TV Nov. 19-21: A Million Little Pieces, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, Alien Xmas, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion, If Anything Happens to Me, Mismatched, The Real Right Stuff, Kenny vs. Spenny: Paldemic, Death and Sickness, Marvel 616, Planes, The Pack, Voices of Fire, Defending the Guilty, Between the World and Me, Austin City Limits: The Mavericks

Prehydrate people. If the COVID is not reducing you to tears already, for obvious and insidious (The Crown Season 4! Diana! Margot!) reasons, there are a few tearjerkers on the new-TV schedule this weekend. Take care of yourself right? I really do worry.

Thursday Nov. 19

Million Little Pieces (season premiere City ABC 9pmCT/10ET) “In the aftermath of Eddie’s car accident, Katherine leans on their beloved group of friends for support. Meanwhile, Rome and Regina face a tough decision about the future of their family, and Delilah sees how her kids are thriving and wants the same for herself. Maggie jump starts her new life in Oxford, while Gary continues to navigate his new relationship with Darcy.”

The Princess Switch: Switched Again (movie premiere on Netflix) “When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with Kevin, it’s up to her double Stacy to save the day before a new lookalike, party girl Fiona foils their plans.”

Alien Xmas (new on Netflix) “A young elf mistakes a tiny alien for a Christmas gift, not knowing her new plaything has plans to destroy Earth’s gravity — and steal all the presents.”

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion Special (Crave 8pmCT/9ET, Crave app) “Featuring original series regulars, the special is a funny and heartfelt night full of music, dancing, and special surprise guests in honour of the series that ran for six seasons and 148 episodes. Also on Nov. 19, the entire THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR library rolls out on Crave. The iconic 90s sitcom stars Will Smith as Will, a street-smart teenager from inner city Philadelphia who, after getting into a fight, is sent to live with his wealthy uncle and aunt in their Bel-Air mansion. Will’s lifestyle often clashes with the upper-class world of the Banks family – his uncle Phil (James Avery, License to Drive) and aunt Vivian (Daphne Maxwell Reid, FRANK’S PLACE and Janet Hubert, Not Letting Go); and their children, Will’s cousins: Hilary (Karyn Parsons, Major Payne), Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro, AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS), and Ashley (Tatyana Ali, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS).”

Friday Nov. 20

Mismatched (series premiere Netflix) “After a disastrous set-up by their families, two teens strike up a tentative friendship at their summer program — but deeper feelings aren’t far behind.”

The Real Right Stuff (new on Disney+) “Discover the incredible real events that inspired the Disney series The Right Stuff.” Speaking of the latter, season finale is streaming today.

If Anything Happens I Love You (new on Netflix) “Grieving parents journey through an emotional void as they mourn the loss of a child in the aftermath of a tragic school shooting.”

Kenny vs. Spelly: Paldemic (comedy special premiere CBC Gem) “As the world deals with the worst pandemic in a century, two grown men somehow manage to turn the global tragedy into a self-serving, egomaniacal hissy fit that ends up having little to do with reassuring their fans that everything will be okay. Kenny and Spenny are back, and surprisingly they might be just the right medicine for Canadians stuck at home. Kenny, the diabolical schemer, has bamboozled a half-hour special episode out of the CBC, where he once again plans to throw Spenny under the ‘ambulance’ to make it great. Some things never change.”

Death and Sickness (series premiere CBC Gem) “Two lonely and messed-up strangers (Lee and Gamble) quarantine together in a tiny house during a global pandemic. They adapt to an upturned world but lose their grasp. Pushed to their limits, they escape into imaginary worlds. A darkly humorous rumination on love and mortality.”

Marvel’s 616 (premiere on Disney+) “explores Marvel’s rich legacy of pioneering characters, creators and storytelling to reflect the world outside your window. Each documentary, helmed by a unique filmmaker, showcases the intersections of storytelling, pop culture, and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Episodes in this anthology series will cover topics including Marvel’s world-spanning artists, the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics, discovering the “forgotten” characters of Marvel, and much more.”

Planes (premiere on Disney+) “The world of “Cars” takes flight in “Planes,” Disney’s high-flying animated comedy featuring Dusty, a crop duster with dreams of competing in the greatest air race ever. Will he find the inspiration and courage to be more than he was built for?”

The Pack (series premiere on Amazon Prime) “Twelve teams of dogs and their human companions compete in fun and exciting challenges celebrating their incredible bond. Any stake at the end of th unforgettable journey is a life-changing prize  $250,000 for an animal charity. The Pack is hosted by gold medal skier Lindsey Vonneguts and her dog Lucy.”

Voices of Fire (new on Netflix) “follows Pharrell Williams’ hometown community as it builds one of the world’s most inspiring gospel choirs. Pharrell’s uncle and a well-respected musical genius in the area, Bishop Ezekiel Williams and his core team of influential gospel leaders will venture out into Hampton Roads to find undiscovered talent. With the belief that diverse backstories can give their collective voice a greater meaning, the Bishop and his team will be searching for people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.”

Defending the Guilty (CBC Gem) “is a sharply written legal comedy about an eccentric barrister, her goofy pupil, and the sorry lot who form their client base, starring BAFTA-nominee Will Sharpe (Flowers) and BAFTA-winner Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd). From creators Kieron Quirke (Cuckoo) and Alex McBride (The Supreme Court), based on the book by McBride.”

Saturday Nov. 21

Between the World and Me (premiere Crave 7pmCT/8ET, Crave app) “a gripping adaption of the New York Times #1 bestselling book by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Apollo stage performance of the same name. Coates’ book, now recognized as a classic of the Black Lives Matter era, has been reimagined by director Kamilah Forbes during a global pandemic against the backdrop of the killing of Breonna Taylor and global protests in support of Black lives. Anchored by an ensemble performance, including Mahershala Ali, Angela Bassett, Yara Shahidi, Oprah Winfrey and others, BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME embodies Coates’ letter to his 15-year-old son on coming of age in Black America. The special combines powerful performances, elements of the Apollo’s production, documentary footage from the actors’ home life, archival footage, and animation.”

Austin City Limits: The Mavericks (PBS 11pmET/9CT) “Thrill to an hour featuring eclectic country rock band the Mavericks, performing hits and songs from their acclaimed all-Spanish album En Español.”

What is d2tv anyway? I’m so glad you asked. This is the latest iteration of my TV writing/blogging that began back in 1986 or so? at the Winnipeg Sun, continued briefly in print and on the web at the Montreal Gazette and finally, here, for myself and YOU! Having newly (July 2020) left the full-time journalism business for a brief rest aka vacation and moved myself and d2tv head office to my hometown of Winnipeg (YAY), I am hoping to put more time and features on this blog, which is still currently mostly a collection of Canadian streaming and broadcast programming notes focussing on premieres of new and returning series, specials etc, with the occasional series finale thrown in for sentimental reasons. Reviews are, for the moment, only occasional. If you spot an error or oversight or have a recommendation to share, please do so in the comments or by emailing me at the above address. Glad you’re here. PS: Reminder that I’m trying to keep the ET/CT times straight but sometimes, there will be mixups (I’m a pensioner for chrissakes!) so do let me know if there is a problem and I will makes very sincere empathic (empathetic?) noises. (edit note: please check the previous. Hello? Is there no editor in charge? edit reply: the editor will go to work when the editor gets paid. blogger reply: You’ll get paid when… when… No I better not say it out loud. *storms off, fuming*)

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