When you’re not busy watching Southern stars Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, and Willie Nelson kill their parts in The Greatest Night in Pop, the Netflix documentary on the making of “We Are the World,” February offers even more love for the region in these series and films.
Carla Hall of Fame
Chasing Flavor, Max
Here at G&G, we are big fans of the ever-charming Carla Hall, the Top Chef favorite, TV host, and cookbook author who has served as the judge of the Food category for our Made in the South Awards and dished out wisdom in our 2019 book, Southern Women. Now, a brilliant TV mind at Max has done what someone should have a long time ago and given Hall a show of her own: the six-episode Chasing Flavor, which dropped February 1, for which Hall travels all over the globe to find the roots of American classics such as shrimp and grits and chicken potpie.
The Devil Wears Prada? But for the Art World? Groundbreaking.
Upgraded, Prime Video
Florida girl Camila Mendes—best known for playing Veronica (of Betty and Veronica) on Riverdale, the bat-crap-crazy teen series based on the Archie comics—takes a star turn in this intern-to-a-difficult-boss tale, out February 9. God knows from my Hallmark habit that I love a rom-com filled with miscommunication and misdirection!
Breaking Barriers—and the Kármán Line
The Space Race, Hulu and Disney+
This National Geographic documentary on the injustices faced by and the ambitions of NASA’s Black astronauts—including Southerners like Charles Bolden—looks, and I do actually fully intend this pun, out of this world. Put me down for logging into Hulu or Disney+ to watch this film on February 13, when it streams the day after it airs on Nat Geo.
Growing up, I watched the 1988 TV miniseries Elvis and Me—based on the book of the same name, by Priscilla Presley—approximately fifty-eleven times. So I was especially excited to see Sofia Coppola’s new dramatization of Elvis and Priscilla’s relationship as viewed through the latter’s eyes when it hit theaters last year, but life or laziness got in the way. Thankfully, it’ll start streaming on February 23.
Willie, Willie, Everywhere
Willie and Me, Video on Demand
Despite the MULTIPLE Willie Nelson–related items in last month’s Southern Streaming, the worldwide love for the Red Headed Stranger is in no danger of slowing down. Director (and star) Eva Hassmann is Greta Weingarten, a housewife determined to make it to Willie’s farewell concert in Las Vegas in this road-trip comedy, streaming on demand February 9.
A Search in the Sunshine State
How’s this for a juicy true-crime setup: A hiker dies in Florida, and when a sketch of him is released, other hikers say they’d met the John Doe—only he hadn’t revealed his name. Who was he? As Max teases, after “two years, thousands of devoted internet sleuths, and a miracle of science to identify him,” then “the trouble really starts.” We’ll all find out what that tantalizing kicker means on February 8, when the documentary is released.
Red Right Hand, Video on Demand
Asheville’s own Andie MacDowell, arguably one of America’s sweetheart actresses, finally gets to sink her teeth into a villainous role in this thriller that was filmed in Kentucky and will debut on demand February 23. MacDowell stars as “sadistic kingpin Big Cat,” who goes up against Cash, a.k.a. the absolutely NOT Southern Orlando Bloom. Can’t wait to see her get her claws out in what Magnolia Pictures describes as “Yellowstone and Ozark meets the Sopranos.”
Meeting of the Minds
Genius: MLK/X, Hulu and Disney+
The charismatic New Orleans native Kelvin Harrison Jr.—whom we interviewed back in 2022—embodies Martin Luther King Jr. in this just-released, eight-part docudrama that delves into the childhoods, lives, and civil rights legacies of King and Malcolm X (portrayed here by Brit actor Aaron Pierre).
State of the Lone Star State
God Save Texas, Max
For this three-part docuseries inspired by a bestseller by Lawrence Wright, three directors—including another G&G Interview subject, the Oscar-nominated Richard Linklater—return to their Texas hometowns to examine hot topics in the state and beyond: the criminal justice system, the human costs of the oil industry, and the border. God Save Texas: Hometown Prison, God Save Texas: The Price of Oil, and God Save Texas: La Frontera will all drop February 27.
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