If like Lisa Loeb almost 30 years ago, you were waiting for Wednesday as in the Addams Family spinoff(?) show starring the daughter of the family, then you are in luck as Netflix has made your dream reality. We’re also recommending an HBO doc about Newark’s largest son and the dramatization of the 2016 story about refugees who went to great lengths to make it to the Olympics.
We’ve always wanted to see what Tim Burton would do with the Addams Family IP. And now we’ll get to know as this new series on Netflix is as close as we are going to get. Focusing on everyone’s favorite goth teen, Wednesday goes to school. and you know what that means: piranhas in the swimming pool! i can safely say that it will be better than The Munsters.
The Swimmers [Netflix]
This based-on-a-true story drama follows sisters Yusra and Sarah Mardini, who fled Syria during the war and went on to swim at the 2016 Olympics in Rio
Shaq [HBO, 9p]
Few sports personalities have quite the charisma and broad appeal of the seven foot plus Shaqulle O’Neal. HBO’s docu-series takes us through his days growing up (and growing way up) in Newark, New Jersey, to his time at LSU as THE NBA prospect everyone was talking about, to his crazy unpredictable Hall of Fame career as a player and finally to his current position as host and Charles Barkley foil on NBA on TNT. Of course, the man himself has a lot to say about it
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- Oscar-winning director/screenwriter Mark Boal–who may or may not have gone to high school with one of our scholars (he did)–is back with a 10-part thriller about a missing scientist who is tracked by her brother and wife, both of whom are ex-military with secrets (there it is!). Echo 3 hits our favorite streaming service Apple TV+ today.
- The docu-series Good Night Oppy is about a project that went well beyond its scope, but in this case the documentary came after and was always about it. The Mars Rover was not supposed to be around for a long time, but then the vehicle turned out to be incredibly durable and the discoveries bountiful, so Opportunity (ah, Oppy) remained active for a decade and a half. The celestial exploration is on Amazon Prime.
- While the Taco Chronicles: Cross the Border sounds like it could be as problematic a take on Mexican food as whatever it was The Great British Baking Show thought it was doing on Mexican Day this season, but it looks much more reverential and authentic. The Netflix series looks at the many variations on the tortilla, meat, and cheese treat, and why it can and that you don’t have to let alltieration dictate when you eat them.
- The first Pitch Perfect movie was a surprise cult hit a decade ago and has since produced multiple sequels following the same basic premise, most of them… fine. The latest entry is a bit of a departure from formula as it is mostly the story of Adam Devine’s Bumper as he leaves the North American confines to travel to Germany, hence the title Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin. It’s on Peacock.
- The latest behind-the-scenes at Marvel on Disney+ takes a look into the tattooed strongman and the antennaed empath of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel Studios Legend: Drax & Mantis hits streaming today.
- If you’re the sort of person who loves to watch the balloons blown up before the parade, NBC offers a Countdown to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in anticipation of tomorrow’s big day.
- While there’s no new movies on Lifetime or Hallmark (or UP or GAF or…), but one of Netflix’s new flicks kinda fits the L-HV (Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex) vibe. If you’re feeling the opposite of sinister, check out Christmas on Mistletoe Farm.