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Bubba Wallace, Vikings and Clint Eastwood: Here’s what’s streaming for Canada on Netflix, Crave and more this week

With so many different streaming platforms and cable offerings to navigate, choosing what to watch has never been harder. To make things easier, here are our best tune-in tips for the week ahead.

MONDAY

The Endgame

Morena Baccarin and Ryan Michelle Bathé star in the ultimate high-stakes showdown between criminal mastermind Elena Federova and FBI Agent Val Turner. When they play Elena’s game, deadly truths are revealed… and everyone bows to the queen.

This high-stakes thriller stars Morena Baccarin (“Homeland” and “Gotham”) as Elena Federova, a recently captured arms dealer and brilliant criminal mastermind. Despite being apprehended, the antagonist still manages to orchestrate co-ordinated bank heists while in custody. Her adversary and the show’s chief protagonist is FBI agent Val Turner, played by Ryan Michelle Bathé (“All Rise”). “I think she is fighting for a good cause,” Baccarin said during a Television Critics Association panel when asked if her character was an anti-hero audiences would root for. “Any good villain has real reasons to be doing what they are doing and that is the case with this character.” Pick of the week.

NBC, 10 p.m.

TUESDAY

Cat Burglar

Classic cartoon craziness meets an interactive quiz in CAT BURGLAR. In this Tex Avery inspired toon from the creators of BLACK MIRROR, the viewer helps Rowdy Cat vex Peanut the Security Pup and break into a museum with the goal of making off with a priceless prize. With an average runtime of ten minutes, and over an hour and a half of animation to choose from, the viewer could play CAT BURGLAR a hundred times and never view the same cartoon twice!

If you are craving new “Black Mirror” episodes, this might be the next best thing. The creators of that futuristic dystopia series — and its interactive episode “Bandersnatch” — have done it again. This time around, Charlie Brooker and his team have combined a classic cartoon with an interactive trivia quiz. By answering onscreen questions, viewers help Rowdy Cat break into a museum and steal paintings before being apprehended by Peanut the Security Pup. While the average run time is 15 minutes, there is over an hour and half of animation to choose from and the episode can be played multiple times to unlock previously unseen scenarios.

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Netflix

RACE: Bubba Wallace

Both the personal and professional tracks of race car driver Bubba Wallace’s life are chronicled in this new docuseries. With exclusive access to Wallace during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, his first with Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin’s 23XI Racing, the six-episode series traces his rise to the elite ranks of NASCAR as the only full-time Black driver and the turbulent aftermath that followed his decision to speak out about racial injustice.

The double entendre within the title of this Netflix docuseries is intentional. “RACE: Bubba Wallace” follows the personal and professional life of race car driver Bubba Wallace. Primarily homing in on Wallace preparing for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, the six episodes track Wallace’s rise as the only full-time Black NASCAR driver and what happened after he decided to speak out against racial injustice.

Netflix

WEDNESDAY

Celebrity Big Brother

Hard to believe we are already at the end. The winner of “Celebrity Big Brother” will be crowned in this season finale, although for most of these celebs just even finding their way back into the conversation is a win.

Global, 8 p.m.

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder

The Proud Family is louder and prouder and FINALLY coming back to your screens! 💜 The Proud Family: #LouderAndProuder, an all-new Original series, is streaming February 23 only on @DisneyPlus.

Disney Plus’s revival of this animated series features some of the voice actors from the original (2001-05), including Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Cedric the Entertainer and Soleil Moon Frye. New voices include Keke Palmer, Billy Porter and Zachary Quinto. The original series revolved around 14-year-old Penny Proud navigating her way through junior high school, so it will be interesting to see what is different in the reboot. At a Television Critics Association panel earlier this month, executive producer Ralph Farquhar said the new series is even more progressive.

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Disney Plus

THURSDAY

Charli XCX: Alone Together

IN THEATERS AND ON DIGITAL JANUARY 28.

This interesting documentary features pop star Charli XCX asking her fans to help her make an album while she is quarantined at home during the pandemic. Charli confronts mental health issues, reconnects with her boyfriend, while also producing new music.

Prime Video

FRIDAY

Vikings: Valhalla

The spinoff to the original series takes place 100 years after its events. The story will follow a new generation of heroes. It focuses on legendary explorer Leif Eriksson (played by Sam Corlett) and his sister Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson).

Netflix

SATURDAY

Cry Macho

Clint Eastwood produces, directs and stars in this drama about a rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who accepts a job from an old boss to bring the boss’s son back from Mexico. The pair are forced to take back roads on their way back to Texas, and find unexpected connections and a sense of redemption along the way.

Crave

DON’T MISS

LOL: Last One Laughing Canada

Jay Baruchel hosts the Canadian version of the international hit comedy series LOL: Last One Laughing. The six-part competition series pits 10 of the best comedic talents against each other in a showdown, where anything can happen. Starring Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Debra DiGiovanni (Humour Resources), Dave Foley (The Kids in the Hall), Jon Lajoie (The League), Tom Green (Road Trip, The Tom Green Show), Mae Martin (Feel Good), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Brandon Ash- Mohammed (TallBoyz), Andrew Phung (Kim’s Convenience), and K. Trevor Wilson (Letterkenny).

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“LOL: Last One Laughing Canada” features 10 of Canada’s best comics together in a room trying to make each other giggle. The last one standing gets a $100,000 donation to the charity of their choice. The show is an international hit around the world (check out the Brazilian and Italian versions that are also available on Prime Video) so there are high expectations for the Northern version. The cast includes Colin Mochrie, Tom Green and Caroline Rhea. The series is currently streaming.

Prime Video

Murtz Jaffer is a Toronto-based entertainment writer and a freelance contributor for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @murtzjaffer

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