HBO Max’s Thanksgiving Feast

(Above: Melissa McCarthy in ‘Superintelligence.’ Source: YouTube video)

On Thanksgiving Day, HBO Max will debut a smorgasbord of programming, including a new Melissa McCarthy feature comedy (Superintelligence), three series (The Flight Attendant, 12 Dates of Christmas and Stylish with Jenna Lyons ) and two holiday episodes of its crafts show, Craftopia.

Superintelligence

Melissa McCarthy is Carol Peters, deemed “the most average person on Earth.” Talk show host James Corden is the voice of the all-powerful artificial Superintelligence, who will decide humanity’s fate based solely on his assessment of Peters. Will Peters prove that people are worth saving?

The cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Brian Tyree Henry and Jean Smart.

The Flight Attendant

The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, who’s also the show’s executive producer, plays a flight attendant who wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and with no idea what happened. The eight-episode series is based on Chris Bohjalian’s novel of the same name.

The Flight Attendant’s cast also includes Michiel Huisman, Rosie Perez, Zosia Mamet, Michelle Gomez, T.R. Knight, Colin Woodell, Merle Dandridge, Griffin Matthews and Nolan Gerard Funk.

Last week HBO Max released the first episode to stream for free.

12 Dates of Christmas

Natasha Rothwell narrates this eight-episode dating reality series in which three singles – Faith, Chad and Garrett – look for someone special to bring home for Christmas. With a “fairytale” Austrian castle as the backdrop, the contestants make apparent connections, only to have new love interests stir the eggnog. Finally, having made their choice for the holiday home gathering, each single has until midnight New Year’s Eve to commit or say good riddance – you know, as if their dates were 2020 or something.

The first three episodes land on Thanksgiving, with three more on December 3 and the final two on December 10.

Stylish with Jenna Lyons

Fashion designer and former J. Crew president Jenna Lyons hosts this eight-episode series, which is described as a genre-blending “elevated documentary and formatted competition.”

The show follows Jenna who starts “a new business in the home, beauty and fashion space aimed at helping people from all walks of life find their own style.”  Over the course of the season, she redesigns a friend’s classic Brooklyn townhouse, hosts mobile fashion makeovers and launches LoveSeen, “a new beauty brand with a fresh take on lashes.” In the process, Jenna takes stock of the creative associates who aspire to become permanent fixtures of her team.  

Craftopia: Holiday Showdown

How quickly they grow up.

Hosted and executive produced by YouTuber Lauren Riihimaki, aka LaurDIY (her YouTube channel has more than 8.9 million subscribers), Craftopia launched earlier this year with 9 to 15-year old kids competing to make “truly inventive and amazing creations in order to take home the ‘Craftrophia.’”

On Thanksgiving, adults take over season two with “winter spectaculars,” two episodes featuring challenges, special guests, and a holiday-themed studio set where “Craftestants” fill up their carts with materials to compete for a cash prize.

HBO Max costs $14.99 a month, with a seven day free trial.

The subscription streamer also offers over two dozen other HBO Max shows which you can watch, no charge, at HBOMax.com/watch-free.

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