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New at home this week: 'Onward,' Nina Simone and 'The Talk'
This week's fresh offerings include a recently-released Pixar animated tale, a marathon of James Bond films and new music from country star Sam Hunt. Also out this week is the reissue of a rare Nina Simone record from her time in Paris when feelings of loneliness crept in. And the ladies of "The Talk" return — at a safe social distance — from their own homes.
Here's a collection curated by The Associated Press' entertainment journalists of what's arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— "Never Rarely Sometimes Always": Most people missed what is arguably the best movie of the year so far in theaters. Eliza Hittman's film about a teenage girl trying to get an abortion came out right as they began to close. But thankfully Focus Features has released it for rental starting Friday. (Read the AP review here.)
— James Bond Marathon: Get the martinis ready, Amazon Prime has 21 James Bond pics in 4K ultra high definition available starting Wednesday. You can start from the beginning with Sean Connery in "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love" and check in with George Lazenby in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" before heading into the Roger Moore years up through Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.
— "The Other Lamb": Raffey Cassidy plays a teenager who has been part of a cult since birth in Małgorzata Szumowska's beautifully disturbing film. Available for rental Friday from IFC, it's not quite a horror, but it is haunting. And it's only 97 minutes.
— "Onward": Parents rejoice, there's another fresh option to keep the family occupied: "Onward" is coming to Disney Plus on Friday. AP Film Writer Jake Coyle wrote that "its eccentric odyssey of two brothers delving into a fantastical past to find their way through grief and self-doubt is a worthy addition to the studio's canon."
— AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr
— Nina Simone, "Fodder on My Wings": For a new generation who may have learned about the incomparable Nina Simone in the epic 2015 Netflix documentary "What Happened, Miss Simone?" — here's a chance to discover her talents again in album form. "Fodder on My Wings" was recorded in 1982 not long after Simone moved to Paris. She was said to be lonely and her mental illness worsening while she recorded the album, and the mood is perfectly captured on the title track. There are more gems here: The song "Alone Again (Naturally)" is lyrical improvisation about the death of her father. "Fodder on My Wings" was originally recorded for a small French label but was not made widely available — until Friday. The original album will be expanded with three bonus tracks from the recording sessions from a rare French reissue released in 1988. Simone, who died at age 70 in 2003, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
— Sam Hunt, "Southside": Sam Hunt couldn't fall into the trap of the sophomore slump if he tried — his second studio album will reach gold status even before it is released on Friday. That's because "Southside" includes the hit "Body Like a Back Road," has already sold six million tracks. It comes a whopping six years after Hunt released his uber-successful debut album, "Montevallo," which launched five hits and earned him Grammy nominations for best new artist and best country album. Instead of rushing out a follow-up, he took time to create the album, releasing singles randomly ("Body Like a Back Road" came in 2017, "Downtown's Dead" in 2018 and "Kinfolks" last year) and staying on the road. "Southside" features his signature sexy-talk delivery and is a mix of personal tunes and upbeat jams.
— Thundercat, "It Is What It Is": Talented multi-instrumentalist Thundercat pays tribute to his friend and collaborator, the late rapper Mac Miller, on "Fair Chance," one of the songs from his new album, "It Is What It Is." It's a special moment, but the new album, out Friday, isn't all somber: Just press play on "Dragonball Durag," a smooth, West Coast groove and you'll be in the right mood. Thundercat is accomplished, having worked with everyone from Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae to Travis Scott to Kendrick Lamar, with whom he won a Grammy for the song "These Walls" in 2016. "It Is What It Is" includes more great collaborations, including guest appearances from Childish Gambino, Ty Dolla $ign, Kamasi Washington and BADBADNOTGOOD.
— AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu
— "Desus & Mero": Coming to you from the entertainment centers of the world, New Jersey and the Bronx, Showtime's "Desus & Mero" are back at 11 p.m. EDT on Mondays and Thursdays. Pals Desus Nice (Daniel Baker) and The Kid Mero (Joel Martinez) bring their comedic chemistry and a younger — sorry, network hosts! — perspective to late-night from their respective homes. Fans or the curious can tune in free, with Showtime's 30-day, no-cost trial.
