Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— “All In: The Fight for Democracy": Directors Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés document a timely subject, voter suppression, in this film premiering Friday on Amazon Prime. The film, the latest in a rush of pre-election documentaries on the U.S. voting system, boasts an inside view of the policies and manipulations that can impede voting rights. Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, is a producer. Abrams has said her rival in 2018, the Republican Brian Kemp, was elected in part through voter suppression.
— “The Devil All the Time”: Antonio Campos’ Appalachian noir, premiering Wednesday on Netflix, features an enviable cast including Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Riley Keough and Bill Skarsgard. An adaptation of Donald Ray Pollack’s 2011 novel, it's a sweaty Southern Gothic melodrama thick in post-war atmosphere and stuffed to the gills with colorful characters, including Pattinson's slick preacher and Holland's rebellious orphan.
— "Invisible Man": Opening back in February, Leigh Whannell's Blumhouse thriller “Invisible Man” had a few weeks in theaters before the pandemic sent it to on-demand — but it still racked up enough at the box office to count as one of this very odd year's biggest hits. I called it “a bracingly modern #MeToo allegory that, despite its brutal craft, rings hollow” when it came out. But Elisabeth Moss is sensational as a traumatized woman haunted by a violent ex. It lands on HBO and HBO Max on Saturday at 8 p.m.
— AP Film Writer Jake Coyle
— Piano-playing pop star Alicia Keys is putting out her seventh album on Friday. Titled “ALICIA,” the 15-track set is her first album in four years and comes months after she published her revealing memoir, “More Myself: A Journey.” The album features several guest stars, including Jill Scott, Miguel, Khalid, Snoh Aalegra, Sampha, Diamond Platnumz and Ed Sheeran, who co-wrote the single “Underdog.”
— Sheryl Crow, Busta Rhymes, Alanis Morissette and Jamie Lee Curtis are some of the eclectic guests on Ziggy Marley’s new album coming out Friday. “More Family Time” also includes appearances from Tom Morello, Angélique Kidjo, Ben Harper, Lisa Loeb as well as Ziggy’s younger brother, Stephen Marley; his children, Judah, Gideon, Abraham and Isaiah; and his puppy, Romeo. A portion of the proceeds from “More Family Time” will assist Ziggy Marley’s U.R.G.E. Foundation.
— Postponed from April because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will finally air on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. The event usually held in Las Vegas will now take place in Nashville, with country stars performing from the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe. Keith Urban, who is releasing a new album Friday, will host the show, which will include performances by Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Maren Morris, Morgan Wallen and more.
— AP Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu
— “Tosh.0” begins its 12th and final season at 10 p.m. EDT Tuesday on Comedy Central, with host Daniel Tosh taking his last shots at viral videos and pop culture’s highs and lows. The series had been renewed, but the channel’s decision to move toward a more animation-heavy lineup apparently doomed it. “I look forward to doing an animated reboot of my show on MTV in 25 years,” was Tosh’s wry response. The series, which includes sketches and parodies, will wrap its run on the cable channel with 10 episodes.
— TV, our safe harbor during the pandemic, celebrates itself with Sunday’s Emmy Awards. Jimmy Kimmel hosts the virtual ceremony (8 p.m. EDT, ABC) that will give nominees the chance to win or lose from the comfort of their home or other preferred spot, formal dress optional. Among the leading contenders are “Watchmen,” “Succession” and “Schitt’s Creek.” The real star of the show could be the internet tying everyone together from 100-plus locations — will it cooperate or falter and give the producers fits and Kimmel the chance for some choice material?
— Kim Cattrall is at the center of Fox’s “Filthy Rich,” a prime-time soap opera loaded with money and betrayal that debuts 9 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 21. The premise: a Southern patriarch (Gerald McRaney) and head of a popular Christian TV network dies in a plane crash, which proves only shock No. 1 for his wife (Cattrall) and offspring. Turns out dad had three children outside of marriage, and they threaten both the wealth and reputation of the infuriated family. The series from writer-director Tate Taylor (“The Help”) was intended to air last spring but was held to bolster Fox’s fall schedule amid pandemic-caused production delays.
— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber
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THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE
“The Mandalorian” — maybe thanks to Baby Yoda — snagged a surprising 15 nominations, mostly technical nods for things like production design, costumes, stunts, makeup and cinematography.
