What’s on TV? – (1/18/19) – A Battle of ‘Fyre’ Documentaries

There’s a weird battle raging throughout pop culture this week, and general audiences can officially weigh in on the war. Hulu and Netflix went to battle with dueling Fyre documentaries. While Hulu’s released earlier in the week, Netflix’s superior version releases today. Meanwhile, “Dynasty” returns to the CW, while Netflix drops a ton of content for you to check out this weekend. Look for the last Marvel series on Netflix and the return of “Carmen Sandiego.”


“Fyre” (Netflix)  & “Fyre Fraud” (Hulu)

Whenever you have dueling documentaries, it is always curious to check out the differences between the two stories. In the case of Hulu and Netflix, the fight seems to have gotten very personal. The Ringer broke down the ethics of each of the films, which both seem to have issues in their development. However, (having seen “Fyre Fraud”) check out the Netflix version first. It handles the event as a crime, and would easily have fit into the “Dirty Money” brand that Netflix established. Frankly, the track record of director Chris Smith, the director behind “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” the film follows the hilarious schadenfreude inducing Fyre Festival. Ultimately it makes sense there would be multiple Fyre documentaries. People went to prison over this, so the true crime element should appeal to fans of the genre.


“Carmen Sandiego” (Netflix) 

Netflix brings back the popular television show with a twist. Rather than make the popular Carmen Sandiego character a villain, she’s been rebranded. Carmen will not be a villain anymore but instead takes on a Nic Cage in “National Treasure” approach to artifacts and treasures. It certainly makes Carmen more marketable and can be more of an icon for kids with the turn for good. With Gina Rodriguez taking on the voice role, there’s actual star power behind the show. Check out the new series now!

“Marvel’s The Punisher” (Netflix)

This might be the last stand of the Netflix and Marvel partnership. As each of the other series has been canceled over the past couple of months, it seems likely that “The Punisher” will be on the way out regardless of viewership. Disney is coalescing its branded content, and this might be the last original series collaboration between the two companies. Check out Jon Bernthal in arguably his best role over the past five years.


“Dynasty” (CW)

One of the more surprisingly fun shows to watch on the CW has been the return of “Dynasty” over the past year and a half. “Dynasty” rebooted the popular prime time soap opera and has been an interesting ride to this point. With a diverse cast, fun actors, and a lean into the absurdity of these kinds of shows, the twists and turns have helped the show stand out in the CW lineup. Ultimately, you’ll stay for the drama and enjoy the ride. The first season is on Netflix if you want to give it a shot.


Not interested in any of the new premieres this Friday? Don’t fret. There are plenty of other new episodes airing this evening. Check out what other shows are new this Friday.

  • “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Speechless” (ABC) at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • “MacGyver” (CBS) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Blindspot” (NBC) at 8 PM
  • “The Blacklist” (NBC) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Washington Week” (PBS) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover” (PBS) at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • “Great Performances” (PBS) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Dynasty” (CW) at 8 PM
  • “Live PD: Rewind” (A&E) at 8 PM
  • “Live PD” (A&E) at 9 PM
  • “Hanging with the Hendersons” (Animal) at 9 PM
  • “Andi Mack” (Disney) at 8 PM
  • “Big Hero 6: The Series” (Disney XD) at 8 PM
  • “Gold Rush: Pay Dirt” (Discovery) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Gold Rush” (Discovery) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives” (Food) at 9 PM
  • “America Says” (GSN) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “My Lottery Dream Home” (HGTV) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Your Worst Nightmare” (ID) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “My Mother’s Secret” (ID) at 10 PM
  • “Ridiculousness” (MTV) at 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. ET
  • “Hard Time: Locked Up” (National Geographic) at 9 PM
  • “90 Day Fiancé” (TLC) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Ghost Adventures” (Travel Channel) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars” (VH1) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Grown & Sexy” (VH1) at 9:30 p.m. ET
  • “Love After Lockup” (WE) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Extreme Love” (WE) at 10 p.m. ET

Will any of these shows contend for awards? Check out our predictions at the Circuit Hub.

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