Weekends are sweetened by the return to school. There are plenty of sweet treats to be enjoyed among the latest movies and shows on Netflix and Disney Plus.
The lineup features Cobra Kai HTML5, who takes karate to the next level. Queen Sugar season 7 and The Good Fight 6 are returning for farewell tours. A reboot of American Gigolo, The Serpent Queen, and Monarch, the royal drama about country music, are all making their debuts.
Disney Plus Day featured a variety of treats, including the live-action movie Pinocchio as well as the concert film BTS Permission to Dance On Stage. The Disney news continued to flow, with the incredible Thunderbolts movie casting being a highlight of our live blog for Marvel.
This is our guide to what to see this weekend. It includes our picks of the 15 best new movies and shows to catch in September 2022.
Cobra Kai season 5 (Netflix)
The very soul of the Valley is at stake once again — and karate can only help good triumph over evil. Cobra Kai is setting up ridiculous stakes for what amounts to kids learning martial arts. It’s funny, it’s entertaining, and it gives you a nostalgic (high). kick. In season 5, frenemies-turned-allies Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) team up to take down nefarious karate impresario Terry Silver.
With a group of hard-working teachers, he’s opening dojos in the Valley. They are dedicated to instilling the “no mercies” mantra in their students. Chozen (Yuji OKumoto), Daniel’s former rival, has been recruited to help him but Johnny is distracted with personal matters. The students are resentful and this is threatening the already fragile partnership.
American Gigolo (Showtime)
This sequel series to 1980’s noir classic film sees Jon Bernthal play the role of Julian Kane, a sex worker. This takes place 15 years after Kane’s wrongfully convicted of the murder of a wealthy client’s wife.
Julian is now free from prison and trying to rebuild his life, as well as come to terms his past work experience as an escort. He also wants to reunite with Michelle (Gretchen Mol), his ex-love and to find out the truth about the crime. Detective Sunday (Rosie O’Donnell) assists him in this quest and begins to suspect that there is a bigger conspiracy.
Sunday, September 11th at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime (opens new tab)
The Good Fight season 6 (Paramount Plus).
After a sixth and final season, The Good Fight will be leaving the ring. The concluding remarks of The Good Wife’s satirical legal spinoff The Good Wife (Christine Baranski) will be revealed by the show’s creator.
Diane feels a strange sense of déjà vu after she was named partner in the firm. Roe v. Wade and voting rights dominate the news. Perhaps microdosing hallucinogenic drugs will help her get over her problems. It brings John Slattery, a handsome doctor to her circle. Her husband Kurt continues to squabble over politics. Liz (Audra McDonald) is losing her position as firm leader when Ri’Chard Lane (Ande Braugher), an outrageous new partner, arrives.
Queen Sugar season 7 (OWN).
Ava DuVernay’s enchanting saga returns for its final season, bringing with it triumphs and trials to the Bordelon clan. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), and Darla (Bianca Lawson), have a beautiful daughter. However, the former must find a new way to get there now that the farm is a historic site. This path appears to have led Ralph Angel to work more closely with the farmers’ cooperative and to contemplate the mill’s history.
Nova (Rutina Yousley) is offered the opportunity to make her memoir a movie. However, it could cause old hurts. The return of former lovers tests her new relationship with Dominic (McKinley Freeman). His mother and father have reconciled and moved back home to Los Angeles. Now, his son Micah (Nicholas L. Ashe), is still in New Orleans trying to find where he fits in.
Streaming Now on Oprah.com (opens new tab)
OWN Tuesdays (via Fubo (opens new tab)
Starz: The Serpent Queen
Starz has made a series of period dramas about royal women. These include The White Queen (Elizabeth Woodville), Becoming Elizabeth (Elizabeth I), and The Serpent Queen, which is about Catherine de’Medici. Samantha Morton plays the older Queen of France, but flashbacks are used to show her journey as an orphaned teenager who marries a prince and falls in love with another woman.
Catherine has difficulty conceiving which puts her in a precarious situation. She is a genius and a great leader.
Sunday, September 11th at 8 p.m. ET on Starz (opens new tab)
Pinocchio (Disney Plus)
Pinocchio’s character has been reimagined countless times. Children have loved the story of a wooden puppet that transforms into a boy for generations. The 1940 animated classic was made by Disney. Now, more than half a century later they are giving the story a new spin with a live-action adaptation.
