From The Boys to South Park

This weekend we have vacation and what better way than to fill that extra day with a new TV? It’s time to catch up, recharge, and maybe watch that new “Theodore Roosevelt” documentary. It is what the United States would have wanted. Post-hiatus, new shows keep coming, from a fictionalized account of the Sex Pistols to the return of “The Boys” to a “Nancy Drew” spinoff that seems very, very different. It’s almost TOO good television.

Forward with television!

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Friday June 3, Prime Video

🎶 “The Boys” are back in town! 🎶 Prime Video’s outrageous superhero series, based on the beloved adults-only comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, returns for Season 3. If you’ve never seen the show before, it’s about a bunch of guys, led by Karl Urban’s Billy Butcher, who unofficially watches over superhero activity and occasionally, you know, kills them. In the world of “The Boys,” superheroes are deeply complicated, morally compromised people who do very bad things. And it’s up to the Boys to keep them at bay. This is the R-rated version of your normal superhero saga; Think about how “Game of Thrones” felt like a grown-up version of “Lord of the Rings.” It’s highly raunchy and inappropriate, but also incredibly entertaining and hugely successful (a series of animated shorts have already been released this year, and a spin-off is in the works). This season promises to be the most outrageous yet, incorporating elements of the comic book series that we can’t believe they’re bringing to the screen. If you’re not on board “The Boys” yet, prepare to be. It’s a surprise! [INTERVIEW]

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“Under the Banner of Heaven”
Thursday, June 2, Hulu

If you read “Under Heaven’s Banner,” Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction bestseller revolving around a double murder with deep ties to the Mormon Church, you probably had an idea of ​​what the show would be like. But the big surprise of the series adaptation is how strange and brooding it is. There are flashbacks to the Old West and a labyrinthine mythology that combines deeply guarded family secrets with a larger conspiracy within the church itself. It’s like the season of “True Detective” that we always wanted but never got. And as the Mormon detective tasked with unearthing all this psychic trauma, Andrew Garfield knocks it out of the park, continuing his winning streak from last year (with “Tick… Tick… BOOM!” and “Spider-Man: No Way!”). Home”) until 2022. If you somehow fell asleep on this show, catch up before the finale drops. It’s sure to be devastating and absolutely intriguing. [REVIEW]

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“Fire Island”
Friday, June 3, Hulu

Finally, the world seems to be accepting the idea of ​​a gay romantic comedy! Later this summer, we’re getting Billy Eichner’s “Bros” (released theatrically by Universal) and this week we’ve got Searchlight Pictures’ “Fire Island” on Hulu. The official synopsis read: “Two best friends embark on a week-long vacation to Fire Island, the famous gay escape destination on Long Island’s south shore, accompanied by cheap rosé and a small group of eclectic friends.” What they’re not telling you is that this new movie, written by Joel Kim Booster and directed by Andrew Ahn, is a remake of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. But, you know, on Fire Island. How good does that sound? Especially with a cast that includes Booster, Margaret Cho, and Bowen Yang. And just in time for Pride! [REVIEW]

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Theodore Roosevelt”
Monday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m., History

Somewhere right now, your dad is getting super animated. “Theodore Roosevelt,” the History Channel’s final two-night documentary event (concludes the following night), is just the kind of dad-approved Memorial Day programming we can all get behind. Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose biography of Abraham Lincoln led to Steven Spielberg’s beloved “Lincoln,” based on his book “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” the documentary features reenactments along with talking head interviews and other miscellaneous. (Rufus Jones plays Roosevelt.) According to the official statement, this new document “provides a rich panoramic portrait of the first modern president of the United States: Theodore Roosevelt, a champion of social justice, a passionate conservationist and the self-proclaimed ‘bull moose’ who once delivered a speech of 84 minutes bleeding from the chest after being shot in a failed assassination attempt.” They were in. [OFFICIAL SITE]

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Later this week, Danny Boyle will release his latest miniseries based on a true story, “Pistols” (see below). But if you haven’t seen his previous crack at the genre, now is the time to correct that. “Trust,” about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (played by Harris Dickinson), was also the theme song for Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World.” The two projects competed with each other; “Trust” came out first and didn’t have to digitally erase any of its main performers (remember when Christopher Plummer had to do a last-minute substitution for Kevin Spacey?) This time, the old Getty is played by Donald Sutherland and his daughter , the mother of the kidnapped (or “kidnapped”), is played by Hilary Swank. And best of all, Brendan Fraser gleefully plays the man Getty hired to win back his grandson (this is the role Mark Wahlberg was grossly miscast for). The series is much richer and funnier, with sharp scripts that came primarily from Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” collaborator Simon Beaufoy, and terrific performances. Boyle only directed the first three, but his fingerprints are all over the visual and sound language of the series. [WATCH]

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“Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special”
Monday May 30, Netflix

Shortly before his death, Norm Macdonald taped a comedy special at his home. This is so special. In addition to the stand-up special, this performance also includes tributes from David Letterman, Adam Sandler and Conan O’Brien that were recently filmed during the Netflix Comedy Festival in Los Angeles. Expect to cry. And laugh until you cry. And then cry some more. [NEWS]

Tuesday, May 31, Hulu

The aforementioned new series by Danny Boyle, based on the British punk band the Sex Pistols. Unlike “Truth,” Boyle directed all of the “Pistol” episodes, which drop all at once on Hulu. While some members of the band aren’t too happy about the project (which draws heavily on founding guitarist Steve Jones’s 2017 memoir “Lonely Boy”), attempts to shut down or stop the project have failed. And “Pistol” lives. [TRAILER]

“Tom Swift”
Tuesday, May 31, The CW

Did you know that The CW’s oldest and creepiest “Nancy Drew” is so successful that it deserves a spin-off? Because apparently it is! Tian Richards stars as Tom Swift, an eccentric young billionaire inventor who “is thrown into a world of sci-fi conspiracies and unexplained phenomena” while investigating the disappearance of his father under mysterious circumstances. Also, LeVar Burton is the voice of Barclay, his personal AI (getting a lot of Tony Stark vibes, right?) Sounds really, really fun. [TRAILER]

“South Park: The Streaming Wars”
Wednesday, June 1, Paramount+

Here comes the latest “South Park” special for Paramount+, which some have described as mini-movies (since their length may vary). (December’s “South Park: Post Covid: The Return of Covid” was 62 minutes long, making it longer than a show and not a movie.) It’s unclear how long “South Park: The Streaming Wars” lasts, or anything else about it. . Only one very mysterious sneak peek and one synopsis has been released that leaves a lot of room for interpretation: “Cartman faces his mother in a battle of wills, as an epic conflict unfolds that threatens the very existence of South Park.” The only guarantee is that you’ll probably laugh so hard that hard milk will shoot out of your nose (whether you’re drinking milk or not). [TRAILER]

“The Orville: New Horizons”
Thursday, June 2, Hulu

Season 2 of “The Orville,” the surprisingly serious riff on Seth McFarlane’s “Star Trek,” ended on April 25, 2019. Since then, Disney has bought Fox, the world has been shut down thanks to a global pandemic, and the show has passed from linear broadcast to premiere. on Disney’s streaming channel Hulu. Oh, and it has a new subtitle! Based on the trailer, it looks like “The Orville” you know and love, with an even healthier budget. And as a bonus, this season features one of Norm Macdonald’s last performances, as the voice of Lieutenant Yaphit. In space, no one can hear you hold back colds. [TRAILER]

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