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This weekend I have … 90 minutes, and I’m on my own
‘Great Performances: Lea Salonga in Concert’
When to watch: Friday at 9 p.m., on PBS. (Check local listings.)
This concert, filmed last November at the Sydney Opera House, is a ton of fun — a terrific set list, the correct amount of banter and just enough shots of musicians thoughtfully tooting away. The Broadway and Disney star Lea Salonga sings some of what you would expect from her oeuvre, including a “A Whole New World,” which she performs as a duet with an audience member, along with a few surprises like “Meadowlark” from “The Baker’s Wife.”
… a few hours, a child and a glue gun
When to watch: Now, on HBO Max.
If you are managing some of your cabin fever by bedazzling things and watching instructional D.I.Y. videos, or if your household is still into slime, try this good-natured kid-geared craft competition series — like “Making It” for the locker-decorating set. Three creative tweens go head-to-head on each episode, and the judges’ feedback is sweet and supportive. Depending on your tolerance for glitter use, plenty of the challenges could be adapted for the home audience. There are eight regular episodes, two Halloween specials and two new Christmas specials.
… five hours, and I love references
‘Saved by the Bell’
When to watch: Now, on Peacock.
This revival of the beloved teen sitcom sounded like a terrible idea — but it’s actually bright and charming. In this iteration, the children of the original characters are now students at Bayside, which, thanks to Governor Zack Morris’s fumbling, is welcoming the student body from an underfunded, now-shuttered high school. If you’re into zingy teen shows like “Never Have I Ever,” or the self-aware earnestness of “Cobra Kai,” or if you enjoy the contemporary recapitulation of “The Babysitters Club,” watch this. If you care only about seeing Zack, Kelly, Slater, Jessie, one minute of Lisa and a glancing reference to Screech, skip ahead to Episode 8.
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