Here’s a roundup curated by Associated Press entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— “Blackbird,” inspired by true events, is a crime drama with an enviable pedigree: It was created by writer Dennis Lehane (“Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone”), whose TV credits include “The Wire.” The cast matches, led by Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) as a one-time golden boy turned convicted drug dealer. His shot at a get-out-of-jail-free card hinges on extracting a confession from a suspected serial killer (Paul Walter Hauser). The Apple TV+ series, with episodes from Friday, July 15 to August 5, also features Greg Kinnear and, in one of his final performances, Ray Liotta.
“What will our favorite crazy vampires and their human sidekick Guillermo do now?” The answer comes with season four of What We Do in the Shadows, FX’s mockumentary series about longtime roommates Nadia, Laszlo, Nandor and Colin (now baby Colin). Returning from their scattered adventures, they find the Staten Island digs in ruins and with a surprising new guest. As the season begins on Tuesday, Nandor’s search for love looks promising, Nadia is focused on business and Laszlo is in charge of parenting.
— For fans of Nathan Fielder and Nathan For You, the good news is that he’s back with another showcase for his idiosyncratic comedy. Those unfamiliar with his work and inclined toward something oddly candid and at times disturbing can see “The Rehearsal,” debuting Friday, July 15, on HBO and HBO Max. Fielder’s stated mission this time around is to help people prepare to face critical events or choices by showing them what to expect – as skillfully staged by the maestro himself
— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber
— Jane Austen’s last completed novel, Persuasion, is given a new spin by British theater director Carrie Cracknell. Starring Dakota Johnson as “past her prime” heroine Anne Elliot, “Persuasion,” debuting on Netflix on Friday, July 15, is still set in Regency-era England, but with some decidedly modern flourishes and a subversively comedic voice. The film also introduced audiences to Cosmo Jarvis in his star turn as Anne’s first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. Henry Golding and Richard E. Grant also star.
— Single dad Max (John Cho) and his teenage daughter Wally (adorable newcomer Mia Isaacs) take a road trip across the country in “Don’t Make Me Go,” coming to Amazon Prime Video Friday, July 15. Yes, there’s a cancer element and some tears are guaranteed, but this movie, written by This Is Us writer Vera Herbert and directed by Hannah Marks, has more heart and comedic moments than the logline might give it credit for. A karaoke scene from a late movie might also make you wonder why John Cho hasn’t been in a movie musical yet.
— Take it from someone who’s watched exactly one episode of “Bob’s Burgers” ever: You don’t have to have seen the long-running show to enjoy the movie, which comes to Hulu and HBO Max on Tuesday. Bob’s Burgers Movie finds the Belcher crew (all original voices) at the end of the school year. The kids dream of summer plans and the parents try to save the burger joint from financial ruin when a skeleton appears in a pit outside the restaurant and suddenly there’s a mystery to be solved. It’s also a musical.
— AP Film Writer Lindsay Barr
— Lizzo returns with her fourth album, “Special,” on Friday, July 15. She performed the first single, “About Damn Time,” on “Saturday Night Live.” Another single, “Grrrls,” had a more uneven debut after she offended disability advocates with the use of a word considered an insult derived from spastic diplegia. Lizzo apologized and edited the song to remove the word. Both singles use samples: “About Damn Time” samples the song “Hey DJ” by The World’s Famous Supreme Team and “Grrrls” samples the song “Girls” by the Beastie Boys.
— Bea Laus, who performs as Beabadoobee, will release her second album “Beatopia” on Friday, July 15th. Blurry single “10:36” carries her trademark ’90s indie-rock vibe, and “Talk” has Avril Levine-as-assertive in her kiss with a lover: “We go together like the gum on my shoes,” she sings. “You don’t exist/You’re just a bad decision.” The album builds on her 2020 debut album Fake It Flowers and the fantastic EP Our Extended Play, which was co-written and produced by Matty Healy and George Daniels of The 1975. An exciting talent, Beabadoobee has hints of Alanis Morissette, The Cranberries and The Smashing Pumpkins.
— Interpol return with their seventh album, the 11-song “The Other Side of Make-Believe.” The lead single, “Toni,” is a melancholic masterpiece of strumming guitar and layers of interesting things that are revealed with each listen. “Still fit, my methods perfected,” sings Paul Banks in a line that could apply to Interpol itself. The band began writing the album remotely in 2020, before meeting in upstate New York and finishing the project in London. This marks the first time the band has worked with producer Flood, and also reunites with co-producer Alan Moulder.
— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy
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