— The times of TGIF programming could also be a factor of the previous, however two new streaming remakes put the emphasis on household, even when each are steeped in tragedy and loss.
Netflix debuts “Selena: The Collection,” an episodic household drama full of music, recalling the quick life and meteoric fame of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla (1971-1995).
A bit like a Lifetime biopic with out the tabloid sleaze, “Selena” recollects the singer’s (Christian Serratos) humble origins. Her father, Abraham (Ricardo Chavira), a blue-collar man who was as soon as in a band, insists that his youngsters carry out music collectively.
One of many joys of “Selena” is that it exhibits the tough edges of an newbie band whose members have wildly uneven ranges of expertise. Selena’s eye-rolling older sister has little love or aptitude for the drums, one thing she sees as unladylike.
Most musical biographies or fantasies depict characters who decide up their devices and instantly sound like studio musicians. Abraham’s household band “Southern Pearl” barely reached mediocrity within the first episode. However we do get to listen to a younger Selena (Madison Taylor Baez) busting out on Lipps Inc.’s “Funkytown” at a yard marriage ceremony.
It might come as some shock to these not steeped in Selena lore that neither the singer nor her household spoke Spanish at dwelling or had been notably versed in Mexican music traditions. Abraham solely turned them right into a Tejano group when he realized they had been extra prone to get gigs at dances.
To underscore simply how “white” or “Anglo” Selena’s roots had been, she’s proven as an toddler in a Texas maternity ward, the place Bread’s “Child I am a Need You” is enjoying over the loudspeaker.
That is an attention-grabbing level to think about at a time when so many postelection pundits provide vapid generalizations about understanding “the Latino vote” or Latino society. “Selena” demonstrates that it’s as advanced and nuanced as any side of society and part of a wealthy mix of cultures that goes again tons of of years.
Selena needed to study Spanish at 13. As a younger man, Abraham’s band mastered Fifties dance music, a lot of it steeped in Cuban sounds. And the Tejano music Selena would popularize was closely influenced by Mexican music, but in addition by the polka bands of the Germans and Czechs who migrated to Texas within the nineteenth century. That is about as American because it will get.
— Hulu serves up the most recent incarnation of “The Hardy Boys.” All 13 episodes of this Canadian import could be streamed right this moment.
Set within the early Nineteen Eighties, or a minimum of the time when households drove station wagons and never minivans, “Hardy” stars Rohan Campbell as Frank Hardy, 16, and Alexander Elliot as his 12-year-old brother, Joe. They relocate to Bridgeport after tragedy strikes and instantly set out sleuthing. The evil deed is both linked to their dad’s work as an undercover cop or a sunken treasure subplot served up within the present’s prologue.
Hanging a tone someplace between “Stranger Issues” and “Blue Velvet,” this “Hardy” reboot is extra entertaining than I anticipated. On the similar time, Campbell seems to be means too outdated to play a teen. Scenes of him embracing his mom and aunt are slightly awkward. And when he is seen driving to city on his dad’s outdated Stingray bike, he seems to be a bit ridiculous.
— After a short theatrical run, the 2020 drama “Mank” begins streaming on Netflix. Acclaimed by critics, this biographical drama explores the origins of “Citizen Kane” and the social hierarchies of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Gary Oldman stars as screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz.
TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
— “The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG).
— “WWE Friday Evening SmackDown” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).
A lodge turns into a legal hideaway on “MacGyver” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14) … A brand new twist on ornaments on “Shark Tank” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
Jimmy Fallon welcomes Sienna Miller and Liam Gallagher on “The Tonight Present” (11:35 p.m., NBC) … Michael Keaton, HAIM and Todd Sucherman go to “Late Evening With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC, r)..