TV Dec. 3-5: Natalie Palamides/Nate, Tacoma FD, Funny Boy, Charlie Brown Christmas, MacGyver, Magnum P.I., Blue Bloods, The Earth at Night, Selena, Mariah, Mank, Christmas Crossfire, Godmothered, SNL with Jason Bateman and Morgan Wallen, Detention

Have you seen Industry (Crave)? It’s a new Brit series about newbies at a U.K. financial institution. Dog eat dog has nothing on them. And although I at first thought I’d be at sea for being a financial dunce, no worries. Let the trading terminology shoot past your ignorant ears. The real deal is the psycho drama, more than the competition (which is lethal), it focusses on the evolution and moral / personal challenges. What price success? Loved it, though it is dark, dark, DARK. Full eight-episode season now available.

Or what about Flight Attendant (Amazon Prime Video)? Kaley Cuoco is Cassie, who is having a very very bad run. Alex (the excellent Michiel Huisman) might be the love of her life, which brings … complications. Zosia Mamet is her friend. And her lawyer. You might want to keep the neck brace close. There are a lot of whiplash plot lurches. FAN-TAS-TIC. Yes I know, but I can hyphenate like I want; it’ my blog. New eps every Thursday.

Catching up

Natalie Palamides: Nate — A One Man Show (comedy premiere Netflix) “Meet Nate – Your stereotypical masculine man just trying to be better. Executive produced by Amy Poehler and directed by Philip Burgers, Natalie Palamides: Nate – A One Man Show follows an alpha male, portrayed by Natalie Palamides,  learning to express emotion and understand the rules of consent. The can-crushing, axe-yielding special premieres globally on Netflix on December 1, 2020.”

Thursday Dec. 3

Tacoma FD (Season 2 premiere CTV Comedy Channel 9:30pmCT/10:30ET). The holiday season has arrived at the firehouse and everyone is feeling jolly, except for Eddie. In order to get good year-end reviews, Lucy (Hassie Harrison, The Iron Orchard), Andy (Eugene Cordero, STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS), Ike (Gabriel Hogan, MURDER, SHE BAKED series), and Granny (Marcus Henderson, Get Out) try their hardest to get him in the Christmas spirit. Meanwhile, Chief (Kevin Heffernan, Super Troopers) has a special gift for him that just might do the trick.

Friday Dec. 4

Funny Boy (premiere CBC 7pmCT/8ET, CBC Gem) “Academy Award-nominee Deepa Metha’s Funny Boy. … Shot on location and set in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 80s, the film explores the awakening of sexual identity by a boy named Arjie. As political tensions escalate to a boiling point between the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalese, the boy comes of age in a society and family that doesn’t embrace differences outside of societal norms. The film is co-written by Mehta and Selvadurai; produced by David Hamilton and Hussain Amarshi; and stars Brandon Ingram in his feature film debut alongside Nimmi Harasgama, Ali Kazmi, Agam Darshi and Arush Nand as “young Arjie.” Notably, Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing recently acquired the film’s rights for the United States. ”

A Charlie Brown Christmas (old-school seasonal premiere for subscribers, Apple TV+) “The holiday special will be available to enjoy for free from December 11 through December 13.”

MacGyver (Season 5 premiere CBS Global 7pmCT/8ET) “Mac and the team infiltrate a hotel used as a hideout for criminals and find a woman with vital information on Codex.”

Magnum P.I. (Season 3 premiere CTV, 8pmCT/9ET) “Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and Higgins’ (Perdita Weeks) new clients hire them to find their missing brother, and a secret case of revenge is revealed during the investigation.”

Blue Bloods (Season 11 premiere 9pmCT/10ET CTV) “Amidst a shifting political climate, Frank (Tom Selleck) goes head-to-head with City Council Speaker Regina Thomas (guest star Whoopi Goldberg) over protests against police brutality. Also, Jamie (Will Estes) and his nephew Joe Hill (Will Hochman) work together to locate Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) when they go missing while searching for a killer, and Eddie (Vanessa Ray) helps an abrasive woman find her father’s body after it was misplaced at the outset of the pandemic.”

The Earth at Night in Color (AppleTV+) The “natural history series narrated by Tom Hiddleston, … uses next-generation cameras to reveal the nocturnal lives of animals, in color, for the first time ever. Filmed across six continents, from the Arctic Circle to the African grasslands, this pioneering series follows the moonlit dramas of animals at night, revealing new insights and never-before-seen behaviors. Produced by Offspring Films. The series is executive produced by Alex Williamson and Isla Robertson, and produced by Sam Hodgson.”

Selena: The Series (premiere on Netflix) “Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice. Selena: The Series explores her journey from singing small gigs to becoming the most successful female Latin artist of all time — and the years of hard work and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together. From executive producers Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, Hiromi Kamata, Suzette Quintanilla, Simran A. Singh and Moises Zamora, Selena: The Series was created by Zamora, with Don Todd (“This is Us”) consulting, and stars Christian Serratos, Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemí Gonzalez, and Seidy López.”

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special (special premiere AppleTV+) “Carey has invited a special lineup of guest superstars including Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris, all to take part in this one-of-a-kind holiday event. Extra special appearances are also made by Carey’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe. Faced with a holiday cheer crisis, the North Pole knows there’s only one person who can save the day: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey. Combining musical performances, dynamic dancing and groundbreaking animation, the undisputed Queen of Christmas jumps into action to create a holiday spectacular to make the whole world merry.”

Mank (movie premiere Netflix) “1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles.”

Christmas Crossfire (movie premiere Netflix) “After a great night of love, Edda persuades Sam to go on a Santa Claus trip to her home village, which she has not set foot in for five years. The trip takes them to the unknown, almost empty province.The couple gets separated and unexpectedly finds itself in a fight between men who have nothing to lose and men who cannot lose because they love. When Edda and Sam find each other again they try to survive together in a completely overstrained world. 24 hours later, six men hang over the fence, but no woman.”

Godmothered (premiere Disney+) “Set at Christmas time, “Godmothered” is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell), who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “happily ever after,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not.”

Saturday Dec. 5

Saturday Night Life (Global NBC 10:30pmCT/11:30ET) “Jason Bateman will host “Saturday Night Live” for the second time on Dec. 5. The Emmy Award-winning director, producer and star of “Ozark” currently co-hosts the new podcast “SmartLess.” Morgan Wallen will perform as musical guest for the first time. His highly anticipated new album “Dangerous: The Double Album” is due out Jan. 8.”

Detention (series premiere on Netflix) “starts at Greenwood High School in the 1990s. Yunxiang Liu (played by Lingwei Lee), a transfer student, steps into the forbidden area on the campus by accident, where she encounters the ghost of Ruixin Fang (Ning Han). Fang later unveils the hidden history and trauma over the past 30 years, and how a group of young students and teachers were persecuted as they fought for freedom in the era of censorship. Their stories keep coming back to the school like haunting nightmares, waiting to be told and revealed.”

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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