Geddy Lee doc, Kidman and Jackman show top this week’s TV must-sees


Rush bassist explores love of the instrument and ‘Elvis’ director Baz Luhrmann revisits 2008 movie misfire

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Geddy Lee Asks: Are Bass Players Human Too?
Docuseries
Rush bassist Geddy Lee travels to the homes of some of music’s most renowned bass players, including Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) and Rob Trujillo (Metallica), and digs into the stories behind their love of the instrument.
When: Tuesday on Paramount+

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Faraway Downs
Debut
Fifteen years after the release of his 2008 epic romance Australia, Elvis director Baz Luhrmann expands his feature film into a six-part mini-series that follows a British expat (Nicole Kidman) who teams up with Hugh Jackman’s grizzled ranch hand to protect her property from a takeover plot.
When: Available now on Disney+

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Faraway Downs
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman star in Faraway Downs, a revamp of their film Australia. Photo by Disney+

Shohei Ohtani: Beyond the Dream
Documentary
Featuring an unprecedented in-depth series of interviews with Shohei Ohtani and the coaches, players, managers and mentors that have influenced him, the documentary takes an introspective look at the baseball superstar’s illustrious career.
When: Available now on Disney+

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani won't pitch in Toronto when his team comes to town this weekend.
MLB superstar Shohei Ohtani. Photo by Carlos Osorio /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Christmas at the Opry
Special
Wynonna Judd hosts the holiday event, which features some of country music’s biggest artists singing Christmas favourites and holiday classics in front of a live audience at the storied venue.
When: Thursday on NBC, Global

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Christmas With a Kiss
Film
A woman (Young and the Restless star Mishael Morgan) returns home to help with her family’s Christmas Carnival, and … you’re not going to believe this … she finds a new love just in time for the holidays.
When: Sunday on W Network

Magic in Mistletoe
Film
As he returns to his hometown for an annual Christmas festival celebrating his books, a reclusive author rediscovers the spirit of the holiday thanks to his new publicist. Stars Lyndie Greenwood and Paul Campbell.
When: Friday on W Network

The Holiday Shift
Debut
Follows the intersecting love stories of young mall employees during the holiday season.
When: Streaming now on The Roku Channel

Christmas on Cherry Lane
Film
Over the holidays, three couples at different stages in their relationships navigate significant life changes.
When: Saturday on W Network

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Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain
Film
New York-based sketch group Please Don’t Destroy (famous for their short videos on Saturday Night Live) star in their first feature film that follows three deadbeat co-workers who quit their jobs to search for a priceless treasure.
When: Available now on Prime Video

Please Don't Destroy
SNL troupe Please Don’t Destroy star in their first feature film. Photo by Peacock

Merry Little Batman
Film
Batman’s son Damian Wayne must defend his home from Gotham’s supervillains intent on destroying the holidays.
When: Friday on Prime Video

Your Christmas or Mine 2
Film
The first one was so memorable, they made a sequel. In the followup to last year’s holiday hit, a young couple (Asa Butterfield and Cora Kirk) spend their second Christmas together accidentally stuck in the wrong accommodation at a ski resort.
When: Friday on Prime Video

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Thriller 40
Documentary
Follows the making of Michael Jackson’s record-breaking Thriller album.
When: Streaming now on Paramount+

The Original Santa Claus Parade
Special
Melissa Grelo (The Social), Kelsey McEwen (CTV Your Morning), and Tyrone Edwards (eTalk) host North America’s longest running holiday parade as it makes its way through the streets of downtown Toronto.
When: Saturday on CTV

Archie
Debut
Tells the little-known story of the formative years of Hollywood superstar, Cary Grant, when he was known as Archie Leach. Stars Jason Isaacs.
When: Thursday on BritBox

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