The ABW TV Guide - Weekend of 25 April 2020

Your guide to the new TV shows of the week

Here’s what you need to know:

  • There’s two BIG docos worth your attention. The Last Dance is a compelling 10-part series about the 1997–98 season Chicago Bulls basketball team. It uses this season to examine the life of Michael Jordan, but also to look at the broader culture surrounding basketball and America. It’s great even if basketball isn’t your thing. The series is made for ESPN in the US, but airs everywhere else in the world weekly on Netflix.

    The other doco worth a look is the feature doc by Spike Jonze called Beastie Boys Story. I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks great.

Beastie Boys Story Review | Movie - Empire
  • It’s a big weekend for Marvel/Avengers stars. There’s a Chris Hemsworth (Thor) film called Extraction on Netflix. It is directed by Joe Russo, one half of the directing team behind Avengers: Endgame. Co-star Chris Evans (Captain America) is in the new Apple 10-part miniseries Defending Jacob, which is also now streaming.

Extraction' review: Chris Hemsworth kills a lot more than time in ...
  • I really liked the new Quibi series Dummy starring Anna Kendrick. It’s a funny, earthy comedy about a woman struggling with her own identity when her boyfriends sex doll starts talking to her. A reminder that Quibi is free on your mobile phones for the next three months, so this is pretty cheap and easy to watch.

First look at Anna Kendrick in comedy series Dummy sees woman ...
  • And finally - Gangs of London is the new action drama from The Raid director Gareth Evans. It is, as one would expect from Evans, action-packed.

returning: 

The House of Flowers (s3), After Life (s2)

new: 

The Last Dance - ESPN/Netflix

StarsPhil JacksonMichael JordanSteve Kerr

Charting the rise of the 1990's Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

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US - ESPN
The rest of the world: Netflix

Beastie Boys Story - Apple TV+

StarsAdam HorovitzMike D

Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz of Beastie Boys tell you an intimate, personal story of their band, and their 40 years of friendship together.

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Apple TV+

Extraction - Netflix [Movie]

StarsChris HemsworthRudhraksh JaiswalShivam Vichare

Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenary, embarks on the most deadly extraction of his career when he's enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.

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Netflix

Dummy - Quibi

StarsAnna KendrickDonal LogueMeredith Hagner

An aspiring writer befriends her boyfriend's sex doll and the two take on the world together.

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Quibi

Defending Jacob - Apple TV+

StarsChris EvansMichelle DockeryJaeden Martell

The limited drama series is a gripping, character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best selling novel of the same name by William Landay. An assistant DA's world is shattered when his beloved son gets charged with murder.

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Apple TV+

The Secrets She Keeps - Network 10

StarsLaura CarmichaelJessica De GouwMichael Dorman

A chance encounter between two pregnant women in a supermarket just outside of Sydney.

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Australia - Network 10

Fraggle Rock: Rock On - Apple TV+

StarsKaren PrellJohn TartagliaDonna Kimball

The Fraggles might be apart in separate caves, but they can still find ways to have fun together.

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Apple TV+

Gangs of London - Sky

StarsJoe Cole, Michelle Fairley

Tells the story of London being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of the international gangs that control it and the sudden power vacuum that's created when the head of London's most powerful crime family is assassinated.

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UK - Sky