Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— Among the pleasures of Peak TV is the room it creates for familiar and welcome faces. Acorn TV’s Darby and Joan, starring Brian Brown (Cocktail, The Morant Breaker) and Greta Scacchi (Emma, The Player), is one such project. Brown’s Jack Darby is a retired Australian homicide detective who sets out with his puppy Diesel to put the past behind him. Darby crosses paths in the wasteland with Scaki’s Joan, a recently widowed English nurse and, yes, opposites attract. There are also mysterious events to investigate in the travel drama, which debuts on Monday and with two episodes arriving each week until August 29 on the streaming service.
— Are the Taliban sticking to their promise to respect women’s rights in Afghanistan a year after the US withdrawal? A PBS “Frontline” investigation instead found what it called a “harrowing” story. Correspondent Ramita Navai interviews female lawyers barred from practicing and women in abusive marriages who have become increasingly desperate under Taliban rule. “Undercover Afghanistan” also includes what he says is evidence of young girls being kidnapped and forced into marriage. A Taliban representative told Nawai that allegations of the regime’s mistreatment of women were “baseless”. The film debuts Tuesday on PBS stations (check local listings for times) and will stream at pbs.org/frontline.
— “Five Days at Memorial” dramatizes the anguish that 2005’s Hurricane Katrina caused a New Orleans hospital, including the loss of life that led to criminal charges. Based on doctor and reporter Sherry Fink’s book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Devastated Hospital, the Apple TV+ series is from John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost”). , his producers, writers and, with Wendy Stanzler, directors. Vera Farmiga, Cornelius Smith Jr. and Cherry Jones are among the cast members of the limited series, which debuts with three episodes on Friday, August 12, with a new episode coming out every week until September 16.
— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber
— One of the best movies of the year finally airs. “Belle,” Mamoru Hosoda’s anime with startling emotional depth, is now airing on HBO Max in English dub. You may have missed it when it hit theaters in early January, but Belle is worth catching up on. In his eighth feature, Hosoda, the Japanese Oscar-nominated director of “Mirai,” aims for perhaps his most ambitious film yet, combining a modern riff on “Beauty and the Beast” with a digital metauniverse called “U.” It’s perhaps more of a story than Hosoda can write, but “Belle” is closely related to the life of its 17-year-old heroine Suzu (voiced by Kylie McNeil in the English version), a teenager struggling with guilt, a virtual verse – true identity and self-expression. When I reviewed Belle earlier this year, I wrote that Hossada’s films, “even at their most complex, can reach such astonishingly emotional heights that they seem to break free of everything you’re ready for in an animated movie’.
— Each month, the Restoration Screening Room hosts free live screenings of restored classics from the Film Foundation, the nonprofit organization founded by Martin Scorsese. On Monday at 7:00 PM EDT, the virtual theater, launched this spring, will host a gripping noir double feature of Arthur Ripley’s The Chase (1946) and Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Detour (1945). Both take road trips in wonderfully dark directions that still feel unpredictable and fresh. The Restoration Screening Room platform also lets you watch with other viewers and experience a host of special features — in this case, including videos with Benicio Del Toro and director Guy Maddin, both fans of the films.
— In “Day Shift,” premiering Friday, Aug. 12 on Netflix, Jamie Foxx plays a working father, a pool cleaner with a secret side hustle: hunting and killing vampires for money. Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg team up. “Vampires, they live among us,” Fox tells Franco in the trailer. “And they are all murderers. It’s not ‘Eclipse, New Moon, Dawn, Part 1’ — it’s not.”
— AP Writer Jake Coyle
— What do you get when you combine two of the coolest people in music? Something to check. The Roots’ Black Thought and super-producer Danger Mouse team up for the ‘Cheat Codes’ album, with the first single being ‘No Gold Teeth’ and the immortal lines: ‘Yo, I’m at the top where it’s lonely/I make everybody grab like Nick Nolte. Some of the collaborators include Run the Jewels, A$AP Rocky, Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, the late MF Doom and Michael Kiwanuka on the superb “Aquamarine”. Danger Mouse and Black Thought collaborated on music in the early 2000s, but called it quits. They renewed their collaboration for the new album.
— Goo Goo Dolls fans will put superstition aside when the band releases its 13th studio album, “Chaos in Bloom.” Frontman John Rzeznik is producing for the first time, and the band says it’s an album with “biting sarcasm, stadium-ready choruses” and “sharp songwriting.” The first single, “Yeah, I Like You,” is a critique of online celebrity culture with the lyrics “You’re so cocky but you’re insecure/You’re always busy but you look so bored.” Rzeznik and bassist/songwriter Robby Takac say the album grapples with “observations of our dystopian modernity while searching for optimism and pushing for a more empathetic world.” Another single is the stunning anthem ‘You Are the Answer’.
— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy