Dec. 1-4: Dead Kids, Killing Patient Zero, Garth Brooks, Tiffany Haddish, The Gulf, Making It, Jann Arden, Let’s Dance, Vikings

There are a couple of weeks left, but I think it’s safe to say I’ve found the2019  winner of the most awkward plot description — and possibly plot although I’ll never know. All of the accolades go to whoever wrote this for the Wednesday night Spark premiere of the holiday movie Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas. “Jess goes on the greatest first date of her life, but inadvertently ‘ghosts’ Ben when she tragically dies in a car accident on the way home.” Bummer, Ben.

It’s all a letdown from there, but here’s some new TV which will come in very handy when procrastinating from doing all the preparation for the holiday festivities to come.

Sunday Dec. 1

Dead Kids (new on Netflix) “A socially awkward teen bonds with a group of misfits who plot to take out the school’s arrogant rich kid — until their kidnapping scheme turns deadly.”

Monday Dec. 2

Killing Patient Zero (documentary new on Crave, 9-10:45pm) “After garnering critical acclaim for its world premiere at the 2019 Hot Docs Festival, the Canadian documentary comes to Crave in line with World Aids Day. The poignant documentary tells the story of the man known as Patient Zero, who was accused of spreading AIDS in North America and vilified as the embodiment of gay hedonism and promiscuity. Based on Richard McKay’s ground-breaking book Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, this is a fascinating portrait not only of a man, but of a crisis that shocked a community into action.”

Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On (A&E 9-11:04pm, continuing Tuesday same time) “The two-part documentary chronicles Garth’s life and career from his early days playing gigs at college bars in Oklahoma and his first unsuccessful trip to Nashville to his record-breaking world tours and balancing family life with global fame. The special highlights the deeply personal journey and profound legacy of a genre-defining musical figure for the first time. In addition to exclusive interviews with Garth telling his life story for the first time, the documentary features never-before-seen interviews with Trisha Yearwood, Billy Joel, Keith Urban, George Strait, James Taylor, friend and original bandmate Ty England, songwriter Tony Arata as well as many others from Brooks’ personal and musical family. The documentary will also showcase unprecedented access to the six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year’s current record-setting stadium tour and delve into the stories behind his seven RIAA Diamond Award-winning albums.”

Making It (Season 2 premieres 10:01-11pm) Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman return to profile another 10 makers via daffy competitions. “For their first faster craft, they make a physical representation of themselves as a food item, and for the master craft, they recreate a favorite craft from their youth.”

Tuesday Dec. 3

Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah (new comedy special on Netflix) “She ready… to celebrate!  Tiffany Haddish is getting in touch with her Jewish roots in her upcoming Netflix Original Comedy Special, Black Mitzvah, while she takes us  on a revealing journey through her life. With her bold and barrier-breaking brand of comedy, Tiffany reflects on fame, receiving her “inheritance,”  the valuable lessons you learn when raising yourself, that time she received a jumpsuit from the one and only…Beyoncé, her infamous New Year’s Eve set, and more. Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah launches globally on Netflix on December 3, 2019. Mazel Tov!  The special is executive produced by Haddish for She Ready Productions and Emmy nominated producers Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz for Push It Productions.”

Wednesday Dec. 4

Jann Arden One Night Only (9-10pm CTV) “Arden takes the stage for an evening of conversation and music, candidly discussing career, family, love, and loss as only she can. Following its broadcast premiere, the special will stream on Crave beginning Friday, Dec. 6. Produced by Bell Media Studios, the special is set to film in front of a live audience on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at The Great Hall in Toronto. Fans in the GTA looking to be a part of the live audience can visit to register for the opportunity to receive tickets. “I don’t know why they’re giving me more time on TV, but hopefully you’re not sick of me yet,” said Jann Arden. “We’re going to have some fun and most likely also keep things interesting for the editing team.”

Let’s Dance (new movie on Netflix) “After his crew breaks up, a gifted but insecure hip-hop dancer teaches at a top ballet school in Paris, where he falls for an aspiring ballerina.”

The Gulf (new series on Sundance Now). “Stars Kate Elliott (Wentworth, Dear Murderer) as a tough New Zealand detective whose personal and professional lives start to unravel when she is involved in a fatal car crash that kills her husband and causes her to lose pieces of her memory. The gripping mystery series follows her through three investigations while she tries to bring her husband’s killer to justice and retrace her steps to piece together what happened. As her colleagues become increasingly uncooperative, Jess’ paranoia really sets in, while she also starts to fight an addiction to morphine. As she gets closer to the truth she so desperately seeks, Jess discovers that her world is not so morally black and white. Also starring Ido Drent (Ash vs Evil Dead) and Mark Mitchinson (Straight Forward, The Hobbit).”

Vikings (Season 6 new to History, 9pm) “It’s six months after the battle of Kattegat and Bjorn is now King. But as he struggles with the responsibilities of kingship, he finds he can’t rely on his mother, Lagertha – she has other plans. Can Lagertha lead a quieter life and leave her days as a shield-maiden behind? Meanwhile, Ivar falls into the hands of the Kievan Rus, and in their ruthless and unpredictable ruler, Prince Oleg, he may finally have met his match. Intrigued by Ivar’s claims to be a god, Oleg decides to put him to the test.”

See you Thursday!

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