NEW QUEEN LATIFAH DRAMA GETS POST-SUPER BOWL DEBUT SHOWCASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Queen Latifah’s upcoming drama series has scored a touchdown. CBS says “The Equalizer” will get the coveted post-Super Bowl slot next February to showcase its debut. “The Equalizer,” a reboot of the 1980s series about a retired intelligence agent turned private detective, stars Latifah as an ex-CIA agent and single mom who helps those with no one else to turn to. The series will immediately follow the conclusion of CBS Sports’ Sunday, Feb. 7, Super Bowl broadcast, with future episodes of “The Equalizer” airing at 8 p.m. EST Sundays. CBS also said that a special edition of Stephen Colbert’s daily “The Late Show” will follow late local news on Super Bowl night.
HOLIDAY MOVIES, MUSIC SPECIALS ARRIVE TO LIGHT A BLEAK YEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bring on the sentimental holiday rom-coms, the chorus of Christmas music specials and the nostalgia of last century’s animated charmers. We’ll take any and all feel-good moments in a year of scarcity. The new holiday specials out this month from pop stars include “My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood” on HBO Max, “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” on Apple TV+ and “A Holly Dolly Christmas” on CBS. Among the holiday-themed movies are Netflix’s “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, with Forest Whitaker, “Godmothered” on Disney + with Jillian Bell and Isla Fisher, and Hallmark’s “Love, Lights, Hanukkah!” with Marilu Henner.
JENNA LYONS PUTS ‘REAL’ BACK INTO REALITY TV
NEW YORK (AP) – Former J. Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons took the brand from a floundering preppie catalog to a more upscale but accessible style hub. Now she’s reinvented herself as a style guru and reality TV star. Her new HBO Max show, “Stylish with Jenna Lyons,” launches this week, featuring her new businesses that bring her design acumen to home, fashion and beauty projects. It’s part documentary, part competition as she auditions a group of young style acolytes vying for a spot on her team. Lyons’ brand is authenticity so her show leaves in awkward moments and features candid interviews.
GETTING SELENA RIGHT FOR “SELENA: THE SERIES”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The actor who portrays Tejano (tay-HAH’-noh) singer Selena in “Selena: The Series” knew she was doing things right by looking at other people. Christian Serratos says she was too close to the subject matter to get a good idea of whether she was portraying Selena correctly, but the reactions of other people were “powerful.” For all the glamorous clothes Selena wore, Serratos says she liked the simple looks best. Serratos says she felt “in the Selena groove” when she was wearing jeans and a baggy T-shirt. “Selena: The Series” premieres today on Netflix.