This week’s greatest exhibits and films: Black Narcisuss, Virgin River Season 2
It’s Thanksgiving Week, which means you have turkey with brine, potatoes with porridge, and green beans with casserole. If your focus is on the feast, we’ll take care of what to look for after you’ve washed the cranberry sauce stains from your fingers. You will be grateful for the best shows and movies you can see this week as the week is filled with all the fixings you could want. A classic is revived, a lively vacation film is a crowd puller, a new Netflix favorite gets a second season and a new series shows a sitcom staple in a new light. Usually, Thanksgiving Week is only for movie marathons and parades. Not this year!
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The miniseries premieres (and closes) Monday at 8 / 7c on FX, Tuesday on Hulu
Nuns tempted by horniness are nothing new, but they don’t get old, do they? FX and BBC are jointly producing this three-part miniseries, which is an adaptation of Rumer Godden’s 1939 novel (which became the famous 1947 film), in which an abundance of nuns (including Gemma Arterton) seek an ancient school Establish palace of an Indian Raja on a remote mountain in the Himalayas in the late 1930s. Maybe it’s the altitude, maybe it’s the handsome British adventurer who helps them, maybe it’s ghosts, but the nuns are going crazy and may be working their way to relive a tragedy that struck the palace years ago. It’s a full psychological drama. So, if you enjoy getting inside characters’ heads when they are questioning their devotion and morals and their sanity is slowly deteriorating, you will enjoy it. It also shows Diana Rigg’s last role before she died.
Saved by the bell
Series premiere Wednesday on Peacock
Did we need an update on Saved by the Bell, a show that only kids liked at the time it aired because they didn’t know any better? No, but nostalgia is a hell of a good drug, and Comcast and NBCUniversal’s content-desperate streaming service are all in on the revival craze. Bayside High is being updated when California Governor Zac Morris (returning cast member Mark-Paul Gosselaar), yes he is now Governor, decides to bring some students from low-income families – read between the lines – to Bayside. The new series follows the old gang (but only Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley are series regulars) and new students, and has a level of confidence that alternates between being smart and unnecessary. But if you’ve been a long-time fan of the original, it will bring back some memories. [REVIEW]
Wednesday on Hulu
Ring in the holidays with Clea DuValls Happiest Season, a leisurely lesbian rom-com that is based on the classics. Kristen Stewart plays Abby, whose plan to propose to her friend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) over Christmas derails when she learns that Harper is still not there for her family. It’s a sweet, vulnerable story brought to life by a dream cast. Mary Steenburgen and Dan Levy steal the show. -Kelly Connolly
The flight attendant
Premiere Thursday on HBO Max, first episode now available as part of a special preview
Kaley Cuoco is pulling out the Penny of The Big Bang Theory and Priceline Pitchman personas in favor of something more daring and fun. She plays a leading role in this miniseries about a stubborn flight attendant who jumps into a one-night stand in Bangkok with a play (Michiel Huisman) and wakes up next to his freshly murdered corpse. Penny would never do that! But Priceline Lady could. What follows is a dark comedy that doubles as a crime thriller as Cuoco’s character tries to piece what happened, evade the authorities and find the killer. The first episode is now available on HBO Max, but the series officially premieres on Thursday with the first three episodes, with new episodes released weekly. [REVIEW]
Thursday on Netflix
Matthew Michael Carnahan is directing and the Russo Brothers are producing this American-made Middle East war film that is very different from the rest. As? It’s not about American soldiers going to another country to solve their problems, but about the Ninevah SWAT team, a breakaway Iraqi police force that fought against ISIS for control of the city of Mosul. It’s also entirely in Arabic and shows the fight against ISIS from the perspective of the locals who have suffered most from the terror. With an attention to character and action, it’s a well-reviewed shoot ’em up with a story.
Season two premiered on Netflix on Friday
The book-you-buy-at-an-airport-to-live-as-TV show will resume in season two. Cliffhangers have to be dissolved and rebuilt. Mel returns to Virgin River after a brief retreat in Los Angeles, and when she gets there, of course, Jack is waiting for her … with a whole host of new complications that act as barriers to her romance. But you didn’t come to Virgin River to see Mel find it easy, did you?
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