Fridays are always busy nights on streaming platforms like Netflix and Prime Video but cable and broadcast is getting into the mix on this particular Friday night. Here are a few recommended offerings:
Dean Martin: King of Cool. (TCM)). Friends and family, including his daughter Deana, shed light on Dino, coolest of the rat packers who apparently was a hard guy to really know. Rare clips dating back to his days with Jerry Lewis are part of the mix. Among those interviewed are Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett, Norman Lear, Angie Dickinson, Alec Baldwin and Peter Bogdanovich. Martin died Christmas Day, 1995, at 75. TCM will also be showing a film retrospective of Martin’s works.
Cowboy Bebop (Netflix). A gang of bounty hunters track criminals through the solar system in this stylish, live-action adaptation of the original Japanese anime series. John Cho (as Spike Spiegel), Mustafa Shakir (as Jet Black), and Daniella Pineda (as Faye Valentine) are among the hunters. Yoko Kanno, who scored the original, is back to jazz up this remake.
A Life in Ten Pictures (CBC Gem). A closer look at ten photographs taken of famous people and what they reveal about the subjects at the time the shots were taken. Freddie Mercury, Muhammad Ali, Amy Winehouse, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon and Tupac Shakur are among the subjects. The six-episode series is from The UK.
King Richard (HBO Max). This film, also opening same day in theatres, looks at the daddy coach who made tennis superstars out of Venus and Serena Williams. Will Smith plays Richard Williams, with the real sisters among the producers of this film. Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Jon Bernthal, Tony Goldwyn, and Dylan McDermott also star.
The Wheel of Time (Prime Video). Adapted from the bestselling books by Robert Jordan, this Game of Thrones-like epic fantasy series stars Rosamund Pike and is set in a world where a select number of women have magical powers. Three episodes premiere on this day with weekly, two-episode follow ups. A second season has already been ordered.