Media Manda’s list for November features Jeff Goldblum and Olivia Coleman – need we say more? Sprinkle in a new family based unscripted series plus celebrities talking about paranormal experiences and being intentionally bitten by wild animals? We’re in for a wild month.
By Amanda Thornton (aka Media Manda)
Unscripted Series to Watch for the Month
Welcome to Plathville – TLC, premieres November 5 at 10pm
The nine flaxen-haired children in the Plath family have never had a soda, don’t know who Spider-Man or Tom Brady is and have never watched TV, living remotely in rural Georgia with their “follow their own rules” parents Kim and Barry Plath. In the latest of its iconic family shows, TLC invites viewers to “unplug” from their fast-paced lives in its new six-part series.
REVIEW: Some early reviews are calling this the show that replaces the Duggers for TLC, but it looks pretty different to me. It’s interesting that they didn’t grow up with internet or television. Overall, it looks attention-grabbing.
Famously Afraid – Travel Channel, premieres November 5 at 10pm
In the new Travel Channel series, stars relate their terrifying, true tales of encounters with the supernatural and unexplained — from hauntings to UFO sightings, to demonic possessions and beyond.
REVIEW: I wish this was airing closer to Halloween, but right after Halloween works just the same. I love a good ghost story and it makes it more interesting that celebrities are telling their own stories.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Disney+, premieres November 12
Through the prism of Jeff Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems in this new series. Each episode is centered around something we all love — like sneakers or ice cream — as Jeff pulls the thread on these deceptively familiar objects and unravels a wonderful world of astonishing connections, fascinating science and history, amazing people, and a whole lot of surprising big ideas and insights.
REVIEW: I will watch anything with Jeff Goldblum. He’s a fascinating guy and this show looks like you can learn something from it and it can be entertaining, which is my favorite type of show. Overall, I’ll be tuning in if I ever get a Disney+ subscription.
Kings of Pain – History Channel, premieres November 12 at 10pm
This series follows wildlife biologist Adam Thorn and professional animal handler Rob “Caveman” Alleva as they get bit and stung by some of the most dangerous animals and vicious stinging insects in the world – from a reticulated python to a rove beetle – to create a complete and comprehensive pain index that will ultimately help save lives.
REVIEW: I don’t know if I can watch people who willingly get insects and creatures to bite them just to see how painful they are. But, this is definitely a show for someone out there!
Scripted Series to Watch for the Month
The Crown, season 3 – Netflix, premieres November 17
Season 3 continues Netflix’s award-winning series with a new cast playing the characters and a time jump. As Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) faces a rapidly changing Britain, her family continues to struggle against the needs of the monarchy and the wants of their fracturing personal lives. Major moments will reportedly include the space race and the moon landing and the Queen’s 1972 state visit to France
REVIEW: I loved seasons one and two of this show and can’t wait to see what happens next. Olivia Coleman playing the queen again after winning an Academy Award for playing a different British queen in The Favourite is perfect.