Friday TV: Eastwood Back in the Saddle

At 91, Clint Eastwood returns in the Western “Cry Macho” (HBO Max, streaming), about a fading rodeo star driving his former boss’s young son home along the Texas/Mexico border. Dwight Yoakam and Fernanda Urrejola also star in the adaptation of a 1975 novel that Eastwood also produced and directed, which is also premiering in theaters today. 

Steve McQueen, whose “Small Axe” was one of the underrated triumphs of last year, returns with another set of films, this time documentaries about UK racial history: “Uprising” (Amazon Prime, streaming), “Black Power: A British Story of Resistance”  (Amazon Prime, streaming) and “Subnormal: A British Scandal”  (Amazon Prime, streaming).

The prestige series “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+, streaming) returns for a second season with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston returning to their roles as during anchors who first must fix the messes at the end of season one. Billy Crudup, Marcia Gay Harden and Steve Carell return; added to the cast are Julianna Marguiles, Holland Taylor and Hasan Minhaj. With all this gloss and talent, it should be a better show. 

The season premiere of “The Morning Show” does prominently mention Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes,” which is also turned into a dance by choreographer Matthew Bourne on “Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). Ashley Shaw, Adam Cooper, Dominic North and Michela Meazza star. 

The hit West End musical about a blue collar teen turned drag queen, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” (Amazon Prime, streaming), gets a feature adaptation, starring Max Harwood. 

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