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What to watch and listen to this week: Dave Chappelle specials on Netflix, 'Shots Fired,' Nerdette podcast

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Binge while you can: TBS's Search Party, one of the best new shows of 2016, is also one of the hardest to find and watch. It's not on Netflix or Hulu, but until Tuesday TBS.com has all episodes of its comedy-drama available for free. Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) stars in this almost satirical comedy about a group of friends-turned-sleuths who search for a classmate who's gone missing.

Watch this week

MONDAY

SEASON PREMIERE: Dancing with the Stars, 8 p.m., ABC: Twelve celebrities dance their way to the top in the 24th season opener. This season's stars include Mr. T, Simone Biles, Nancy Kerrigan, Chris Kattan, Rashad Jennings, Heather Morris and David Ross.

TUESDAY

Dave Chappelle stand-up specials, 3 a.m., Netflix: Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in his first stand-up special in 12 years. Two new comedy specials stream today on Netflix. The first is from Chappelle's personal vault  Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin  from 2016 and the second  Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas  from 2015.

Movie: Gone Girl, 7 p.m., FX: The thrilling mystery based on the bestselling novel follows a husband (Ben Affleck) who becomes a suspect after his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth anniversary.

WEDNESDAY

The Comedy Jam, 10 p.m., Comedy Central: Comedians share stories about a meaningful song and perform the tune with a live band. The series begins with Tiffany Haddish, Bobby Lee and Chris Hardwick.

Fox

Mack Wilds, Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James in Fox's Shots Fired.

SERIES PREMIERE: Shots Fired, 8 p.m., Fox: The miniseries begins when a white teenager is killed by a black police officer, leading a troubled investigator and new special prosecutor to handle a case overwhelmed with media attention, controversy and public debate.

Review: Shots Fired explores issues of race, class and police violence

THURSDAY

Movie: King Kong (1933), 10 p.m., TCM: The big guy got his start in this stop-motion feature, which is the grandfather of CGI creature features. In this 84-year-old film, a filmmaker and his crew stumble upon a gigantic ape during a shoot in a secluded island and decide to bring the beast back to New York with them.

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Nerdette

The hosts of Nerdette believe everyone has a little nerd in them. It may not be an obsession with Star Wars or Dungeons and Dragons, but it's there. Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen have a fun podcast to prove it.

Nerdette is "a safe space for nerding out" on books, TV, space travel, robotics, Disney movies, whatever your obsession is.

The best part isn't just that Bobeda and Johnsen have a soft spot for all the topics they talk about; it's the special guests they interview in each episode. They talked with the "queen of crappy robots," Simone Giertz. Tom Hanks shared his love of typewriters in an episode in January. Kate Mulgrew talked Star Trek Voyager, author Mary Roach discussed gross science and Gillian Anderson chatted about her time on the X-Files.

They explored famous nerdy women in history, discussed their favorite TV shows with some of the cast and creators, talked with bestselling authors, geeked out with other podcast hosts and even did Game of Thrones recaps with Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me's Peter Sagal.

I recently went all the way back to the series' fourth episode from 2013, in which Bobeda and Johnsen discuss their feelings on Game of Thrones' The Red Wedding. Then they do a dramatic reading of Hillary Clinton's Twitter bio three years before she became the Democratic nominee for president. Oh, how much has changed.

The two do an impressive job of covering the massive spectrum of geekdom. They could have easily created a more niche podcast about just TV, movies or books. But by shuffling through different obsessions every week, Nerdette exposes just how many nerds are out there and that we aren't geeks for just one thing.

They say it best in their series description: "Because what the world needs now is not another superhero, but for the glasses-clad alter ego to make you a podcast."

Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and wbez.org.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

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