‘Downton Abbey’ creator’s new series, plus a busy day for Netflix drops: Here’s what’s streaming for Canadians this week
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With so many different streaming platforms and cable offerings to navigate, choosing what to watch has never been harder. To make things easier, here are our best tune-in tips for the week ahead.
The Gilded Age
“Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes returns with this new period drama for HBO. “The Gilded Age” is set in 1882 when Marian Brook (played by Louisa Jacobson), moves from Pennsylvania to New York City to live with her aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Seeking a new start after the death of her father, Marian quickly becomes involved in a social war between her aunts, who come from old money, and her rich and progressive neighbours.
Neymar: The Perfect Chaos
Soccer docs have easily become the hottest thing in streaming. Following in the footsteps of Discovery Plus’s “The Men Who Sold The World Cup” and Prime Video’s “Maradona: Blessed Dream,” Netflix is hoping it can score with its look at Neymar. The story of the gifted Brazilian soccer player (regarded as one of the best in the world) features his humble beginnings and lifts the veil on his brilliant marketing machine.
Six million Canadians will meet the criteria for addiction in our lifetimes with COVID-19 only exacerbating the problem. Opioid-related deaths surged by 25 per cent in the first few months of the pandemic and this new documentary humanizes the sad statistics. “Come Clean” tells the stories of four addicts who begin their respective roads to recovery at Ontario’s Westover Treatment Centre.
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This one sounds … interesting. This new animated series tells the story of a Japanese snow monkey who is out for revenge after his tribe is slaughtered. In his quest for vengeance, the monkey teams up with the ghost of an American assassin and the pair kill everyone in their path of absolute destruction. There are many celebrities who lend their voices to the project, including George Takei, Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Munn.
American Detective With Joe Kenda
Joe Kenda is one of the most successful homicide detectives in U.S. In this new series, Kenda trades on all the cases he has worked to bring viewers astounding investigations from across America. These fascinating cases also feature the depravity of human nature. Each episode will profile a difference-making homicide detective who was able to find justice for the victim.
Astrid and Lilly Save the World
This Syfy original series is best described as a new-age version of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” When best friends and social outcasts Astrid (Jana Morrison) and Lilly (Samantha Aucoin) accidentally open a portal to a quirky monster dimension, they find themselves tasked with saving the rest of the world. The hopeless high schoolers quickly realize they are the only hope for humanity.
Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness
Best known as the grooming expert on “Queer Eye,” hairdresser Van Ness searches for the truth in this quirky exploration series. Van Ness looks for answers to burning questions including whether humans are dependent on snacks and if bugs are gorgeous or gross. Worth a look … at least at the first episode anyway.
This sports comedy, inspired by actual events, stars Kevin James as New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. In 2012, Payton was suspended for the entire NFL season because of his involvement in the team’s bounty scandal, in which “bounties” were paid to players who intentionally hurt players on opposing teams. Before being reinstated by the league in 2013, Payton spent his year away from the gridiron coaching his son’s team. The story is chronicled in this new Netflix movie.
The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window
In what could easily be one of the longest titles for a series, this mystery spoof that stars Kristen Bell is a “satirical slant on the psychological thriller.” Bell’s character witnesses a murder while drinking copious amounts of wine and then attempts to do something about it. The series is both funny and frightening.
In From the Cold
It’s a busy day for Netflix drops as Friday also sees the release of this new crime thriller series that has received some early buzz. The story sees an American mom’s life turned upside down when the CIA forces her to confront her past life as a Russian spy. While she was a member of the KGB, Jenny (Margarita Levieva) learns that she also was the victim of an experiment that granted her special abilities. The same bioengineered traits that she was given are now being used to commit gruesome murders, making Jenny the prime suspect.
Love Off the Grid
This new series features four couples who all think they have found “the one.” The only problem is that one partner lives completely “off the grid,” with no running water, no electricity and no civilization in sight. Jen, Myesha, Lyndsay and Josh all enjoy living with the modern luxuries of life while Charlie, Joseph, Spence and Angela have all built lives in unforgiving outdoor landscapes. The show measures whether or not these relationships can survive these circumstances.
Murtz Jaffer is a Toronto-based Entertainment writer and a freelance contributor for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @murtzjaffer