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COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE (Crackle)
It’s The Jerry and Barry Show! Seinfeld revs up Season 7 of his auto-chat show with a big get: President Obama. The Commander in Chief and the Master of His Domain tool around the White House grounds in a 1963 Corvette Stingray split-window coupe and share cups of joe. Other guests include Garry Shandling (It’s the Jerry and Garry Show!), Steve Martin, Kathleen Madigan, Sebastian Maniscalco and Will Ferrell — who is not a President but used to play one on TV.
MOZART IN THE JUNGLE (Amazon)
The second season of the Golden Globe-nominated comedy continues to explore the relationship between a combustible conductor (Gael Garcia Bernal) and one of his players (Lola Kirke). Malcolm McDowell and Bernadette Peters return as the symphony’s former leader and its president, and Boardwalk Empire alum Gretchn Mol joins the cast as a union lawyer who juggles a possible musicians’ strike and an an affair with one of the cellists (Saffron Burrows). Also, watch for the return of exec producer Jason Schwartzman as B. Sharpe, a podcaster with a fondness for rhino foreskin (don’t ask).
PRISONERS’ WIVES (Acorn TV)
This 10-episode BBC drama tracks women on the outside trying to keep it together as significant men in their lives (not just husbands, but also boyfriends and sons) serve time in a Sheffield correctional facility. Most recognizable to American audiences are Game of Thrones’ Iain Glen and Rome’s Polly Walker as a gangster and his long-in-denial wife. Think Tony and Carmela Soprano with British accents.
BLACK MIRROR: WHITE CHRISTMAS (Netflix)
The cult-fave British sci-fi series, a kind of high-tech Twilight Zone, returns with a 90-minute holiday-themed special set at a remote Arctic outpost and starring Jon Hamm, The Big Short’s Rafe Spall and The Hour’s Oona Chaplin. A 12-episode third season will roll out on Netflix next year, so now’s the perfect time to look into Mirror.
DAWN OF THE CROODS (Netflix)
The Oscar-nominated Dreamworks cartoon returns with a 2D animated prequel tracing the origins of Grug (Robot Chicken’s Dan Milano, taking over for Nicholas Cage) and his prehistoric brood. Familiar voices include a trio of Saturday Night Live grads: Laraine Newman (as Gran and One-Eyed Amber), Ana Gasteyer (as Meep) and Chris Parnell (as Snoot). It’s a Flintstones for the 21st century.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.