Worth Watching: ‘Only Murders in the Building,’ Journalists an ‘Endangered’ Species, ‘Superman & Lois’ Finale

Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short return for a second season of Hulu’s mystery-comedy Only Murders in the Building, with millennial sidekick Selena Gomez the immediate prime suspect in another murder. Ronan Farrow produces a documentary about the precarious state of journalists in an age of misinformation and distrust. Chaos reigns in the Season 2 finale of Superman & Lois. Comic Cristela Alonzo performs her second Netflix stand-up special.

Only Murders in the Building Season 2 Martin Short, Steve Martin, Selena Gomez

Only Murders in the Building

Season Premiere

“They were wrong,” Martin Short crows as has-been theater director Oliver Putnam. “[I] can get arrested in this town—and oh baby, does that feel wonderful!” It is indeed wonderful to see him and fellow comic legend Steve Martin (as Charles, a washed-up former TV cop) back in action, with Selena Gomez providing millennial snark, in the second season of the delightful mystery-comedy. Mabel (Gomez) is the immediate prime suspect when her knitting needle is found sticking out of odious board president Bunny Folger (Jayne Houdyshell), but soon they’re all once again digging through the secrets of the iconic Arconia apartment building to see justice done—while reaping fame and notoriety with their true-crime podcast. The season opens with back-to-back episodes, the rest following weekly.

Endangered

Documentary Premiere9/8c

This just in: With Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow as executive producer, Oscar nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing present an unsettling documentary that follows journalists in Mexico City, São Paulo, Brazil and the U.S. as they struggle to speak truth to power in a climate of rampant misinformation and hostility from world leaders and increasingly skeptical citizens. As if the economic struggles in today’s newsrooms weren’t enough, now these reporters and photojournalists find themselves center stage in a culture war.

Superman & Lois

Season Finale8/7c

In the epic conclusion of Season 2’s two-part finale, Smallville becomes ground zero for global chaos when Ally Allston’s (Rya Kihlstedt) plot to merge the multiple universes into one threatens all of mankind. While Superman/Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) do their best to save the multiverse, her dad General Lane (Dylan Walsh) attempts to put all of the madness in perspective. And to remind fans this is all part of the Arrowverse, expect a last-minute visit from Arrow alum John Diggle (David Ramsey).

Cristela Alonzo: Middle Classy

Special

In her second stand-up comedy special for the streamer, Alonzo (who too-briefly starred in her own self-titled sitcom in 2014-15) reflects on life in her 40s, including a memorable first-time visit to her ob/gyn.

Inside Tuesday TV:

  • All Rise (8/7c, OWN): Prosecutor Mark Callan (Wilson Bethel) and his onetime protégé, public defender Luke Watkins (J. Alex Bronson), are on opposite sides of a murder trial, behind held in the court of Mark’s best friend, Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick). Good thing they’re all one big happy family, right?
  • Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant (9/8c, MTV): A group of young moms meets in person in L.A. to share their stories of family and relationship dysfunction, leaning on each other as they face the challenges of parenthood.
  • UFO Witness (10/9c, Travel Channel): Former federal criminal investigator Ben Hansen and journalist Melissa Titti head to New England to follow up on reports of orb-shaped UFOs and cruel, insect-like aliens. The X-Files’ Mulder and Scully would be so proud.