Stay Tuned column: Queen Latifah stars in reboot of ‘The Equalizer’

Melissa Crawley
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Queen Latifah takes on the title role in a reboot of "The Equalizer."

A misstep tests a couple’s relationship, African American visual artists are recognized and a crusader for justice is reimagined for a new audience.

Dispatches: Weekly TV news

NBC is rebooting the classic sitcom “Kate and Allie.” The updated series is about two best friends who are raising their children together in one household. Erica Oyama will write and executive produce. The original show aired on CBS for six seasons.

ABC gave a pilot order to “Once Upon a Time” creators, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who are developing a potential new series called “Epic.” It’s described as a romantic anthology that reinvents fairy tales.

Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar

In the latest installment of documentary series, “The New York Times Presents,” the fight over a pop star’s career takes center stage. “Framing Britney Spears” (Feb. 5, FX and FX on Hulu, 10 p.m. ET) examines the singer’s court battle with her father over who should control her future.

Zendaya and John David Washington star in “Malcolm & Marie” (Feb. 5, Netflix). The action focuses on the titular couple after they return home from a movie premiere, where filmmaker Malcolm forgot to thank his girlfriend Marie in his opening night speech. Marie’s anger over the mistake kick starts a rough night as the couple dissects the ways they love and hate each other.

It’s all about everyone’s favorite beagle in the animated series “The Snoopy Show” (Feb. 5, Apple TV+).

In the documentary, “Strip Down, Rise Up,” (Feb. 5, Netflix) Oscar-nominated director Michele Ohayon follows a group of women in a pole dancing program as they work on body positivity and reclaiming their lives.

Get the hot wings ready. Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are the first team to ever play the big game in their home stadium, take on Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV (Feb. 7, CBS, 6:30 p.m. ET).

After the Super Bowl, Queen Latifah takes over the title role first played by Edward Woodward (and later in film, by Denzel Washington) in a reimagining of 1980s TV series, “The Equalizer” (Feb. 7, CBS). Latifah plays Robyn McCall, a divorced, single mother who uses her skills to help people find justice when the system fails them.

Inspired by the late artist and curator David Driskell’s exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art,” the film “Black Art: In the Absence of Light” debuts on HBO (Feb. 9). The production introduces the work of top contemporary African American visual artists including Theaster Gates, Amy Sherald and Carrie Mae Weems.

Hello, Clarice. CBS takes on the story of FBI agent Clarice Starling (Rebecca Breeds) as she returns to fieldwork in 1993, one year after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs.” From executive producer Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, the spinoff “Clarice” premieres Feb. 11 at 10 p.m. ET.

Report Card: Ratings winners and losers

Winners: Fox renewed “I Can See Your Voice” for a second season.

Losers: The total volume of original scripted TV series has declined for the first time in 10 years. The downturn was likely driven by the coronavirus pandemic, which stopped production for much of 2020.

Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at staytuned@outlook.com or follow her on Twitter at @mcstaytuned.

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