What to watch this weekend: 'Beaches' remake on Lifetime, 'Frontier' on Netflix
Weekend couch planner
Game of Furs: Frontier
Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) stars in Frontier as Declan Harp, a part-Irish part-Native American outlaw who fights, bludgeons and schemes his way through the Canadian fur trade in the 18th century. Told through multiple perspectives - from Harp and a young Irish captive to a barmaid who trades in secrets and a ruthless English lord - the series follows the often bloody business negotiations associated with one of America's first industries. The historical setting is a surprising pick for a new drama, but in the game of furs you either win or you probably suffer through a very cold winter. 3 a.m. Friday, Netflix.
Grab the tissues: Beaches
The small-screen remake of the weepy 1988 film Beaches stars Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, right, and NAACP Image Award winner Nia Long, left. As young girls, CC (Menzel) and Hillary (Long) meet on the Venice Boardwalk and embark on a lifelong friendship that spans the birth of Hillary's daughter and the rise of CC's acting and singing career in Los Angeles. The Lifetime remake includes new takes on Bette Midler's The Glory of Love and her Grammy-winning Wind Beneath My Wings, as well as several other songs recorded specifically for the new movie. The original starred Midler and Barbara Hershey and was directed by Garry Marshall. 8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime.
Catch them if you can: Hunted
The new competition series Hunted follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt that sees them attempting to evade capture in a world covered with digital footprints. The highly skilled investigators on their trails combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to catch the teams. They scour the fugitives' homes, phone records and Internet histories to identify behavioral patterns that could lead to potential leads on hiding places. The goal is to stay off the grid long enough to avoid being found within 100,000 square miles of the southeastern United States. The teams that avoid being captured within 28 days win a grand prize of $250,000. 10 p.m. Sunday, CBS.
Welcome back: Mercy Street
The highly praised Civil War drama returns for a second season this weekend. Mercy Street revolves around the doctors, soldiers, free and enslaved African-Americans and other inhabitants of war-torn Alexandria, Va. The second season promises to take viewers closer to the war and into the rooms of Confederate power. The new season also dives into the lives of newly freed African-Americans who are forced to live in forbidden camps. In the premiere, a former slave-turned-abolitionist causes trouble between Foster and Mary, and Samuel makes plans to reunite with Aurelia. 8 p.m. Sunday, PBS
Don't miss Monday: Beware the Slenderman
Almost three years ago, two 12-year-old girls lured a classmate into the Wisconsin woods and stabbed her 19 times in the name of a mythical creature known as Slenderman. The news horrified the world, and the two girls were charged as adults with first-degree attempted murder. The HBO special Beware the Slenderman includes interviews with specialists who help put the girls' mental state and Slenderman mythology in context, as well as courtroom testimony and interrogation s. The documentary explores what led to the shocking crime and how an Internet urban myth takes root in young minds. 10 p.m. Monday, HBO.
Upcoming streaming releases
Friday: Papa (Netflix); Take the 10 (Netflix); Voltron: Legendary Defender, Season 2 (Netflix)
Saturday: Bates Motel, Season 4 (Netflix); Grami's Circus Show, Season 2 (Netflix)
Sunday: Where to Invade Next (Hulu and Amazon)
Monday: The Choice (Hulu)
Wednesday: The Path, Season 2 (Hulu)
Jan. 27: iBOY (Netflix), Sharknado: The Fourth Awakens (Netflix), Dirty Grandpa (Hulu), Z: The Beginning of Everything, Season 1 (Amazon)
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