Canada in the Frame (cbc.ca) is the last of a six-pack of new arts programs, some on traditional TV and some, like this one, online only. Previous programs have looked at artists, art-making and curators, but this documentary looks at art through the eyes of regular non-critic-type people. Working with curators, the CBC set up hidden cameras and microphones in pop-up galleries, “getting a sometimes humorous, always fascinating sneak peek at gallery-goers’ spontaneous reactions to a wide variety of historical and contemporary Canadian art.”
Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. welcome Chicago Med (Global, 7 p.m.;NBC, 9 p.m.) to the television fold. (Poor Chicago Hope is probably rolling over in its TV grave.) The new medical drama has a great cast, including veterans S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) and Oliver Platt (The Good Wife) and fresh(er) faces Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya DaCosta (both from Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.).
River (Netflix, Season 1 starting at midnight)
Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) is the title character in this new British crime series. In six episodes, we follow John River as he tries to solve murders while wrestling with “manifests,” his name for the hallucinations of the victims. Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) plays a killer and Last Tango in Halifax’s Nicola Walker plays a fellow detective. No decision yet on whether BBC will make a second season.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix, Season 1 starting at midnight)
Devotees will stay up late to catch the latest book-to-TV transition in the Marvel comic world, Hell’s Kitchen division. Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) plays the titular tortured private investigator (aren’t they all?). David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) plays the super-evil Kilgrave, who is quite fond of Jessica. Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) plays Jessica’s friend.
The Art of More (Shomi, Season 1)
New York’s biggest auction house sees a lot of action, especially after the gavel’s been packed up for the evening. Dennis Quaid (Vegas), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Kate Bosworth (Still Alice) and Christian Cooke (Witches of East End) reveal that conniving, theft and apparently a bloody meat cleaver are crucial to art collecting. This new series is produced by Netflix rival Crackle, but, for reasons that escape me, will be seen by us only on Shomi, and not on the Canadian version of Crackle.
Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder (Comedy Network, 10 p.m.)
The last time I saw this New York comic, she was, I believe, straddling some flustered gentleman onstage at Place des Arts as part of a Just for Laughs gala in 2013. The adjacent patrons were laughing so hard, they were gasping for air. Everett is an in-your-face and in-your-lap comic, a force of nature more safely viewed through the remove of your flat screen. But she’s also after more than your shock, so pay attention. This is part of the Comedy Network’s Saturday-night standup series, which next week delivers Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation.
The Good Wife (Global, CBS, 9 p.m., give or take a half-hour)
Dear Good Wife writers: Please send more scenes pairing Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Extant, Texas Rising), as investigator Jason Crouse, with Julianna Margulies’s Alicia Florrick. Their flirty, smouldering chemistry has almost patched over my grief at the loss of her great love, Will Gardner (Josh Charles). On second thought, keep it on a slow boil so it’ll last longer. No, wait … ugh. I’ll get back to you. In Sunday’s episode, Alicia is trying to poach clients from Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox).
Broadcast times are subject to change.
That’s it for me this week. Got a question? Spot an error? Find me, tell me. And as always, you would do well to check my daily Watchers picks on the Montreal Gazette’s smartphone app in the iTunes and PLAY stores. (It’s the blue one — the app, not the store.)