No it wasn’t a test, but yes you get a gold star if you noticed that I skipped the Nov. 7-9 blog post, leaving you no doubt helpless in determining what new TV was available to change your life. Sorry. Crazy week. My apologies. But lest you feel abandoned, I am trying to lead by example: When shit gets crazy, sometimes soldiering on is not necessary; take care and take a break if you need it. I know I did. You’re welcome. Anyway, let’s catch up on and move on!
New Nov. 7-9
Documentary Now! (Season 3 new on Gem) “Hosted by Dame Helen Mirren and starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, the six-time Emmy®-nominated DOCUMENTARY NOW! pays loving homage to the world’s best-known documentaries. Each episode adopts a different style of nonfiction filmmaking to honour the most important stories that didn’t actually happen.”
Travel Man: 48 Hours In … (Season 7 and 8 new on Gem) “Acclaimed director, author and BAFTA-winning actor Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) deserves a break. But there’s a problem; he hates going on holiday. For Richard, travel is boring and stressful and takes far too long. Surely there must be a way to make it more fun, more efficient, and less tedious? TRAVEL MAN is Richard’s chance to show us where we’re going wrong by having the most culturally efficient holiday possible…with all the boring bits taken out. In each episode, Richard and a celebrity travel companion will be jetting off to an exciting location. He’ll be heading to Iceland with actress Jessica Hynes, Istanbul with comedian Adam Hills, Marrakesh with actor Stephen Mangan and exploring Barcelona with Kathy Burke. While he’s there, he’ll be challenging himself to see and do as much as possible – and subjecting so-called tourist attractions to his ruthless scrutiny.”
Passchendaele (movie on Gem) “PASSCHENDAELE is set during the height of the First World War and tells the story of Sergeant Michael Dunne (Paul Gross, Alias Grace, Due South), a soldier who is brutally wounded in France and returns to Calgary emotionally and physically scarred. While in the military hospital in Calgary, he meets Sarah (Caroline Dhavernas, Wonderfalls, Hannibal), a mysterious and attractive nurse with whom he develops a passionate love. When Sarah’s younger asthmatic brother David (Joe Dinicol, Arrow, Betas) signs up to fight in Europe, Michael feels compelled to return to Europe to protect him. Michael and David, like thousands of Canadians, are sent to fight in the third battle of Ypres, a battle against impossible odds, commonly known as Passchendaele.”
Hyena Road (movie on Gem) “HYENA ROAD plunges deep to the heart of the Afghanistan war zone. Three different men, three different worlds, three different wars – all stand at the intersection of modern warfare – a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems.”
Busted!: Season 2 (new on Netflix) “Amateur detectives attempt to untangle a string of mystifying cases, which may be connected to an enigmatic figure known as the Flower Killer.”
Greatest Events of WWII in HD Colour (new on Netflix) “From the attack on Pearl Harbor to D-Day, the most pivotal events of World War II come to life in this vivid docuseries featuring colorized footage.”
Green Eggs and Ham (new on Netflix) “Opposites Guy and Sam take a road trip to save an endangered animal, learning to try new things like hope, friendship — and a certain delectable dish.”
Let It Snow (new movie on Netflix) “When a snowstorm hits a small midwestern town on Christmas Eve, a group of high school seniors find their friendships and love lives colliding thanks to a stranded pop star, a stolen keg, a squad of competitive dancers, a mysterious woman covered in tin foil, and an epic party at the local Waffle Town. Come Christmas morning, nothing will be the same. Based on the best-selling book by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, LET IT SNOW stars Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush, Liv Hewson, Mitchell Hope, Kiernan Shipka, Jacob Batalon, and Joan Cusack.”
Paradise Beach (new on Netflix) “Mehdi gets out of prison, planning to settle old scores. But first, he must reconnect with his gang, now living in an idyllic beach resort in Thailand.”
Wild District: Season 2 (new on Netflix) “Still working as a hitman, JJ tries to assimilate into civilian life. Daniela’s campaign for president is plagued with practical and ethical challenges.
Little Things: Season 3 (new on Netflix) “As Kavya and Dhruv’s relationship goes from live-in to long-distance, their respective journeys of self-discovery begin to impact their life as a couple.”
Sunday Nov. 10
Shameless is back for a 10th season (9-10pm Crave) “The smash-hit comedy returns for Season 10, available exclusively to Crave + HBO + Movies subscribers. Picking up six months after last season’s finale, Frank (William H. Macy, Fargo) uses his leg injury to collect as many prescription drugs as possible and his exploits lead him to an old friend. Debbie (Emma Kenney, THE CONNORS), emboldened by the $50,000 left to her by Fiona, has stepped in as the new matriarch, ruling over the Gallagher household with an iron fist. Lip (Jeremy Allen White, HOMECOMING) navigates his relationship with a newly affectionate Tami (Kate Miner, The Campaign). Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) has to decide what to do with his life as he finishes military school and heads back to the South side. Liam (Christian Isaiah) is committed to learning more about black history and culture under the tutelage of V (Shanola Hampton) as Kev (Steve Howey) faces an identity crisis. Gallavich returns this season as Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey (Noel Fisher, CASTLE ROCK) rekindle their romance in prison as both cellmates and lovers.”
