“Becoming Cousteau,” Gaga and Tony Bennett

“Becoming Cousteau,” Gaga and Tony Bennett

Here’s a compilation curated by Associated Press Entertainment journalists on what’s on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


Stephen Karam is adapting his Tony Award-winning play “The Humans,” about three generations who gather in a pre-war New York apartment for Thanksgiving, in a movie that debuts on Showtime and in theaters Wednesday. But be warned, this isn’t the traditional Thanksgiving fare, aside from the general dysfunction. With shades of existential horror and dread, Humans is, as Karam described it, “a kind of family thriller.” The cast includes Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer, Benny Feldstein, Stephen Yeun, Jon Squibb and Jane Hudischel, who reprises her award-winning role as Tony.

The popular documentary “Becoming Cousteau” finally arrived at Disney+ on Wednesday. The film takes an inside look at the life of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, an underwater adventurer, explorer and author who became a devoted environmental activist. Directed by Academy Award-nominated film director Liz Garbus, “Becoming Costeau,” AP’s Jake Coyle writes, “is a defining documentary portrait of French oceanographer—real-life Steve Zissou—as a fish that really just fishes just below the surface.”


– Nicolas Cage plays truffle forage on a mission to rescue his lovable truffle pig from violent attackers, looking like a parody. So it might come as a surprise that not only is “Pig” real and dangerous, but it’s also one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. It will be available to stream on Hulu starting Friday. In a Los Angeles Times review of writer-director Michael Sarnosky’s debut, critic Noel Murray wrote that “although its plot follows the same rough plot of John Wick-style shootings, ‘Pig’ is actually a serene sight and often a melancholy meditation on loss.” It is based on a character who wishes he could get rid of the person he used to be.”

– AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr


Deep Purple has been covered so many times so it’s only natural that they turn the tables with “Turning to Crime”, their first ever cover album. The band takes on the roles of “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” by Huey “Piano” Smith’s and “Let the Good Times Roll” by Ray Charles and Quincy Jones. Elsewhere, the band takes on the song “Watching the River Flow” by Bob Dylan and Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels “Jenny Takes a Ride!” The album will be released on Friday and fans can watch the cover video for Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well.” The album finds the band in a good, purple patch, after the release of their 21st album a little over a year ago, “Whooo!”


The latest collection chronicling David Bowie’s career from 1969 to the 21st century was released on Friday. “David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001)” is a box with 11 CDs, a vinyl set of 18 and a standard digital download box set. The group is named after the penultimate track from the album “Hours”. The collection contains some of Bowie’s most underrated and most experimental material, including the albums “Black Tie White Noise,” “The Buddha of Suburbia,” “1. Out,” “Earthing” and “The Hours.” Bowie fanatics will also want to check out On the previously unreleased legendary album “Toy”.

— Associated Press entertainment writer Mark Kennedy

the television

The intense focus on Gabe Pettito’s disappearance and eventual death has drawn attention to the unequal treatment given to missing people of color compared to whites. It’s a battle that sister-in-law Derica and Natalie Wilson know well, as detailed in “Black and Missing,” a four-part documentary series that premiered at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday on HBO and HBO Max. The Wilson family established the grassroots Black and Missing Foundation to raise community and media awareness and strengthen police resources. Emmy Award winners Soledad O’Brien and Gita Gandeber are among the creators of the documentary series.


-Daniel Dae Kim and Tony Goldwyn headline National Geographic’s “Hot Spot: Anthrax,” a dramatic depiction of the deadly 2001 bacterial attacks. Described as a “science thriller,” the six-part series tracks FBI agents and scientists as they search for the The source of contaminated messages sent to targets in Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York. Enrico Colantoni plays New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, with Harry Hamlin as news anchor Tom Brokaw. The limited series, part of the “The Hot Zone” anthology, airs at 9 p.m. ET on three consecutive nights starting on Sunday.

– Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, and The Great American Songwriters are the stars of a CBS special featuring Friends duets and singles. “One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga,” aired at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, and was taped to a pair of Radio City Music Hall shows last August. The New York concerts, which celebrated Bennett’s 95th birthday, were held shortly before he announced his retirement from performing. Earlier this year, the Bennett family revealed that the famous singer was diagnosed with dementia in 2016.


– AP TV writer Lynn Elber


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