Here’s a compilation of what’s on TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week, compiled by The Associated Press.
– Jane Campion, whose last film was 2009’s Shining Star, is making a triumphant return to filmmaking. in “The Power of a Dog”, »Borderline psychodrama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Cody Smith-McPhee and Jesse Plemons. Adapted by Campion from Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, Cumberbatch plays an overbearing Montana rancher who resent his brother’s new wife and her son. Widely regarded as one of the best films of the year, Power of the Dog begins airing Wednesday on Netflix. In my review, I called this a “masterful vision of the West.” it is played out “in a combination of austere exterior and darker, more mysterious interiors.”
– The documentary filmmakers E. Chai Vasarheyi and Jimmy Chin made the last Oscar-winning film “Free Solo” about the climber Alex Honnold. In “Salvation” (broadcast Friday on Disney +), they change high peaks to watery depths, recounting the 18-day rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach in a flooded cave in Thailand. While the 2018 event was well-covered, thrilling documentaries re-tell how a global coalition and a handful of cave diving enthusiasts accomplished an outstanding feat. In her review, AP screenwriter Lindsay Bar called Salvation “affirmative, truthful, funny, creepy, and unadorned.” and said, “It makes it possible to achieve something extraordinarily difficult for a global news story that ended three years ago: it makes you feel like you are there.”
– Director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, Private War) previously filmed in an active war zone. In the “First Wave” (streaming on Hulu Sunday), he plunges into the cutting edge of the coronavirus pandemic in an invigorating, intimate portrait of doctors, nurses and patients during the first four months of COVID-19 in New York City. Heineman filmed his film at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens amid the first outbreak of the virus to create an emotional and vital time capsule for a health crisis.
– AP Writer Jake Coyle
– It’s been five decades since The Doors released the song LA Woman, their double-platinum album containing “Love Her Madly”, “Riders on the Storm” and the title track. To celebrate its anniversary on Friday, December 3rd, Rhino Records will release a box set that has been updated with over two hours of unreleased recordings, including covers of Junior Parker’s Mystery Train and John Lee Hooker’s Crawling King. Snake, Baby, Please Don’t Go, Big Joe Williams, and Get Out of My Life Woman, a 1966 classic Lee Dorsey classic written by its producer Allen Toussaint.
– Saxophone Legend Kenny G. will release its first album in six years, “New Standards”, on Friday December 3 via Concord Records. A collection of 11 original compositions inspired by jazz ballads from the 50s and 60s. Some of the songs on set include Paris at Night, Rendezvous, Blue Sky and Moonlight. He writes, “I sincerely hope that you all will experience the same wonderful feelings that I had the pleasure of listening to the amazing sounds of my predecessors.”
– AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy
– Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist has wrapped up its two-season release on NBC, but there’s yet another chapter of the musical drama starring Jane Levy. In Zoe’s Extraordinary Christmas the main character is confident that her family will receive an unforgettable Christmas, which her now sick father always gave her. The film, which continues from where the series ended, will debut Wednesday, December 1 on the Roku Channel starring Mary Steenburgen, Skylar Austin, Bernadette Peters. Peter Gallagher plays Mitch’s dad, who suffers from neurological disease. The holiday movie is available on the channel for free, as are the 25 episodes of the series.
– The sun will rise on Thursday, December 2 for the live NBC broadcast of the hit Broadway musical Annie. Based on the comic “Annie’s Little Orphan”, the show features the tunes “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Life.” Selina Smith stars in the lead role, supported by co-stars including Harry Connick Jr. as Annie’s Savior, Daddy Warbucks, and Taraji P. Henson as the heartless Miss Hannigan of the orphanage. Nicole Scherzinger, Tituss Burgess and Megan Hilty are also members of Annie Live!airing at 8:00 pm ET, directed by Lear de Bessone and Alex Rudzinski.
“If the big city vibe doesn’t live up to your holiday expectations, UpTV offers a no-travel solution with the new Small Town Christmas. a reality TV series hosted by Meghan Alexander of Inside Edition. Each episode (airing at 9:00 pm ET) promises to share the “heart and magic of Christmas” in cities across the country, showcasing their music, entertainment, food and faith. Destinations and Air Dates: Branson, Missouri, Sunday, December 5; Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday, December 12; Bethlehem, PA, Sunday, December 19; and Natchitoches, Louisiana on Friday, December 24th.
– AP Television Writer Lynn Elber
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