Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings
November 22, Netflix
Each of the eight unconnected episodes in this series is based on a Parton hit—including “Jolene,” “If I Had Wings” and “Two Doors Down.” They range from love stories to revenge comedy. Stars include Julianne Hough, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and the legendary singer herself.
December 6, Hulu
Despite having found some peace, femme fatale Doris Quinn (Abigail Spencer) suddenly finds herself on a quest for revenge against a gang of gearheads that once left her for dead. Series creator Josh Corbin worked on the Tarantino-like series for 10 years—so yeah, he knows what it means to be relentless.
The Morning Show
November 1, Apple TV+
A juicy look at the notoriously scandalous world of a.m. news. Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) is the coanchor of a popular news show whose costar, Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell), is fired in the wake of harassment allegations. Upstart reporter Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) threatens to usurp Alex’s spot.
The Crown, Season 3
November 17, Netflix
Catch up with Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) as her reign continues into the 1960s and 1970s. Besides being set in a different time—one that included the birth of Prince Edward, moon landings and the coronation of the Prince of Wales—this season will feature an entirely new regal cast.
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If you’ve been known to throw the remote in frustration, beware around Thanksgiving. Showrunner D.J. Nash says there will be infuriating twists: “You will watch these friends make some choices, and some of them are really bad.”
The wonderfully weird talent show gets more bizarre thanks to chemistry between Thingamajig and judge Nicole Scherzinger before Halloween: “They have this Beauty and the Beast moment,” says showrunner Izzie Pick Ibarra.
Earlier this year, creator Dan Fogelman told us, “Jack remains at the center of the orbit, [but] some of the more mysterious or dramatic pulls of the series might start falling into the hands of other characters in the back half of the series.”
NOBODY BUT TOM HANKS, who has the same contagious positivity, could play Mr. (Fred) Rogers. In this movie, based on the real-life interactions Rogers had with an Esquire writer played by Matthew Rhys, the icon shows the writer how important it is for people to lean on one another. Hanks has said he was struck with Rogers’ wisdom: “He wasn’t simply entertaining children or trying to turn them into consumers. He was gentle and kind and meant to soothe the fears of kids who don’t know how the world works.” This movie is the adult version of that.
November 27, Lifetime
WHEN DODIE (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) discovers a hidden box of mementos of a romance, she becomes determined to find the owner. Helping her out is the impossibly handsome Edward (Jesse Hutch), who now lives at the listed address. Magical happy endings never go out of style.
Six years after the original film, the central question is, why does Elsa (Idina Menzel) have magical powers? Finding the answer will take the Queen of Arendelle, Anna (Kristen Bell), Krist off (Jonathan Groff) and Olaf (Josh Gad) on another thrilling wintry adventure. And yes, the music is just as epic as before.
Jumanji: The Next Level
The same high school crew heads back into the game to rescue one of their own. This time around, though, Danny Glover, Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina and Danny DeVito join in on the mayhem. The game has changed—and is more perilous than ever.
In theaters on December 6; on Amazon Prime December 20
The year is 1862, and the mission for real-life meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) and fictional pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) is to fly a hot-air balloon higher than anyone ever has before. The special effects and perilous plot twists are worth a trip to the cinema.
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET, NBC
Host Al Roker says the highlight this year will be the Smokey the Bear balloon. “It’s his 75th birthday,” Roker says. “He’s the original guy wearing dad jeans. I’m a big fan of the Smoke.”
8 p.m. ET, Lifetime
What could happen when you set a box that, according to lore, grants wishes in the middle of the town square? Add one sister who convinces the other to ask for true love, and you get this heart-warmer.
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, TBS
Rachel’s epic trifle failure and Monica and Ross’s intense football rivalry are perfect for leftovers-are-put-away-and we’ve-all-changed-into-ourstretchy-pants watching.
The A-lister–packed cast alone—Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern—is reason enough to see another adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. This version delves into new aspects of the March sisters’ lives.
You and the older kids love Broadway? You’ll be mimicking Jennifer Hudson belting out the iconic show tune “Memory” all the way home.
In a galaxy far, far away, Rey (Daisy Ridley) discovers that no one’s ever really gone as her saga continues and the Skywalker saga concludes.
Danielle Daly, prop styling by Alex Mata.. TV: Danielle Daly, prop styling by Alex Mata. Friends and parade: Getty Images. The Crown: courtesy of Netflix. Christmas Town: David Dolsen. A Beautiful Day courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Discover entertainment 56 GH Reel: Danielle Daly, prop styling by Alex Mata. Cats: courtesy of Universal Pictures. Little Women courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Star Wars: courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd. 2019. ■