What to stream: With few new movies on the horizon, consider these TV shows | Television
By Katie Walsh | Tribune press service
January is a notoriously slow time for new film releases, a break from the overwhelming outing of awards contenders in November and December, while ballots are counted and statuettes are prepared. Omicron isn’t helping the situation either, as new releases scatter off the schedule at later dates in the year.
The good news is that there’s a plethora of new TV shows debuting on streaming platforms, so curl up on the couch with a series or two.
Some beloved series are back with highly anticipated new seasons, including Season 2 of “The Virtuous Gemstones” on HBO Max, the wacky comedy set in the world of high-stakes televangelism. Created by and starring mischievous comedic actor Danny McBride, the series stars Adam Devine, St. Louis native John Goodman, and Walton Goggins. The genre-defying hipster mystery series “Research Group” also returns with its fifth and final season (all episodes are available now), concluding the twisted story of Dory Sief (Alia Shawkat), who sets off in search of a missing acquaintance and ends up lost in the process. Created by G. Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss, the series is an absurd and incisive comedic cultural commentary.
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Now available on Netflix, the gritty cheerleading docuseries “Applaud” is back for Season 2, and the cheerleaders at Navarro College in Texas face more than the brutal and harrowing workouts for the championships in Daytona Beach. They’re also dealing with the newfound fame and attention that came with the start of Season 1 in early 2020, as well as the legal issues facing star Jerry Harris. The series, which now includes a look at rival Trinity Valley, remains as dramatic and searing as ever, with the athleticism on display still unparalleled.
The exciting new series which debuted last week includes the half-hour comedy-drama “Someone Somewhere” on HBO Max, starring New York cabaret star Bridget Everett in a slightly autobiographical show that imagines what might have happened if she had never left Kansas. The series is full of New York cabaret and theater types, including iconic Murray Hill and Jeff Hiller, who co-star as friends trying to help former choir star Sam (Everett) discover a safe space for creative expression in his hometown. .
Also on HBO, the irreverent take on St. Louis native James Gunn “Peacemaker,” the character played by John Cena in Gunn’s version of “The Suicide Squad,” which hit theaters last year. Come for the choreographed spectacle that is the opening credits; stick around for Gunn’s signature style of comic book snark and deep soundtrack cuts. For “Star Wars” fans, Jon Favreau is behind the latest Disney+ series to immerse themselves in this world. “The Boba Fett Book” stars Kiwi actor Temuera Morrison as the iconic bounty hunter.
And if you haven’t caught up with the Showtime sensation that has taken over Twitter over the past 10 weeks, bring yourself to “Yellow Jackets” as soon as possible. The series follows a group of women as they come to terms with their past, surviving a plane crash as teenage soccer players. The series ended last weekend, so it’s time to binge to your heart’s content.