What’s new on Netflix? Hot on Hulu? Amazing on Amazon? Crossing the Streams scours the streaming services to find the best shows and specials freshly available for online viewing. You’re welcome!
THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING (Netflix)
A sequel to IFC’s satirical miniseries The Spoils of Babylon, this six-episode spoof brings together a gaggle of Saturday Night Live alums (Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Chris Parnell and Tim Meadows) with more serious actors (Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Kenneth Williams, Masters of Sex’s Michael Sheen, and The Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment) for the tale of a 1950s jazz pianist who becomes embroiled in a murder case. And unlike with Wiig’s and Ferrell’s deadpan Lifetime movie, A Deadly Adoption (also written by Spoils co-creator Andrew Steele), you can tell when they’re joking.
PARKS & RECREATION: SEASON 7 (Netflix)
The final 13 episodes of Amy Poehler’s acclaimed NBC sitcom flash forward to the year 2017, when Leslie Knope has been promoted to regional director of the National Park Service. Billy Eichner (co-star of Hulu’s Difficult People, exec-produced by Poehler) joins the cast full-time as Craig Middlebrooks, temperamental head of Pawnee, Indiana’s Parks Department. Guest stars include Joe and Jill Biden, Bill Murray, Jon Hamm and… Michelle Obama! Oh, and get ready for a big twist in the series finale.
TOM SEGURA: MOSTLY STORIES (Netflix)
The Ohio-based comedian, who co-hosts the podcast Your Mom’s House with wife Christina Pazsitsky, headlines his second stand-up special after last year’s Completely Normal. The burly, bawdy comic performs in Seattle and covers such topics as hotels, naughty nurse fantasies and his brush with Mike Tyson.
SHADES OF BLUE (Hulu)
If you’re not getting your fill of Jennifer Lopez from her judging role on the final season of American Idol (also streaming on Hulu), check her out in this new NBC crime drama. She plays Harlee Santos, a single mom/NYPD detective who’s forced to spy on her corrupt police colleauges. GoodFellas’ Ray Liotta and The Sopranos’ Drea de Matteo add street cred as two of her coworkers, and the pilot was directed by Homicide: Life on the Street’s Barry Levinson.
MIDWINTER OF THE SPIRIT (Acorn TV)
Based on a novel by Phil Rickman, this three-part British miniseries takes a very down-to-earth look at an out-of-this-world topic: exorcism. Anna Maxwell Martin stars as a modest country vicar who’s being trained by a headstrong reverend (David Threllfall) to cast out demons. As she deals with her husband’s death and a gory murder investigation, she uses her newfound powers to battle Satan.
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.