What to Watch This Week | February 20–26
CableTV.com’s stellar viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
Have you seen Cunk on Earth on Netflix? The historical mockumentary series hosted by hilariously incompetent investigative journalist Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) is the best thing since Drunk History—or actual history, for that matter. Highly recommended.
This week’s What to Watch picks include the return of cult comedy Party Down, the 2023 kickoff of Major League Soccer, new seasons of Outer Banks and The Blacklist, the star-powered premieres of The Consultant and Liaison, and Eugene Levy as The Reluctant Traveler. Let’s start watching!
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What’s premiering this week
Party Down | STARZ | Comedy
Season 3 premiere, Friday, February 24: Cult comedy Party Down was canceled by STARZ 13 years ago, but now it’s back with most of the original cast (Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, Megan Mullally, Martin Starr, and Ryan Hansen; Lizzy Caplan was busy with Fleishmann is in Trouble). They’re still working for L.A. catering company Party Down, so they obviously haven’t achieved their Hollywood dreams, which makes for bitter comedy gold. Catch up on one of the best workplace comedies ever on Hulu before you head to STARZ.
MLS | FOX, MLS League Pass | Sports, soccer
Coverage begins Saturday, February 25, 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT: Major League Soccer kicks off its 2023 season in a major way with 13 games on Saturday, including Nashville SC vs. New York City Football Club, Atlanta United vs. San Jose Earthquakes, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake. You can watch all of Saturday’s games for free with MLS Season Pass via Apple TV, as well as one on FOX (Nashville vs. NYC). After that, it’ll cost you—read our MLS Season Pass review for more deets.
What to watch on Netflix this week
Outer Banks | Netflix | Drama, mystery
Season 3 premiere, Thursday, February 23: After two seasons of searching for gold in their coastal North Carolina town, the working-class band of “Pogue” teens finds themselves stranded on a desert island. Of course, the island is home to El Dorado, the lost city of gold—will luck never run out for these impossibly good-looking kids? Maybe, since their Richie Rich rivals and a Caribbean bounty hunter are out to get them before they can find the treasure. All 10 episodes of Outer Banks Season 3 drop on February 23.
We Have a Ghost | Netflix | Comedy, supernatural
Movie premiere, Friday, February 24: When his family moves into a haunted house, young Kevin (Jahi Winston) starts filming ghost Ernest (David Harbour with a wicked combover) for his YouTube channel. When the videos become a viral sensation, Ernest attracts the unwanted attention of a psychic TV medium (Jennifer Coolidge), as well as a CIA agent (Tig Notaro) who’s been hunting him. We Have a Ghost is based on the 2017 short story “Ernest,” and also stars Anthony Mackie, Erica Ash, and Faith Ford.
What to watch on Prime Video this week
The Consultant | Prime Video | Comedy, drama
Series premiere, Friday, February 24: When a high-profile merger falls through, gaming app company CompWare hires consultant Regus Patoff (Christoph Waltz) to steady the business. But soon, the intimidating Mr. Patoff is running the whole show and putting the employees on edge—because he’s Christoph freakin’ Waltz, duh. The Consultant is a dark comedy that plays like a mashup of Mythic Quest, Horrible Bosses, and The Terminator, and all eight episodes of Season 1 will stream on February 24.
Die Hart: The Movie | Prime Video | Comedy
Movie premiere, Friday, February 24: Quibi, the short-form streaming service that launched and folded in 2020, had some cool content that outlived its ill-fated delivery model: a brilliant Reno 911! revival, Anna Kendrick’s overlooked Dummy, and Die Hart, an action-comedy from Kevin Hart. Die Hart: The Movie is just several 10-minute episodes of Die Hart, wherein Hart attends an “action hero school” run by John Travolta, repackaged as a film. Convenient, but you can still watch the episodic version on The Roku Channel.
What to watch on Apple TV+ this week
Liaison | Apple TV+ | Drama, thriller
Series premiere, Friday, February 24: When a mercenary terrorist (Vincent Cassel) launches a series of cyber attacks on London, it’s up to MI6 agent Alison Rowdy (Eva Green) to stop him. The twist: the pair have a torrid romantic, and torrid-er political dissenter, past. It’s a familiar story (ahem, Homeland), but capital-A Actors Cassel and Green carry British-French production Liaison with intensity and urgency. To keep you on the edge of your seat, Apple TV+ is only releasing one installment of the six-episode series a week.
The Reluctant Traveler | Apple TV+ | Reality, travel
Series premiere, Friday, February 24: “I’m more of a great indoors type of guy,” says Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek). “But I’ve agreed to explore what lies outside of my comfort zone.” It’s hard to feel sorry for Levy, as The Reluctant Traveler series takes him to the most beautiful locales of Costa Rica, Finland, Italy, Japan, Maldives, Portugal, South Africa, and the US over eight lushly-shot episodes. Maybe The Reluctant Traveler will inspire the couch potatoes among us (guilty) to get out in the world without our remotes.
W2W wildcards of the week
Season 6 premiere, Wednesday, February 22: Originally produced for SHOWTIME, John Singleton’s period crime drama Snowfall landed on FX in 2017, where it’s now wrapping up with its sixth and final season. The series follows the intersecting lives of several Los Angeles drug dealers, wannabes, and undercover agents during the first crack cocaine epidemic of the early ‘80s—but Snowfall is more upbeat than that sounds. Previous seasons of Snowfall have scored perfect 100% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, so the pressure’s on.
Season 10 premiere, Sunday, February 26: The Blacklist has been somewhat adrift since FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) was killed off in Season 8, but smooth criminal Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has carried the show to its 10th and final season through sheer force of character. Red’s bottomless tumbler of whimsical tales from exotic lands is as crucial to The Blacklist as the baddies he helps the FBI bring down. Personally, I like to think of Red as an evolution of Spader’s Robert California character from The Office.
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