Disney+ continues to churn out quality eight-episode series and the latest finds Jeremy Renner’s arrow-shooting Avenger Hawkeye hanging out with Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop and surely a ton of famous friends will stop by to say hello. We’ve also got some random prestige popping its head out to see if award shows are in the future, and a reunion of the reality show season that brought the conflict and pretty much made possible all reality shows to come.
Welcome to the MCU, Kate Bishop. Not only do we get to see two Hawkeyes team up–it’s all against the backdrop of Christmas in New York. And there’s just something about the holiday season in the Big Apple. It’s some street level Marvel magic. Will Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova make an appearance? Almost definitely. And I’d totally see Rogers the Musical on Broadway.
The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles [Paramount+]
We live in an age of reunions, but if there’s something my elder millennial heart cares about, it’s where the Real World cast members are now. Los Angeles reunites tonight for its own multi-episode docuseries, bringing Beth Anthony, Beth Stolarczyk, David Edwards, Glen Naessens, Irene Berrera-Kearns, Jon Brennan, and Tami Roman back to Venice Beach.
The Humans [Showtime, 8p]
A Tony Award winning play about a Thanksgiving becomes a critically lauded movie (90% currently on RT) with a cast featuring so many award winners and nominees released the day before Thanksgiving. What’s not to love? Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, Richard Jenkins, and Amy Schumer lead the way.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- We absolutely love both the title and the casting of 8-Bit Christmas even if the premise comes straight from a movie one of its stars June Diane Raphael mocked with her husband and her Jason Mantzoukas on their bad-movie profiling podcast. In this case it is Neil Patrick Harris telling the tale of how his mother (Raphael) met one of the first Nintendo consoles available in America.
- Big names in holiday movies is the name of the day as Sally Hawkins, Kristen Wiig, Jim Broadbent and Dame Maggie Smith star in the Netflix comedy A Boy Called Christmas.
- There’s a bit of a holiday feel (well, snow) as we reach the third season of Hanna, the thriller featuring the talented child hunter–on Amazon Prime.
- Los Angeles serial killers of the 1970s and ’80s are all the rage these days and the new Hulu true crime anthology City of Angels|City of Death looks at all of the demons operating in the Golden State in those decades.
- Kevin Hart gets to show off the action chops he fictionally honed with John Travolta in Die Hart. The Netflix mini-series True Story tells the fictional tale of Kid, a comedian played by Hart who gets into a scrapple in his hometown of Philly with his older brother Wesley Snipes.
- As a multiple-time host (and an underrated one), Hart could also show up on A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving–essentially a clip show to fill NBC’s schedule on a dead-ish network night, but still could be some fun.
- Teri Hatcher hosts a night of comedy on Showtime whose title spells itself out pretty clearly–Even More Funny Women of a Certain Age. Marsha Warfield will be there. Did you know her first TV gig–long before Night Court–was as an actor/writer for the short-lived 1977 series The Richard Pryor Show?
- More celebrities toast the season, this time as voice actors fueling Wallace-y/Gromit-y humans and maybe…mice? (it is an Aardman Production) in Robin Robin, a fun little ride of a show on Netflix.
- Halle Barry directs a film about MMA Fighters that few have seen prior to its release and now it’s on Netflix and this is such a crazy day we have the Academy Award winner creating a story around one of the most popular rising sports in the world and we have it in our third also-rans in our little round-up. It’s called Bruised.