What to Watch This Week | February 28–March 6
CableTV.com’s masterful viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
Welcome to March 2022, which marks two years since the CableTV.com gang last worked together in an office and one year since the launch of this weekly What to Watch column. That adds up to over 500 TV recommendations and dozens of missed IRL team lunches. For all I know my editor, Mikayla, could have been replaced with an AI Zoom avatar . . . maybe I’ve been watching too many dystopian-tech sci-fi dramas.
This week’s What to Watch recommendations include the return of Outlander, a pair of true-crime dramas, some pro wrestling action, a pirate comedy, Courteney Cox versus a haunted house, and more. Grab that remote and go! (Or stay, it’s up to you.)
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What’s premiering this week
Outlander | STARZ | Drama, fantasy
Season 6 premiere, Sunday, March 6: STARZ’s hit time-travel romance fantasy (that’s a mouthful of a descriptor) returns for a sixth season, so where and when is Outlander happening now? Scottish ex-pats Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) are still at their North Carolina homestead in 1772 America, but the Revolutionary War is nigh—these kids just can’t catch a break. Season 6 is shorter than usual (eight episodes), but Outlander has been renewed for a seventh season, so relax superfans.
AEW Revolution | PPV | Sports, wrestling
Coverage begins 8 p.m. EST, Sunday, March 6: All Elite Wrestling’s first pay-per-view event of 2022 will go down at Addition Financial Stadium in Orlando, Florida—but you can catch all the action from home. The Revolution fight card includes Chris Jericho vs. Eddie Kingston, a seven-man ladder match, Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. vs. Thunder Rosa (Women’s World Championship match), “Hangman” Adam Page vs. Adam Cole (Men’s World Championship match), and a “dog-collar” brawl between CM Punk and MJF. Oh yeeeaaah!
What to watch on Netflix this week
The Weekend Away | Netflix | Drama, thriller
Movie premiere, Thursday, March 3: BFFs Beth (Leighton Meester) and Kate (Christina Wolfe) are living it up on a girls’ getaway in Croatia—until Kate ceases living and Beth becomes the prime suspect for her murder. The Weekend Away, based on the psychological thriller novel of the same name, doesn’t expect you to believe that Beth actually killed her friend . . . but could that be a diversion? She has no recollection of the night before, and the two were seen arguing the last time they were together. Whodunnit?
Pieces of Her | Netflix | Action, drama
Series premiere, Friday, March 4: When small-town speech pathologist Laura (Toni Collette) and her daughter Andy (Bella Heathcote) find themselves threatened by a gunman, Laura shockingly springs into Jane Wick action and takes down the shooter. What doesn’t Andy know about her mom? Why is Laura so anxious over appearing in a viral video of the incident? Can Pieces of Her live up to the critically acclaimed Karin Slaughter book on which it’s based? We have eight episodes to find out.
What to watch on HBO Max this week
Series premiere, Tuesday, March 1: Two-part docuseries The Larry David Story is as serious as you’d expect: “I never thought of myself as funny,” David reveals, adding “I’m a total fraud.” A comedy career spanning the ’70s to Seinfeld to his current 11-season Curb Your Enthusiasm reign suggests otherwise, and director/interviewer/friend Larry Charles attempts to drag all of the deets out of David. Both one-hour parts of the doc, “American Jewboy” and “The Jewish Fountainhead,” will air on Tuesday, March 1.
Our Flag Means Death | HBO Max | Comedy
Series premiere, Thursday, March 3: Director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) moves from hilariously inept vampires to hilariously inept 18th-century pirates with Our Flag Means Death, a 10-episode HBO Max comedy. Rhys Darby stars as newbie pirate Stede Bonnet, captain of the bad ship Revenge and its motley crew. After a rough new career launch, Stede gets a lesson in true pirating when he has a run-in with the notorious Blackbeard (Waititi). Three episodes of Our Flag Means Death drop Thursday, March 3.
What to watch on Hulu this week
Season 5 premiere, Monday, Feb. 28: Moody family comedy Better Things is ending with its fifth season, meaning this is the last we’ll see of harried single mom Sam (series creator/writer/director Pamela Adlon), her fascinating trio of daughters (Mikey Madison, Hanna Riley, Olivia Edward), and their crankily endearing grandmother Phyllis (Celia Imrie). Better Things has always been a fluid celebration of family, love, and art that plays loose with plotting and structure, but trust Adlon to bring it all home.
The Dropout | Hulu | Drama
Series premiere, Thursday, March 3: After Inventing Anna, Pam & Tommy, and the new Joe vs. Carole (more on that in a minute), do we really need another expanded docuseries based on recent true events? Hulu’s eight-episode The Dropout, based on the six-episode podcast about disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, answers with “Sure, why not?” Amanda Seyfried stars as Holmes, alongside a packed cast including Naveen Andrews, William H. Macy, Sam Waterston, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Ironside.
W2W wildcards of the week
Joe vs. Carole | Peacock | Drama
Series premiere, Thursday, March 3: A dramatized take on the Tiger King saga? Once again: Sure, why not? This version of Joe Exotic’s (played here by John Cameron Mitchell) bizarre battle with rival animal enthusiast Carole Baskin (Kate McKinnon, who was originally cast to play Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout) looks like an extended Saturday Night Live sketch but plays like a straight drama with comic touches (because how could it not?). The eight-episode series also stars Kyle McLachlan, Dean Winters, and William Fichtner.
Shining Vale | STARZ | Comedy, horror
Series premiere, Sunday, March 6: Fleeing Brooklyn, long-married couple Pat (Courteney Cox) and Terry (Greg Kinnear) cash out their life savings and buy a Victorian mansion in quaint Shining Vale, Connecticut. But it turns out the house is haunted by the ghost of a ’50s housewife (Mira Sorvino) who committed several murders on the premises, and only Pat can see her. Shining Vale is like a more sinister and profane version of Ghosts and, after all those Scream movies, Cox knows how to balance terror and laughs.