Stay Tuned: A ragtag team of vigilantes track down Nazis in Amazon thriller ‘Hunters’
This week, it’s two PBS documentaries, the return of competing singers and a popular animated series, lots of babies on Netflix and Al Pacino in a Nazi-hunting thriller.
Dispatches: Weekly TV news
“Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” Netflix’s upcoming animated series executive produced by Kevin Smith has announced its voice cast. Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Chris Wood and Sarah Michelle Gellar will headline the ensemble. No premiere date has been set for the series, but it will focus on the unresolved storylines in the He-Man universe.
ABC has given a pilot order to a comedy called “Adopted,” which will follow a Green Beret who returns home to Texas after his military service and finds that his family’s decision to adopt his new brother, a 12-year-old Russian, is full of challenges. Jimmy Kimmel is writing the pilot with a former Green Beret and a combat medic. All three will executive produce.
Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar
Al Pacino and Logan Lerman (“Percy Jackson”) star in “Hunters” (Feb. 21, Amazon). The series is set in 1977 New York City and follows a team of misfit vigilantes who set out on a revenge mission after they discover that hundreds of escaped Nazis are living in America. Their quest for justice uncovers a broad conspiracy that involves new plans for genocide. With graphic novel touches that lend it a dark comic book vibe, it’s a compelling thriller that showcases some solid performances.
From newborn to toddler, Netflix’s new show “Babies,” (Feb. 21) explores milestones in early childhood development including the bonds infants form with their parents, crawling, walking, speaking and sleeping through the night. Filmed over a year, the docu-series follows 15 international families and incorporates research to share what science has learned about the infant mind.
Six years after its last broadcast, popular animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” returns for a single-season run (Feb. 21, Disney+).
“The Voice” is back with more singers competing for a chance to make their musical dreams come true (Feb. 24, NBC, 8 p.m. ET). Nick Jonas joins coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton for season 18.
In August 2014, African American teenager Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina. Local law enforcement ruled his death a suicide. “Always in Season” (Feb. 24, PBS, Independent Lens, 10 p.m. ET) follows this tragic story as Lennon’s mother Claudia, and her family fight to learn the truth about her son’s suspicious death, which they and many others believe was a lynching. The film explores the impact of over a century of lynching on the African American community and suggests that it is not just relegated to history but remains a sinister force in contemporary culture.
“American Masters - Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” makes it broadcast premiere (Feb. 25, PBS, 9 p.m. ET). From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, the documentary explores the six-decade career of Davis using previously unseen footage and interviews with Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis and others, all complemented by a soundtrack full of Davis’s music.
Report Card: Ratings winners and losers
Winners: NBC renewed “Superstore” for a sixth season.
Losers: Netflix canceled “Insatiable” after two seasons.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @mcstaytuned.