What to Watch This Week: November 6 to 11

From Emily Blunt's gritty new western to a David Beckham docuseries, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

From Emily Blunt’s gritty new western to a David Beckham docuseries, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

1. Spector – Sunday, November 6, Crave1 | Series Premiere

SpectorCraveThis four-episode docuseries examines enigmatic, legendary music producer Phil Spector and what happened on the fateful night of February 3, 2003, when actress Lana Clarkson was shot dead in his mansion. Spector peels back the layers of what actually happened that evening to tell the stories of both Clarkson and the man who was convicted of her murder, and died behind bars in 2021 at the age of 81, while also re-examining Spector’s musical legacy.  

2. Mood – Sunday, November 6, AMC+ | Series Premiere

MoodAMC+If you hit up London’s vaunted West End at any point over the past few years, you may have caught Nicôle Lecky’s one-woman show, Superhoe. Some high-falutin’ TV executives certainly did, which is how this new series based on that play came to be. In Mood, Lecky portrays 25-year-old Sasha Clayton, a wannabe singer. The big-dreaming underachiever spends her days getting high and stalking her ex on Instagram, while avoiding her family at absolutely all costs.  

But when Sasha’s kicked out of her parents’ place and finds a home with a party girl named Carly (Lara Peake), she learns all about the world of online influencers. From there, she launches a new kind of showbiz career, but the intersection between social media and fame is much darker than she ever anticipated. “Mood started as a one-woman play, and I had such a joy creating the world and performing these characters,” Lecky said. “[Bringing] them to life on screen has been a dream.” 

3. The Culpo Sisters – Monday, November 7, TLC | Series Premiere

The Culpo SistersTLCIf you spend time on the Tiks and the Toks, the name Olivia Culpo may mean something to you. But now the former Miss Rhode Island turned social media influencer is ready to share herself with the TLC faithful.

Here, the beauty queen co-stars with her sisters, Aurora and Sophia, as the trio dispense with any semblance of privacy and take us deeper into their Kardashian-esque family drama/trauma.

From public romances and online gossip to miscommunications and parents who just don’t understand, one thing is clear: this clan is closer than most… for better or worse (mostly worse). “Winning Miss Universe changed my life overnight,” Culpo says in the trailer. “I went from being a small-town girl from Rhode Island to L.A. But my sisters couldn’t stand to be away from me, so they moved too.” 

4. Neal Brennan: Blocks – Tuesday, November 8, Netflix

Neal Brennan: BlocksNetflixComedian Neal Brennan—still best known as co-creator of Chappelle’s Show—has never been afraid to think outside the box, but this latest special actually finds him moving blocks around the stage. When Brennan was touring his show around North America, he stopped in Montreal, where it was covered by Ashley Gaujean of the Montreal Rampage. “There are around 14 of these blocks, some of which take the shape of a dog bone, a gun and a Black Lives Matter fist,” wrote Gaujean. “Neal delves into each and every image to guide the audience along his thoughts and feelings on each subject. Through his set we learn about how he is trying to adjust to the societal pressures of how a human being is supposed to be, the status quo: get married, have children, get a dog.” (Spoiler alert: he gets a dog, and its name is Keith.)

5. Save Our Squad with David Beckham – Wednesday, November 9, Disney+ | Series Premiere

Save Our Squad With David BeckhamDisney+This new Disney+ docuseries follows soccer legend David Beckham as he returns to the same fields in East London where he learned his skills as a lad. His mission: to impart his considerable knowledge to the players of a team known as the Westward Boys—young athletes who are down on their luck and on the verge of losing everything. Giving the squad insight on how to really nail a free kick, the kids stand in awe of their hero and sports god before trying it themselves—and darned if they don’t do Becks proud. “This is a fantastic opportunity to show the importance and impact of grassroots football in communities in the U.K. The series will be exciting, dramatic, uplifting and full of heart and courage—everything David had in his own playing days,” said Sean Doyle, Disney+ director of unscripted.  

Added Beckham: “It is fantastic to be making Save Our Squad with Twenty Twenty [the production company] and to shine a light on the kind of grassroots football that I experienced growing up and which gave me so much at the start of my life in the game. I was so fortunate to have a long and successful playing career and now to have the opportunity to give back to these communities as a mentor is incredible. Developing and nurturing young talent is so important in the game and it is great to be working with Disney+ on this project.”

6. Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 4 – Wednesday, November 9, Prime Video

Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 4Prime VideoFashionistas won’t want to miss the fourth annual edition of pop sensation/fashion phenom Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show, a burlesque-meets-runway extravaganza, featuring “a new all-star lineup of models, actors, some of the biggest names in music, and more.” 

7. The Montaners – Wednesday, November 9, Disney+ | Series Premiere

The MontanersDisney+Latin America has long known the talents of Ricardo Montaner, the Argentine-born Venezuelan singer-songwriter who has released more than 24 albums since the late 1970s. But now, the rest of the world will be made privy to this performer and his nothing-if-not-Internet-savvy clan—who have a collective social media audience of over 150 million, with more than eight billion video views.  

