5 shows to watch: ‘Physical’ returns to TV with an even more emotional workout

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‘Physical’

In its first season, this high-octane sitcom has come a long way in gently poking fun at the unlikely marriage of fitness and home video in the ’80s. But in these 10 new episodes, the titular character of Rose Byrne, Sheila Rubin, want to be taken more seriously; the series too. Rubin is so busy battling bulimia, sexism, and her selfish streak that she barely has time to hit the gym — let alone time for viewers to breathe. All the comedy relief is left to new cast member Murray Bartlett (“The White Lotus”), playing a rival a la Richard Simmons. It’s not enough. Apple TV Plus

“Norm Macdonald: nothing special”

This stand-up special is far from Macdonald’s best, but it may be his most memorable. That’s because the comic brilliant recorded it at home when he suspected he didn’t have long to live. It would be his last performance; Macdonald died last September after a battle with cancer. The material is random, but stick around for the post-concert chat in which six of his most famous friends, including Adam Sandler and Conan O’Brien, pay loving tributes. netflix

“The floor is lava”

Now in its second season, the game show is either a) the latest in an evil plan to corrupt all childhood memories, b) Escape Room for Dummies, c) “Wipeout” with fewer groin injuries. , or d) a total waste of time . There are no wrong answers. netflix

‘Irma Vep’

“The Vampires” will never die. The 1915 film, more respected now than when it was originally released, was the subject of a 1996 film starring Maggie Cheung as an actor struggling with inner demons while filming a remake of the silent classic. Now comes this TV version with Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander in the lead role. Despite the vampire references, there aren’t many supernatural and horror elements in the eight-part series. It’s more about how making movies can slowly erode your soul. 8 p.m. Monday, HBO

“The Janes”

Shortly before the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade in 1973, an underground Chicago network performed approximately 11,000 abortions, circumventing the law, the church, and the mob in the process. Many of those on the front lines share their stories in this fascinating look at the past – and perhaps the future. 8 p.m. Wednesday, HBO

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