I want to start by saying the age-related napping is not something I can control though it does reduce my available time for TV writing for you who are, collectively, my reason for living. Therefore, on bended knee, here’s some important catching up before we get to the May 8-14 new-program notes.
Old Henry (movie Netflix) No spoilers here, but if you like Westerns, and this one from back in November comes with some quiet moments where you might (I did) wonder if the action will ever start. Take a breath, antsy pants. Soon enough there will be plenty. “After saving an injured man with a satchel of cash, a widowed farmer with a mysterious past must protect his son from a dangerous criminal posse. Stars Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Gavin Lewis.” Chef’s kiss for this one.
Writing with Fire (documentary premiere CBC Gem) This one from May 4 is on my must watch list. “In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men emerges India’s only newspaper run by Dalit (‘low caste’) women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India’s biggest issues or within the confines of their homes. … 2022 Academy Award™ nominee for Best Documentary Feature.
Sheryl (documentary premiere Crave) This one’s for the fans out there. “Following its world premiere at SXSW, SHERYL is available for streaming on Friday, May 6. SHERYL is a documentary portrait of music icon Sheryl Crow, a singular storyteller who’s lived it all and seen it all, but never told it all – until now. From humble beginnings to sold out world tours, Crow’s life has been nothing short of extraordinary. Whether battling sexism in the music industry, mourning ill-fated romances, or surviving a well-publicized battle with breast cancer, Crow has always found a way to turn even her darkest experiences into captivating, timeless work, creating a legacy that continues to inspire and influence generations.”
Now then, here’s what’s new this week starting…
Sunday May 8
Almost Paradise (series premiere 7pmCT/8ET CTV Drama) “Alex Walker, a former U.S. DEA agent who was forced into early retirement. Once the DEA’s most resourceful undercover operative, the combination of his partner’s betrayal and a life-threatening battle with hypertension has sent him as far from the madness as he can go -a small tropical island in the Philippine Archipelago.”
Monday May 9
Breeders (Season 3 9pmCT,10ET premiere FX) Teenagers. Sigh. Also: alleged grownups. “Breeders Season 3 starts with Paul (Martin Freeman) having moved out and staying at Leah’s house. He should be lonely but the simpler life has its appeal. Meanwhile, Ally (Daisy Haggard) has her own problems with work, her early menopause and her increasingly strained relationship with her newly adolescent daughter. Gallows humor and large glasses of wine only go so far in quelling the angst..”
Also premiering May 9 is Candy, which is on Hulu in the U.S. and GOD KNOWS WHERE IN CANADA. Disney+ is my best guess (which usually means it will pop up in a couple/few weeks). If you have inside info, please share in the comments.
Tuesday May 10
Finding Your Roots: No Laughing Matter (7pmCT/8ET PBS) One of my favourite shows. In this edition of the new season “Henry Louis Gates, Jr. shows comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman that their family trees are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success. Gates also reveals to each one news of an unexpected DNA cousin.”
American Masters: Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha (8pmCT/9ET PBS) “Narrated by Jason Momoa, discover the inspiring story and considerable impact of five-time Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku. He shattered swimming records and globalized surfing while overcoming racism in a lifetime of personal challenges.”
Wednesday May 11
The Quest (series premiere Disney+) As the trailer explains, there are eight ways in and out of one way out of this hybrid of video-game fantasy and Amazing Race-type competition. Welcome to Everealm. I’m not much for competition series (because many of them are so mean, that’s why) but this one looks so intriguing, magical even … Uh oh. I’m already falling under some kind of spell. Help! “Brought to the screen by the Academy Award- and Emmy-winning teams behind “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Amazing Race” and “Queer Eye,” “The Quest” is a ground-breaking, immersive, hybrid competition series that drops eight real-life teenagers (Paladins) into the fantastic, fictional world of Everealm, where they must save a Kingdom by fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Throughout the eight-episode series, these heroes are immersed in a fantasy world come to life complete with a castle, royals, ethereal Fates, all forms of mystical creatures and a Sorceress intent on destruction and power. ”
Operation Mincemeat (movie premiere Netflix) “Two British intelligence officers hatch an outlandish scheme to trick the Nazis and alter the course of World War II. Based on a true story of deception. Starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald.”