Robert Zemeckis, director, draws on his experience in visual effects filmmaking with Who Framed Roger Rabbit (and the Polar Express). As Geppetto the woodcarver, he reunites again with his frequent collaborator Tom Hanks. He wishes for a star to bring his puppet to life. Cynthia Erivo plays the Blue Fairy, Joseph Gordon Levitt portrays Jiminy Cricket, Keegan Michael Key portrays Honest John, and Lorraine Bracco plays Sofia the Seagull.
Combine the Empire and Nashville shows and you have Monarch, a new soapy drama that revolves around a powerful country music dynasty. It has music, romances, scheming, and betrayals. It also contains murder. Yee haw!
Dottie Roman, a renowned matriarch and whiskey-swilling husband, is known as the queen of country. Nicky (Anna Friel), a daughter of Dottie Roman (Susan Sarandon), and Albie (Trace Adkins) are rising stars ready to claim their spot in the spotlight. The younger Romans will have their own problems with the truth that their parents built a reputation for authenticity but their success was based on lies.
Sunday, September 11th at 8 p.m. ET on Fox (via Sling, Fubo, or Opens in New Tab)
BTS: Permission To Dance on Stage – LA (Disney Plus).
BTS Army, form ranks! In honor of Disney Plus Day, Disney Plus dropped a concert film by the hugely popular K-pop band this week. This is the first of many BTS projects that will stream via the service. Others include a behind the scenes docuseries, and a travel show with V.
This special features their performances at SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles last November/December. V, Suga and Jin, Jungkook as well as RM, Jimin, Jimin, and J-Hope were able to meet fans for the first time since the pandemic. You can see them performing chart-topping songs like “Butter”, “Dynamite,” and “Permission To Dance”.
Tell Me Lies (Hulu).
Hulu’s latest drama centers on an intoxicating, but very toxic relationship. Lucy (Grace Van Patten), who sees Stephen (Jackson White), at a wedding rehearsal, experiences flood back. The flashbacks begin with eight years ago, when they first met.
Lucy goes to a frat party on her first day at college. Stephen, an upperclassman, tries to stop her. He is a complete player but Lucy falls for him due to their high-energy chemistry. Their entanglement is sealed after they share a tragic event. This is just the beginning of a turbulent near-decade that will change their lives and those of their friends for the better.
Wedding Season (Hulu).
Hulu’s new series, Wedding Season, is about a couple who meets at their first wedding. Wedding Season is not a psychological portrait like Tell Me Lies. It’s a romantic comedy which turns into a murder mystery.
When Stefan (Gavin Drea), approaches Katie (Rosa Salazar), he interrupts the proceedings by standing at the altar. This story takes us back to a previous wedding where Katie and Stefan were guests. Despite the fact that Katie has been engaged, they have an affair. Then comes her wedding. Her husband and their entire family are poisoned. While Stefan is the chief suspect in police investigations, he is also keeping an eye on Katie.
Central Park season 3 (Apple TV Plus).
The Tillermans are now able to rest easy after defeating a plot to demolish Central Park in order to build condos or malls. The Tillermans can now embark on new adventures with their family, while Bitsy Brandenham (Stanley Tucci), is attempting to raze Central Park in order to build condos and malls.
They are pleased to welcome Abby, voiced and acted by Kristen Bell (The Good Place). Paige (Kathryn Hahn), her sister, arrives in New York City to pursue her dream to act. Bell had previously voiced Molly in season 1. However, she was not biracial and gave up the role. Sam Richardson (The Afterparty: I Think You Should Go) is also joining season 3 as the nervous interim Mayor.
What other things to do this weekend?
End of the Road (Netflix).
This road trip thriller features a killer following Queen Latifah, Ludacris and King Latifah.
Streaming Now on Netflix (opens new tab
Gutsy (Apple TV Plus)
Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton embarked on a roadtrip to meet pioneering women, such as Megan Thee Stallion and Kim Kardashian, and also to talk with Gloria Steinem.
Streaming Now on Apple TV Plus (opens new tab
The Murders Before the Marathon, Hulu
Docu-series exploring the murders connected to the Boston Marathon Bombing, which was aired months later.