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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Baywatch’ and ‘Marlon’


From left, Kelly Rohrbach, Alexandra Daddario, Ilfenesh Hadera, Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron and Jon Bass in Seth Gordon’s remake of “Baywatch.”

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Summer isn’t over yet! Dwayne Johnson leads his team of bodacious lifeguards onto streaming platforms. And Marlon Wayans mines his own life for inspiration as a different kind of TV dad.

What’s Streaming

BAYWATCH (2017) on iTunes and Amazon. Dwayne Johnson races onto the screen in the former David Hasselhoff role as the lifeguard and guru Mitch Buchannon in this remake of the ’90s series from Seth Gordon. Jon Bass, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Ilfenesh Hadera and Kelly Rohrbach are the red-suited members of his squad. Priyanka Chopra is the resident supervillain, a drug dealer whose aspirations of real estate moguldom threaten the Bay. Make no mistake: “The project’s essential network prime-time DNA remains intact,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. “Like its source material, ‘Baywatch’ is sleazy and wholesome, silly and earnest, dumb as a box of sand and slyly self-aware. It’s soft-serve ice cream. Crinkle-cut fries. A hot car and a skin rash. Tacky and phony and nasty and also kind of fun.” Just don’t expect much in the way of cinema, he added, “except for the bodies, of course, which are really all you came to see in the first place.” Pair it with Liz W. Garcia’s “THE LIFEGUARD” (2013), on Sundance Now, starring Kristen Bell as a journalist on the verge of 30 who returns to her parents’ Connecticut home after an affair gone wrong and takes up with a 16-year-old skater.

HARD MEDICINE on Urban Movie Channel. Jay Ellis of HBO’s “Insecure” is one of the forces behind this new web series, described as “Scrubs” meets “The Office,” and starring Nicole Slaughter as a doctor juggling corporate honchos, demanding patients and a wacky staff at a health clinic for low-income patients.

What’s on TV


Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins in “Marlon.”

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MARLON 9 p.m. on NBC. The comedian Marlon Wayans, drawing on real-life experiences, plays a father committed to raising his two children with his former wife (Essence Atkins), from whom he can’t quite detach, in this new sitcom. “What I love about the show is that it’s me — it’s my matrix, it’s my soul,” Mr. Wayans said in an interview with The Times. “I’m a different kind of TV dad. I’m severely inappropriate, I’m crazy, I’m wild. But I’m sweet as all hell, I’m very responsible and I have my own version of respectful.”

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