What to Watch This Week | April 17–23
CableTV.com’s most excellent viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
A reminder for you New Girl fans: As of Monday, April 17, Jess & Co. will only be available to stream on Hulu and Peacock, not Netflix where the show has resided for the past 10 years. It’s a big change, but we can do this, True Americans.
This week’s What to Watch picks include the wild new sci-fi comedies Mrs. Davis and Slip, the premieres of The Diplomat and Dead Ringers, Chris Evans/Ana de Armas movie Ghosted, Broken Lizard fable Quasi, and NHL Playoffs action. Stop dreaming, start streaming!
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What’s premiering this week
Mrs. Davis | Peacock | Drama, comedy, sci-fi
Series premiere, Thursday, April 20: Nun Simone (Betty Gilpin) is on a mission to destroy the world’s most powerful AI, known as Mrs. Davis. Sound weird? Oh, there’s more. When it premiered at SXSW 2023, Mrs. Davis drew comparisons to Westworld, Preacher, Monty Python, classic Chuck Jones cartoons, and The Leftovers (Damon Lindelof created that show and Mrs. Davis), with most critics agreeing that the series is as indescribable as it is addictive. Four of 10 episodes of Mrs. Davis stream on April 20.
NHL Playoffs | ABC, ESPN, TBS, TNT | Sports, Hockey
Coverage begins Monday, April 17: Your NHL Playoffs 2023 lineup: Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic Division); Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers (Metro Division); Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche vs. Seattle Kraken (Central Division); Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers vs. Los Angeles Kings (Pacific Division).
What to watch on Netflix this week
The Diplomat | Netflix | Drama, thriller
Series premiere, Thursday, April 20: Career diplomat Kate Wyler (Keri Russell) reluctantly takes on the job as a U.S. ambassador to the U.K. just as an international crisis is breaking out—no easing into this gig. Her longtime marriage to former ambassador Hal (Rufus Sewell) is no less rocky, making for impeding war on professional and personal fronts. The Diplomat was created by political-thriller vet Debora Cahn (Homeland, The West Wing), and all eight episodes drop on April 20.
A Tourist’s Guide to Love | Netflix | Comedy, romance
Movie premiere, Friday, April 21: After a painful breakup, travel exec Amanda (Rachel Leigh Cook) goes undercover in a Vietnam tour group and, in true rom-com fashion, falls for American ex-pat tour guide Sihn (Scott Ly). A Tourist’s Guide to Love is familiar in setup, but not setting: It’s one of the first U.S. movies ever to be filmed entirely in Vietnam. Even more historic, the movie reunites Cook with Missi Pyle, her costar from 2001’s vastly underrated Josie & The Pussycats.
What to watch on Hulu this week
Quasi | Hulu | Comedy
Movie premiere, Thursday, April 20: Comedy troupe Broken Lizard (Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske) have brought us American cinematic milestones like Super Troopers, Beerfest, and Super Troopers 2, but now they’re going streaming with Quasi. It’s a comedic (and raunchy) take on the story of Quasimodo (Lemme), a lovelorn hunchback who gets caught up in an assassination triangle between the Pope and the King of France. Yes, really.
Reginald the Vampire | Hulu | Comedy, horror
Series, now streaming: What We Do in the Shadows set a high vampire comedy bar, and Reginald the Vampire proved itself worthy when it debuted on Syfy in 2022. The series, based on the Fat Vampire books, follows smoothie-shop employee Reginald (Jacob Batalon) on his new journey as an atypically proportioned vampire with a hopeless crush on his coworker (Em Haine). Reginald the Vampire is equal parts sweet and funny, with all 10 episodes now streaming on Hulu.
What to watch on Prime Video this week
Dead Ringers | Prime Video | Drama, thriller
Series premiere, Friday, April 21: You never know what to expect from Prime Video, and the latest surprise is a gender-flipped reimagining of David Cronenberg’s 1988 cringe-classic Dead Ringers. Rachel Weisz takes over the Jeremy Irons role(s) as Beverly and Elliot Mantle, twin OBGYNs who share everything (drugs, lovers, etc.), including a pathological drive to push the boundaries of medicine at any cost. All six episodes of Dead Ringers stream on April 21.
Wild Isles | Prime Video | Documentary, nature
Series premiere, Friday, April 21: No, it’s not another reality dating show about hot singles on a scenic island, but there’s probably another one or six debuting somewhere soon if that’s what you’re into. Wild Isles is a five-part docuseries about the British Isles, filmed over three years in ultra-high-def resolution (enjoy, 4K TV owners) and narrated by Sir David Attenborough (the go-to voice for any proper nature doc). Appropriately, Wild Isles will stream just in time for Earth Day.
W2W wildcards of the week
Ghosted | Apple TV+ | Comedy, action
Movie premiere, Friday, April 21: Knives Out stars Chris Evans and Ana de Armas are together again in Ghosted, a combo rom-com and action spy thriller with a twist: Sadie (de Armas) is the cool CIA agent, not Cole (Evans). Smitten after a few dates, Cole follows Sadie to London as “a grand romantic gesture,” only to become entangled in her heretofore secret spy business; romantic action-wackiness ensues. It’s a familiar plot, but Ghosted banks on its stars’ charms and looks, which totally works.
Slip | The Roku Channel | Comedy, sci-fi
Series premiere, Friday, April 21: Slip—created, produced, directed by, and starring Zoe Lister-Jones—tweaks the Everything Everywhere All at Once multiverse formula with sex. Bored wife Mae (Jones) has a one-night stand with a stranger, only to wake up married to the stranger in an alternate universe. Every orgasm transports her to a parallel dimension, so Mae has to sleep with multiple multiverse randos to get back to her real husband—hey, it’s science. All seven episodes of Slip stream on April 21.
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