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Wheel of Time and Cowboy Bebop Debut, Will Smith Is King Richard, tick, tick...BOOM! and More

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On TV this Friday: The Wheel of Time and Cowboy Bebop adaptations begin streaming, Will Smith and Andrew Garfield lead new biopics, and The New York Times revisits the Janet Jackson Super Bowl controversy. Here are 18 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • Discovery+
    Candy Coated Christmas

    This TV-movie follows a Beverly Hills marketing exec (Last Man Standing‘s Molly McCook) to the picturesque town of Peppermint Hollow; John “Father of Molly” McCook (B&B) co-stars. (Christmas Movie Guide!)

  • Netflix
    Cowboy Bebop

    Series premiere (all 10 episodes): John Cho is Spike Spiegel in the highly anticipated, live-action adaptation of the beloved anime; Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage) and Daniella Pineda (The Detour) co-star as Jet Black and Faye Valentine. (Watch trailer.)

  • Netflix
    Extinct

    The DreamWorks feature follows two fuzzy creatures (voiced by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom and Righteous Gemstones‘ Adam Devine) who accidentally time-travel to the future… where they’re extinct!

  • Apple TV+
    Foundation

    Season 1 finale: Salvor brokers an alliance; a confrontation between the Brothers leads to unimaginable consequences. (Previously renewed.)

  • Hulu
    The Great

    Season 2 premiere (all 10 episodes): Gillian Anderson joins the cast as Catherine’s mother. (Read preview; what else is streaming in November?)

  • Apple TV+
    Harriet the Spy

    Series premiere (first five episodes): Beanie Feldstein (ACS: Impeachment) takes on the “titular role,” while Jane Lynch (Glee) voices Ole Golly.

  • HBO Max
    King Richard

    The biopic casts Will Smith as Venus and Serena Williams’ father, who was determined to make his daughters two of tennis’ all-time greats.

  • Apple TV+
    The Line

    Based on the podcast of the same name, the four-part docuseries chronicles the 2018 case in which a U.S. Navy SEAL platoon accused its chief of war crimes.

  • Apple TV+
    The Morning Show

    Season 2 finale: TMS covers a growing crisis — the coronavirus (maybe you’ve heard of it?) — that turns personal for Alex and Bradley. (Not yet renewed.)

  • Netflix
    tick, tick...BOOM!

    Lin-Manuel Miranda directs the story of late theater composer Jonathan Larson (The Social Network‘s Andrew Garfield); Alexandra Shipp (Love, Simon) and Vanessa Hudgens (Princess Switch 3) co-star.

  • Prime Video
    The Wheel of Time

    Series premiere (first three episodes): Rosamund Pike stars in this sprawling adaptation of Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic, which has already been renewed for Season 2. (Read review.)

  • Epix
    A House on the Bayou

    The first in a series of Blumhouse films follows a family getaway that takes a sinister turn at a remote mansion in rural Louisiana. Angela Sarafyan (Westworld), Paul Schneider (Parks and Rec), Lia McHugh (Eternals) and Jacob Lofland (Maze Runner) star.

  • Lifetime
    Dancing Through the Snow

    A single father/firefighter (Virgin River‘s Colin Lawrence) falls for his daughter’s ballet instructor (90210‘s AnnaLynne McCord).

  • Hallmark Channel
    Nantucket Noel

    A local (Good Witch‘s Sarah Power) falls for the contractor (90210‘s Trevor Donovan) who wants to redevelop the wharf that is home to an annual Christmas celebration.

  • Cartoon Network
    Teen Titans Go! A Doom Patrol Thanksgiving

    Beast Boy returns home for Thanksgiving; the Doom Patrol enter a float in the town’s parade.

  • CBS
    Magnum P.I.

    In an episode co-written by Zachary Knighton, Rick is asked to assist in an investigation involving childhood friend Donovan (again played by Devon Sawa).

  • FX, Hulu
    The New York Times Presents: Malfunction - The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson

    The latest installment focuses on the controversy surrounding the music icon’s wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

  • HBO
    Real Time With Bill Maher

    Season 19 finale: Guests include CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, and mayor-elect of New York City Eric Adams.


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