Dublin Murders (Starz/Crave 10-11pm) is a new series. “Adapted from Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series of novels, the UK premiere of DUBLIN MURDERS was recently hailed as “the coolest psychological thriller on TV” by Refinery29, and “a breathless whodunit” by The Guardian. Set during the height of Ireland’s “Celtic Tiger” financial boom, the psychological thriller focuses on two murder investigations led by ambitious and charismatic detectives Rob Reilly (Killian Scott, C.B. STRIKE) and Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene, PENNY DREADFUL). The victims are seemingly unrelated, but they are knitted together by powerful shared themes: the macabre “red in tooth and claw” elements of both stories and their heart-thumping psychological thriller qualities. Additional cast members include Conleth Hill (GAME OF THRONES) and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR).”
Back to Life (11pm on Crave) is a premiere on this streaming service but has been available previously on Gem I think? Anyway, new to me also and I am seeing it highly recommended by The Hollywood Reporter critic Tim Goodman! “From FLEABAG producers Harry and Jack Williams and Daisy Haggard (EPISODES), BACK TO LIFE follows Miri Matteson (Haggard) who, after 18 years behind bars, returns home and stumbles back into adult life in the coastal town she once knew, while the mystery of her past looms large. Miri attempts to rekindle old relationships, make new ones, look for work, and readjust to life outside, while desperately waiting for the world to forget about what happened that fateful night. Guiding Miri as she tries to adapt are a cast of offbeat and intriguing characters with secrets of their own, including her sexually-frustrated mother Caroline (Geraldine James, Sherlock Holmes), her obsessive environmentalist father Oscar (Richard Durden, From Paris with Love), and her parole officer with no filter Janice (Jo Martin, Batman Begins). The series also features Miri’s first love Dom (Jamie Michie), ex-best friend Mandy (Christine Bottomley, FEARLESS), next-door neighbor Billy (Adeel Akhtar, The Big Sick), and fish and chips shop owner and new boss Nathan (Liam Williams).”
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 5 (new on Netflix) “With his sharp comedic takes on politics and culture, Hasan Minhaj returns for Volume 5 of this variety series.”
Rick and Morty, Season 4 (11:30pm on Adult Swim) “Rick and Morty is a critically acclaimed and award-winning half-hour animated hit comedy series that follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez is living with his daughter Beth’s family and constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, granddaughter Summer, and grandson Morty into intergalactic escapades.”
Monday Nov. 11
They Shall Not Grow Old (9pm, 2018 film that has its premiere on Crave) “In commemoration of Remembrance Day, Crave presents Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s documentary THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD. This ground-breaking film applies state-of-the-art restoration, colorization, and 3D technologies to century-old footage chosen from hundreds of hours of original Great War film, creating an immersive and authentic portrayal of life on the front. The only narration comes from Great War veterans themselves, selected from over 600 hours of archive interviews, resulting in a gripping account of “The War to End All Wars,” told by the soldiers who experienced it. By restoring the original footage to a standard never seen before, the film captures the day-to-day experience of the soldiers and reveals the reality of war for those on the front line.”
Chief of Staff: Season 2 (new on Netflix) “Newly elected Tae-jun moves through the familiar grounds of the National Assembly with bold intent — and the will to do whatever it takes.”
Tuesday Nov. 12
Disney Plus launches this day for $8.99 a month. “Disney + Pixar + Marvel + Star Wars + National Geographic.” Big new cornerstone premiere is Star Wars: The Mandalorian, a new series. “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.” Are you excited?
Harvey Girls Forever!: Season 3 (new on Netflix) “The girls pull out all the stops to show Harvey Street’s newest resident — child bazillionaire Richie Rich — the simple joys of being a kid.”
Jeff Garlin: Our Man In Chicago (new on Netflix) “Multi-hyphenate comedy veteran, Jeff Garlin – best known as Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Jeff Greene – brings his new Netflix comedy special Jeff Garlin: Our Man in Chicago. Filmed in his hometown, Chicago and on the 37th anniversary – to the day – of his comedy debut, the one-hour special is ripe with Garlin’s signature blend of storytelling and improv. The comedian takes viewers on a stroll down memory lane, with some detours into the personal lives of the audience, a few hours in jail and enough donuts to last a lifetime.”
Wednesday Nov. 13
Maradona in Mexico (new documentary on Netflix) “Arguably soccer’s greatest player, Diego Maradona comes to Culiacán, the heart of the Sinaloa Cartel, to save the local team, and maybe himself, too.”
Have a good week. See you Thursday. Almost certainly!