Welcome to On the Radar, your monthly reminder of what’s coming down the pike in the world of entertainment.
We’ve got the latest TV shows, movies, books and more — all coming out in February.
Take a look and see what’s up this month.
Always a Witch / Siempre bruja (Netflix)
Release date: Friday, Feb. 1
This Caracol Televisión-produced series follows Carmen, a 19-year-old Afro-Colombian slave and witch who travels through time from the 17th century to the present-day Colombian city of Cartagena in a desperate attempt to rescue her loved one. Carmen must defeat a dark rival before she can save the man she loves.
Man With A Plan (Global)
Premiere date: Monday, Feb. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
Man With A Plan stars Matt LeBlanc in a comedy about an old school guy confronting the modern challenges of parenting, marriage, and family. Adam’s (LeBlanc) self-assured wife, Andi (Liza Snyder), has gone back to work, forcing him to deal with the startling discovery that his three school age “little angels” are maniacs, all the while trying to run a contracting business with his troublemaker brother, Don (Kevin Nealon). In the midst all this this, Adam also has to deal with his strong-willed and opinionated father, Joe (Stacy Keach), who enjoys giving him terrible advice about how to run his life. With Andi’s encouragement and help from an unlikely friend Lowell (Matt Cook), Adam takes charge of his brood, lays down the law, and discovers he’s going to “nail” this job.
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (Global)
Finale date: Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Hosted by Julie Chen Moonves, the hit reality series crowns their winner on Feb. 13. Thirteen episodes air for multiple nights over the course of three weeks.
Big Brother: Celebrity’s all-star cast will be announced soon. Big Brother: Celebrity Edition follows a group of celebrities living together in a house outfitted with 87 high-definition cameras and more than 100 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day.
Each week, someone is voted out of the house, with the last remaining Houseguest receiving a grand prize.
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
Release date: Friday, Feb. 15
On the same day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving 30-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.
The Umbrella Academy, which isanadaptation of the comic book series of the same name, created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige.
Premiere date: Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Survivor: Edge of Extinction is the upcoming 38th season of the American competitive reality television series Survivor, to air on Global. The season will feature 14 new contestants competing with four returning players.
Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix)
Release date: Friday, Feb. 1
Velvet Buzzsaw is a satirical thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, Velvet Buzzsaw is produced by Jennifer Fox and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton, Natalia Dyer, John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette and Tom Sturridge.
What Men Want
Release date: Friday, Feb. 8
Ali Davis is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what more she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world, until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest to the test.
This remake of the 2000 film What Women Want stars Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, and Tracy Morgan.
Release date: Friday, Feb. 8
Sarah’s young son Miles’ disturbing behaviour signals that an evil force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family’s safety, Sarah must grapple with her maternal instinct to protect Miles in favor of investigating what is causing his dark turn.
Isn’t It Romantic?
Release date: Wednesday, Feb. 13
For a long time, Natalie, an Australian architect living in New York City, had always believed that what she had seen in rom-coms is all fantasy. But after thwarting a mugger at a subway station only to be knocked out while fleeing, Natalie wakes up and discovers that she is self-aware of her existence in a “PG-13 Universe” and must escape every cliché in order to finally fall in love and achieve the happily ever after that will bring her back to reality.
Fighting with my Family
Release date: Friday, Feb. 22
Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.
This is the upcoming biographical comedy-drama film based on The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, depicting the WWE career of professional wrestler Paige, who officially retired from in-ring competition due to injury in April 2018.
The movie stars Florence Pugh as Paige, along with Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, Lena Headey and Vince Vaughn. It’s written and directed by Stephen Merchant. Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson executive produces and also appears in the film.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Available Tuesday, Feb. 5
This is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling, award-winning The Hate U Give.
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.
But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.
Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it —she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.
Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.
Vegan on a Budget by Olivia Biermann
Available Friday, Feb. 15
Olivia Biermann, creator of the Liv B YouTube channel, isn’t your typical vegan cooking star. Although eating is one of her favourite hobbies, she doesn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. The meals she enjoys the most are those that are simple to make and taste absolutely delicious, despite putting in minimal effort. She avoids “fancy” ingredients that some people may not have on hand.
Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget is filled with 112 simple recipes from breakfast to dessert that share Olivia’s passion for inspired and effortless vegan food. With a focus on balance between health and comfort and sweet and savoury, you’ll find tonnes of tasty recipes with beautiful full-colour photos, including her Tropical Green Smooth, Half-Baked Cookie Dough Pancakes, Spicy Mango Salsa, No-Bake Brownie Bites and Sweet Sriracha Cauliflower.
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