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Here’s a curated collection from the Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s coming to TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


– Just in time for the Oscars, Will Smith’s tennis drama “King Richard” arrives Thursday on HBO Max. Reinaldo Marcus Green’s film, which is nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture, first aired for 30 days when it debuted simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max in November. But if you missed it then, it’s back now to help you with your Oscar prep in what’s likely to land Smith his first Oscar. Smith’s portrayal of Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena Williams, has been hailed as his most moving and sensitive performance. Smith, whose co-stars include also-nominated Aunjanue Ellis, paints a loving portrait of Williams as a mentor to his five daughters in Compton, Calif. In her review, AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr praised it “inspiring, if not exactly inspired”, noting that “it doesn’t do too much brilliant revisionism in the name of its complicated and flawed central subject” .

– It didn’t pan out with the Oscars, but Fran Kranz’s heartbreaking chamber piece “Mass” (which aired Saturday on Hulu) shouldn’t be overlooked. The film brings together two sets of parents who reunite cautiously and with wounds still raw, to talk to each other six years after a school shooting that reunited their families. The four main cast members – Ann Dowd, Reed Birney, Martha Plimpton and Jason Isaacs – are all terrific at navigating angst-ridden subject matter that is rarely handled with such empathy and sincerity. In my review, I praised “Mass” as “an intensely emotional dialogue of grief, regret, and perhaps catharsis, brilliantly performed by a quartet of actors.”

-AP Film Writer Jake Coyle


— Maren Morris has no reason to be nervous this week despite the name of her latest single. The formidable “Nervous” is a track that blurs genres with alternative rock, pop and grunge rock as well as country. It’s part of the superstar’s ‘Humble Quest’ album release on Friday and Morris said it chronicles her life as a new mum, the confinement and death of her dear friend and collaborator, Michael Busbee, and more. . The album is produced by super producer Greg Kurstin and other strong singles include “Background Music” and the upbeat “Circles Around This Town”.

– Pop punk is having a moment again and Machine Gun Kelly is very much in tune with their new album, “Mainstream Sellout”. The 16-track album has contributions from Lil Wayne (twice), Willow, blackbear, Gunna, Young Thug, Bring Me the Horizon and Pete Davidson. A debut single is “ay!” featuring Lil Wayne and a throwback to Machine Gun Kelly’s hip-hop roots. Another single – an early 2000s blast called “emo girl” – features Willow and drummer Travis Barker. Fun fact: Machine Gun Kelly and Barker got tattoos of “born with horns”, which was to be the name of the album until MGK changed it.

– Mark Kennedy, AP Entertainment Writer


— Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson host NBC’s “American Song Contest,” the two-hour premiere of which arrives Monday. Artists representing all 50 US states, five US territories and Washington, DC, will campaign to win the nation’s vote for best song. Newcomers, emerging and established artists are among the solo artists, duos and groups representing each venue with a new original melody. Participating stars include Macy Gray, representing Ohio; Michael Bolton, Connecticut; and Bijou, Alaska. NBC has created an interactive map with artist details.

– Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ goes a long way as it returns to FX on Thursday for its long-awaited third season. The action takes place mainly in Europe, with musical director Earn (Glover), rapper Alfred aka Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) and Van (Zazie Beetz) on tour. All 10 episodes will be available on Hulu after debuting on FX, with past seasons also on the streaming service. The second season ended in May 2018, but the fourth and final season of the comedy will take less patience: it has already been filmed and should arrive in the fall.

– With Daphne and the Duke embracing their happily ever after in the first season of “Bridgerton,” season two focuses on the romantic fate of Daphne’s older brother, Lord Anthony (Jonathan Bailey). A charming newcomer has caught his eye, but his protective sister proves to be a threat on many fronts. Another key scenario: the queen intends to unmask the author of the gossip sheet that is tormenting society. Viewers learned who wrote under the pen name Lady Whistledown last season, held back here for those playing catch-up before the Netflix series returns on Friday.

— Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer

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