Sunday, Nov. 21
Power Book II: Ghost (Season 2 premiere Starz, Crave app) “Season 2 brings high stakes challenges, and even bigger ethical dilemmas for the characters. Forced into the choice to take the life of his professor, Jabari Reynolds (Justin McManus, BLUE BLOODS), Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr., LUV) finds himself drifting further from that which he’s been fighting to protect: his family. With Tasha (Naturi Naughton, Notorious) in witness protection, Tariq knows he must sacrifice anything to save what’s left of his family. Unable to do it alone, he turns to those wielding power and influence: Davis MacLean (Method Man, THE WIRE) and his new partner, Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson, Saving Private Ryan), as well as Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate, Love Jones). All of these options come with a steep price, so it’s back to business with the Tejadas. However, with two murders involving Stansfield, Monet Tejada (Mary J. Blige, Respect) must question if Tariq is what’s best for her family. POWER BOOK II: GHOST follows a weekly release schedule with new episodes streaming Sundays.”
2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Crave) “Debuting Sunday, Nov. 21 on HBO, the ceremony honours this year’s inductees: Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z, Foo Fighters, and Todd Rundgren in the Performer category, along with Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, and Gil Scott-Heron for Early Influence, LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads for Musical Excellence, and Clarence Avant for the Ahmet Ertegun Award. The ceremony also includes special guest appearances by Angela Bassett, Christina Aguilera, Mickey Guyton, H.E.R., Bryan Adams, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Drew Barrymore, Paul McCartney, and Lionel Richie.”
Monday Nov. 22
Bruised (premiere Netflix)
Solar Opposites (Disney+/Star) “In this festive episode, The Solars don’t understand the holidays, but that won’t stop them from trying! Co-created by Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty) and Mike McMahan (ex-writer’s assistant on Rick & Morty), “Solar Opposites” centers around a team of four aliens who escape their exploding home world only to crash land into a move-in ready home in suburban America. They are evenly split on whether Earth is awful or awesome. Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) only see the pollution, crass consumerism, and human frailty while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) love humans and all their TV, junk food and fun stuff. Their mission: protect the Pupa, a living super computer that will one day evolve into its true form, consume them and terraform the Earth. On season two of “Solar Opposites”, the Solar Opposites take it bigger, funnier, and more opposite than ever before.
Tuesday Nov. 23
Black and Missing (series premiere HBO Crave app) “Spotlighting The Black and Missing Foundation’s commitment to locating missing persons of colour, HBO’s four-part docuseries BLACK AND MISSING premieres Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Haunted by stories of vanished loved ones, and driven by the need for attention and assistance for these forgotten women, former law enforcement officer Derrica, and public relations expert Natalie operate a grassroots organization that raises awareness in communities, alerts media outlets to the plight of thousands of women and children, and urges police departments to allocate more resources to this scourge. Cases of missing Black people remain unresolved four times longer than those of white people. BLACK AND MISSING pulls back the curtain to explore how systemic behaviours and attitudes stem from centuries of deeply rooted racism. The series also exposes the stark disparity in the media coverage of white and black missing persons. All four episodes of the series drop November 23.
Jonas Brothers Family Roast (Netflix) “Jonas Brothers Family Roast is a one of a kind comedy special of epic proportions that celebrates the universal truth that no one can get under your skin quite like your own family. You’ll see the multi-platinum global superstars the Jonas Brothers like you’ve never seen them before through sketches, songs, games, and special guests – all to give them a roasting they’ll never forget. Jonas Brothers Family Roast premieres globally only on Netflix on November 23, 2021.”
Wednesday Nov. 24
Hawkeye (premiere Disney+, first two episodes) “stars Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, who teams up with another well-known archer from the Marvel comics, Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. The cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. Hawkeye is helmed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie.”
Hanna (Season 3 premiere Amazon Prime Video) “The journey of an extraordinary young woman, continues, played by Esmé Creed-Miles, who was created by the sinister organization Utrax and trained to be an assassin. Hanna (Creed-Miles) is now secretly trying to destroy Utrax from the inside and free herself from its grasp with the help of her previous nemesis, former-CIA agent Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos). Together they have coerced high-ranking Utrax agent John Carmichael (Dermot Mulroney) into aiding their mission, but her fellow young assassins, Sandy (Áine Rose Daly) and Jules (Gianna Kiehl), as well as new foes are starting to suspect Hanna’s plot. As Hanna moves closer to her goal, she begins to uncover not only a world-changing agenda but the true power behind Utrax that stands between her and freedom.”
Robin Robin (animated premiere Netflix) “When her egg fortuitously rolls into a rubbish dump, Robin is raised by a loving family of mice. As she grows up, her differences become more apparent. Robin sets off on the heist to end all heists to prove to her family that she can be a really good mouse – but ends up discovering who she really is.”
Burning (doc premiere Amazon Prime Video) “takes an unflinching look at the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires and delves into the catastrophe that unfolded across Australia, while shining a light on the global issue of climate change.”
Bruised (premiere Netflix)
A Boy Called Christmas (Netflix) “Determined young Nikolas meets his destiny in a magical land inhabited by elves on a quest to find his father — and bring home the gift of hope.”
8-Bit Christmas (Crave app) “Directed by Canadian filmmaker Michael Dowse, and starring Neil Patrick Harris (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER), 8 BIT CHRISTMAS (Crave) joins Crave on Wednesday, Nov. 24. The film is a humourous and heartfelt look back at the adventures of childhood. Set in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, the story centres around 10-year-old Jake Doyle’s (Winslow Fegley, Come Play) herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas. Additional cast includes Steve Zahn (THE WHITE LOTUS), David Cross (MR. SHOW), and June Diane Raphael (Long Shot).
True Story (series premiere Netflix) “During a tour stop in his hometown of Philadelphia, one of the world’s most famous comedians is forced to answer the question of how far he’ll go to protect what he has.” Stars Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes as brothers.
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