The best shows and movies to watch this week: live in front of a studio audience, The Expanse Season 6

There are two things to check on network TV tonight: Live in front of a studio audience: facts of life and different strokes, a take of nostalgia that’s actually quite impressive in the way that putting on great shows on live television is always impressive, and the series premiere of Abbott Elementary, which might just make you feel bad about being the little demon you were for your teachers in school. Both air on ABC. Later in the week is the premiere of HBO Max Sex and the city the comeback And just like that, and the return of Amazon’s sci-fi hit The extent, which is back for Season 6. This week has a bit of everything.

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Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary

ABC / Prashant Gupta

Abbott Elementary

Series premieres Tuesday, December 7 at 9:30 a.m. / 8:30 a.m. on ABC, Wednesday on Hulu
There is a lot of programming about kids in school, but like our current society, we’ve kind of neglected the teachers and relegated them to little pieces. (IFC is very funny and very little watched Teachers being an exception.) The country’s hardest and most underpaid job is at the center of this ABC workplace sitcom from A black lady sketch show‘s Quinta Brunson, who also plays the role of an idealistic teacher working at a Philadelphia public school where kids vomit and piss monsters, funding is non-existent, and principals organize power trips over teachers. If it weren’t for the deluge of funny jokes, this show might be a little depressing because it loves finding its humor in our broken education system! Vote to pay our teachers, the people, more. –Tim surette [TRAILER]

Live in front of a studio audience

Live in front of a studio audience


Live in front of a studio audience: facts of life and different strokes

Tuesday December 7 at 8 a.m. / 7 a.m. on ABC
To look for, Annie Live, his Tootie Live! A special live broadcast network that’s actually pretty awesome, ABC Emmy winner Live in front of a studio audience returns with a pair of classic sitcoms re-enacted with big-name actors. ABC sort of got Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Gabrielle Union, and Allison Tolman to play the daughters of The facts of life (with Ann Dowd as Mrs. Garrett), and Kevin Hart, John Lithgow and Damon Wayans to play the Big Three of Different shots. Maybe the actors want to honor the classics, or maybe they see an opportunity to win an Emmy in a less competitive category. –Tim surette [TRAILER]


Jeff Johnson, Will Smith, Erik Weihenmayer, Welcome to Earth

Jeff Johnson, Will Smith, Erik Weihenmayer, Welcome to earth

National Geographic for Disney + / Kyle Christy

Welcome to earth

Wednesday December 8 on Disney +
Remember when Zac Efron hosted a travel show? Will Smith does his version of it, but instead of learning about wellness and sustainability, he climbs active volcanoes and goes scuba diving. Stuff from action stars. The Disney + National Geographic series Welcome to earth follows the actor on globetrotting adventures – guided by expert explorers, mountaineers and scientists – that would be the pride of his daredevil movie characters. Smith admits in the trailer that he’s never climbed a mountain before that, but he claims to make a living; it’ll probably make it look easy. Do not try this at home. –Kelly connolly [TRAILER]

Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis, and just like that ...

Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis, And just like that …


And just like that …

Series premieres Thursday, December 9 on HBO Max

The ladies of Sex and the city are back! Well, three of them are, anyway. Whether we like it or not, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) are returning to television with this revival series. Women are now in their 50s and I’m not sure what that means to them exactly, but I think we’ll get a lot of jokes about the ’90s, how New York has changed, and a lot of voiceover thoughts. of Carrie on the passage of time. I couldn’t help but wonder … if this show will be good, but I guess (hope?) It can’t get any worse than the monstrosity that was Sex and the city 2. –Allison Picurro [TRAILER]

Lucian-River Chauhan, Riz Ahmed and Aditya Geddada, Meeting

Lucian-River Chauhan, Riz Ahmed and Aditya Geddada, Meet

Amazon Studios


Friday December 10 on Amazon Prime Video

Riz Ahmed continues Oscar nominee run from last year The sound of metal with this paranoid sci-fi thriller that looks like a mix of To protect and War of the Worlds. Ahmed plays Malik Khan, a decorated marine who takes his two sons and goes AWOL to protect them from an alien threat and military agents who try to ensure this secret is not revealed. It comes from writer-director Michael Pearce, who directed the excellent psychological thriller of 2017. BeastSo you can bet there will be some hard-hitting twists and meaty material that Ahmed will work with. The supporting cast includes Octavia Spencer, Janina Gavankar and Rory Cochrane. -Liam Mathews [TRAILER]

