New this week: Jingle Ball 2020 & 2 doses of Meryl Streep

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This combination photo shows key art for the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2020, a 90-minute special based on the annual concert, Monday, Dec. 14 on The CW, from left, "High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special, debuting Friday on Disney +, and "Saturday Night Live," featuring Timothe Chalamet who will make his debut as host. (The CW/Disney+/NBC via AP)

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.


— Travel may seem closed off right now but how about a cruise with Meryl Streep, Dianne Wiest and Candice Bergen? “Let Them All Talk,” which debuts Friday on HBO Max, was filmed on an Atlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2, the British ocean liner. Directed in a two-week dash by Steven Soderbergh and scripted by the short-story writer Deborah Eisenberg, the film — delightful and light despite its lumbering setting — is about an American novelist (Streep) given a prize in England, who, refusing to fly, takes the boat instead and brings along several old friends (Wiest, Bergan) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges).

— If one Streep film wasn’t enough for you, she’s again in typically fine form in “The Prom,” parodying a diva actor in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the 2018 Broadway musical. In the Netflix film, streaming Friday, Streep and James Corden play a pair of comically self-centered, awards-obsessed theater stars. When their show flops and their careers are teetering, they try to win back public favor by traveling (with Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells in tow) to small-town Indiana to defend a high-schooler (Jo Ellen Pellman) barred from attending prom with her girlfriend (Ariana DeBose).

— From the Irish animator Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells,” “Song of the Sea,” both Oscar nominated) comes his latest lyrical, earthy beauty. “Wolfwalkers,” which Moore co-directed with Ross Stewart for the Kilkenny-based studio Cartoon Saloon, is a hand-drawn folk tale set in a medieval village suffering wolf attacks. When the daughter (Honor Kneafsey) of a hunter (Sean Bean) befriends a mythical tribe who walk as wolves by night, a once-unthinkable peace becomes possible. It streams on Apple TV+ Friday.

— AP Film Writer Jake Coyle


Jon Bon Jovi has already produced an album this year with “2020” and the concert film "On a Night Like This — Bon Jovi 2020." But he's not done: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on Monday released three holiday cover songs: “Christmas All Over Again,” “Fairytale of New York” and “If I Get Home on Christmas Day,” made famous by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Pogues and Elvis Presley, respectively.