Watch: the return of “Cobra Kai” and “Central Park”, the concert of the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, Tales of Gutsy Women
The popular Karate Kid after Cobra Kai is back for a fifth season. Apple’s Animated Musical central park welcomes Kristen Bell back in a new role for season 3. The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra performs at the Kennedy Center in a PBS special. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton chat Bold women in an Apple TV+ docuseries.
First of the season
The Karate War continues in Season 5 of the franchise’s popular spin-off, when Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) enlists rival-turned-ally Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) to help defeat the infamous Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) after his dojo team surprised everyone by winning the All Valley Tournament. He does not stop there with his “No Mercy” philosophy. And where is Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) in all this? On the way to Mexico with his son Robby (Tanner Buchanan) to pick up his protege Miguel (Xolo Maridueña), who is looking for his biological father.
First of the season
A familiar voice is back in the park for the third season of the adorable animated musical. Kristen Bell (Veronique March), who voiced her biracial daughter Molly in the first season (since replaced by Emmy Raver-Lampman) stepped down to have a person of color take over the role. She returns to the series in a new role, as Paige’s (Kathryn Hahn) younger sister, Abby, an aspiring actress from Oshkosh, inspired by Paige’s recent breakthrough as a crusading journalist. She first appears in the second of three episodes kicking off Season 3 (more to follow each week). The season opens with the arrival of spring and the film crew of the Tillermans’ favorite TV show, Gina TrackerFBI, settling in the park. Park superintendent Owen (Leslie Odom Jr.) is thrilled to play an extra, until he realizes the crime show isn’t putting the park in the best light, which is his mission. . Overlooking everything from his hotel, Bitsy (Emmy nominee Stanley Tucci) seeks a new mayoral candidate to use as a puppet in his plan to buy and privatize the iconic park. Somewhere, everything sings.
In times of conflict, art remains an essential refuge for the human spirit. This is how the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra was brought together in solidarity with the victims of the ongoing war, with recent Ukrainian refugees, Ukrainian members of European orchestras and Ukrainian and other opera ensembles. The orchestra’s summer tour of Europe and the United States wrapped up at the Kennedy Center on August 20, and that’s the performance captured in this special, led by Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri Lynn Wilson. The directory includes Chopin (with Ukrainian virtuosos Anna Fyodorova), Dvorak and Ukrainian composer by Valentin Silvestrov Seventh Symphony. Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastryska perform an air of by Beethoven Fidelio.
First in the series
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton know something about being brave women, and their appreciation for other revolutionary women showed in their collaboration on The Brave Women’s Book, which inspired this series of conversations with pioneering women. Among their most famous subjects: Dr. Jane Goodall, Gloria SteinemMegan Thee Stallion, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, Wanda Sykes and Kim Kardashian.
The world-building continues in the third chapter of the lavishly epic Rings prequel, as we get our first – and amazing – glimpse of the island kingdom of Númenor, ruled by Queen Regent Míriel (Spartacus’ Cynthia Addai-Robinson). She’s not exactly thrilled to have the stranded elf warrior Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) among her, and the feeling is mutual, as Galadriel is eager to resume the fight against the forces of evil in Middle-earth. Speaking of which, the elven soldier Arondir (Ismail Cruz Córdova) will have to mobilize all his physical and mental resources to escape the clutches of the diabolical orcs, who have taken him prisoner with his cronies.
Inside Friday TV:
- Capitol One College Bowl (8/7c and 9/8c, NBC): Peyton Manning and his brother Cooper are back to host the college quiz show, with the early qualifying rounds airing in back-to-back episodes. In the first, Ohio State takes on Notre Dame and Texas takes on Oklahoma. Hour two will feature Florida vs. Georgia and Washington vs. BYU.
- RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race (8/7c, VH1): The remaining incognito celebs play hits from the 1990s, while a new twist in competition changes everything.
- Secret Celebrity Makeover (8/7c, CBS): Sports legend Shaquille O’Neal returns to where his NBA career began in Orlando to surprise his Uncle Roy with a house renovation. He also visits the local Boys and Girls Club in this wellness series.
- Back on record with Bob Costas (11/10c, HBO): New episode of interview show features University of Alabama head football coach Nick Sabanfollowed by a round table.
- End of the road (streaming on Netflix): Queen Latifah is back Equalizer-style mode in this action movie. She’s a traveling mom with two kids and her brother (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) when they witness a murder at a seedy New Mexico motel and run away with the drug money that places them in the crosshairs of vicious killers.
- make the cut (streaming on Prime Video): The final two episodes narrow the field to a final pitch to the president of Amazon Fashion. The designer with the winning collection of 10 looks gets mentorship, an exclusive line on Amazon, and wins $1 million to invest in their brand.