June 5, 2023
In the spotlight this week: The Witcher: Blood Origin, Matilda The Musical, Letterkenny

In the spotlight this week: The Witcher: Blood Origin, Matilda The Musical, Letterkenny

Sophia Brown in The Witcher: Blood Origin;  Lashana Lynch in Matilda The Musical;  Clark Backo in Letterkenny

Sophia Brown in The Witcher: Origin of BloodLashana Lynch in Mathilde the musical; Clark Backo in Letterkenny
Photo: Lilja Jonsdottir/Netflix; Dan Smith/Netflix; Lindsay Sarazin/Hulu

Welcome to What’s On, our weekly selection of must-watch shows. Here’s what you need to watch from Sunday, December 25 through Thursday, December 29. All times are in Eastern Time. [Note: The weekend edition of What’s On drops on Fridays.]

The fats

The Witcher: Origin of Blood (Netflix, Sunday, 3:01 a.m.)

The Witcher: Origin of Blood | Official trailer | netflix

the witcher the franchise is growing with Origin of blood, a four-part prequel set 1,200 years before the original. It will trace the creation of the first Witcher and the events leading up to the Conjunction of the Spheres, and explore the ancient Elven civilization before its demise. The cast includes Sophia Brown, Michelle Yeoh and Lenny Harry. You can consult The audiovisual clubreview here.

Matilda: the musical by Roald Dahl (Netflix, Sunday, 3:01 a.m.)

Matilda the musical by Roald Dahl | Official trailer | netflix

Roald Dahl’s beloved Mathilde the musical gets another cinematic treatment in 2022. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the adaptation will follow the extraordinary Matilda Wormwood (Alicia Weir), who uses her quick wit and vivid imagination to take a stand against her oppressive parents and teacher. The set includes Lashana Lynch, Emma Thompson, Andrea Riseborough, Sindhu Vee and Stephen Graham. And if you need to prepare before watching, here is The audiovisual clubRanking Dahl’s best adaptations to date.

Letterkenny (Hulu, Monday, 12:01 a.m.)

Letterkenny Season 11 | Official trailer | Hulu

The revered Canadian sitcom Letterkenny returns for its 11th season on Hulu. Developed by Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney, the comedy is set in a rural town of the same name and follows a group of friends as they navigate life. In the new episodes, the residents of the small town face lost dogs, an invasion of influencers, a mystery at the church bake sale, and a beer league, among other entertaining problems.

hidden gems

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse (Apple TV+, Sunday, 12:01 a.m.)

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse — Official Trailer | AppleTV+

Based on the book of the same name by Charlie Macksey, the short The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse present its full-color animated illustrations with hand-drawn animation. The story follows the unexpected friendship between, well, a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse traveling together. The voice cast includes Idris Elba, Tom Hollander, Gabriel Byrne and Jude Coward Nicoll.

Call the Midwife: Holiday Special (PBS, Sunday, 9 p.m.)

Call the Midwife: 2022 Holiday Special – Preview

The popular British drama Call the midwife continues its tradition of moving holiday episodes. Set in 1960s East London, the cult series follows a group of midwives struggling with issues such as miscarriages, stillbirths and poverty. In the 2022 Christmas special, the midwives move into their maternity ward and are thrilled to learn the identity of their first patient.

Treason (Netflix, Monday, 3:01 a.m.)

betrayal | Official trailer | netflix

Charlie Cox is wrapping up a great 2022 with a brand new TV show. The actor, who reprized his role as Daredevil in She-Hulk earlier this year directs the new spy thriller Treason. In this five-part drama, he plays MI6 officer Adam Lawrence, whose tryst with a Russian spy catches up with him when he becomes acting head of his department. Cox will be joined by Oona Chaplin, Ciaran Hinds, Olga Kurylenko and Alex Kingston.

More good things

For Das: Landing (Netflix, Monday, 3:01 a.m.)

Landing – Before That | December 26 | #Shorts

In his fourth stand-up special for Netflix, titled Landing, comedian Vir Das focuses on the personal reflection and existential turmoil he went through after giving a controversial speech last year at the Kennedy Center about growing up and living in “Two Indias.” Das, who also starred in Whiskey Cavalier and The bubble, received an Emmy nomination for its previous special in 2021.

Chelsea Handler: Revolution (Netflix, Tuesday, 3:01 a.m.)

Chelsea Handler: Revolution | Official extract | netflix

Chelsea Handler is teaming up with Netflix again after the streamer canceled her talk show in 2017. In the stand-up special Revolutionwhich was taped in Nashville earlier this year, the comedian talks about her choice to remain childless, to date during the pandemic, and her vision for a future where men don’t wear flip flops.

The circle (Netflix, Wednesday, 3:01 a.m.)

The Circle: Season 5 | Official trailer | netflix

Michelle Buteau returns to host the fifth season of The circle. In this reality series, the contestants get to know each other without meeting in person. They communicate through a simulated social media interface, presenting themselves in any way they choose, so this is the perfect outlet for anyone who loves catfish. Episodes will air over four weeks, with the finale dropping on January 18.

Can’t miss recaps

Welcome to Chippendales (Hulu, Tuesday, 12:01 a.m.)

willow (Disney+, Wednesday, 3:01 a.m.)

mythical quest (Apple TV+, Friday, 12:01 a.m.)

slow horses (Apple TV+, Friday, 12:01 a.m., Season 2 finale)

Ends soon

be them (Showtime, Sunday, 11 p.m., Season 2 Finale)

Its dark materials (HBO, Monday, 9 p.m., series finale)

Fleishman is in trouble (FX on Hulu, Thursday, 12:01 a.m., Season 1 finale)

South side (HBO Max, Thursday, 3:01 a.m., Season 3 finale)

Star Trek: Prodigy (Paramount+, Thursday, 3:01 a.m., Season 1 finale)

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