Here’s a curated collection from Associated Press entertainment reporters of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
— “Blackbird,” inspired by true events, is a crime drama with an enviable pedigree: Its creator is novelist Dennis Lehane (“Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone”), whose TV credits include “The Wire”. The cast is a match, led by Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) as a once golden boy turned drug dealer. His shot at a get-out-of-jail-free card hinges on the confession of a suspected serial killer (Paul Walter Hauser). The Apple TV+ series, with episodes released Friday, July 15 through August 5, also features Greg Kinnear and, in one of his final performances, Ray Liotta.
– What will our favorite crazy vampires and their human sidekick, Guillermo, do? The answer comes with season four of What We Do in the Shadows, FX’s mockumentary about longtime residents Nadja, Laszlo, Nandor and Colin (now baby Colin). Returning from their scattered adventures, they find Staten Island in ruins and with a surprising new guest. As the season begins on Tuesday, Nandor’s search for love looks promising, Nadja is focused on business and Laszlo is in charge of parenting.
— For fans of Nathan Fielder and “Nathan for You,” the good news is that he’s back with another showcase for his idiosyncratic comedy. Those unfamiliar with his work and open to something surprisingly revealing and sometimes disturbing can check out “The Rehearsal,” debuting Friday, July 15, on HBO and HBO Max. Fielder’s stated mission this time around is to help people prepare to face critical events or choices by letting them know what to expect—as elaborately staged by the maestro himself.
— AP Television Writer Lynn Elber
— Jane Austen’s last completed novel “Conviction” gets a fresh look from British theater director Carrie Cracknell. Starring Dakota Johnson as “past-her-prime” heroine Anne Elliot, Persuasion, which debuts on Netflix on Friday, July 15, is still set in Regency-era England, but with some distinctly modern flourishes and a subversive comic voice. The film also introduces audiences to Cosmo Jarvis in a star turn as Anne’s first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. Henry Golding and Richard E. Grant also star.
— A single dad, Max (John Cho), and his teenage daughter, Wally, (charming newcomer Mia Isaac) take a road trip across the country in “Don’t Make Me Go,” coming to Amazon Prime Video Friday , July. 15. Yes, there’s an element of cancer and a few tears are guaranteed, but this movie, written by “This is Us” writer Vera Herbert and directed by Hannah Marks, has more heart and comedic moments than you can count. give the logline. . A karaoke scene late in the film might also make you wonder why John Cho hasn’t starred in a musical yet.
— Take it from someone who’s seen exactly one episode of “Bob’s Burgers” ever: You don’t have to have seen the long-running show to enjoy the movie, which arrives on Hulu and HBO Max on Tuesday. “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” finds the Belcher crew (all original voices) at the end of the school year. The kids are dreaming of summer plans and the parents are trying to save the burger joint from financial ruin when a skeleton appears in a pit outside the restaurant and suddenly there’s a mystery to solve. It’s also a musical.
– AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr
— Lizzo returns with her fourth album, “Special,” on Friday, July 15. She performed the first single, “About Damn Time,” on “Saturday Night Live.” Another single, “Grrrls”, had a stronger debut as she offended disability advocates with the use of a word considered a slur stemming from spastic diplegia. Lizzo apologized and edited the song to remove the word. Both singles use samples: “About Damn Time” samples the song “Hey DJ” by The World’s Famous Supreme Team and “Grrrls” samples the song “Girls” by the Beastie Boys,
— Bea Laus, who performs as Beabadoobee, will release her second album “Beatopia” on Friday, July 15. The fuzzy single “10:36” has its distinctive ’90s indie rock vibe, and “Talk” has an Avril Levine- like kiss on her kiss for a lover: “We go together like gum in my shoes “, she sings. “You don’t exist/You’re just a bad decision.” The album builds on her 2020 debut album ‘Fake It Flowers’ and the fantastic EP ‘Our Extended Play’ which was co-written and produced by Matty Healy and George Daniels of The 1975. An exciting talent, Beabadoobee has notes of Alanis Morissette, Blueberries and Breakable Pumpkins.
— Interpol are back with their seventh, 11-track album The Other Side of Make-Believe. The lead single, “Tony,” is a melancholic masterpiece of jangling guitar and layers of interesting things that are revealed with each listen. “Still in shape, my methods refined,” sings Paul Banks in a line that could very well apply to Interpol itself. The band began writing the album remotely in 2020 before meeting in upstate New York and finishing the project in London. This marks the first time the band worked with producer Flood, and they also reunited with co-producer Alan Moulder.
— AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy
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