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‘Saved by the Bell,’ ‘The Undoing’ and More What to Watch This Week

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. As many across the country continue to practice self-isolation due to coronavirus, why not while away a few hours on some of the shows below?

This week, the “Saved by the Bell” reboot launches and “The Undoing” comes to an end.

“Happiest Season,” Hulu, Wednesday

This groundbreaking Christmas movie centers around Abby (Kristen Stewart) and her girlfriends Harper (Mackenzie Davis). Abby learns that Harper has kept their relationship a secret from her family, which leads to all sorts of disastrous scenarios when the duo head to Harper’s family home for the holidays. The film hails from writer and director Clea DuVall.

“Saved by the Bell,” Peacock, Wednesday

It’s back

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[WATCH] Dua Lipa’s ‘Levitating’ Performance For AMA’s 2020 Was Cosmic

Dua Lip has been having a monster year. After the release of her second album Future Nostalgia earlier this year, she eventually followed that up with Club Future Nostalgia: The Remix Album, an entire remix record that included some icons from the club, house, and dance music world, and even featured Madonna and Missy Elliot on a reimagined version of “Levitating.”

That isn’t the only time that song has featured another superstar guest, either. THe official remix of “Levitating” features none other than DaBaby, one of the biggest rappers in the world at the moment, bringing his signature bouncy flow the track. And while Madonna, Missy Elliot and even DaBaby weren’t present for her performance of the song at the 2020 AMA’s tonight, seeing Dua perform it on her own was just as cosmic. In what looked like an outdoor performance, and surrounded by dancers who were carefully distanced

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‘Mangrove,’ ‘Sound of Metal,’ ‘Run’: Movies to Watch This Week

If last week was a big one for Netflix (what with “Mank” and “Hillbilly Elegy” out in theaters), then this one belongs to Amazon, who have a pair of big projects launching via their Prime Video subscription service. The first is “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen’s anthology “Small Axe,” an epic and altogether unconventional series that doesn’t fit neatly into the “film” or “TV” categories: McQueen has made five features, all set in London’s immigrant West Indian community, dealing with aspects of cultural identify, racism and community. Of the three entries I’ve seen, this week’s entry, “Mangrove,” is the strongest — and a great way to kick off the cycle, with a courtroom drama for those who felt Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” didn’t give adequate time to Bobby Seale.

Amazon also launches “The Sound of Metal,” a drama about a heavy metal drummer losing his

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Sia Reacts to Criticism of ‘Music’ Trailer From Autism Community: ‘Why Don’t You Watch My Film Before You Judge It?’

The trailer does not explain why Music does not speak and makes no direct mention of her disability, but when another commenter asked the singer — who also wrote the script and 10 original songs for the accompanying album — “did you do any research or consult the community at all?,” suggesting it was “very condescending” to say it would be “cruel” to consult a disabled actor, Sia explained her process for prepping for the film.

“Duh. I spent three f—ing years researching,” she said, later adding that she was confused at the pushback since the character is entirely based on her neuro-atypical friend in response to another commenter who asked why it would be “cruel” to cast someone with the character’s abilities in place of Sia’s longtime foil/video avatar Ziegler. “He found it too stressful being non verbal, and I made this movie with nothing but love for him

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Dave Grohl Finally Concedes Drum Battle With Nandi Bushell on ‘Colbert’: Watch

During the chat, Grohl also revealed the band’s special 25th anniversary edition Coors Light can, which he joked he had “pallets of” sitting idle in his studio, before changing topics to discuss how his much-loved drum battle with 10-year-old Nandi Bushell came to be.

“About a year ago, Nirvana’s producer Butch Vig sent me a link to her Instagram, where she was playing a Nirvana song — she was playing our song ‘In Bloom,'” he said. “And I mean, she’s 10 years old. She’s this big, she’s tiny, and she’s just beating the crap out of her drum set. And when she does drumrolls, she screams. So not only is she playing all the parts perfectly, but when she does a drumroll, she’s like, ‘Ahhhh!’

“So he sends this to me, I’m like, ‘Oh my god, this kid is a force of nature,” Grohl continued. “And then about two months

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Keegan-Michael Key on Seeing U2 in Concert, Loving Jimi Hendrix: Watch

Keegan-Michael Key talks seeing U2 in concert, his new film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, and his love for Jimi Hendrix in the latest installment of Rolling Stone‘s The First Time.