— "The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show": Comedian-writer-actress Iliza Shlesinger ("Spenser Confidential") and an ensemble cast tear into pop culture and gender tropes in Netflix's six-part series, debuting Wednesday. Even catheter commercials have to beware the show's quick-hit parodies.
— CBS is saying good-bye to "Hawaii Five-0" after 10 seasons and welcome back to Pauley Perrette, the network's onetime "NCIS" star. The two-hour series finale of "Hawaii Five-0," a reboot of the police drama born in 1968, will air 8 p.m. EDT Friday. Perrette switches gears with the sitcom "Broke," debuting 9:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, playing a single mom who takes in her sister (Natasha Leggero) and brother in-law (Jaime Camil) after they fall on hard times.
— If you're starting to run out of conversation at home, with yourself or others, the hosts of CBS' "The Talk" (daily, 11 a.m. EDT) are back to help. Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond will practice social distancing on the temp-titled "The Talk@Home," joined by this week's guests including Wayne Brady and Sean Hayes.
— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber
5 reasons to tune in to 'Total Bellas' Season 5
Whether it’s following the Bella Twins on social media, listening to podcasts or reading the headlines, you already know Nikki and Brie have a lot going on in their lives. Thanks to the return of E!'s Total Bellas, these incoming WWE Hall of Famers will be able to formally catch viewers up on a very eventful year.
Before Season 5 gets underway starting April 2, here are five reasons to tune in.
Artem and Nikki Get Serious
The end of Season 4 saw Nikki get whisked away with Artem Chigvintsev like a dancing knight in shining armor. Now things are getting serious between the Dancing with the Stars couple-turned-lovebirds after initially hesitating to publicly put a label on their relationship. Artem will surely add a new dynamic to the show. We’ll get to see how their romance grows into living together and leading up to a Paris proposal, and Nikki finding out she’s pregnant. Talk about a whirlwind.
What’s Next for Brie and Bryan’s Household?
Brie wanted so much to become a mom over the years, and her dream became a reality in the form of Birdie. Since then, she and husband Bryan have been working to juggle their respective careers while maintaining a happy home for their daughter. Brie’s career inside of the WWE ring may have ended, but she is still as busy as ever with the many business ventures she has with her sister. Bryan is still a regular on SmackDown and hitting the road every week. Yet they work through some emotional moments regarding whether they want, or can have, a second child. The longtime couple are certainly relatable in their struggles.
Going Back to Family Roots
During the early seasons of Total Divas, Nikki and Brie opened up about issues they faced with their father. Now the Twins feel a need to reconnect with their dad while working on an upcoming memoir. I'm sure all their celebratory milestones are also getting them thinking of ancestry. As they look more into discovering more about dad's side of the family and their Mexican roots, there is the concern how it would affect Mama Bella.Will this open up old wounds?
Nikki loves being an aunt, or "Auntie Coco," but that hasn't stopped her from going back-and-forth about having a child. Would it be in the cards? These thoughts have been well-documented when cameras were there during her relationship with John Cena. With Nikki and Brie at their respective crossroads, an unexpected dual blessing occurred as the Twins find out they’re both pregnant around the same time (less than two weeks apart, if we’re being specific). We’ve seen the People photos when they formally made the announcement, but Total Bellas will show what actually happened before the two revealed the news to the world.
The Bella Fam
One of the fun parts that separates Total Bellas from Total Divas has been getting to know the rest of the Bella family. It wasn’t long until the audience got invested in what has been going on with brother JJ and sister-in-law Lauren, and mother Kathy. And then there are those humorous scenes with their stepdad John Laurinaitis. Got to love those cameos.
Total Bellas Season 5, premieres Thursday, April 2, 9/8c, E!
The CW sets returns for 'The Flash,' 'Riverdale' and more: What about 'Supernatural'?
With TV shows shutting down production due to the coronavirus pandemic, networks are rearranging their schedules.
