New this week: David Byrne, 'The Amazing Race' & Tommy Lee
Here's a collection curated by the entertainment journalists at The Associated Press of what's arriving on TV, streaming services, and music platforms this week.
- Broadway is dark and most concert tours have been canceled, but you can still feel the thrill of being in a crowded house in David Byrne's American Utopia. Spike Lee's concert film of Byrne's acclaimed stage show debuts on Saturday at 8 p.m. on HBO and HBO Max, and it can be one of the best movies of the year. Lee's energetic direction combined with Byrne's exuberant staging of Talking Heads classics and other songs results in a concert film on par with Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads classic “Stop Making Sense”.
- The timing of Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7" is remarkably good for a 1969-1970 film. Sorkin's drama, which debuted on Netflix on Friday after a brief theatrical release, is primarily a portrait of protest in all of its clutter, idealism, and potential. The film was shot and dramatized with a starry cast of Mark Rylance, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton - with Sorkin's characteristic snappy dialogue and extensive theatricality - the events surrounding the trial of antiwar activists charged with conspiracy, a Riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In the groundbreaking dispute between counterculture and government, Sorkin (who wrote and directed) timely praise contradiction.
- Gretchen Sorin and Ric Burns' "Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America" were unfortunately always up to date. The documentary, which airs at 9 pm. Tuesday on PBS and streaming on PBS platforms document the experiences of African Americans on the street, starting with the advent of the automobile. But it also goes back and forward to account for all forms of racial restrictions on movement for Black Americans, from Jim Crow-era laws to 1960s bus boycotts to contemporary policing. Historian Christopher West says in the film, "I think it's really, really difficult for the majority of Americans to even understand the horrific horror that reigns in a racist society."
- AP film writer Jake Coyle
- Kelly Clarkson returns to host this year's Billboard Music Awards, which will air live on NBC Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. Some of the performances are performed live at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, while others were pre-recorded. BTS, Post Malone, Bad Bunny, Sia, Alicia Keys, Luke Combs, Doja Cat, Kane Brown and Demi Lovato will take the stage where country music icon Garth Brooks and rapper activist Killer Mike will receive special awards.
- Rocker Tommy Lee is in a collaborative mood on his new album "Andro" on Friday. The 14-track album, his first solo release in 15 years, features guest appearances by multi-platinum hitmaker Post Malone, Buckcherry's Josh Todd, South African rapper Push Push, Canadian rocker Lukas Rossi and West Coast rapper Brooke Candy, singer-songwriter including König Elle Noir and rapper Killvein. The album also finds the Mötley Crüe veteran reporting on Prince's "When You Were Mine".
- AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu
- CBS '"The Amazing Race," with its particularly welcome promise of an armchair adventure, returns at 9pm. EDT Wednesday. Eleven teams, including former NFL players DeAngelo Williams and Gary Barnidge, and two Olympians Kellie Wells-Brinkley and LaVonne Idlette, descend from locations in France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Brazil and other countries in search of boastful rights and prize money of $ 1 million. The 32nd edition of the competition, recorded before the coronavirus outbreak, brought the series to the milestone of 1 million miles of worldwide travel.
- While many of us made sourdough bread and, when we were feeling really creative, posted pet videos, Hilary Weisman Graham (“Orange is the New Black”) created “Social Distance” to shed light on our response to the isolation of the pandemic. The Netflix anthology series, made up of eight 20-minute episodes, dramatizes the beginnings of the coronavirus quarantine, including our reliance on technology to maintain some version of the emotional connection. Oscar Nunez ("The Office"), Asante Blackk ("That's Us") and Ali Ahn ("Orange is the New Black") are among the actors in the series on Thursday.
- Ready for a winter chill? Sundance Now's true crime drama "Des" plays David Tennant ("Doctor Who") as Dennis Nilsen, a serial killer who targeted young men, including the homeless. When he was arrested, Nilsen freely accepted responsibility for a shocking number of murders but was unable to name his victims. In the absence of forensic evidence, police made discouraging efforts to identify the victims of the harmless-looking British official (who died on a life sentence in 2018). The three-part "Des," which debuted on the streaming service Thursday, was a recent British TV hit and made a huge hit with Tennant.
- AP television writer Lynn Elber
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