What to Watch This Week | December 12–18
CableTV.com’s superb viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
The Golden Globes 2023 nominees have been announced, and the TV categories are solid (movies, not so much—stop pretending Top Gun: Maverick isn’t garbage, people). HBO Max and Netflix are tied at 14 noms each, and ABC is the only broadcast network in the running. The 80th Golden Globes will air Tuesday, January 10 on NBC and Peacock (neither of which have any nominations . . . ouch).
This week’s What to Watch picks include new Yellowstone prequel 1923, the FIFA World Cup Final, the series premieres of The Recruit and Kindred, Abbey Road documentary If These Walls Could Sing, and Jordan Peele’s now-streaming sci-fi hit Nope. So much to watch!
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What’s premiering this week
1923 | Paramount+ | Drama
Series premiere, Sunday, December 18: Showrunner Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone universe continues to grow with 1923, a prequel follow-up to last year’s acclaimed 1883. This generation of the Dutton family, headed by Jacob (Harrison Ford) and Cara (Helen Mirren), doesn’t have it any easier than their predecessors, facing drought, a pandemic, Prohibition, and the general economic woes of 1920s Wyoming—good times. Robert Patrick and Timothy Dalton also star.
FIFA World Cup Final | FOX | Sports, soccer
Coverage begins Sunday, December 18, 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT: FIFA fever has been running hot this year—has ’Merica finally accepted fútbol, er, soccer? Probably not, but it’s been a fun few weeks seeing #WorldCup trend like wildfire. Anyway, as of this Monday posting, Watch to Watch doesn’t know which teams will be vying for victory on Sunday, but it is safe to say that one of the 2022 World Cup’s biggest winners is Instagram superfan Ivana Knoll. Just sayin.’
What to watch on Netflix this week
The Recruit | Netflix | Drama, thriller
Series premiere, Friday, December 16: Having survived the DC dumpster fire of Black Adam, Noah Centineo takes on the lead role of The Recruit, one of Netflix’s most buzzed-about new originals of the year. CIA lawyer Owen Hendricks (Centineo) races against time to stop a former agency asset (Laura Haddock) who’s threatening to expose national secrets. The Recruit comes from the creatives behind The Rookie and The Bourne Identity, so the spy game here is legit.
Paradise PD | Netflix | Animation, comedy
Season 4 premiere, Friday, December 16: The fourth will also be the final season for Paradise PD, an animated comedy that’s like a demented mashup of Reno 911! and Brickleberry. For such an under-the-radar series, Paradise PD’s vocal cast is gold: Sarah Chalke (Rick & Morty), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Cedrick Yarbrough (Reno 911!), and comic Kyle Kinane as a drugged-out police dog. Catch up.
What to watch on Disney+ this week
National Treasure: Edge of History | Disney+ | Action, drama
Series premiere, Wednesday, December 14: No, Nicholas Cage doesn’t bring his unbearable weight of massive talent to National Treasure: Edge of History. This franchise expansion series is all about Jess (Lisette Alexis), a 22-year-old explorer on the hunt for an ancient treasure linked to her long-dead father. Edge of History is part of the National Treasure universe, however, with Harvey Keitel and Justin Bartha reprising their roles from the 2004 and 2007 movies.
If These Walls Could Sing | Disney+ | Documentary, music
Documentary premiere, Friday, December 16: Director Mary McCartney (daughter of Paul) looks at the longest-operating and most famous recording facility in the world, London’s Abbey Road Studios. The Beatles brought Abbey Road to prominence, but they weren’t the only legendary band to record there: If These Walls Could Sing also includes interviews with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Roger Waters, and Oasis’ Liam and Noel Gallagher.
What to watch on Peacock this week
Baking It | Peacock | Competition, food
Season 2 premiere, Monday, December 12: Holiday kitchen competition series Baking It is back, but co-host Andy Samberg isn’t. He’s been replaced by Amy Poehler, who now joins Maya Rudolph in emceeing the frosting frenzy. Once again, eight pairs of contestants will cook up Christmas concoctions to present to the toughest panel of culinary critics: a table of grandmothers. Also on tap: “Explosions, implements of destruction, and smashing cakes.”
Nope | Peacock | Horror, sci-fi
Movie, now streaming: On the ranch where they train horses for movie and TV productions, siblings OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Em (Keke Palmer) discover an alien entity that’s been feeding on their stock. As you’d expect from writer/director Jordan Peele, things get wild and weird from there. Nope has been hailed by critics as Peele’s “most enjoyable” and “creepiest” movie yet, with nods to the sci-fi of Steven Spielberg and Paul Verhoeven. So, watch it already.
W2W wildcards of the week
Kindred | Hulu | Drama, sci-fi
Series premiere, Tuesday, December 13: Based on Octavia Butler’s 1979 novel of the same name, Kindred follows a present-day Los Angeles writer (Mallori Johnson) who suddenly finds herself shifting through time to a 19th-century plantation from her family’s history. Not an ideal time to be a young Black woman. Kindred was adapted for TV by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Watchmen, Outer Range), and all eight episodes will stream Tuesday, December 13.
Nanny | Prime Video | Horror, thriller
Movie premiere, Friday, December 16: Sundance 2022 Grand Jury Prize winner Nanny tells the harrowing tale of a Senegalese immigrant (Anna Diop) working as a caretaker for a dysfunctional Manhattan couple’s daughter while being terrorized by a supernatural presence. I’m not saying I was hoping for a gritty, Zack Snyder-esque dystopian reboot of ’90s sitcom The Nanny, starring Fran Drescher as a nasal-voiced NYC vigilante by night, but I’m not not saying it, either.
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