Our Father (doc premiere Netflix) “A top fertility doctor had a sickening secret: he was using his own sperm. Decades later, his “children” band together to pursue justice.”
Thursday May 12
Hacks (Season 2 premiere midnight HBO Crave app) “Emmy® Award-winning and critically-acclaimed HBO Max Original comedy series HACKS returns for Season 2 Thursday, May 12. The dark mentorship between legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance (Emmy and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress, Jean Smart) and her young, entitled writer Ava (Emmy® nominated actress, Hannah Einbinder) continues to evolve as the two travel across the country workshopping Deborah’s new stand-up act. The series also stars Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Candyman) and Jane Adams ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), both Emmy® nominated for their Season 1 performances. The eight-episode season, debuts Thursday, May 12 with two episodes, followed by a weekly release schedule with two new episodes dropping Thursdays.”
Friday May 13
ZARQA (series premiere CBC Gem) “follows its titular character, a complex, middle-aged Muslim woman (played by Zarqa Nawaz, Little Mosque on the Prairie) who learns on social media that her ex-husband is marrying a white yoga instructor half his age named Bethany. Zarqa impulsively comments that she will attend the wedding with her own cliché: a white brain surgeon named Brian. Now she just has to find him. The comical chaos continues with the arrival of Zarqa’s former love interest, Yusuf (Rizwan Manji, Schitt’s Creek).”
The Lincoln Lawyer (series premiere Netflix) “Sidelined after an accident, hotshot Los Angeles lawyer Mickey Haller restarts his career — and his trademark Lincoln — when he takes on a murder case. Starring Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, Becki Newton. Created by David E. Kelley.”
Kids in the Hall 2.0 (series premiere Prime Video) “Today, at the Prime Video Presents Canada showcase event, Prime Video revealed the premiere date and official trailer for the new Canadian Amazon Original series The Kids in the Hall, produced by Broadway Video. The iconic Canadian comedy troupe—Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson—is back with a new season of their groundbreaking sketch series, featuring a fresh batch of fun offbeat characters and beloved favourites, with sketches that pack a satirical punch, laced with the hilarious, edgy, and fearless comedy The Kids are famous for. The Canadian Amazon Original series The Kids in the Hall will be available exclusively on Prime Video on May 13 in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide. First premiering in 1989, the original Emmy-nominated The Kids in the Hall was an alternative comedy sensation that developed a die-hard fanbase while influencing countless comedians and performers. The new season marks the return of The Kids, with eight new episodes featuring all-new sketches from the beloved comedy troupe. The season’s guest stars include Paul Bellini, Pete Davidson, Catherine O’Hara, Kenan Thompson, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Will Forte, Catherine Reitman, Samantha Bee, Fred Armisen, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jay Baruchel, Eddie Izzard, Tracee Ellis Ross, Mark Hamill, and Colin Mochrie.”
Sneakerella (premiere Disney+) “Set in the avant-garde street-sneaker subculture of New York City, the high-energy, music-driven movie puts a gender-flipped twist on the “Cinderella” fairy tale.”
The Essex Serpent (premiere AppleTV+) “follows London widow Cora Seaborne (Claire Danes) who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. She forms an unlikely bond with the village vicar (Tom Hiddleston), but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature. Based on the novel by Sarah Perry.”
Saturday Night Live (10:30pmCT/11:30ET Global, NBC) This weekend’s host is Selena Gomez hosts, promoting, among other things, Season 2 of Only Murders in the Building (set to premiere on Disney+ on June 28). Post Malone, whose Twelve Carat Toothache album is out June 3, is the musical guest. Next Saturday is the season finale.
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