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New on HBO Max
‘True Gems’ Season 2
Starts the stream: January 9
With “Succession” and “Yellowstone,” both on hiatus, fans of stories about larger-than-life businessmen and their deeply damaged children can turn their attention to the second season of HBO’s dark social satire “The Righteous Gemstones.” Danny McBride, who also created the series, plays Jesse, the eldest son of Eli Gemstone (John Goodman), an evangelical pastor who leads a thriving megachurch. Season 1 was about a series of scandals that rocked the Gemstones, widening the divisions between the playboy Jesse and his two siblings, the unpredictable Judy (Edi Patterson) and the devout Kelvin (Adam DeVine). Expect these new chapters to build on what McBride and his team did in their early work, which ruthlessly mocked a family of smug, hypocritical Southern preachers and provided context for their corruption.
‘Peaceful’ Season 1
Starts the stream: January 13
Writer and director James Gunn worked on two low-budget, devastating superhero films: “The Specials” and “The Super” before making the blockbuster hits “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Suicide Squad.” Gunn’s new television series “Peacemaker” is apparently a spin-off of “The Suicide Squad.” However, the spirit of “Peacemaker” is more in line with Gunn’s earlier, dirtier films, which portray crime and crime-fighting as crooked endeavors filled with a similarly bizarre melancholy. Partly violent and comic, the show explores the souls of men and women engaged in costumed adventures.
‘Gilded Age’ Season 1
Starts the stream: January 24
Julian Fellowes, creator of “Downton Abbey”, turns his attention to 1880s New York City with his long-running “The Gilded Age”. In the star-studded cast, Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon as eccentric sisters who take their bankrupt nieces (Louisa Jacobson) with them; Denée Benton as an aspiring writer challenging the racial stereotypes of the age; and Carrie Coon as a shrewd social climber married to a nouveau riche king (Morgan Spector). These are just a few of the dozens of characters Fellowes weaves into stories of romance, politics, resentments, betrayals, and the social turmoil that defined the end of the 19th century.
“Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts”
“Search Party” Season 5
“Euphoria” Season 2
New to Apple TV+
‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’
Starts the stream: January 14
The latest screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play marks the making of Joel Coen’s feature film debut, working without his longtime creative partner and brother, Ethan Coen. Denzel Washington takes on the role of ambitious Lord Macbeth, while Frances McDormand plays his wife, who encourages him to do whatever it takes to seize power, even commit murder and destroy families. Kathryn Hunter gives a stunning performance as the three prophetic witches and plays them as annoyingly aliens. The acting is terrific in every way, and the directing is as visually dynamic and fast-paced as Coens classics like “Miller’s Crossing” and “Fargo.”
“Fraggle Rock: Back to Rock”
“The Maid” Season 3
New on Prime Video
Starts the stream: January 21
Two-time Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi made one of his best films ever with “A Hero,” a gripping morality play that persistently shattered audience expectations. Amir Jadidi plays Rahim, a hapless but lovable entrepreneur who has been unemployed since a business deal gone wrong and is stuck in debtors’ prison. When his girlfriend finds a purse containing gold coins, Rahim on leave decides to return it, and the resulting good publicity initially changes his fortune. But his seemingly selfless behavior also raises questions about his true motivations and the circumstances of the discovery. As the investigation intensifies, Rahim tries to cover his tracks, which turns into a gripping tale about a good person who makes terrible choices for the right reasons.
“Make, Rebuild & Mi”
“Hotel Transylvania: Transformania”
“As We See It” Season 1
“The Needle in the Stack of Time”
New on Hulu
‘I’m your man’
Starts the stream: January 11
In this German sci-fi romance Dan Stevens plays “Tom,” a realistic humanoid robot companion; The mission is given a three-week trial by a resentful lone archaeologist, Alma (Maren Eggert), even though Tom was specially designed. make him happy. Charming Stevens is the perfect choice to play an idealized version of a charming, attentive gentleman. But “I’m Your Man” director Maria Schrader (who also wrote the script with Jan Schomburg) is more concerned with Alma, whose personal life and career are both defined by her thwarted desires. This is a thoughtful drama about humanity’s desire to let machines take care of our needs, and how that dream can only come true if humans can express what they truly want.
‘How I Met Your Father’ Season 1
Starts the stream: January 18
This gender-based sequel to the 2000s hit comedy How I Met Your Mother has been in production since 2013, going through multiple creative teams. “How I Met Your Father” lead writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger may have benefited from the extended pregnancy, primarily by adding more cultural diversity, allowing them to tailor the series more in line with the expectations of 2020s audiences. Hilary Duff plays Sophie, an amorous modern-day New Yorker, while Kim Cattrall plays Sophie in the future, looking back to her days as she tries to figure out which of the handful of men in her social circle might be the perfect match for her. . The approach of the new show is close to the original, using an old-fashioned sitcom style as it follows a group of bright and optimistic teenagers who stumble through their early adulthood.
“Falling in Figaro”
“The Endless Year of Storm”
“Golden Palace” Season 1
“Madagascar: A Little Wild” Season 6
“Building, property, real estate”
“Small Engine Repair”
New to peacock
‘Wolf Like Me’ Season 1
Starts the stream: January 13
In this Australian romantic drama, Josh Gad plays a widowed father named Gary, who meets by chance with an advice columnist named Mary (Isla Fisher) and feels the kind of personal bond he hasn’t known since his wife died. Mary also likes Gary, but she has a big, scary secret that makes it hard for her to stay with any guy for long. “Wolf Like Me” is written and directed by Abe Forsythe, whose 2019 horror comedy “Little Monsters” (also starring Gad) blends the gory zombie attacks with a relatively grounded story about people dealing with everyday personal problems. This six-part series similarly twists the genre, injecting suspense and even a hint of the supernatural into the character study of a lost, lonely man seeking companionship for himself and his child.
“The Use of Force: Policing Black America”
“Supernatural Academy” Season 1
“True Story with Ed & Randall” Season 1