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Her Turn: Lorena Bobbitt Tells Her Side of the Story in New Amazon Docuseries

ALSO: RuPaul's Drag Race, Umbrella Academy, Doom Patrol, 2 Dope Queens and more
  • Lorena Bobbitt in Amazon's new docuseries Lorena (Amazon)
    Lorena Bobbitt in Amazon's new docuseries Lorena (Amazon)

    It is a jam-packed Friday, and not just because the NBA is kicking off All-Star Weekend festivities. We've got a brand new true-crime miniseries from Amazon for you to burrow into all weekend, a couple new superhero series in case you're feeling adventurous, and one RuPaul's Drag Race All-Star joins the hall of fame. Let's get to it!

    NEW SERIES: Lorena comes from producer and Oscar-winner Jordan Peele (Get Out) and is a true-crime docuseries looking back at one of the '90s' most scandalous crimes. Which is really saying something considering the '90s was ground zero for sensationalistic true crime. And since TV has already revisited the O.J. Simpson, Andrew Cunanan, and Menendez brothers affairs — and we're not yet ready to delve into Amy Fisher — it's time to talk about Lorena Bobbitt. Peele's four-part miniseries will revisit the infamous case where Bobbitt severed her husband's penis in order to, as she claimed, escape from an abusive marriage. At the time, the event was a goldmine for late-night comedians and scandal-obsessed consumers alike, but Peele's series looks deeper at a woman who says she was desperate to escape her marriage, and in interviewing both Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt, probably gives us a fuller picture of the event than the news media ever did at the time.

    NEW SERIES: The new Netflix series Umbrella Academy adapts the comic book series created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and focuses on an estranged family of superpowered individuals who reunite after the death of their father. Ellen Page stars as the only sibling without powers; Mary J. Blige and Kate Walsh also show up. The 10-episode first season is available on Netflix.

    SEASON FINALE: The fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All-Stars has been a turbulent one, where fan-favorites and competition killers like Valentina, Manila Luzon, and Latrice Royale coming up short. Tonight's finale pits the ruthless Trinity the Tuck against the charismatic Monet X. Change against the endearing Monique Heart against the leggy Naomi Smalls. Only one can be a winner, baby! 8:00PM ET on VH1.

    HOT GUEST STAR: HBO'S 2 Dope Queens continues its red-hot second season by welcoming Daniel Radcliffe to the stage in an episode all about nostalgia. Who's ready to re-live those innocent days watching Harry Potter movies instead of worrying about literally everything? 11:00PM ET on HBO.

    NEW SERIES: If you've still got an appetite for thrown-together bands of misfit superheroes, Doom Patrol has gathered together a group of DC heroes and villains under the guidance of Timothy Dalton's The Chief. Matthew Bomer, Brendan Fraser, and Orange Is the New Black's Diane Guerrero star. Episode 1 premieres today on the DC Universe streaming platform..

    NEW SERIES: Writer/producer Danny Strong (HBO's Recount and Game Change, FOX's Empire, and he played Jonathan on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) debuts the legal drama Proven Innocent, about a defense attorney (Rachelle Lefevre) who defends the wrongfully convicted because it happened to her once. Playing her prosecutor and bete noir is Kelsey Grammer. Pilot airs at 9:00 PM ET on FOX.


    The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, featuring Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Hasan Minhaj, JB Smoove, and Dr. Oz (and more!). 7:00 PM ET, ESPN

    Speechless: Maya (Minnie Driver) and Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) try to scam their way through Valentine's Day. 8:30 PM ET, ABC

    The AARP Movies for Grownups Awards honors the best films of 2018 for audiences of a certain age. Hosted by Martin Short. 9:00 PM ET on PBS (Great Performances).

    Jimmy is a fake writer. He's being used to test the system. He likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

    TOPICS: Lorena