Up Next: This Week's Apple TV Releases

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Welcome to another edition of ‘Up Next’ here at Screen Times. This week, ‘Roar’ arrives on TV+ with all eight episodes of the anthology series available to binge. Based on a book of short stories by Cecelia Ahern, the series is a collection of darkly comic stories spanning multiple genres from magical realism to psychological horror. It hails from Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive, the creators behind the hit series 'GLOW’ and based on the trailer, it promises to get quite weird along the way! Will you be binging over the weekend? Let us know on Twitter.

Another new Peanuts special also lands on TV+ this week, in celebration of 'Earth Day' and features a heart-warming story and some beautiful artwork and animation. You can read our full review of 'It's the Small Things, Charlie Brown' by James Lees now.

In case you missed it, our very own Sigmund Judge recently sat down with Severance’s Tramell Tillman (Milchick) to talk all things Lumon Industries. You can listen to and read the interview here and find it in your Magic Rays of Light podcast feed too.

With that, here’s our guide to your week ahead on Apple TV.


Apple TV+

Roar

8 Episodes | TV-MA

Issa Rae in 'Roar'

This new anthology series offers an insightful, poignant, and sometimes hilarious portrait of what it means to be a woman today. Featuring a unique blend of magical realism, familiar domestic and professional scenarios, and futuristic worlds, these eight stories mirror the dilemmas of ordinary women in accessible yet surprising ways. How they emerge from their respective journeys speaks to the resiliency that exists within themselves, and with all women.

Slow Horses

S1, E4 | 43 min | TV-MA

Gary Oldman in 'Slow Horses'

Taverner sends the Dogs to hunt down Lamb and the Slow Horses. River holds the secret to saving the gang.

Pachinko

S1, E6 | 52 min | TV-MA

Steve Sanghyun Noh in 'Pachinko'

Sunja goes into premature labour while Isak grapples with a political awakening. Solomon finds Hana, his long-lost love.

WeCrashed

S1, E7 | 55 min | TV-MA

Jared Leto in 'WeCrashed'

Rebekah is frustrated with WeGrow’s progress while Adam attempts to mend their relationship. They state their mission—and the world reacts.

Snoopy Presents: It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown

Premiere | 38 min | TV-G

Charlie Brown and Sally Brown in 'It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown'

In this new Peanuts special in celebration of Earth Day, Sally’s bond with a special little flower on the baseball field may spell disaster for the big game. For Charlie Brown and the team, it’s just the inspiration they need to make a positive impact on their environment. It also features an original song by Ben Folds. Read James Lees’ full review here on Screen Times.

MLB Friday Night Baseball

Rays @ White Sox / Reds @ Dodgers

Jackie Robinson Day is a special date in the MLB calendar, particularly for the Los Angeles Dodgers. This year, the Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson Day game comes to Apple TV+ as they take on the Cincinnati Reds at home. This year’s games, which will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Robinson breaking the colour barrier, all jersey number 42s will be Dodger Blue regardless of the team’s primary colours. Before that, the Tampa Bay Rays kick off the Friday doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.


Apple Arcade

Pro Snooker & Pool 2022+

Pro Snooker & Pool 2022+

4+ | Sports

Following the worldwide success of its sports games, iWare Designs brings Pro Snooker & Pool 2022 to Apple Arcade - one of the most realistic and playable snooker and pool games available on mobile devices. Boasting fully textured game environments and full 3D rigid body physics this game is the complete package for both casual and serious gamers. Whether you want a simple, easy and fun snooker game or a full-on simulation, this game is for you.


Apple Fitness+

Ty's new 20-minute upbeat cycle is our pick of the week

This week we’re highlighting cycling coach Ty, who leads some of the most fun and upbeat workouts on Fitness+ and this week is no exception. Ty’s new 20-minute cycle will have you sweating with 20 all-out intervals, short recoveries and a brilliant upbeat anthems playlist to guide you through. This week’s Time to Walk heads to Boston for a 60-minute session that will push you with rock anthems and leave you feeling like you’ve just crossed the city’s marathon finish line.