But it also earned Disney+ a nod for guest actor in a drama series for Giancarlo Esposito and a spot in the best drama race. It had gotten no nominations at the Golden Globes.
“The Mandalorian” stars Pedro Pascal as the mysterious title character, navigating his way through the Star Wars galaxy. The show has helped boost Disney and proven that there is a lot more life in the Star Wars franchise outside of the Skywalker Saga.
One of the hit characters from the show resembles a baby version of Yoda. A second season for “The Mandalorian” is coming in October
YES, SOMEBODY IS WATCHING
HBO’s “Watchmen,” an adaptation of one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of all time, was ignored by the Golden Globe voters but not by the Emmys.
The dark superhero tale earned a leading 26 nominations, including for cinematography, costumes, original music, three for directing and three for editing.
Jeremy Irons and Regina King got lead actor nods, while Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Jovan Adepo, Jean Smart and Louis Gossett Jr. earned supporting nods. “Watchmen” was also nominated for outstanding limited series.
The show follows a group of masked vigilantes with no real superpowers and addresses race relations in a way that proved to be extremely timely.
Despite glowing reviews from critics, HBO’s adaptation proved to be divisive among some comic book fans. Some disdainful viewers were frustrated that showrunner Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” was too political.
PLENTY OF LOVE FOR BITE-SIZED PLATFORM
Quibi, the mobile phone-only platform that offers installments of movies and TV shows in 10 minutes or less, found itself long on Emmy admiration.
The platform was launched at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and has endured a rocky start, with fewer subscribers than hoped. The company submitted more than a dozen shows for Emmy consideration and got a healthy 10 nods, mostly in the short form comedy or drama categories.
Laurence Fishburne, Jasmine Cephas Jone and Stephan James all got nominations for the police drama “#FreeRayshawn,” while Christoph Waltz got a nod for “Most Dangerous Game” and Corey Hawkins for “Survive.”
Anna Kendrick earned a nomination for “Dummy,” Kaitlin Olson for “Flipped” and Kerri Kenney-Silver for a reboot of “Reno 911!” In addition, “Most Dangerous Game” and “Reno 911!” also earned outstanding short form comedy or drama nods. Quibi earned as many nominations as Comedy Central and BBC America.
That represents a success for Quibi's creators Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, who have been pushing for the platform to finally get some buzz and recognition. In its first year, that's no small accomplishment.
Quantum mechanics is not often the subject of a TV series, and Emmy voters chose to largely ignore the cerebral FX series “Devs.”
The show starring Nick Offerman earned only four nominations, including for sound editing, special visual effects, cinematography and sound mixing.
Alex Garland, who wrote and directed each episode, created an absorbing meditation on the very essence of human existence and free will, all hidden in an elegant techno-thriller. But it got no cheers in the best limited series category.
Fans of Garland’s breakthrough film “Ex Machina” found familiar stylish fingerprints: Unrushed storytelling, cool menace, elegant doses of philosophy, an affinity with darkness and stillness, profound musical choices and striking visual effects. But some critics were put off by its pretense and air of detachment.
Michael Jordan proved his competitive pull once more as the ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” earned three Emmy nominations.
The documentary won nominations for outstanding documentary, documentary directing and editing.
The 10-part docuseries, airing on ESPN in the United States and on Netflix elsewhere, details the 1998 Bulls’ season, Jordan’s final year with the team and the organization’s last championship.
It was ESPN’s most watched documentary ever. The series was also a hit on social media. It was the trending topic on Twitter for five straight Sundays. The network moved up the docuseries to April from June in order to fill the void left after most sports were shut down in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
LOW-KEY ‘HOMELAND’ SEND-OFF
“Homeland” ended its eight-season run on Showtime this April, but the Emmys didn't give it much of a goodbye gift.
The show earned just one nomination — for directing. Star Claire Danes will not win a third Emmy in her role as CIA analyst Carrie Mathison, nor will Mandy Patinkin get a statuette for his Saul Berenson.
“Homeland” over its run has won eight Emmy awards — for outstanding drama series, writing, editing and casting, among the trophies. Danes won back-to-back awards for best actress in a drama from 2012-13 and co-star Damian Lewis won once.
But after debuting with such a splash in its first few seasons, the show hasn't won an Emmy since 2013, despite getting plenty of nominations since then. Emmy voters largely shrugged this time and let Danes' Carrie Mathison drift into the Russian sunset.
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