Watching: ‘Last Chance U’ Returns

This time, about basketball.

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By Margaret Lyons

Television Critic

The comedy “Kim’s Convenience” announced today that its fifth season, currently airing in Canada, will be the show’s last. This is one of my go-to suggestions for people who miss “Schitt’s Creek,” and I’m sad to see it end.

Have a lovely week.

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‘Last Chance U: Basketball’

When to watch: Arrives Wednesday, on Netflix.

The junior college football documentary series “Last Chance U” takes on a new sport here, following the basketball team at East Los Angeles College. It’s less harrowing and depressing than its predecessors, in some ways because basketball culture is less militarized than football culture and also because the head coach this season, John Mosley, is not as volatile. Sure, he gets worked up and shouts, but one of the most intense moments happens during a practice when he keeps the players in silence for eight minutes. That’s a long time to be quiet in a group, and it highlights Mosley’s sense of command. If other seasons of “Last Chance U” were more focused on redemption or fatherhood, this one’s through line is leadership.

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“I think I’m going through the hardest part of my life,” the shooting guard Deshaun Highler says in the first episode. It’s the kind of poignant candor that defines the “Last Chance U” franchise (which also includes “Cheer”), a directness that comes from the combination of youth and exhaustion. There is no shortage of heartbreak and regret woven into the story here. If you like sports docs in general, you’re not going to do better than this series, but you will also enjoy this iteration if you are looking to expand your pep-talk skills or theories of parenting.

I want something short and fun

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‘The Story of “Thong Song” by Sisqó’

When to watch: Now, on YouTube.

This 18-minute history of the 2000 hit “Thong Song” is informative and good-natured. Perhaps you have always wanted to know how the violin solo came about. Well, wonder no more! Paramount+ announced recently that the platform is reviving “Behind the Music,” but until then, there’s this.

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Also this week

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  • “Delilah,” a new legal drama from the creator of “Greenleaf,” starts Tuesday at 9 p.m. on OWN.
  • From the department of “Wait, this isn’t Westeros”: “Stormborn,” a nature documentary, premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Smithsonian Channel, and “Game of Talents,” a variety show, premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Fox.
  • The first three episodes of “Cold Courage,” a crime drama about two Finnish women in London, arrive Thursday on AMC+.
  • “Genera+ion” starts Thursday on HBO Max.
  • “Grey’s Anatomy” returns from its winter break Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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