Welcome to another edition of ‘Up Next’ here at Screen Times. Sports take centre stage on Apple TV+ this week with the release of ‘They Call Me Magic’, a four-part docuseries on the life and career of Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. You can read our full review by James Lees here on Screen Times now. As well as the usual slate of Friday Night MLB games, today also sees the premiere of ‘The Long Game’, a five-part docuseries about a young NBA hopeful.
It’s not all sport this week though and there’s plenty of fantastic television to enjoy with the series finale of WeCrashed and an incredible flashback episode of Pachinko leading the way along with the penultimate episode of the first season of Slow Horses.
This week, Apple released the full-length trailer for its upcoming natural history event series 'Prehistoric Planet'. The five-night event, which will see new episodes premiering globally from Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27, generated a ton of social media excitement this week after the release of the trailer, which you can watch below. Sir David Attenborough, Jon Favreau and Hans Zimmer working together...we're excited for this one!
With that, here’s our guide to your week ahead on Apple TV.
Documentary Series | Premiere | 4 Episodes | Not Rated
For global sports icon Earvin Johnson, “Magic” has many meanings. It’s the sparkle of his megawatt smile and dazzling style of play that forever changed the game of basketball. It’s the magnetic connection that led him to the love of his life. It’s the shock of an HIV diagnosis that he transformed from grief into triumph — shifting global dialogue about the disease and overcoming its staggering odds. It’s his transcendence from sports superstar to business titan, blazing new trails for former athletes and revolutionizing the way corporate America does business in Black communities. Featuring intimate interviews with Magic and an all-star lineup, “They Call Me Magic” charts the cinematic life of one of the biggest cultural icons of our era with unprecedented access in a definitive four-part documentary series. You can read James Lees’ full review now.
Documentary Series | Premiere | 5 Episodes | TV-14
A powerful docuseries about an NBA hopeful determined to take control of his journey. Makur Maker was a five-star NBA prospect headed to the draft — until an unexpected detour led him to Howard University. This inspiring docuseries follows Makur’s journey and his determination to rewrite his story with the help of his family.
This week, the 7-3 St. Louis Cardinals visit Cincinnati to face the Reds at Great American Ballpark to begin the Friday night doubleheader. Then, the Texas Rangers travel to Oakland to face the Athletics at the Coliseum in the second game of the night.
Moonshot is a physics-based puzzle game where you play as Moon Pi, a young moon separated from Mother Earth. Using slingshot mechanics and navigational puzzles, help Moon Pi trek across the mysterious universe to finally get back home. Use a simple drag and release mechanic to launch yourself past other planet's gravity fields, all while avoiding dangerous traps like black holes, aliens and other strange space phenomena in your quest back to Mother Earth.
Moonshot is for anyone who loves playing slingshot and physics-based casual puzzle games that also can test their precision and speed. Navigate through levels full of fun obstacles and boosters, uncovering optimal paths that take the least amount of moves to finish. Each week players will also be challenged to compete in special events, and be rewarded with prizes and rare skins for Moon Pi.
This week we’re celebrating Earth Day and there’s a special challenge award that Fitness+ users can earn today, April 22nd, by working out for 30 minutes or more. This week’s ‘Time to Walk’ features world-renowned scientist and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall, who was one of the first researchers to study chimpanzees in the wild. On this walk, she shares why she is willing to push past her fears for the sake of her work.
Ahead of his upcoming ‘Vinyl Days’ album release later this year, Logic is back with two singles to tide fans over until then. ‘Decades’ and ‘Tetris’ feature classic Logic sounds, lyrics and boom-bap beats. It’s the first new release from Logic since his ‘Bobby Tarantino 3’ album last summer and while both tracks are relatively short, they give off vibes of his early mixtapes which will no doubt have fans excited. As usual with Logic’s music, the production here from 6ix is fantastic.
Devon: “I’m excited for next week’s debut of Shining Girls starring Elizabeth Moss, and every time I watch the trailer, I’m reminded of my first experience seeing her perform in The Handmaid’s Tale. Based on the classic book of the same name by Margaret Atwood, the dystopian series follows Moss’s character June as she fights to survive in a brutal, ultra-patriarchal world where her only perceived value is her fertility. The show’s plot and underlying themes caused quite a stir when it debuted in 2017, but Moss’s performance has always been what sets the series apart for me. She does an incredible job portraying complex and fierce emotions through the subtlest of expressions, a skill I’m sure we’ll see utilized well in Shining Girls. While we eagerly await its debut, we’ve got four seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu to tie us over.”
James: “Season one of Netflix’s time loop drama follows Nadia (Natasha Lyonne), a New Yorker who keeps dying and then returning to the same party being thrown for her repeatedly and her journey to find a way out of the loop. It was one of the most unique and darkly funny comedies on television at the time and season two attempts to up the ante right from the start. The second season, set four years later, sees Nadia approaching her 40th birthday but her plans for a low-key day quickly go out the window as she embarks on yet another mysterious journey. It’s best to know as little as possible about the second season going in, but it’s safe to say that it remains one of the most creative and unique series on TV. Natasha Lyonne is fantastic and the second season in particular, looks absolutely stunning - which is all I can say without giving any plot details away. You’ll want to devour this one over one or two nights.
Jonathan: "With the release a couple of weeks ago of the trailer for the feature-length film ‘Marcel the Shell with Two Shoes On’ I revisited the original trilogy of shorts upon which the film is based. The utterly charming stop motion films feature Marcel (a shell with a googly eye and small shoes) talking straight to camera about his life. (“Guess what I do for adventure? I hand-glide on a Dorito.”).
Voiced by actress Jenny Slate and directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp these are 3 minutes you’ll want to replay!"
Sigmund: “From writer, director and producer Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) comes the latest reincarnation of Batman. This time the caped is set in a film noir, bringing the franchise back to a gothic Gotham grounded in reality and besieged by a serial killer targeting powerful political figures. Headlined by another brilliant performance by Robert ‘Patman’ Pattison (Good Time, Cosmopolis, The King) and supported by an exceptional cast of characters, Zoe Isabella Kravitz (Catwoman), Colin Farrell (Penguin), Paul Dano (The Riddler), John Turturro (Carmine Falcone) and Jeffrey Wright as the best Commissioner Gordon put to screen - at three hours the feature film flys by. Shot on the Alexa mini LF and transferred to film twice, cinematographer Greig Fraser (Dune, Let Me In) offers up a dark, gritty, dirty finish that fits the world perfectly and has since drawn comparisons to Darius Khondji’s work on ‘Seven’. Despite the high asking price, I had to have this in my collection on day one. The release features some of my most anticipated special features since the franchise hit its previous highs over a decade ago. The Bat is back.”
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