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'Shadow and Bone'

A darkly fantastical series that might tide over tweens and families impatiently awaiting the return of "Stranger Things," it's based on the book "Six of Crows" and the namesake novel by young-adult fantasy author Leigh Bardugo. The episodes blend Narnia- and Middle-Earth-style sorcery with a little "Greatest Showman"/Panic! at the Disco visual style, plus a compelling storyline about childhood friends quite literally torn between different worlds. Netflix (Chris Riemenschneider)

Billboard Music Awards

Get ready for the Weeknd, who was snubbed at the Grammys. He's set to sing at Billboard's annual soiree Sunday. Like the Grammys, this ceremony will also feature K-pop phenoms BTS, doing "Butter," their second single in English. And the Twin Cities' own Sounds of Blackness will reprise their 30-year-old anthem "Optimistic" with its original lead singer, Ann Nesby, plus Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who co-produced it. Drake, who is also scheduled to perform Sunday, will be honored as artist of the decade; Pink will receive the Icon Award. 7 p.m. Sun., KARE, Ch. 11 (Jon Bream)

'Master of None'

Aziz Ansari's series returns after a four-year break, but it has little in common with its first two stellar seasons. Perhaps still camera shy following allegations of sexual misconduct, Ansari makes only a couple of on-screen appearances, focusing instead on directing all five episodes. This time, the focus is on the rocky relationship between Denise (Lena Waithe) and her wife, Alicia (Naomi Ackie). There's not nearly as many laughs, but the story of the two women will move you, especially when it deals with Alicia's uphill battle to have a baby. Starts streaming Sunday on Netflix (Neal Justin)

'Queen & Slim'

Movie fans who watched Daniel Kaluuya pick up the Oscar for "Judas and the Black Messiah" probably knew him from his previous nomination for "Get Out" but may have missed this incendiary drama, which came in between. The title deliberately recalls "Bonnie & Clyde," with Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a couple whose bad date gets much worse during a violent traffic stop. Forced to flee, they become folk heroes in a series of riveting set pieces. Amazon, Hulu (Chris Hewitt)


Just when you thought shows about stand-up comics had become as stale as jokes about airline food, along comes this laugh-out-loud series about a Joan Rivers-like comic who reluctantly takes on an upstart writer to freshen up her Vegas act. Jean Smart, on a hot streak after "Mare of Easttown" and "Watchmen," squares off nicely with the promising Hannah Einbinder, daughter of "SNL" alum Laraine Newman. HBO Max (Neal Justin)

'The Cotton Club Encore'

Before recutting "The Godfather Part III," director Francis Ford Coppola tinkered with his criminally overlooked 1984 musical celebrating heyday Harlem. This new and improved version puts a greater emphasis on song-and-dance sequences, so you get longer tap battles between brothers Gregory and Maurice Hines and a sassy comic number from Jackee Harry. The music is so exhilarating, it almost drowns out the off-key romance between Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Pluto TV (Neal Justin)

Lucé Pizza Party

In the spirit of its popular annual block party in Minneapolis, Pizza Lucé will celebrate National Pizza Day on Friday by also celebrating Minnesota music. A $5 virtual ticket will get you a four-topping virtual festival with performances by two local rap legends, Carnage the Executioner and Sean Anonymous, plus prolific piano plunker Mark Mallman and thrashing punk quartet Supportive Parents. (Chris Riemenschneider)


This high-concept series throws Dickens characters both major and minor into a blender and reimagines them living cheek by jowl in a wholly invented story. There's Bumble and Fagin and Mrs. Gamp and Little Nell; Scrooge before his Christmas Eve epiphany, Miss Havisham before her wedding-day fiasco, Tiny Tim before he turned up lame. Wandering through the London streets is Inspector Bucket (Stephen Rea), stepping out of "Bleak House" to solve the murder of one Jacob Marley. Amid the aha! moments, you'll find yourself rummaging through your bookshelves — or at least Wikipedia — to refresh your memory of high school English. Amazon Prime (Cynthia Dickison)

'Mike Tyson: The Knockout'

This four-hour documentary spends a lot of time building the case that the former champ was the most talented boxer of all time. Viewers may also be surprised by how savvy Tyson can be outside the ring. But when it comes to facing the heavyweight's dark side, this doc doesn't pull any punches. While it's not as powerful as recent mega-docs on Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, it still packs a wallop. KSTP, Ch. 5, with part one 7 p.m. Tuesday, part two 7 p.m. June 1 (Neal Justin)

'Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.'

Comedian and comic-book fanatic Patton Oswalt voices a super-villain who discovers that the human-resources department at his evil corporation is more formidable than the Avengers. There are some clever bits sprinkled throughout the animated series, but there's not much here that the "Despicable Me" film series didn't already cover. Hulu (Neal Justin)