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The Incredible Shrinking Macy’s Parade

The first half of The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (NBC, 9 a.m.) was always concentrated on Herald Square, where Broadway stars would incongruously stage big production numbers of the type you’d see at, well, no other parades. This year, because of Covid, what’s left of the parade will all take place at a Herald Square devoid […]

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Also on Thanksgiving: ‘Flight Attendant’

If ever there was a series to define the nebulous new streaming service HBO Max, it’s “The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max, streaming) which is essentially a version of HBO’s old “The Night of” except starring Kaley Cuoco from “The Big Bang Theory.” Instead of a tense mystery about a suspect who awakens in a bed next […]

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Wednesday TV: Lots of New Movies

Of the many new movies premiering today, the standout looks to be Clea DuVall’s “Happiest Season” (Hulu, streaming) with Kristen Stewart Mackenzie Davis and Dan Levy, about a pair of girlfriends who aren’t out when it comes time for holiday family visits. There’s a similar premise to another new film, “Uncle Frank” (Amazon, streaming), whose […]

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Tuesday TV: ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ the Movie

Ron Howard’s adaptation of J.D. Vance’s bestseller of poverty and drug abuse in the Appalachians, “Hillbilly Elegy” (Netflix, streaming), stars an almost unrecognizable Glenn Close and Amy Adams and is available today on the streaming service.  In the imported Argentinian film, “Notes for My Son” (Netflix, streaming) a woman with terminal cancer writes about life, […]

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Monday TV: ‘Black Narcissus’ All at Once

There seems little reason to remake Michael Powell’s 1947 Technicolor film with the same title, but the new three-part adaptation of the novel by Rumer Godden about a convent on a Himalayan mountaintop gets another stab in the limited series “Black Narcissus” (FX, 8 p.m.). It’s got the kind of cinematography, symphonic music and especially […]

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Sunday TV: The World of John Belushi

An expansive biography “Belushi” (Showtime, 9 p.m.), documenting the explosive life of the founding “Saturday Night Live” cast member and movie star benefits not only from the participation of his widow Judy Belushi, but also all of his papers and letters he wrote to her, as well as tape from an unpublished oral history that […]

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Saturday TV: ‘Between the World and Me’

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ letter to his son gets a powerful and affecting reading from a dozen top talents in “Between the World and Me” (HBO, 8 p.m.), which features strong performances from Angela Bassett (pictured), Mahershala Ali, Angela Davis, Wendell Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Yara Shahidi and Oprah Winfrey. “A Nashville Christmas Carol” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.) mixes […]

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Friday TV: McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ Strikes

Steve McQueen, the director behind “12 Years a Slave,” has a new anthology series of feature films depicting the struggles in London’s West Indian community from the 1960s through ‘80s and organized under the title of a Bob Marley song, “Small Axe.” It begins with the protest and courtroom saga of “Small Axe: Mangrove” (Amazon, […]

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Thursday TV: The Fresh Prince Returns

HBO Max launched last May with the promise of a “Friends” reunion. It was forever bumped by the pandemic. But if it ever does occur, it could do worse than take its cues from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion” (HBO Max, streaming) which not only brings back the old cast, but honors those who […]

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Wednesday TV: A Rascally, Retro Mouse

The rodent that built the company got some zippy new life in the cartoons Paul Rudish has made since 2013. Such new adventures come in a new series that borrows a title from another Disney property with “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” (Disney+, streaming). Two new shorts that also feature Donald Duck, Goofy and […]

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