TV Worth Watching
Four-Way Superhero Crossover (Monday & Tuesday on The CW)
It's time for the 2017 Arrowverse crossover, aka The Crashing of Barry and Iris' Wedding! The four parts of "Crisis on Earth-X" start Monday, Nov 27 with "Supergirl" at 8 p.m., followed by "Arrow" at 9 p.m. The drama continues Tuesday, Nov. 28 with "The Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow." Here's the synopsis, from The CW:
"Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Iris West's (Candice Patton) wedding brings the gang together, but things go awry when villains from Earth-X attack. All of the superheroes band together with help from their super friends like Citizen Cold (Wentworth Miller), The Ray (Russell Tovey), Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) to take on their most formidable villains yet. Earth's mightiest heroes — Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), The Flash (Grant Gustin), and White Canary (Caity Lotz) — lead their teams into battle to save the world."
Here's the super-promo:"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Season 5 Premiere (Friday on ABC at 8 p.m.)
DC doesn't get to have all the fun this week. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returns with a special two-hour Season 5 premiere, titled "Orientation (Part One)" and "Orientation (Part Two). It airs from 8 to 10 p.m. on December. 1.
Per ABC, "Coulson and the team find themselves stranded on a mysterious ship in outer space, and that's just the beginning of the nightmare to come."
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 9 Finale (Sunday on HBO at 10 p.m.)
The new adventures of Larry David conclude December 3 with the Season 9 finale. Episode 10, "Fatwa!" could be the last we ever see of the pretay, pretay, pretay good character. Will they kill him off? The HBO synopsis simply reads, "Larry has a scheduling conflict, takes issue with work associates, and hosts a pair of ungrateful house guests." Yep, sounds like Larry.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Logan Lucky"Director Steven Soderbergh teamed with an all-star cast -- Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, Hilary Swank, and Daniel Craig -- for this "caper comedy with a twist," which arrives on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on November 28. The release comes with deleted scenes.
"The Defiant Ones"
This four-part documentary about the bond of trust and friendship between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine is available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 28.
Director Allen Hughes filmed Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre with over a three-year period, with both men speaking frankly about their highs and lows. The series also includes interviews with major music icons including Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, Gwen Stefani, Bono, David Geffen, Eminem, Nas, Stevie Nicks, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Jon Landau, Patti Smith, Lady Gaga, Doug Morris, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Diddy, Alonzo Williams, and will.i.am.
Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Anton Yelchin, Henry Ian Cusick, Evelyne Brochu, and Matt Ellis star in this sci-fi mystery arriving on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital HD, and On Demand November 28. When an inventor (Donovan) turns up dead, a mysterious man (Dinklage) steals his latest invention: a device able to extract, record, and play a person's memories. The Blu-ray and DVD include a behind-the-scenes featurette and audio commentary with writer-director Mark Palansky and star Peter Dinklage.
"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life"
Chug some coffee and watch the four 90-minute seasonal chapters of this long-awaited return to Stars Hollow, set almost 10 years after the end of "Gilmore Girls." Rory, Lorelai, Luke, Emily, and friends are coming to DVD, Digital, and Blu-ray on November 28.
• Redbox: New titles coming to the big red box on Tuesday, Nov. 28 include "Kidnap," "I Do... Until I Don't," "Acts of Vengeance," Tulip Fever," "We'll Never Have Paris," "Fun Mom Dinner," "Alien: Reign of Man," "Lycan," "The Elf," "Alien Arrival," "Red Christmas," and "Ghost House."
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon Original)
Speaking of "Gilmore Girls" ... Amy Sherman-Palladino's highly anticipated "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" was picked up for a two-season order, with Season 1 streaming November 29 on Amazon Prime. Rachel Brosnahan ("House of Cards") stars as Miriam "Midge" Maisel.
Deadline described her as "a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she's ever wanted -- the perfect husband, two kids, and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent—one that changes her life forever. She charts a course that takes her from her comfortable life on Riverside Drive, through the basket houses and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she storms the world of stand-up comedy...a course that will ultimately lead her to a spot on Johnny Carson's couch." Watch the trailer here.
Before John Boyega returns for more "Star Wars," watch him in director Kathryn Bigelow's powerful and unsettling step back in American history, arriving Digitally on Movies Anywhere on Tuesday, Nov. 28, and on Blu-ray and DVD on December 12.
"Based on the Algiers Motel incident during Detroit's 1967 uprising, a Detroit security guard caught in a crossfire after a late-night police raid sparks a wave of violence that spirals out of control." Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Hannah Murray, Jack Reynor, and John Krasinski costar in the film. Special features include five behind-the scenes featurettes and a music video featuring Algee Smith and the real Larry Reed from The Dramatics.
"People You May Know"
This comedy/romance arrives on Digital HD and On Demand November 28. Nick Thune, Halston Sage, Kaily Smith Westbrook, Ian Harding, Carly Chaikin, and Usher Raymond IV star in a story about an introvert whose total lack of an online presence leaves him feeling isolated. Enter a "social media maven" who utilizes his design skills to digitally present his life in the most glamorous ways imaginable.
New on Netflix
"All Hail King Julien" Season 5 (Netflix Original)
It's time for a farewell celebration party. The final season of this Emmy-Award winning series -- starring characters from DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar" -- arrives this Friday, Dec. 1 on Netflix.
"With King Julien reinstated to the throne, this season we will witness our beloved monarch developing a scarily-funny allergic reaction to gecko milk, trying to elevate his popularity via 'Facewall' and hosting a fake election to find the new 'Prime Minister of Mangoes.' Of course, Mort, Maurice, Clover, Karl and Uncle King Julien all contribute in their own unique ways to make this final season an epic adventure. So, come watch the funniest, most irreverent season to date and join in on the biggest party King Julien has ever thrown to celebrate the series finale."
Check out this exclusive clip from the final season, introducing Mermaid Mort -- the most peculiar mer-lemur in the seven seas:"Voyeur" (Netflix Original)
This one is decidedly less family-friendly. "They couldn't hear me, they couldn't see me, it was exactly what I wanted." Journalist Gay Talese "unmasks a motel owner who spied on his guests for decades. But his bombshell story soon becomes a scandal of its own." The Netflix original documentary starts streaming December 1. Watch the trailer here.
• This Friday marks the start of a new month, and you know what that means: A heap of new titles will arrive by Netflix's sleigh starting December 1, and others will go into hibernation. Here's the list of titles arriving this Friday, Dec. 1:
"8 Mile" (2002)
"Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (1994)
"Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" (1995)
"All Hail King Julien," Season 5
"A StoryBots Christmas
"August Rush" (2007)
"Chef & My Fridge: 2017"
"Dark," Season 1
"Diana: In Her Own Words" (2017)
"DreamWorks Home For the Holidays" (2017)
"Easy," Season 2
"Exporting Raymond" (2010)
"The Farthest: Voyager in Space" (2017)
"Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story" (2017)
"Full Metal Jacket" (1987)
"The Little Rascals" (1994)
"My Happy Family" (2017)
"Nacho Libre" (2006)
"Turn: Washington's Spies," Season 4
"V for Vendetta" (2005)
"The Wackness" (2008)
"While You Were Sleeping" (1995)
"The Young Victoria" (2009)
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