What’s on TV Friday: ‘Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas’ and ‘Unicorn Store’


Wyatt Cenac’s late-night show returns to HBO. And Brie Larson’s directorial debut hits Netflix.

WYATT CENAC’S PROBLEM AREAS 11 p.m. on HBO. The first season of this late-night show from Wyatt Cenac, an alum of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” had a bevy of idiosyncrasies that helped it stand out: There was no studio audience. No laugh tracks. Cenac presented each episode from a groovy ’70s set. And the season repeatedly returned to an overarching topic: police reform and misconduct. The second season shifts its focus to education issues. In the footsteps of Cenac’s fellow “Daily Show” graduate-turned-HBO-presenter, John Oliver (also an executive producer of “Problem Areas”), “Problem Areas” mixes commentary with field pieces. Not following in the footsteps of most late-night hosts: Cenac’s more casual style, which extends to both his demeanor and dress. “If the idea of my show is to be a little more curious about things, it felt like stepping away from that newsy look would be key,” Cenac told The New York Times last year. “I don’t know if I convey that same sort of gravitas. For me, it was like, lean into what you are, which is a sleep-eyed guy who rambles.”



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