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What To Watch This Week | April 29–May 5’s unsurpassed viewing recommendations for the best shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.

We’re inching into May, the month when TV networks usually announce show renewals and cancellations—here’s where a few of your favorites stand: The Conners and Not Dead Yet might be canceled at ABC; CSI: Vegas and So Help Me Todd are definitely canceled at CBS; The Cleaning Lady and The Great North could live on at FOX; Quantum Leap and Law & Order: Organized Crime are done at NBC, but L&O:OC will be moving to Peacock this fall. Stay tuned for more updates from Tinsel Town.

This week’s What to Watch picks include new Elisabeth Moss spy thriller The Veil, first-time director Jerry Seinfeld’s Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story, the return of Max comedy Hacks, Anne Hathaway rom-drama The Idea of You, and the 150th Kentucky Derby. Start your streams!

What’s new on TV this week

The Veil (Hulu)

The Veil | Hulu | Drama

Series premiere, Tuesday, April 30: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) kicking ass in an international spy thriller from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight? Complete with a British accent? Here for it. In The Veil, Moss plays Imogen, an MI6 agent who reluctantly teams up with a French operative (Yumna Marwan) to stop a fatal disaster and (incidentally) take in the postcard sights of Paris and Istanbul. Josh Charles and Dali Benssalah also star, and two of six episodes of The Veil stream on April 30.

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150th Kentucky Derby | NBC, Peacock | Sports, horse racing

Coverage begins Saturday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET: Live from Churchill Downs, it’s the 150th Kentucky Derby, which will see odds-on favorite Fierceness (3–1) take on 26 equestrian challengers. These include Sierra Leone (7–2), Catching Freedom (8–1), and Forever Young (10–1), as well as longshots Resilience (35–1), West Saratoga (80–1), and the optimistically named Lucky Jeremy (500–1). The main race will be broadcast on NBC, but you can catch select prep races streaming on Peacock.

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What to watch on Netflix this week

A Man in Full (Netflix)

A Man in Full | Netflix | Drama

Series premiere, Thursday, May 2: The six-episode A Man in Full is a David E. Kelley adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s acclaimed 1998 novel, so you know it’s going to get talky. Atlanta real estate mogul Charlie Croker (Jeff Daniels) fends off usurpers when his empire is suddenly forced to the verge of bankruptcy, while his wife Martha (Diane Lane) struggles to maintain her standing in local high society. A Man in Full also stars William Jackson Harper, Lucy Liu, Bill Camp, Tom Pelphrey, Sarah Jones, and Ami Ameen.

Unfrosted The Pop-Tart Story (Netflix)

Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story | Netflix | Comedy

Movie premiere, Friday, May 3: Jerry Seinfeld’s directorial debut is about the race between rival cereal companies to launch the first toaster pastry in the 1960s because, of course, it is. Besides the tasty real-life material to work with, Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story also stars an overstuffed fruit filling of comic actors: Melissa McCarthy, Hugh Grant, James Marsden, Max Greenfield, Thomas Lennon, Rachael Harris, Fred Armisen, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Sarah Cooper, Jack McBrayer, and more.

What to watch on Max this week

Hacks (Max)

Hacks | Max | Comedy, drama

Season 3 premiere, Thursday, May 2: It’s been almost two years since we saw comedian Deborah (Jean Smart) and writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) part ways. Where are we now? In the Hacks universe, it’s only been one year (way to downplay the hiatus), and Deborah is riding a whirlwind career resurgence thanks to her hit standup special. Meanwhile, Ava is dismayed that Deborah has hired new people (“She had to replace you with two writers” is spun as a compliment). Two of nine episodes stream on May 2.

Turtles All the Way Down (Max)

Turtles All the Way Down | Max | Drama

Movie premiere, Thursday, May 2: A film adaptation of John Green’s (The Fault in Our Stars) YA novel Turtles All the Way Down has been in development at various studios since the book’s release in 2017. The story centers on 16-year-old Aza (Isabela Merced), a high schooler struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder who’s tracking down the billionaire father of her childhood crush (Felix Mallard). BTW, the title refers to the world being supported by an infinite stack of turtles. Heavy.

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More of what to watch on streaming this week

Acapulco (Apple TV+)

Acapulco | Apple TV+ | Comedy

Season 3 premiere, Wednesday, May 1: Bilingual comedy Acapulco continues the whimsical dual stories of present-day success Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) and 1985 resort worker Maximo (Enrique Arrizon). This season, today’s Maximo returns to the Las Colinas resort in Acapulco, which brings up mixed feelings. Meanwhile, 1985 Maximo’s job dedication may cost him everything, including his romance with Julia (Camila Perez) and his friendship with Memo (Fernando Carsa). Two episodes stream on May 1.

The Idea of You (Prime Video)

The Idea of You | Prime Video | Drama, romance

Movie premiere, Thursday, May 2: While chaperoning her teen daughter at Coachella, 40-something single mom Solene (Anne Hathaway) falls into a chance romance with Hayes (Nicholas Galitzine), the 24-year-old lead singer of a headliner boy band. Wait, there are boy bands at Coachella? Not just ’90s acts reuniting to pay off their mortgages? Anyway, The Idea of You, directed by Michael Showalter (The Big Sick), currently sits at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, thanks mainly to Hathaway (no surprise there).

New movie releases available to rent/buy on VOD this week

Godzilla Minus One (2023)
Godzilla Minus One (2023)
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  • Blue Giant (April 30)
  • Butterfly in the Sky (April 30)
  • Enter the Clones of Bruce (April 30)
  • Karaoke (April 30)
  • Impulse (April 30)
  • Witch (April 30)
  • Stargazer (April 30)
  • My Divorce Party (April 30)
  • Remembering Gene Wilder (April 30)
  • Arcadian (May 1)
  • Godzilla Minus One (May 3)
  • Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg (May 3)
  • Chief of Station (May 3)
  • New Life (May 3)
  • Something in the Water (May 3)

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