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Stay Tuned column: A fresh take on the drama of war in WWII series ‘World on Fire’

Melissa Crawley
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The Daily Herald

Two long-running series end and a compelling WWII drama premieres on PBS.

Dispatches: Weekly TV news

Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” is getting a lot of attention right now and one person who is not happy about it is Carole Baskin. The founder of Big Cat Rescue, a Florida-based nonprofit animal sanctuary, Baskin recently spoke out against claims made in the documentary series, in which she is heavily featured. In a post on BigCatRescue.org, she takes issue with how the show depicts her, her animal sanctuary’s practices and rumors that she was involved in her husband’s disappearance.

Andy Cohen announced that he is returning to host Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He will film the show himself from his apartment in New York City and celebrities will appear via video chat.

Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar

“Hawaii Five-O” ends after 10 seasons and 240 episodes (April 3, CBS, 9 p.m. ET). Keep an eye out for a few returning guest stars.

New seasons of “Nailed It” and “Money Heist” begin on Netflix (April 3).

Disney+ is celebrating April with an Earth Day-themed collection, including a pair of Disneynature films. “Elephant,” narrated by Meghan Markle and “Dolphin Reef,” narrated by Natalie Portman both premiere on April 3.

“Home Before Dark” (April 3, Apple TV+) focuses on a nine-year-old roving reporter who gets caught up in solving a kidnapping and murder case. The 10-part crime drama series is based on the true story of an actual nine-year-old budding journalist named Hilde Lysiak.

On CBS, it’s “ACM Presents: Our Country” (April 5, 8 p.m. ET). The special airs in place of the ACM Awards, which were postponed for several months, and features acoustic performances from Luke Bryan, Brandi Carlile, John Legend, and Miranda Lambert, among others.

World War II drama, “World on Fire,” is the latest series from “Masterpiece” (April 5, PBS, 9 p.m. ET). It follows the intertwined stories of regular people from four countries, as they deal with the effects of the war on their everyday lives. Helen Hunt and Sean Bean star. Following the premiere of “World on Fire” is “The Windermere Children” (10 p.m. ET), a dramatization of a true story based on the first-person testimony of orphaned survivors of the Holocaust who rebuilt their lives in the U.K.

“The Walking Dead” airs its last episode for the season (April 5, AMC, 9 p.m. ET). The actual season finale was originally scheduled for April 12, but it will not air because postproduction work was not completed before the series shutdown due to the pandemic.

A dark chapter in America’s history is the focus of “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children” (April 5, HBO, 8 p.m. ET). The documentary series examines the unsolved cases of at least 30 missing and murdered African American children in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

“Modern Family” says goodbye in a one-hour series finale (April 8, ABC, 9 p.m. ET).

Report Card: Ratings winners and losers

Winners: “iHeart Living Room Concert for America” scored Fox its largest audience of the season in the 9 p.m. Sunday timeslot.

Losers: Netflix canceled “V-Wars,” and “October Faction.”

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.