a fondness for Nazi ideology. Much of the material in the doc – made for Britain’s Channel 5 – is based on an FBI report that surfaced a few years ago. As we see, when the Duke and Duchess arrived in Palm Beach in 1941, they expected a fun time partying with local high society, but they were also the targets of an FBI investigation. A conclusion was that they were pro-Nazi and that Edward was earmarked by Hitler as “a potential puppet king if Hitler defeated Britain.”
Canada's Got Talent
Sunday, CITY-TV, 8 p.m.
Here we go. Another talent show that could be addictive or absurdly overblown silliness. It all depends on the contestants and the chemistry between the judges – Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio. (The host is Dina Pugliese.) The show has everything – comedy acts, rap, dance. A key is the cultivation of a Canadian tone to the show. Nobody needs another bland reboot of a U.S. network offering. The producers promise a certain Canadian “eccentricity,” but we’ll have to judge that for ourselves. Tonight’s opener has auditions from Toronto. On the talent-show front, don’t forget that the lavish and startling Q'Viva! The Chosen, seeking originality in Latin countries, starts Saturday (Fox, TLN, 8 p.m.).
Sunday, ABC, CTV 10 p.m.
Possibly the next big thing in the big-hair soap opera genre, this engaging trifle is derived from the novel Good Christian Bitches – but ABC says GCB stands for “Good Christian Belles.” Whatever the source, it’s all Texas twang and attitude, of the female variety. The gist: After her marriage ends in scandal, Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb) returns to her hometown with her two teenagers, but not everyone is happy to see her. That’s because Amanda was a really mean gal in high school and a lot of women – now older, richer and well-connected – have scores to settle. Kristin Chenoweth is great as the ringleader of the vicious gaggle who hate Amanda. It’s all very Texas, from the clothes to the church settings where, bizarrely, a lot of nastiness is cooked up. Produced by Darren Starr ( Sex and the City) it’s as camp as all get out.
Sunday, CBC NN, 10 p.m. on The Passionate Eye
Shown at Sundance to some acclaim last year, this is one strange insight into the Hollywood celebrity racket. Actor Adrian Grenier made it and found his subject by chance. One night in L.A., Grenier noticed that among the paparazzi hanging around was a young boy. Austin Visschedyk was 13 and working as a freelance photographer, sometimes earning a lot of money for a lurid shot of some celeb. In the doc Grenier interviews the boy at length, and wonders if his background – home-schooled and with divorced parents – produced his appetite for celebrity stalking. He also joins Visschedyk and the other photographers as they prowl L.A. at night. There are core issues here. Can someone like Grenier really understand the kid who gets pumped by getting a picture of Brooke Shields leaving a restaurant? Is he enabling this odd, fast-taking kid by making him the star of the doc?
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