Day: November 20, 2020

Best-bets for Nov. 22: Music stars and the Grinch

1) “American Music Awards,” 8-11 p.m., ABC. It’s time to link performers, award-show style. Bebe Rexha (shown here) is with Doja Cat, Bad Bunny with Jhay Cortez. Jennifer Lopez is with Colombian star Maluma; Justin Bieber does “Lonely” with Benny Blanco and “Holy” alone, There’s more – Katy Perry (singing “Only Love”), The Weeknd , BTS, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Dua Lipa, Lewis Capaldi, , Lil Baby, Nelly, Megan Thee Stallion, Shawn Mendes, Dan + Shay, Bell Biv DeVoe and Machine Gun Kelly. Read more…

“Black Narcissus”: Worlds collide, high in the Himalayas

If you remake a movie every 70 years or so, you can expect some changes.
One example is “Black Narcissus” (shown here), the sprawling mini-series that airs at 8 p.m. Monday (Nov. 23) on FX, then moves to Hulu.
Based on a 1939 novel, this was a 1947 movie that’s well-liked by movie elite: “My wife (Emily Mortimer) had made a (Martin) Scorsese movie,’” actor Alessandro Nivola said in a Television Critics Association virtual session. “He made ‘Black Narcissus’ required viewing for all of the actors in the movie …. I remember loving it.”
The basic story persists: Nuns travel high in the Himalayas, to revive an abandoned mission. Soon, there are culture clashes, plus jealousy and deep loneliness. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Nov. 23: Parade, cartoons and lotsa football

1) “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, NBC, repeats 2-5 p.m. Each year, this marks the start of TV’s Christmas season – this time, a season of change. The fuss of past years (shown here) will be gone. Floats will “parade” for one block, before the NBC cameras. There will be no spectators, no outside bands; some performances will tape in advance. The line-up has Broadway musicals (“Hamilton,” “Mean Girls,” “Get Ready,” “Jagged Little Pill”) and individuals — Dolly Parton, Bebe Rexha, Sofia Carson, Leslie Odom Jr.,, many more. Read more…