Apple Music

Barrie | Barbara

Jonathan: “I’ve been a fan of the airy, pop vibes of Barrie Lindsay’s electronica outfit Barrie since coming across her single Canyons in 2019 and her latest LP doesn’t disappoint. It’s a delightfully catchy and unassuming journey, leaving you with some nice hooks to hum and tuneful lyrics to sing back to yourself. Sometimes people underestimate how hard it is to write a good pop song. Barrie has no trouble doing so.”


ScreenTimes Apple TV Recommendations


Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u

Disney+ | 1 hr 16 min | TV-14

Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u

Devon: “If you’ve had Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single “drivers license” stuck in your head for the past year like I have, you’ll enjoy this documentary chronicling the creation and release of her first album, “Sour.” As she makes the all too familiar drive from her home in Salt Lake City to Los Angles, Rodrigo reflects on the past year of her life. She also stops along the way to record new renditions of each song on the record, often with her band by her side. I particularly enjoyed the performance of “Traitor” filmed in a gas station parking lot on the side of the road. This was a fun, new way to experience one of my favorite albums of 2021 while learning a bit more about the mind behind it.”

Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough

BBC iPlayer, BBC America | 1 hr 27 min | Not Rated

'Dinosaurs: The Final Day'

Sigmund: "Dinosaurs: “A great precursor to the upcoming five-night event ‘Prehistoric Planet’, Sir David Attenborough lends his calming voice to the dinosaurs’ last day of existence. Palaeontologist Robert DePalma has made an incredible discovery in a prehistoric graveyard: fossilised creatures, astonishingly well preserved, that could help change our understanding of the last days of the dinosaurs. Evidence from his site records the day when an asteroid bigger than Mount Everest devastated our planet and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. This new special - supported by brand new evidence and CGI technology - offers viewers a chance to witness the catastrophic events of that day as they play out minute by minute.”


Gilbert

Peacock, TV app | 1hr 38 min | Not Rated

'Gilbert'

Sigmund: “This week marked the untimely passing of husband, father, actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried. Headlined by an exaggerated shrill voice and an emphasis on crude humour - described as a cross between Mark Twain and a birthday clown -  he will forever be one of the few for whom my face could never stay straight. Gilbert was blessed with a gift to make people laugh, starting at the age of 15 on open-mic nights in New York City, but admittedly it was roles in Disney’s Aladdin as Lago the parrot and Problem Child’s principal Igor Peabody that made me aware of his talents from a young age. As I discovered his standup, it was the screaming filterless lunatic onstage that I thought I’d remember most - an example of comedy in its purest form. Neil Berkley’s 2017 documentary is a fascinating, personal, funny and sometimes melancholic look at the inner workings of a gentle soul and a true original.”

Language Lessons

TV App | 91 mins | PG-13

'Language Lessons'

Jonathan: "Shot during lockdown entirely over Zoom and with iPhones, this absolutely charming and heartfelt full feature debut from actor and now writer/director Natalie Morales stars Morales and Mark Duplass as two people who start a Spanish class together (Morales is the teacher). As their classes continue they develop a strong friendship during which their current life crises come to the surface. The film is entirely a conversation to the camera which sounds boring, yet it’s incredibly engaging due to a smart script and brilliant acting."

42: The Jackie Robinson Story

TV app, HBO Max | 2 hrs 8 min | PG-13

'42: The Jackie Robinson Story'

James: "This Friday, April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day and this is one sports movie that’s been on my list for a while, with no better time than now to finally watch. It’s the powerful, inspiring story of Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s colour barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film also follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show and the racism that Robinson also faced in the process. Chadwick Boseman is captivating here and plays the role of Robinson with great heart and intensity. He really disappears into the part and I found myself totally lost in the film. It also features one of the best performances of Harrison Ford’s career.”

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