Shohreh Aghdashloo, The Expanse

Shohreh Aghdashloo, The extent

Shane Mahood / Amazon Studios

The extent

Season 6 premieres Friday, December 10 on Amazon Prime Video
The ambitious sci-fi series returns to Prime Video for a final six-episode season that we’re getting through a good old-fashioned weekly rollout. In season 6, as Belter’s rebel leader Marco Inaros (Keon Alexander) and his Free Navy continue their attacks on Earth and Mars, UN chief Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) sends the former sailor Martian Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams) on a secret mission which is the last effort to end the war. Meanwhile, on a distant planet far beyond the Rings, a new power is developing that could render all this faction fighting moot. The extent has been one of the best sci-fi shows on TV in years now, and it’s probably going to stay on Landing. -Liam Mathews [TRAILER]

Sandra Bullock and Viola Davis, The Unpardonable

Sandra Bullock and Viola Davis, The unforgivable


The unforgivable

Friday December 10 on Netflix

Sandra Bullock becomes unhappy in this heavy drama about a woman trying to figure out her life after serving twenty years in prison for killing a police officer. Back in a town that will never forgive her for what she’s done, she just wants to reunite with her younger sister, who has been adopted by another family and has moved on with her life. But the world – in the form of her parole officer, the lawyer who lives in her old home, her sister’s foster parents – want her to stay away. She really needs that closure, though. The film is flawed and relentlessly dark, but Bullock elevates the material. -Liam Mathews [TRAILER]

Jeremy Strong, Estate

Jeremy Strong, Succession

Graeme Hunter / HBO


Season 3 finale Sunday December 12 at 9 / 8c on HBO, HBO Max

It’s been a wild and emotionally laborious season, and I can honestly say I have no idea what’s going to happen in Successionthe Season 3 finale. The Roy family is, to put it mildly, in shambles: with flawed text, Roman (Kieran Culkin) tarnished his status as the favorite child of Logan (Brian Cox) and Shiv (Sarah Snook) tries to get straight to where he left behind. (It remains to be seen whether she will be successful – I guess it will end badly for her.) The ultimate question, however, is the fate of Kendall (Jeremy Strong), who remains uncertain after the heartbreaking final moments of the before- Last episode. . All the major players have gathered in Italy for Caroline’s (Harriet Walker) wedding, but otherwise it’s unclear what will happen in the final hour. Succession is known for its dramatic season ends, and the stakes seem higher than ever, so I’ll be right here on the edge of my seat until Sunday. –Allison Picurro [TRAILER]

Jim Henson, Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street

Jim Henson, Street gang: how we got to Sesame Street

Sesame Workshop / HBO

Street gang: how we got to Sesame Street

Monday December 13 at 10 a.m. / 9 a.m. on HBO, HBO Max
I can’t think of a healthier time than watching a documentary about how Sesame Street arrived at. In the ’60s, a group of geniuses came up with the radical idea of ​​making children’s programming educational, which of course ended up being one of the most successful and influential TV series of all time. It’s fun to see people like Jim Henson and Frank Oz when they were young and totally unsure of what bet they were making on this friendly puppet show. –Allison Picurro [TRAILER]


A Very Boy Band Vacation

A Very Boy Band Vacation


A Very Boy Band Vacation

Premieres Monday December 6 at 8 / 7c on ABC
The latest nostalgic piece on TV is this special, which features members of beloved boy groups of yesteryear coming together to celebrate the most wonderful time of year by performing various Christmas carols. You can expect to see members of NSYNC (minus Justin Timberlake, obviously), New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, New Edition, and 98 Degrees dressed in their best holiday clothes. Call me when they ask One Direction to come together for any of these things. –Allison Picurro

Olivia Colman, landscapers

Olivia Colman, Landscapers

Stefania Rosini / HBO


Series airs Monday, December 6 at 9 / 8c on HBO, HBO Max
If you’ve recently found yourself watching all the TV shows airing right now and thinking to yourself, “Need more premium mini-series based on real crime cases,” I’ve got some great news. for you. Inspired by the real life story of Christopher and Susan Edwards, Landscapers stars Olivia Colman and David Thewlis as a married couple sentenced to life in prison for murdering Susan’s parents and subsequently burying them in their backyard. Personally, I’d be thrilled to see Olivia Colman read a really long CVS receipt, and you can rarely go wrong with an HBO crime series (The defeat no need to interact), so I’ll connect. –Allison Picurro [TRAILER]

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