The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

 40 Years a Prisoner Born inside prison walls, Mike Africa Jr. was a teenager when he began fighting for his parents’ freedom. Both were members of MOVE, the Philadelphia-based black revolutionary group, and they had been incarcerated along with seven other members following a 1978 standoff with police in which one officer was fatally shot. In this documentary from director Tommy Oliver, Africa’s parents eventually win release, but their story reveals wounds still too fresh to heal. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 9 p.m., HBO Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical! Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, will have more songs to sing this season if they tune in to the TV version of a tune-filled Broadway adaptation of the animated Dr. Seuss holiday classic. Glee’s Matthew Morrison will play the tiny-hearted green villain, with Denis O’Hare as the Grinch’s dog in old age, now looking back to narrate the action. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m., NBC Funny Boy When Arjie played dress-up with other kids, he wanted to be the bride. In this coming-of-age drama set in Sri Lanka, the “funny boy” finds first love when he enters an academy years later, but the relationship is threatened by growing tension between the Tamils and the Sinhalese, which will soon erupt in a civil war. Directed by Deepa Mehta and based on an award-winning novel, the movie has been chosen as Canada’s entry for the next Oscars. Available for streaming Thursday, Dec. 10, Netflix I’m Your Woman Rachel Brosnahan steps out of her Marvelous Mrs. Maisel guise to portray a very different woman. In this stylish crime drama, Brosnahan plays a blond housewife of the 1970s forced to go on the run after her husband crosses his partners. She’s not totally on her own, though. The family of one henchman passes on survival skills. And she’s toting a baby her husband brought home shortly before he disappeared. Available for streaming Friday, Dec. 11, Amazon Prime The Prom Musical comedy isn’t dead yet. At the close of a dark year for live theater, this big grin of a musical assembles Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, and Andrew Rannells to play four Broadway has-beens and never-weres who try to jump-start their careers by traveling to a heartland town to apply showbiz “zazz” to a lesbian teenager’s fight for the right to bring a girlfriend to the prom. Kerry Washington and Keegan- Michael Key add extra star power, and Glee director Ryan Murphy pulls out all the stops on the big numbers, even convincing Streep to rap. Available for streaming Friday, Dec. 11, Netflix Other highlights The Surgeon’s Cut A four-part documentary series from the BBC follows pioneering surgeons as they address lifeand- death challenges. Available for streaming Wednesday, Dec. 9, Netflix One Night Only: The Best of Broadway A star-studded benefit showcases musical highlights from pre-pandemic Broadway shows, all performed in New York City’s streets. Thursday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., NBC Wolfwalkers The latest from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon— arguably the animated film of the year—moves from theaters to home screens. Available for streaming Friday, Dec. 11, Apple TV+

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