The CW previously announced that it has moved the premiere dates for Stargirl (after each episode's debut on DC Universe) and In the Dark Season 2. Both shows will fill the time slots of fall shows The Flash and Legacies, respectively.
And now the network has announced when its shows currently on hiatus will return with new episodes. Check out the schedule below. (Note: Roswell, New Mexico, Charmed, and Dynasty are currently airing original episodes.)
Wednesday, April 8
9:00 pm: Nancy Drew
Wednesday, April 15
8:00 pm: Riverdale
Thursday, April 16
8:00 pm: Katy Keene
9:00 pm: In the Dark (Season Premiere)
Tuesday, April 21
8:00 pm: The Flash
9:00 pm: DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Sunday, April 26
8:00 pm: Batwoman
9:00 pm: Supergirl
Left off this list is Supernatural, which is currently in its final season. Its last new episode was the 13th, "Destiny's Child," and fans knew prior to its airing that it would be it "for awhile." As showrunner Andrew Dabb tweeted, "We have filmed through episode 18, however our visual effects and sound departments have closed because of the outbreak. So, right now, the episodes can't be finished." However, he did promise "some special treats" and that they will "finish the series." For now, all fans can do is wait.
Worth Watching: Another 'FBI' crossover, 'Miracle Workers' finale, 'Frontline' on plastic
A selective critical checklist of notable Tuesday TV:
FBI (9/8c, CBS): In what is now the season finale (because of production shutdowns during the coronavirus outbreak), FBI borrows from another Dick Wolf franchise when Chicago P.D. detective Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) comes aboard the team on temporary loan. (Missy Peregrym's Maggie is on assignment, a storyline no doubt dictated by the star's pregnancy.) Hailey realizes her style isn't a good fit for the bureau's more uptight ways, so it's probably just as well she isn't there for good. The case of the week involves a botched drug deal that leaves a college student dead.
Miracle Workers: Dark Ages (10:30/9:30c, TBS): The mordantly funny medieval spoof ends its season on schedule, and it's raining arrows as the town faces mass destruction, all because Prince Chauncley (the very funny Daniel Radcliffe) refused his arranged marriage, triggering all sorts of Red Wedding backlash. Can there be a happy ending for the Prince and his lower-born beloved, Al (Geraldine Viswanathan)? Or will they all just land in the s—t her dad (Steve Buscemi) merrily shovels?
One Day at a Time (9:30/8:30c, Pop TV): One of TV's most relatable, and joyful, sitcoms focuses on single mom Penelope's (Justina Machado) frugal nature — sympathetic landlord Schneider (Todd Grinnell) calls it a "scarcity mindset" — when she balks at spending money on a new coach that she desperately needs. For a family that's "one catastrophe away from being broke," this is understandable — even more so when daughter Elena (Isabella Gomez) makes a costly mistake.
The Real World: PBS's Frontline looks at a growing environmental hazard in Plastic Wars (10/9c, check local listings at pbs.org), in which NPR's Laura Sullivan asks whether the plastic industry used the promise of recycling to boost the sale of plastic, which is currently choking the world's oceans… HBO's sports documentary The Scheme (9/8c), originally scheduled to coincide with the NCAA's Final Four tournament, looks into the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption, which led to the arrests of assistant coaches and Adidas executives in 2017… For the next three Tuesday nights, NBC News presents an NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus Pandemic (10/9c) special with the latest information on the outbreak. Today's Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb anchor this week's update, and Lester Holt will anchor the others.
Inside Tuesday TV: Rocky Carroll steps behind the camera for the 13th time to direct an episode of CBS's NCIS (8/7c) that puts morgue and lab techs Jimmy (Brian Dietzen) and Kasie (Diona Reasonover) at the center of the action, when they're held hostage in a diner by jewel robbers… Following a daylong marathon of the season, USA's The Biggest Loser (9/8c) will declare a winner among the three finalists: Jim, Kyle and Micah… History's The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch (10/9c) sends scientists and other experts to explore the 520-acre Utah property known for a preponderance of paranormal and UFO-related activity.