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Entertainment Essentials: September 22, 2017

CREDIT: Melinda Sue Gordon/20th Century Fox; Jan This/CBS; Comedy Central

Every Friday, NewsCult Entertainment Editor Jeffrey Malone recommends the entertainment essentials of the week – at least three, often more, and usually at least one cinematic and at least one televisual, but it could be ANY combination.

1. Movie: Battle of the Sexes – Among sports champions, Billie Jean King is one of the greatest personalities of all time. So even if she hadn’t smoked Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes exhibition tennis match in 1973, the whole affair still would have been a hoot. Now, Emma Stone and Steve Carell are donning the glasses and ’70s duds to let us know the stories of the people behind the rackets. It’s a crowd-pleaser!

2. Movie: Victoria & Abdul – Judi Dench is starring a new movie. Need I say more? Okay, I’ll say a few things. She’s re-teaming with her Philomena director, Stephen Frears. She’s returning to the royal duds of Queen Victoria, the role that netted her her first Oscar nomination 20 years ago with Mrs. Brown. The Academy might just come calling again.

3. TV: Star Trek: Discovery Series Premiere (September 24 on CBS, all other episodes air on CBS All Access) – Here’s where the big experiment for the future continues: does CBS All Access have a place in the realm of streaming TV? If you want a loyal audience, you could do much worse than corralling a nerdy group devoted to a 50-year-old franchise whose defining mission is going boldly where none have gone before.

4. TV: The Opposition with Jordan Klepper Series Premiere (September 25 on Comedy Central) – Since the end of The Colbert Report, Comedy Central has been playing around quite a bit with the post-Daily Show slot. The newest occupant will be former TDS correspondent Klepper, who looks to be doing the Report of 2017, as The Opposition takes on the proliferation of fake news and makes itself out to be the only outlet worth listening to.

5. TV: Nathan For You Season 4 Premiere (September 28 on Comedy Central)Last week I told you about a one-hour Nathan for You reunion special. Now, the new season premieres properly. There are so many ways to describe this business reality show/parody hybrid, none of them simple, so this time around I’ll just say that, according to a recent Rolling Stone profile on host Nathan Fielder, up to 90 hours of footage is culled down into one 22-minute episode.

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