For a lot of viewers, the TV spin-offs from the popular Guardians of The Galaxy and Pitch Perfect films will be the big drawcards of the week.

Welcome To Chippendales flirts with being rather good, but is fairly cookie cutter prestige in a lot of ways. It is an interesting story, however. And the first episode inclusion of Paul Snider and Dorothy Stratton caught my attention - I had no idea either were linked to The Chippendales.

Echo 3 on Apple TV+ may also be worth checking out - I'll admit that this one completely escaped my attention. It is from Mark Boal, who wrote Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker. This is his first TV series as showrunner and he also steps behind the camera for the first 3 episodes as a director. It's a hostage drama thriller set in South America.

returning:

The L Word: Generation Q (s03), Staged (s03), Blood & Water (s03)


new:

Guardians of The Galaxy Holiday Special - Disney+

Stars: Kevin Bacon
Star-Lord, Drax, Rocket, Mantis, and Groot engage in some spirited shenanigans.

Welcome To Chippendales - Hulu [US] | Disney+ [internationally]

Stars: Kumail, Nanjiani, Murray Bartlett, Juliette Lewis
The story of Indian immigrant Somen "Steve" Banerjee who becomes the unlikely founder of a male revue that becomes a cultural phenomenon.

Echo3 - Apple TV+

Stars: Jessie Collins, Luke Evans, Bradley Whitford
When scientist Amber Chesborough goes missing along the Colombia-Venezuela border, her brother, Bambi, and her husband, Prince, struggle to find her against the backdrop of a secret war.

Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin - Peacock [US] | Stan [AUS]

Stars: Adam DeVine, Sarah Hyland
When Bumper Allen gets a chance to pursue his dreams of becoming a pop star, he abandons his life working as a security guard and moves to Berlin.

Criminal Minds: Evolution - Paramount+

Stars: Zach Gilford, Paget Brewster
FBI's elite team of criminal profiler's faces their greatest threat, a UnSub who used the pandemic to build a network of serial killers; as the world opens back up the network goes operational and the team must hunt down one murderer at a time.

First Love - Netflix

Stars: Hikari Mitsushima
A man and a woman are haunted by the memories of their unforgettable first love. Yae Noguchi wants to become a stewardess, but then has an accident. Meanwhile, Harumichi Namiki becomes a pilot in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

The Noel Diary - Netflix

Stars: Justin Hartley, Barrett Doss
When a best-selling author returns home at Christmas to settle his mother's estate, he finds a diary that holds secrets to the past.

Khakee: The Bihar Chapter - Netflix

Stars: Karan Tacker
As a righteous police officer pursues a merciless criminal in Bihar, he finds himself navigating a deadly chase and a moral battle mired in corruption.

The Lost Patient - Netflix

Stars: Rebecca Williams, Alex Lawther
After waking up from a coma with no memory of the night when his entire family was murdered, a young man and his psychiatrist try to untangle the truth.


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