Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
– If “Being the Ricardos” left you wanting more Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, or just a less Sorkin’s take on the larger-than-life couple, Amazon Prime Video has Amy Poehler’s “Lucy and Desi” documentary coming to the Friday service. Poehler said she wanted to give audiences a deeper understanding of the couple, their creativity, their tumultuous relationship and their groundbreaking sitcom “I Love Lucy.” The doc includes interviews with Norman Lear, Bette Midler and Carol Burnett. “Being the Ricardos,” which earned Oscar nominations for Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, is also on Prime if you want to make a night of it.
– Modern dating can be a horror show, so Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones of “Normal People” fame) is thrilled to meet a handsome stranger (Sebastian Stan) in the grocery store who seems like the perfect boyfriend in “Fresh”. Mimi Cave’s directorial debut is part comedy, part thriller, and it’s coming to Hulu on Friday. The Sundance breakout has been widely talked about for its provocative twists, but it’s best to know as little as possible.
– With nearly a month until the Oscars, there’s still plenty of time to brush up on the nominees and other top picture contenders hitting streaming services this month, including Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” available on Disney+ on Wednesday, and Hamaguchi’s Ryusuke “Drive My Car” on HBO Max on Wednesday. “West Side Story” has seven nominations, including one for supporting actress Ariana DeBose (a favorite to win) for her portrayal of Anita that Oscar scholars will know is a role that earned her co-star. star Rita Moreno an Oscar in 1962. The Japanese drama “Drive My Car,” meanwhile, had four, including Best Director, an International Feature and an Adapted Screenplay (it’s based on a short story by Haruki Murakami).
— Lindsey Bahr, AP Cinema Screenwriter
– Dolly Parton has a big week ahead of her when she hosts the ACM Awards and releases not only a new album but also a novel. The 12-track album, “Run, Rose, Run,” which drops Friday, serves as a companion to the novel of the same name co-written by James Patterson and Parton, slated for release Monday, March 7. book is a mystery set in Nashville about two singers – an older, jaded icon and a young newcomer with a dark past. The album is described as a soundtrack and includes the song “Blue Bonnet Breeze”, which Parton describes as a “Romeo and Juliet genre story”.
— You know him from “24”, “Stand By Me” and “A Few Good Men”, but Kiefer Sutherland is also a musician. Her third studio album ‘Bloor Street’ is out Friday and features the singles ‘So Full of Love’, ‘Two Stepping in Time’ and the title track. The music leans towards Americana and country and the album is named after Toronto’s main thoroughfare, a place where as a teenager Sutherland got his first job, his first kiss and where he played guitar to currency. The song “County Jail Gate” is inspired by the 48 days he spent in jail for driving under the influence.
— Things always tend to get interesting when Nilüfer Yanya is making music and that’s definitely true for ‘Painless’, which showcases the combination of indie rock, soul, jazz and trip-hop from the singer-songwriter. It’s her sequel to 2019’s “Miss Universe” which lands on Friday, after the superb single “afterlife.” The Guardian newspaper calls it “spiky, sometimes jazzy and always catchy post-punk that sits somewhere between Joy Division, King Krule and PJ Harvey”. Daughter of visual artists, Yanya grew up in London. listen to Turkish and classical music, and pick up a guitar at age 12.
– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer
– Roger Allam, known to fans of PBS’s “Endeavour” as British police detective Fred Thursday, makes a cross-Channel jaunt to play a French criminal in “Murder in Provence.” The three-episode series based on the novels by ML Longworth debuts Tuesday, March 1 on the BritBox streaming service. Allam stars as magistrate Antoine Verlaque from Aix-en-Provence, a beautiful city that also harbors menace and mysteries here. Nancy Carroll plays her partner in romance and detective, with Keala Settle (“The Greatest Showman”) as her trusted detective.
– The ACM Awards boast a lineup that includes Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Dolly Parton – with Parton as host, performer and recipient of a tribute from Kelly Clarkson. Viewers should also know that the ceremony has moved from its longtime CBS network to the Amazon Prime Video streaming service. Thomas Rhett, Brittney Spencer, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Young, who leads the field of nominees with seven nods, are among the other artists scheduled for the two-hour show (8 p.m. EST on Monday, March 7 ) from Las Vegas.
– Ready for a good pirate thread, one afloat on a sea of puns, slapstick and general nonsense? The 10 episode “Our Flag Means Death,” which debuts Thursday on HBO Max, stars Rhys Darby as Stede Bonnet, a landowner who reinvents himself, very awkwardly, as a Gentleman Pirate. He teams up with Taika Waititi as Edward Teach, aka the famous Blackbeard. While Bonnet and Blackbeard, real-life 18th-century characters, crossed paths, it would be wrong to base a history article on the mischievous comedy created by David Jenkins and produced by Waititi. The cast includes Fred Armisen and Leslie Jones.
— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
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