Are we witnessing the end of celebrity culture? During the pandemic, many people’s business has migrated to a screen. We’ve entered an era of Zoom. Now that everybody’s onscreen and the production companies that enhanced famous faces with studio magic have been shuttered, celebrity types face an existential threat: They’re just like everybody else. And nobody pays good money to watch just anybody.
This sad fact was hammered home early in the COVID quarantine when “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot organized a celebrity singalong of “Imagine,” featuring “stars” who sang off-key and looked like they just stepped out of the shower. While the message was “We’re all in this together,” the reaction was brutal. Nobody wants to see that. The price of being a star is the need to look and behave like one. Most people have enough disheveled slobs in their lives.
Celebrity worship isn’t going down without a fight. “The Masked Singer,” one of the more popular (and inane) series of the past two seasons, exults in the specialness of hidden fame. But doesn’t it say something that people are much more excited when they don’t know who they are squealing for?
Hosted by Jay Pharoah (“SNL”), “Unfiltered” (7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nickelodeon) offers a variation on the same theme. Not unlike a game show, panelists Darci Lynne and “All That’s” Lex Lumpkin and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green must guess the identity of a famous guest hidden beneath 3-D animation and a voice changer. Panelists will quiz each guest and put them through a round of trivia contests and other games in hopes of revealing their hidden identity.
SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTSA woman lives in terror after an old boyfriend escapes from prison in the 2020 shocker “Obsession: Escaping My Ex” (7 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).
A historian falls for an interior decorator in the 2019 romance “Christmas at the Plaza” (7 p.m., Hallmark, TV-G).
A happily married man is seduced by a jilted ex out for revenge in the 2020 shocker “Friend Request” (7 p.m., BET, TV-14).
The New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United FC meet in MLS Soccer (7 p.m., Fox).
The Travel channel adds to its festival of ghost stories, debuting “Believers” (8 p.m., TV-14) and “Hotel Paranormal” (9 p.m., TV-14).
A terminal patient develops a lust for life on “The Good Doctor” (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-14).
Repeat stories scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): the mass murder of the passengers and crew of Malaysia Flight 17; monuments and controversy; a new “West Side Story.”
Blair confronts his past on “Black Monday” (7 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
Jackie and Ray hit a reset button on “Hightown” (7 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
Boxing can be murder on “Grantchester” on “Masterpiece” (8 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings).
In two episodes of “Snowpiercer” (TNT, TV-MA), a rebel defects (8 p.m.), Layton faces the aftermath (9 p.m.). The second episode is the season finale.
Beth spills a secret on “Yellowstone” (8 p.m., Paramount, TV-MA).
Birdy fears that Sister Alice has gone too far on “Perry Mason” (8 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
Ronnie reaches out on “The Chi” (8 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
Hiding from Charlie on “NOS4A2” (9 p.m., AMC, BBC America, TV-14).
As Greg Kelley’s arrest divides the community, a new lawyer emerges to take his case on “Outcry” (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
As the ‘70s conclude, the trail turns cold on “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
Peter Sellers stars in two Cold War satires, “Dr. Strangelove” (7 p.m. Saturday, TCM, TV-PG) and “The Mouse That Roared” (9 p.m.). He plays three roles in each film.