6 new TV shows to watch this week: May 7-13

Spring is in full bloom and allergies are on the rise. But if you have to lock yourself in to get away from anything pollinating, there are plenty of options for looking at things. From period drama with a big monster to horrors that are both supernatural and frighteningly real, we’ve got you covered. All you have to supply are Kleenex and Zyrtec.

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“The Essex Serpent”

Friday, May 13, Apple TV+

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Apple

How many prestige costume dramas have you watched and thought, It would be much more fun if there was a giant monster in it? (For me, the answer is: almost all of them.) “The Essex Snake” is for scratching that particular (and incredibly specific) itch. Based on British author Sarah Perry’s acclaimed 2016 novel, “The Essex Serpent” stars Claire Danes (in a role originally intended for Keira Knightley, who left for “family reasons”) as a London widow. who moves to the titular city to investigate several reported attacks by a giant snake. In the town, she meets a handsome man of God (Tom Hiddleston) and begins to attract the suspicions of the townspeople, who begin to fear her arrival and the monster might be connected. The first two episodes of the six-episode limited series air tonight, with additional episodes airing weekly, which could be a problem if you love it so much and, like the titular beast, want to gobble it all up at once. weather. [TRAILER]

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“Winning Time”

Sunday, May 8 at 9 p.m., HBO

John C. Reilly and Michael Chiklis as Jerry Buss and Red Auerbach in
HBO

“Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” has been one of the most compulsively watchable new shows of the year, as it follows the behind-the-scenes drama that led to one of the biggest winning streaks in the game. NBA history. The brilliant cast, led by Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson and John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, brings the story to life, and the edgy stylistic flourishes, while grating at times, give the show a singular feel that unlike anything else on TV (or streaming). (If you want more from that era, be sure to watch Johnson’s Apple TV+ documentary series “They Call Me Magic.” At the very least, it’ll make you realize “Winning Time” might work. for years.) The finale is a crescendo; as Johnson’s first career season (and Buss’ reign as owner) comes to a close in the NBA Finals, things are at a boiling point. It should be as fun as watching a big basketball game. [REVIEW]

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“Fire starter”

Friday, May 13, Peacock

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Stephen King’s 1980 novel has already been adapted once, in 1984, for a version starring a young Drew Barrymore. (There was a negligible 2002 miniseries that aired on Syfy.) This new take on “Firestarter,” from “Paranormal Activity” and “Happy Death Day” producer Jason Blum and his company Blumhouse, features stars Zac Efron as doting dad Andy McGee and newcomer Ryan Kiera Armstrong as his pyrokinetic daughter, who goes against a secret organization called The Shop. (Fortunately, native actor Michael Greyeyes is playing Rainbird this time around, a character George C. Scott tried out in the original. Not so pretty!) Perhaps the biggest reason to check out “Firestarter” might be its music. , composed by John Carpenter and collaborators Cody Carpenter (his son) and Daniel Davies (his godson). Famously Carpenter was set to direct the film in the 1980s, but critical and commercial disappointment with “The Thing” led Universal to drop him from the project. Now he’s sparking on “Firestarter” all these years later. [TRAILER]

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“Our father”

Wednesday, May 11, Netflix

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netflix

Another Blumhouse horror movie of a different genre. ‘Our Father’ follows the chilling true story of fertility doctor Donald Cline, who used his own sperm to impregnate countless women for decades and the ‘children’ of this monster who band together to fight back. . What made this crime even more upsetting was the position of power Cline had in the community, he was considered an upstanding citizen and was an elder in his church. This documentary looks shocking and revealing and what is even more revolting is that several doctors have committed crimes like this – just think of how many of them have never been arrested or continued. [TRAILER]

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“Stone Castle”

Hulu

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Hulu

If “Firestarter” has you craving more Stephen King-y goodness, look no further than “Castle Rock,” Hulu’s ambitious and unfortunately short-lived series that served as a kind of remix/compendium of some of his best-known stories, re-contextualized in fun new ways. Season 1 saw the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, a frequent setting for King’s tales, rocked by the arrival of a supernatural figure known as The Kid (Bill Skarsgård), who had been locked away in Shawshank prison for years. (By now you’ve got it.) Season 2 followed Annie Wilkes (a terrific Lizzy Caplan), pre-“Misery” and incorporated elements of “‘Salem’s Lot’, as the town falls under a new spell. . “Castle Rock” was spooky and intriguing, adding meta layers like having King regulars like Tim Robbins and Sissy Spacek playing key roles. And perhaps the most frustrating part was where the show might have gone had it continued. It was definitely too weird and unsettling for Disney. But those two seasons we had were highs. [HULU]

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“Candy”

Monday, May 9, Hulu

Jessica Biel is back! In “Candy,” Biel plays Candy Montgomery, a modest woman from 1980s Texas who is accused of killing her best friend Betty (the amazing Melanie Lynskey) after having an affair with Betty’s husband (Pablo Schreiber) . While the lead role in this true story-based drama was originally intended for Elisabeth Moss, it will be good to see Biel bite into such a meaty part. And the talent behind the scenes of “Candy” is tremendous; it was created by “Hannibal” and “Mad Men” veterans Nick Antosca and Robin Veith respectively. It’s always hard to say “no” to “Candy”. [TRAILER]

“Hacks”

Thursday, May 12, HBO Max

The Emmy-winning comedy is back for its second season on HBO Max. So if you’re not on the “Hacks” bandwagon, now’s the time to jump in. Jean Smart plays Deborah Vance, a once-legendary Las Vegas stand-up comedian who recruits a young comedy writer (Hannah Einbinder) to freshen her up. law. The series, created by Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky, caused a stir when it premiered last year. And unlike most sophomore seasons made during a pandemic, we didn’t have to wait years for the follow-up! Huzah! [TRAILER]

“The Children in the Room”

Friday, May 13, Prime Video

“The Kids in the Hall” last aired on April 15, 1995. Now, one of Canada’s most famous comedy troupes returns with eight new episodes on Prime Video. All five original members are back (Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson) and they seem to be up to their old tricks again. Incredibly, this is Amazon’s first Canadian original series – and what a series it is. You might just laugh until a little pee comes out. But it is okay! [TRAILER]

“Lincoln’s Lawyer”

Friday, May 13, Netflix

Originally developed for CBS, with an entirely different cast, this Netflix original series, based on the character created by Michael Connelly (this season at least is based on his novel “The Brass Verdict”), was created by the television dynamo David E. Kelly. Who doesn’t want a David E. Kelly “Lincoln Lawyer” show? So strange. There were additional tweaks beyond the cast (now led by Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, who replaced Logan Marshall-Green), of course – the episode order was changed from 13 to 10 and behind the scenes, the film sparked a costly lawsuit. But the point is, we finally get a show about a scruffy lawyer taking cases in the back of his Lincoln. And it’s too delicious a premise not to retain. [TRAILER]

“Secondary Year”

Friday, May 13, Netflix

It looks like fun. It follows a cheerleader (Angourie Rice from the later “Spider-Man” films) who suffers a head injury and falls into a coma before her prom. 20 years later, she wakes up (and is now played by Rebel Wilson) and decides to finish high school. It’s the kind of high-concept, low-stakes comedy they did all the time but rarely do anymore and Wilson is a singular comedic force of nature. Even if it’s in the background while you’re folding clothes, “Senior Year” should make you lose some LOL. [TRAILER]

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