Final Season of 'The Crown,' Rock Hall Ceremony & Return of 'Doctor Who' Favorites Among November's Streaming Highlights
by Julian Spivey
All the Light We Cannot See - Netflix - Thursday, Nov. 2
Netflix’s miniseries adaptation of author Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2014 novel about a blind French girl named Marie-Laurie LeBlanc, who takes refuge in her uncle’s house after Paris is invaded by Nazis during World War II whose path crosses with a German boy named Werner Pfennig, who’s accepted into a military school due to his exceptional skills in radio technology. The miniseries, directed by Shawn Levy, stars newcomer Aria Mia Loberti as Marie-Laurie, Louis Hofmann as Werner and Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie in supporting roles. The novel is considered a modern masterpiece, but looking at some of the early reviews of this miniseries leads me to fear that Netflix may not have done it justice. I guess we shall see for ourselves.
2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Disney+ - Friday, Nov. 3
For pretty much the entirety of the time broadcasting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies on television, whether it was once on VH1 or more recently on HBO, the ceremony has been pre-taped and aired later. Excitingly this year’s induction ceremony will be airing live and uncut on Disney+ beginning at 7 p.m. (CST) on Friday, Nov. 3. The inductees are Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine and The Spinners with other recognitions going to hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc and guitar legend Link Wray for Musical Influence and singer Chaka Khan, musician Al Kooper and songwriter Bernie Taupin for Musical Excellence. The induction ceremony will include performances from most of the living inductees, as well as Elton John, Stevie Nicks, LL Cool J, Dave Matthews, Carrie Underwood, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., Chris Stapleton, Adam Levine, St. Vincent, Queen Latifah and more. It’ll be a can’t-miss moment for music lovers everywhere.
Lawman: Bass Reeves - Paramount+ - Sunday, Nov. 5
I’m fairly ho-hum on writer/showrunner Taylor Sheridan and his view on the world, despite having seen every episode of his Paramount Network drama “Yellowstone,” which made him a superstar, so his association with “Lawman: Bass Reeves” has me a bit worried. But the show is primarily the baby of showrunner Chad Feehan and the legend of Bass Reeves, the first black Deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River is one that I’ve been longing to see told. Anytime Reeves has appeared as a character in TV or movies – like the past NBC time-travel drama “Timeless,” where he was portrayed by Colman Domingo, and the Western film “The Harder They Fall,” where he was portrayed by Delroy Lindo, I have been enamored. In ‘Lawman,’ David Oyelowo stars as the legendary lawman with a talented supporting cast that includes Dennis Quaid and Donald Sutherland. I’m not sure if ‘Lawman’ is set to be a miniseries, annual series or anthology featuring different lawmen, but the first season will consist of eight episodes.
The Crown (Final Season - Part 1) - Netflix - Thursday, Nov. 16
“The Crown” has arguably been the biggest series in Netflix’s more than a decade now of original programming, at least in terms of critical acclaim and awards won, and its final season – which has been broken into two parts that will drop in back-to-back months – will premiere on Thursday, Nov. 16. It should be an emotional and tragic season as it will lead up to the death of Princess Diana (played by Elizabeth Debicki) and see the family’s response and reaction in the aftermath of it. The second part of the final season will premiere on December 14.
Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain – Peacock – Friday, Nov. 17
The comedy trio known as Please Don’t Destroy, consisting of Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy, has been among the highlights of the last few seasons of NBC’s long-running sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live” with their frequent pre-recorded films usually seeing them involved in ridiculous comic hijinks. It took me a bit to get on the Please Don’t Destroy train, but I’ve certainly warmed up to them and laugh at most of what they do these days. The trio has taken their short films a step further with their feature film debut, “Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain,” which premieres on Peacock on Friday, Nov. 17. The film features the three comedians as co-workers who live together who are tired of the day-to-day monotony of their deadbeat lives and go on the search for rumored hidden gold. The film, directed by Paul Briganti, is narrated by John Goodman and will feature the hilarious Meg Stalter and Bowen Yang in supporting roles. This one should be wild.
Doctor Who: The Star Beast (60th anniversary special) – Disney+ - Saturday, Nov. 25
There hasn’t been a new “Doctor Who” episode or special since the end of the producer Chris Chibnall/actress Jodie Whittaker era on October 23, 2022. It’s been a long year-plus without The Doctor and we Whovians are excited to see what’s in store for the 60th-anniversary specials, which feature the return of not only beloved producer Russell T. Davies but also David Tennant as The Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, which might be the most popular Doctor/companion matchup in the show’s legendary history. The three 60th anniversary specials will be released on consecutive Saturdays beginning with November 25’s “The Star Beast,” which will see the debut of “Doctor Who” on its new American TV home of Disney+. That’s right, if you’re a Whovian who hasn’t yet subscribed to that service it's time to do so.