TV Nov. 26-28: Saved by the Bell, Flight Attendant, Virgin River, Sugar Rush Christmas, Stardust, Jeff Dunham, Black Beauty, The Call, Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives, Dance Dreams, Don’t Listen, The Beast, The Uncanny Counter, Noughts & Crosses, Travel Man’s Greatest Trips, Life-sized City, Superintelligence

I’m not saying I watch too many Hallmark-style syrupy romance movies but … Ah feck. I watch too many. Help me. Please take me for a walk. But not in early evening because the new holiday Hallmarks are on. DO NOT MOCK ME I’M FEELING FRAGILE. Anyway, TV.

Thursday, Nov. 26

Saved by the Bell (series premiere 7pmCT/8ET Global, with episodes 1 and 2 on W Network) “When Governor Zack Morris closes multiple underfunded schools, Douglas High School students are sent to Bayside; Jessie creates the “Bayside buddy system” to ease the transition; the election of the student council president takes place.”

The Flight Attendant (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET CTV Drama, with first three episodes on Crave starting at 8pmCT/9ET and right now on the Crave app) “Based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalia, HBO Max’s new Original Series THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT depicts how an entire life can change in one night. The eight-episode limited series tells the story of Cassandra Bowden (Kaley Cuoco, THE BIG BANG THEORY), a flight attendant who wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened. Joining Cuoco in this compelling mystery of a night of binge-drinking gone horribly wrong is Michiel Huisman (GAME OF THRONES), Zosia Mamet (GIRLS), Rosie Perez (Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey), and T.R. Knight (GREY’S ANATOMY).”

Mosul (movie premiere Netflix) “On an emotional journey in Morocco, an entrepreneur pieces together the turbulent life of his estranged mother and meets her adopted daughter.”

Friday Nov. 27

Virgin River (Season 2 premiere on Netflix) “Engagement. Babies. Heartbreak. Murder. For a small town, Virgin River has its fair share of drama — and Mel Monroe is often in the middle of it.”

Over Christmas (series premiere Netflix) “Down-and-out musician Bastian battles the blues as he returns home for Christmas and encounters a series of not-so-cheery surprises.”

Sugar Rush Christmas (Season 2 premiere) “It’s everything you love about “Sugar Rush” — with a holly jolly holiday twist — in this Christmas-themed spin on competitive baking.”

Stardust (VOD) “will chronicle the young David Bowie’s first visit to the US in 1971 – a trip that inspired the invention of his iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust.” Cast includes Johnny Flynn, Marc Maron, Jena Malone.”

Jeff Dunham’s Completely Unrehearsed Last Minute Pandemic Holiday Special (special premiere, CTV Comedy 7pmCT/8ET) “Filmed in front of a small, socially-distanced audience, the all-new, one-hour special sees Dunham take the stage to deliver almost 100% brand new and untried material.”

Black Beauty (movie premiere Disney+) “In this modern day reimagining of Anna Sewell’s timeless classic, we follow Black Beauty, a wild horse born free in the American West. Rounded up and taken away from her family, Beauty is brought to Birtwick Stables where she meets a spirited teenage girl, Jo Green. Beauty and Jo forge an unbreakable bond that carries Beauty through the different chapters, challenges, and adventures of her life.”

 

The Call (movie premiere Netflix) “Connected by phone in the same home but 20 years apart, a serial killer puts another woman’s past — and life — on the line to change her own fate.”

The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives (“reality” TV series premiere on Netflix) Ugh. You people. But whatever. “Cameras follow the banter and bonding between four fun-loving women from Bollywood’s inner circle as they juggle professions, family and friendship.”

Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (doc premiere Netflix) “This documentary spotlights Debbie Allen’s career and follows her group of dance students as they prepare for Allen’s annual “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.””

Don’t Listen (horror premiere on Netflix) “After a tragic turn of events at the new home he’s fixing up, Daniel hears a ghostly plea for help, spurring him to seek out a famous paranormal expert.”

The Beast (thriller premiere on Netflix) “To rescue his daughter, an unstable Special Forces veteran unleashes his inner beast as he pursues her kidnappers — and soon becomes a suspect himself.”

The Uncanny Counter (series premiere on Netflix) “Noodle shop employees by day and demon hunters by night, the Counters use special abilities to chase down malevolent spirits that prey on humans.”

Noughts & Crosses (series premiere on Gem) “Based on the young adult novels by Malorie Blackman, Sephy (Masali Baduza, Bhai’s Cafe) and Callum’s (Jack Rowan, Peaky Blinders) love blooms against a background of tension in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice, set in an alternate society in which Africa has colonized Europe.”

Travel Man’s Greatest Trips (series premiere CBC Gem) “Richard Ayoade raids the TRAVEL MAN archive to look back on some of his greatest trips. Featuring Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Johnny Vegas (Bleak House), Chris O’Dowd (Girls) and Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead).

The Life-sized City (doc series premiere on CBC Gem) “Urban design expert Mikael Colville-Andersen explores the anatomy and vibrancy of the modern metropolis, highlighting pockets of life-sized goodness in cities around the world. THE LIFE-SIZED CITY has been nominated for a collective seven Canadian Screen Awards including Best Writing, Factual and Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Factual Series.”

Saturday Nov. 28

Superintelligence (movie premiere 8pmCT/9ET Crave, available Nov. 26 on the Crave app) “Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) stars in the HBO Max Original Film SUPERINTELLIGENCE. In the action-comedy, nothing extraordinary ever happens to Carol Peters (McCarthy), so when she starts getting snarky backtalk from her TV, phone, and microwave, she thinks she’s being punked or losing her mind. In fact, the world’s first ever superintelligence has selected her for observation, taking over her life, with a bigger, more ominous plan to take over the world. Now, Carol is humanity’s last chance before this artificial intelligence-with-an-attitude decides to pull the plug. Directed by Ben Falcone (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), McCarthy is joined by James Corden (Cats), and Bobby Cannavale (BOARDWALK EMPIRE).”

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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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