This new series takes us inside the homes of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient; his wife, filmmaker Marlene Rodríguez Montaner; and their various singing, dancing, acting children. From professional milestones to personal crises to day-to-day bickering, it’s the kind of behind-the-scenes pass that fans have been dreaming of. 

To that end, Disney promises “cinematic moments and live music performances” as the cameras capture it all in a vérité style that includes cellphone footage, confessionals and media from the family’s private archive. It’s being touted as the first show of its kind in the Latin space—bringing disparate generations together for a unique, all-ages viewing extravaganza. 

8. The Big Brunch – Thursday, November 10, Crave1 | Series Premiere

The Big BrunchCraveAfter the truly astounding international success of little-Canadian-sitcom-that-could Schitt’s Creek, creator and star Dan Levy is pretty much everyone’s sweetheart. He proved, after all, that it was possible to make an edgy comedy which wasn’t mean-spirited but could also win all the awards. That in mind, the four-time Emmy recipient had his pick of projects after paddling away from the Creek. And while he has popped up here and there since then, the fact that Levy chose, as his next major gig, to host and judge a competition in which contestants must make the best brunch speaks to how cool this particular Canuck is.  

The Big Brunch is what the actor described to Entertainment Weekly as “a nice warm hug.” During said hug, 10 “good people” will tell their stories through food on a plate—brunch food, to be exact. Levy and his fellow judges—chef Sohla El-Waylly and restaurateur Will Guidara—evaluate each dish, eventually awarding one lucky gourmand a $300,000 grand prize. If you tuned in to The Great Canadian Baking Show for the first two seasons when Levy was the host, you can expect that kind of heartwarming tone—this isn’t the sort of cook-off where contestants are trying to take each other down. “It’s not about a competition between each other. It’s about a competition between a baker and their own potential,” Levy explained to EW.  

However, the show won’t feel sickly-sweet, either. “I have a real aversion and a phobia of faux sentimentality and unearned warmth,” he added. “That’s what the show is about—it’s very much about humanity. Even though it’s brunch, even though I’m screaming about a cinnamon bun or screaming about delicious kanji, there’s that fine balance… And there’s an open bar, so things get loose.”

9. Falling for Christmas – Friday, November 11, Netflix

Falling For ChristmasNetflixIn TV land, the holiday season tends to start the very second Halloween is over—and this year is no exception. With Hallmark continuing its annual onslaught of cookie-cutter fare, plus new U.S. competitor GAC Family doing the same (while poaching former Hallmark talent like Candace Cameron Bure, Trevor Donovan and Danica McKellar), fans of schmaltzy, snow-tipped romance have a buffet of made-for-television flicks to choose from. And then of course there’s Netflix, which has recently begun serving up its own Hallmark-esque heartwarmers. One of the flicks the streamer is betting big on this year: Falling for Christmas, featuring the return of Lindsay Lohan in the first real starring role for the former child star since 2013.  

Here, the frequent tabloid cover girl plays Sierra, a newly engaged hotel heiress. Her life is a veritable winter wonderland, until she gets into a skiing accident and suffers from total amnesia. As she recovers and waits for her memories to return, Sierra stays at a lodge owned by an exceptionally handsome fella named Jake (Glee’s Chord Overstreet). We can only imagine that sparks will fly as the days till Christmas tick by and Sierra gets to know this outdoorsy stud and his little girl.  

As for Lohan, she says this film is a new journey for her because it’s the first time she’s ever gotten to do all of her stunts. But other than that, it was business as usual. “For me, my whole life, acting is like riding a bicycle,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s just in me. It’s a part of me. Doing films, playing a character, it brings me so much joy to be able to share a story with people. To take people on that journey with me is such a blessing.” 

10. The English – Friday, November 11, Prime Video | Series Premiere

The EnglishPrime VideoThis unconventional western from executive producer Hugo Blick (Sensitive Skin, The Honourable Woman) follows aristocratic Englishwoman Lady Cornelia Locke (played by Emily Blunt) on a harrowing journey through America in the late 1800s to exact revenge on the man she sees as responsible for the death of her son. During her trek through the untamed Old West, she encounters a Pawnee scout (Chaske Spencer, interviewed on page 62) who saves her from certain death, in a story that Blunt described as “a heart-stopping chase thriller with the most tender of love stories at its heart” during a recent Q&A after a screening. “I opened the script and couldn’t stop. It was heart-stopping and gripping, and startlingly beautiful, so I knew I was in immediately. When it came to just being a part of it in all its entirety, it just seemed to make sense for this project,” she said, adding: “I think I’ve probably been around the block enough to not just be interested in the acting part of it, I’m interested in all of it.”