The big news today is the launch of HBO’s streaming only service, and we gotta say it’s the most impressive start of any streaming site we’ve seen yet (well, they HAVE always been “Not TV”). In fact, we’re so awed, that it’s nabbed all three of our recommendations today.
The Not Too Late Show With Elmo [HBO Max]
It’s finally here – HBO Max! Although a bit lax on new exclusive content, it does have a new talk show hosted by everyone’s favorite red muppet, Elmo. His first guests are Jimmy Fallon and Kacey Musgrave- I’m going to guess this is as much for parents as kids. Here’s hoping Anthony Fauci will Zoom in at some point.
Legendary [HBO Max]
Voguing teams (Houses, we’ve all seen Vogue and Paris Is Burning!) compete for a panel of judges, which includes Megan Thee Stallion and Jameela Jamil. Yay!
On The Record [HBO Max]
This documentary has taken a long road to get to HBO Max — well, more strenuous than long as most of the BTS drama happened this year. Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s expose of legendary hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons was originally backed by Oprah Winfrey and set to debut on Apple+, but then Ava DuVernay dissed it, Oprah dropped out, claiming the doc felt rushed, and Apple+ dropped it. Nevertheless, it persisted; it got raves at Sundance and now gets its release on HBO Max.
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- With Love Life, the appealing team of Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig combine to form a rom-com-themed anthology where each season follows a different individual’s quest for love. Essentially, it’s Man Seeking Woman, but without the surrealism and more character churn. Anna Kendrick’s quirky NYC’er Darby is first up to bat to find love on HBO Max’s first attempt at a scripted show.
- The final HBO Max opening day debut comes in the form of the reality competition, Craftopia, where 9- to 15-year-olds show off their best creations.
- If you crave familiarity, Agent Phil Coulsen’s collection of mutants return for a seventh (and final) season of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- A friend to multiple Presidents — including the current one in this darkest timeline — Jeffrey Epstein’s darker side was an open secret for a long, long time. Justice finally caught up to the billionaire human trafficker in 2019 and he either committed suicide or was murdered later that year (we’re not even going near that question). Netflix’s Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich attempts to show how we got to this point — probably in many different ways — and the ways survivors have tried to get some sort of redress.
- While the concept of Game On — two teams of three contestants competing in an array of physical and mental challenges — does not break new ground, the CBS night time game show boasts some intriguing names. Versatile comic actor Keegan-Michael Key hosts as Venus Williams, Rob Gronkowski, Bobby Lee, and Ian Karmel guide the teams.
- We’ll close this round-up, as we like to do, over at Lifetime. However, it’s not a movie they’re featuring tonight, but an extension of one of its newest successful franchises. Married At First Sight: Australia brings all the drama and mismatched lovers, but they now have different accents. Stay classy, Lifetime.