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: The Old Man & the Gun (Limited Theatrically) – 82-year-old Robert Redford has announced his intentions to retire from acting, which means that The Old Man & the Gun will serve as his swan song. It hearkens back to Redford classics like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting as he plays Forrest Tucker, a real-life career criminal who charmed bank tellers as he robbed them. David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon) directs, while Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck, and Tom Waits join in on the fun in front of the camera.
2. TV: Saturday Night Live Season 44 Premiere (September 29 on NBC) – As television has become ever more fragmented and ever more streaming-native, one decades-old broadcast network institution has still managed to remain eternally buzzworthy. Will Season 44 be SNL‘s funniest year ever? Probably not, although you never know. There will surely be some absolutely gut-busting sketches over the next several months, as well as the usual clunkers. I remain thankful that it is still on the air. The premiere lineup consists of BlacKkKlansman star Adam Driver hosting for the second time and Kanye West (arriving amidst perhaps more controversy than he’s ever brought) serving as musical guest for the seventh time. Then the coming weeks will see Awkwafina and Travis Scott make their debuts on October 6, followed by Seth Meyers and Paul Simon on October 13.
3. TV: Bob’s Burgers Season 9 Premiere (September 30 on FOX) – Amidst all the new shows and buzzy returning favorites, it’s important to recognize Bob’s Burgers as one of the stalwarts of FOX’s primetime schedule as it enters its ninth season. This animated sitcom about the adventures of the quirky and unapologetic Belcher family still feels like a new addition to Sunday nights, but somehow it’s been on for nearly ten years. And it’s not a stretch to say that it’s been quite possibly the most consistently delightful show of the past decade. The season premiere combines two of Tina’s great loves, as she goes crazy for a boy and crazy for her beloved boy band Boyz 4 Now.