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Weekend Preview: Apple TV+ Launches, ‘The King’ Comes To Netflix, And ‘Jack Ryan’ Returns To Amazon

The Morning Show (Friday, Apple TV+ series) — Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell somehow land in the same TV series.

See (Friday, Apple TV+ series) — Jason Momoa leads a wild, woolly, and wacky series that just might work, at least for those seeking a gorgeous and sweeping post-apocalyptic series that straddles the strange line between campy and complex.

Dickinson (Friday, Apple TV+ series) — Hailee Steinfeld stars in a half-hour comedy series that reimagines the perspective of Emily Dickinson while still digging into societal and gender constraints.

The Elephant Queen (Friday, Apple TV+ documentary) — Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this documentary follows a mother elephant attempting to protect her family and herd when they must move away from their usual waterhole.

For All Mankind (Friday, Apple TV+ series) — Joel Kinnaman stars in this sci-fi drama/alternative history about a neverending space race after the USSR beat USA to the first manned moon landing.

The King (Friday, Netflix film) — Timothée Chalamet stars as Hal, a wayward prince who doesn’t want to take the English throne, so he attempts to live among his subjects. However, not all goes as planned, given that his father, King Henry V, passes away, and Hal must wear the crown and navigate all of the political maneuvering that comes along with the title. Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Lily-Rose Depp co-star.

Jack Ryan: Season 2 (Thursday, Amazon Prime) — Amazon’s Tom Clancy adaptation launched a second round a day early, probably to get ahead of the Apple TV+ deluge. John Kraskinski’s still portraying his CIA analyst/action hero character, who’s now digging into a mysterious Russian ship that’s bound for Venezuela.

Fire in Paradise (Friday, Netflix documentary) –The California town of Paradise went up in flames on November 8, 2018, and this documentary follows the Camp Fire’s tour of destruction as it killed 85 people and destroyed an entire town. Survivor accounts and first-hand footage should make for a vivid retelling of that horrible day.

American Son (Friday, Netflix film) –Kerry Washington stars as a Black mother who’s searching for her missing teenage son, and the police prove to be no help at all. In fact, they make the situation worse until her ex-husband, a white FBI agent, steps in to push the investigation in a different direction.

Queer Eye: We’re In Japan (Friday, Netflix series) — A four-episode special takes the Fab Five to, where else, Japan, where the locals look for makeover help while dispensing knowledge about the area’s local traditions and culture.

Here’s the rest of this weekend’s notable programming:

Charmed (Friday, CW 8:00 p.m.) — Somehow, it’s not all about demons this week because Macy and Mel are attempting to find the Assassin while Harry discovers a devastating secret.

Dynasty (Friday, CW 9:00 p.m.) — Dominique wants to get back with Jeff while Adam doesn’t take kindly to surprise news from Blake and Cristal.

Room 104 (Friday, HBO 11:00 p.m.) — The Duplass Brothers are still doing their thing in a nondescript motel room, this time with an ailing elderly man making changes to his will.

Real Time with Bill Maher (Friday, HBO 10:00 p.m.) — Ronan Farrow and Dr. Jay Gordon are interview guests with Christina Bellantoni, Dennis Prager, and Richard Stengel filling out the roundtable.

Batwoman (Sunday, CW 8:00 p.m.) — Kate goes down the sad road of Alice’s life following her accident, and Mary clashes with Catherine.

Watchmen (Sunday, HBO 9:00 p.m.) — Damon Lindelof’s continuation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel continues with FBI agent Laurie Blake descending upon Tulsa and Jeremy Irons’ character finally being confirmed with his actual name.

Supergirl (Sunday, CW 9:00 p.m.) — Kara and William work together to halt a terrorist plot while it’s anniversary time for Kelly and Alex.

The Walking Dead (Sunday, AMC 9:00 p.m.) — An Alexandrian idolizes Negan, Ezekiel’s keeping a secret, and the Hilltop loses track of some supplies.

The Affair (Sunday, Showtime 9:00 p.m.) — The series finale arrives with Whitney’s wedding bringing all threads into full-circle view.

Silicon Valley (Sunday, HBO 9:00 p.m.) — Richard’s wooing a potential investor, Gavin’s looking toward a leaner future, and HR’s angry with Gilfoyle.

Mrs. Fletcher (Sunday, Showtime 10:30 p.m.) — Eve can’t decide between her fantasy world and going on an IRL date, and Roy’s having trouble with the Senior Center.

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