At a loss for what to watch this week? From new TV, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
"The Secret Life of Pets"
What do your pets do all day while you're off at work or school? If this animated hit is anywhere close to the truth, they are BUSY little bees. Louis C.K. voices terrier Max, who is perfectly happy until his owner (voiced by Ellie Kemper) brings home a mutt named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). The two end up lost in New York City, and meet a band of abandoned pets led by a bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart). Watch it all play out when the film comes to Digital HD November 22, and Blu-ray/DVD/On Demand December 6. The home release comes so many special features, including three Mini-Movies, making-of featurettes with the voice actors, "The Best Of Snowball," and Hart and Stonestreet working with an animal trailer to educate fans on average and not-so-average household pets.
Here's an exclusive clip from the bonus features, with Jenny Slate talking about her role voicing Gidget the Pomeranian, who has a crush on Max:"Don't Think Twice"
When a member of a New York City improv troupe catches a big break, the other members are forced to reevaluate their own successes and fears in this painfully real comedy starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher, and Chris Gethard. The critical darling arrives on Digital HD November 22, ahead of the DVD/Blu-ray release December 6. The home release includes deleted scenes and three behind-the-scenes featurettes.
"The Wild Life"
Mak the macaw and friends meet human castaway Robinson Crusoe, then team up with him to save their tropical island from savage cat invaders, in this animated adventure out on Digital HD November 22. The film is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand November 29, and the releases all come with four behind-the-scenes featurettes.
New on Netflix
"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" (Netflix Original)
Yeah, you've probably heard about this one. "Gilmore Girls" fans have been waiting since 2007 to see Rory and Lorelai again, and they'll get their chance Friday, November 25. True to its title, this revival heads to Stars Hollow to follow the Gilmore girls for one year -- a new season for each episode -- starting with winter and ending with fall. Will those final four words bring fans closure, or just whet appetites for another year?
"Mercy" (Netflix Original)
Two sets of brothers return home to say goodbye to their dying mother, then find themselves under attack as masked intruders try and invade the house, in this drama/thriller/horror starring James Wolk, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Tom Lipinski, Dan Ziskie, Michael Godere, Michael Donovan, Dion Graham, and Constance Baron. Watch it on Netflix November 22.
"3%" Season 1 (Netflix Original)
This Brazilian series is set in a future where the elite inhabit an island paradise far from the crowded slums, and you get one chance to join the 3 percent saved from squalor. Watch it November 25.
"Michael Che Matters" (Netflix Original)
The "Saturday Night Live" Weekend Update anchor is the latest comedian to get his own Netflix stand-up special, covering "inequality, homophobia, and gentrification," among other topics, in a set filmed live in Brooklyn. Watch it November 25.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Hell or High Water"
Chris Pine plays a desperate father who learns the bank is going to take his family's land, so he and his ex-con brother (Ben Foster) decide to rob the bank's branches, and come into the crosshairs of an aging Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges). The highly acclaimed thriller is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand November 22. The home release includes filmmaker Q&A; footage from the red carpet premiere; and the featurettes "Enemies Forever," with an intimate look at the characters; "Visualizing the Heart of America," on the setting and how the filmmakers used real locations to bring the story to life; and "Damaged Heroes," exploring the cast performances.
In this thriller out on DVD and Blu-ray November 22, Pierce Brosnan plays Mike Regan, a successful, self-made man who finds himself in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant (James Frecheville) starts using his skills to put Mike's whole world at risk. The home release includes a making-of featurette with Pierce Brosnan, Anna Friel, and James Frecheville.
This documentary -- a "Best in Show" about chickens -- follows three chicken breeders whose shared passion of raising the perfect chicken brings them together in competition, from the Ohio National Poultry Show to the Dixie Classic in Tennessee. The New York Times Critics' Pick is available on DVD November 22.
Grab some popcorn and join Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Michelle Yeoh, and Tommy Lee Jones for this sequel to Statham's 2011 action thriller, out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand November 22. The home release includes five behind-the-scenes featurettes on making the sequel, scoring the film, a breakdown of the Malaysian prison break sequence, and in-depth interviews with Michelle Yeoh and Jason Statham.
TV Worth Watching
"Search Party" (Monday on TBS at 11 p.m.)
Alia Shawkat plays Dory, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to her missing college acquaintance Chantal -- even though none of her other friends care -- in this new dark comedy/mystery on TBS. According to Deadline, the entire first season is airing during Thanksgiving week, with two episodes each night from 11 p.m. to midnight. It all starts November 21 with "The Mysterious Disappearance of The Girl No One Knew" and "The Woman Who Knew Too Much."
"Dancing With the Stars" (Tuesday on ABC at 9 p.m.)
This is it. The Fall 2016 Season 23 is coming to a close, and James Hinchcliffe, Laurie Hernandez, or Calvin Johnson will win the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. (Jana Kramer is also still a contender, but she seems less likely to win. But we could be wrong.) After two hours of dancing from 8 to 10 on Monday, the Finale will air from 9 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, with the finalists dancing one last time, and the winner most likely revealed around 10:57 p.m. ET.
"Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" & "National Dog Show" (Thursday on NBC at 9 a.m.)
It's time for another great Thanksgiving Day tradition: Watching all, or at least part, of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from 9 a.m. to noon, then chasing that with purebred shenanigans from John O'Hurley, David Frei, Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir, and the beautiful canine stars of the 15th annual National Dog Show. Here's hoping the Komondor finally wins this year.
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