Key kicks off with the first concert he ever saw: U2 on their Joshua Tree tour in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1987. He was taken by his father and stepmother, who happens to be Irish. “I wanted to go see Van Halen so bad, and my dad was like, ‘You’re not gonna go see Van Halen,’” he says. “They were my chaperones, but really, it’s because they wanted to go to the concert, too.” He recalls how much he loved U2 and their album Under a Blood Red Sky. “I think I still have the [1987] tour shirt someplace in a box,” he adds.

He also discussed reading the script for his new film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

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Watch: Viola Davis honors August Wilson, supports students in ‘Giving Voice’

Nov. 19 (UPI) — Netflix is giving a glimpse of the new documentary Giving Voice.

The streaming service shared a trailer for the film Thursday featuring actress Viola Davis and actor Denzel Washington.

Giving Voice follows students in the annual August Wilson monologue competition. The competition is inspired by late playwright August Wilson, known for such plays as Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

In the preview, Davis and Washington honor Wilson and reflect on how the playwright captured the Black experience.

“August was that one writer who saw me. When I say me, I do mean me but I also mean people like me,” Davis says.

“I mean, he’s talking about us. He’s talking about me. I’m like, ‘Oh, shoot. That’s like my aunt up there,'” Washington adds.

The monologue competition started in 2006 following Wilson’s death and gives young people a shot to perform on Broadway.

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Watch: Michael J. Fox recalls watching ‘Back to the Future’ with Princess Diana

Nov. 19 (UPI) — Michael J. Fox says watching Back to the Future with Princess Diana ended up being an agonizing experience.

The 59-year-old actor confirmed on Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon that he was seated next to Diana at the Back to the Future London premiere.

Fox played Marty McFly in Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels. On The Tonight Show, Fox explained why watching the movie with Diana turned into a “nightmare.”

“She was sitting next to me. The lights go down and the movie starts and I realize I’m one fake yawn and arm stretch away from being on a date with the Princess of Wales,” Fox joked.

“But then what happened is the movie started and all the sudden I had to go pee. For the rest of the movie, I’m sitting there dying,” he recalled.

“I can’t say

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Watch a Broadway Kids Town Hall with Nancy Carson, Baayork Lee and Moderator Richard Jay-Alexander- Live at 3pm!

Today, November 19 (3pm ET), BroadwayWorld will be opening dialogues that aren’t being seen or talked about anywhere else. With the process of opening up the country moving slowly and unassuredly, our theatre and performing arts community can only be hopeful as information slowly comes our way.

Television and film production has been able to begin (with strict rules in place) and pods coming into play. Theatre projects, however, have been very slow to materialize.

Join us today as legendary kids agent Nancy Carson and Broadway’s Baayork Lee are joined by Richard Jay-Alexander for a conversation with a slew of Broadway kids, including: Alyssa Marvin (Trevor), Brooklyn Shuck (Evil, CBS NY), Emily Hoder (Les Miz Tour), Kayla Teruel (Music Man, Les Miz Tour), Luke Mannikus (Trevor), Max Bartos (Sing Street), Noelle Hogan (Music Man), Owen Tabaka (Love Life at Encores), Quinn Copeland (Punky Brewster, Peacock LA), Quinn Titcomb (Les Miz

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Watch Dierks Bentley Sing ‘Gone’ on ‘Fallon’

Dierks Bentley was the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, giving the television debut performance of his heartbroken latest single “Gone.”

Bentley released “Gone,” his new music under his own name since 2018’s full-length album The Mountain, in October. Written by Nicolle Galyon, Ben Johnson, and Niko Moon, the song explores an all-consuming heartbreak that’s left its narrator unable to do anything besides “sitting on the couch watching TV all day long.” The solemn mood is driven home by David Garcia’s production, which features a melancholy piano melody and wistful Dobro licks.

On The Tonight Show, Bentley is joined by his full band on a large floor space outlined by blue lights. Strumming his acoustic guitar, he leads the group through a straightforward rendition of the song, complete with the percussion-free breaks between each chorus and verse that will no doubt get cheers

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