Thursday July 29
Resort to Love (movie premiere Netflix) “A romantic comedy about aspiring pop star Erica (Christina Milian) who ends up as the entertainment at her ex-fiancé’s wedding after reluctantly taking a gig at a luxurious Mauritius island resort while in the wake of a music career meltdown. She tries to keep their past relationship a secret from his bride-to-be Beverly, but Erica rediscovers her feelings for her ex, Jason (Jay Pharoah), despite his brother Caleb’s (Sinqua Walls) attempts to keep them from falling back in love. In this warm and funny romantic story that explores the bonds of love and family, the question soon becomes will Erica sing at Beverly’s wedding – or her own?”
FBoy Island (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET Crave, Crave app) “HBO Max’s new reality dating series FBOY ISLAND premieres with three episodes dropping Thursday, July 29. Hosted by comedian and actress Nikki Glaser, three women move to a tropical island where they’re joined by 24 men: 12 self-proclaimed “Nice Guys” looking for love, and 12 self-proclaimed “FBoys,” there to compete for cold, hard cash. The women navigate the dating pool together with the hope of finding a lasting love connection. By the finale, all will be revealed – who is a Nice Guy, who is an FBoy, and who do the women ultimately choose. FBOY ISLAND is a social experiment that asks the age-old question: can FBoys truly reform or do Nice Guys always finish last? HBO Max’s FBOY ISLAND follows a weekly release schedule, with three episodes dropping August 5, followed by the final four episodes on August 12.”
Friday July 30
The Pursuit of Love (premiere Amazon Prime Video) “The Pursuit of Love, directed by and adapted for the screen by Emily Mortimer from the celebrated novel by Nancy Mitford, follows the travails of the Radlett family. At the heart of the adaptation is the relationship between cousins Linda and Fanny – their friendship will be put to the test as Fanny settles for a steady life and Linda decides to follow her heart, falling first for a stuffy Tory politician, then an ardent Communist, and finally a French duke. As pre-war political divisions split the nation, these women’s diverging choices raise intimate, personal and timeless questions about freedom, love, sexual politics, and the mystery of the human heart. Coming July 30 to Amazon Prime Video.” Starring Lily James, Andrew Scott and Dominic West.
Blood Red Sky (movie premiere Netflix) “When a group of terrorists hijacks an overnight transatlantic flight, a mysteriously ill woman must unleash a monstrous secret to protect her young son.”
The Last Mercenary (movie premiere Netflix) “Richard Brumère, aka “La Brume” (“The Mist”), a former French secret service special agent turned mercenary, is back in the saddle as the immunity he was granted 25 years earlier for his son Archibald is lifted. A mob operation threatens Archibald’s life. To save him, Richard will have to reach out to his old contacts, join forces with a bunch of reckless youngsters from the projects and an offbeat bureaucrat – but mostly find the courage to let Archibald know he’s his father.”
Myth and Mogul: John DeLorean (docuseries premiere Netflix) “Combining exclusive access and interviews with never before seen footage shot by Oscar winning director D.A Pennebaker (“Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back”) this 3-part documentary series explores the rise and fall of automotive icon John DeLorean, the poster boy of late ‘70s corporate greed. Epitomising these hubristic times with his grandiose vision of the car of the future, the series will show how John DeLorean came to captivate the world.”
Outer Banks (Season 2 premiere Netflix) “Outer Banks is a coming of age story that follows a tight-knit group of local teens (the “Pogues”) in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After their near-death escape, Season Two finds John B & Sarah on the run – and in over their heads – in the Bahamas. New friends also bring new foes as they’re back on the trail of the gold, while the stakes for Kiara, Pope, and JJ rapidly escalate at home. The $400M is still in the game, but will the uncovering of a new-found secret reunite the group for a fresh mission? The adventure of a lifetime awaits, but uncharted waters ahead mean our Pogues must do all they can to make it out alive.”
Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson (doc series premiere Apple TV+) “is a six-part docuseries that will examine sound creation and the revolutionary technology that has shaped music as we know it. Hailing from Academy Award-winning producer Morgan Neville (“20 Feet from Stardom”) and hosted by Mark Ronson, an internationally renowned DJ and Oscar, Golden Globe and seven-time Grammy award-winning artist and producer, “Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson” will make its global debut on Friday, July 30, 2021, exclusively on Apple TV+. Each episode … will follow Ronson as he uncovers the untold stories behind music creation and the lengths producers and creators are willing to go to find the perfect sound. Ronson explores music’s intersection with artistry and technology in candid conversations with music legends and icons including Paul McCartney, Questlove, King Princess, Dave Grohl, Ad-Rock and Mike D from the Beastie Boys, Charli XCX and more, where he discovers the ways in which these unique tools have influenced their work. At the end of each episode, Ronson will create and unveil a unique piece of original music using groundbreaking technology and techniques including reverb, synth, auto-tune, drum machines, sampling and distortion.”
Jungle Cruise (premiere Disney+ Premier Access) “Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila—his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities—possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate—and mankind’s—hangs in the balance. Jaume Collet-Serra directs the film, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez and Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.”
Kevin Garnett: Anything Is Possible (doc premiere 8pmCT/9ET Crave, Crave app) “spotlights Garnett’s remarkable career as one of the NBA’s all-time greats, and the progressive moments that defined it. The film explores how Garnett’s decision to become the first player in two decades to go to the NBA directly out of high school changed the face of the NBA and ushered in a phenomenon that reverberated beyond the league and even the sport. In addition to Garnett, the film features a range of dynamic voices and characters including Doc Rivers, Allen Iverson, Isiah Thomas, Paul Pierce, Matt Barnes, Rajon Rondo, Snoop Dogg, Sam Cassell, Pau Gasol, and more.”
Saturday July 31
Tom & Jerry (movie premiere 6:15pmCT/8:15ET Saturday Crave, Crave app Friday) “The family-friendly movie TOM & JERRY drops on Crave on Friday, July 30. One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding, and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them. TOM & JERRY stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Michael Peña (American Hustle), Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2), Colin Jost (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), and Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians).”
See you Sunday.
Thank you so much for reading this far. So, what is d2tv? So glad you asked. There is so much great TV right now but too much to easily keep track of. So this blog is me sharing my lifelong habit of tracking TV in general, but premieres in particular — series and seasons and one-offs on Canadian broadcast, cable and streaming. And since I’m doing it for myself, I share it here with you, every Sunday and Thursday. So thanks, fellow traveller, for stopping by. If you want this sent to your email inbox instead, shoot me an email or join the 42 others who subscribe (free, no strings) by typing your email into the box at the top right of your browser page, which reads: “SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG VIA EMAIL”. Who am I, Denise Duguay? Been writing about TV since 1986 or so at the Winnipeg Sun, then at the Montreal Gazette, currently at the Winnipeg Free Press and of course here, for myself and YOU! You might want to know – no judgement – I hate and mostly ignore “non-scripted” reality programming.