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.
Hello, Wisconsin! That ’90s Show is coming to Netflix on January 19.
That ’90s Show
This week’s top pick is an easy choice. One of the most high-anticipated shows of the year debuts on Thursday. “That ’90s Show” is the sequel to “That ’70s Show” and stars Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp reprising their roles as Red and Kitty Forman from the original. The updated series focuses on Leia Forman (Callie Haverda), the teenage daughter of Eric Forman (Topher Grace) and Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon) who spends the summer of 1995 with her grandparents in Point Place, Wisc. It takes place two decades after the events of the original series. Expect to see some familiar faces as original cast members including Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Wilmer Valderrama are all expected to appear over the course of the new Netflix run.
Women At War
There isn’t a lot of information available about this new Netflix limited series. What we do know is that it is set in France in 1914 and focuses on the story of four women who grapple with the devastating consequences of war as the men leave for the front lines. Sounds like it is worth a look.
The Chemistry of Death
Adapted from English author Simon Beckett’s first two novels, this new series chronicles the work of Dr. David Hunter (played by Harry Treadway), a former forensic anthropologist now working as a general practitioner. Hunter is eventually drawn back to his former job after a gruesome murder leaves him no choice but to revisit his former life in forensics.
Idina Menzel: Which Way To The Stage?
Tony Award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel is perhaps best known as being the voice of Elsa in Disney’s beloved “Frozen” franchise. Despite her many successes, the singing sensation has never been able to live out her dream of performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City… until now. This new special follows Menzel on her national tour as she juggles the challenges of being a working mom while finally getting the chance to sing at the world-famous Big Apple venue.
Bling Empire: New York
At the end of the second season of “Bling Empire,” we found Dorothy Wang (the youngest daughter of Chinese-American businessman Roger Wang) at a crossroads as she started to plan her move to the East Coast. This was a set-up for the launch of a spinoff that now features Dorothy’s new life in New York. “Bling Empire” focused on the lives of wealthy East and Southeast Asian-American socialites based in the Los Angeles area, and we can expect this new series to offer the same premise in a new location. It reminds me of when Whitney left “The Hills” to move to New York and we all know how well that series did (it didn’t).
Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II star in this new thriller about a decorated veteran who needs to steal $32 million to help cover his wife’s medical bills. After the heist, the vet and his brother are forced to hijack an ambulance to escape. The problem? The ambulance they steal is where an injured cop is being treated.
Offside: The Harold Ballard Story
Directed by Jason Priestley (“Beverly Hills 90210”), “Offside: The Harold Ballard Story” offers new perspective on the controversial former owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The movie uses archival footage to highlight Ballard’s time in charge and pulls no punches in its depiction of the brash and crass sports tycoon. Interviewees include former Maple Leaf players like Wendel Clark and Darryl Sittler, and Don Cherry as well. Audiences will learn about Ballard’s plans to squish people into tighter seats, to increase the heat in his arena to sell more beverages, and even how he would surprise visiting rock bands by selling tickets to second shows they never agreed to play.
Sunday Jan. 22, 8 p.m. EST, CBC & CBC Gem
Based on the International Emmy-winning British series, “Accused” is an anthology drama from “24” executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gordon. Each episode opens in a courtroom where someone accused of a crime is given the chance to share their story from their own point of view. The 15 stories of crime and punishment highlight how criminals can be upstanding citizens whose lives are often upended by a certain wrong choice and a particularly bad decision. The viewer takes on the role of the invisible juror, tasked with determining what really happened while asking themselves what they would have done when placed in a similar situation. The first episode stars Michael Chiklis and Jill Hennessy. Chiklis plays a father who learns his teenage son is planning an unimaginable crime.
Sunday Jan. 22, 9 p.m. EST, Global & StackTV
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