What to Watch This Week | February 5–11
CableTV.com’s par excellence viewing recommendations for the best shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
This week’s What to Watch picks include the long-awaited return of Abbott Elementary, true-crime docs Lover, Stalker, Killer and They Called Him Mostly Harmless, the series debut of Stupid Pet Tricks, Camila Mendes rom-com Upgraded, and a little sporting event called Super Bowl LVIII. Quicker to the clicker!
What’s new on TV this week
Season 3 premiere, Wednesday, February 7: After cleaning up at the Golden Globes and the Emmys as the only broadcast comedy recognized with nominations anymore, Abbott Elementary is finally back with a new, strike-shortened season. In the two-part season 3 opener, Janine (Quinta Brunson) is determined to make her district-wide Career Day initiative happen, while principal Ava (Janelle James) adopts a new approach to her job (which probably doesn’t involve actually doing her job). Welcome back, Abbott!
Coverage begins Sunday, February 11, 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET: The Taylor Swift Bowl is finally here, with the San Francisco 49ers taking on the Kansas City Chiefs in Las Vegas. Conspiracy theories abound that Taylor and the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce (they’re an item, apparently) are going to take over the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show from Usher and install Joe Biden as President for Life at the behest of the lizard overlords at the Pentagon. Sounds legit. [Editor: CableTV.com does not endorse this theory.]
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What to watch on Netflix this week
Dumb Money | Netflix | Comedy, drama
Movie, now streaming: If you’re still confused about the GameStop stock market snafu of 2021, director Craig Gillespie’s Dumb Money explained it succinctly and hilariously in 2023. The true story of nobody Redditor Keith Gill, aka Roaring Kitty (Paul Dano), and his left-field shock to the Wall Street system plays out in a brisk 100 minutes without delving into the preachy anti-capitalism platitudes of business biopics like The Big Short. Pete Davidson, Seth Rogan, and Nick Offerman also star, but don’t detract.
Lover, Stalker, Killer | Netflix | Documentary
Series premiere, Friday, February 9: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, it’s a true-crime love triangle with a deadly twist—does Netflix know its audience or what? Omaha mechanic Dave Kroupa met Liz Goylar through an online dating site in 2012; they dated briefly and split. Then, Kroupa met Cari Farver at his shop, and they hit it off … until she suddenly disappeared. What happened next was crazy enough to inspire more true-crime podcasts than you can shake a merlot at. Snuggle up with Lover, Stalker, Killer.
What to watch on Max this week
They Called Him Mostly Harmless | Max | Documentary
Movie premiere, Thursday, February 8: In 2018, an unidentified hiker was found dead in Florida’s Cypress National Preserve. The man had no ID or phone; all authorities had to go on was his trail name, “Mostly Harmless.” In 2020, the amateur detectives of the internet, mostly women, set out to identify the man—they not only IDed him, but they also uncovered his motives for dropping off the grid. They Called Him Mostly Harmless is as much about internet sleuthing as it is about the man.
Tokyo Vice | Max | Drama
Season 2 premiere, Thursday, February 8: In 2022, legendary director Michael Mann (Heat—go watch it on Hulu right now) took on his first new project in a decade, Tokyo Vice. The dense, action-packed series is based on the memoirs of American journalist Jake Adelstein about his reporting on the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat in the ‘90s. Season 1 was strong, and season 2 ups the ante as Adelstein (Ansel Elgort) and Det. Hiro Katagiri (Ken Watanabe) investigate a Yakuza-related murder. Two of 10 episodes stream on February 8.
What to watch on Paramount+ this week
#CyberSleuths: The Idaho Murders | Paramount+ | Documentary
Miniseries premiere, Tuesday, February 6: They Called Him Mostly Harmless above shows the upside of amateur internet detectives getting involved in an unsolved case; #CyberSleuths: The Idaho Murders sees the downside. The November 2022 massacre of four University of Idaho students in an off-campus Moscow, Idaho, house went suspectless for weeks, leading a band of TikTokers to jump on the case both online and IRL. False leads arose, innocents were accused, and the #CyberSleuths didn’t help … or did they?
Series premiere, Sunday, February 11: The last time CBS hosted the Super Bowl in 2021, the network used the post-game slot to serve up Queen Latifah’s The Equalizer to 20+ million couch-bound viewers. Here we are with the Kansas City Chiefs again and a new CBS crime drama lead-out: Tracker, starring Justin Hartley (This Is Us) as Colter Shaw, an expert survivalist who travels the country helping police and civilians solve crimes. It’s a standard-issue crime procedural that’ll fit in seamlessly at CBS.
More of what to watch on streaming this week
Upgraded | Prime Video | Comedy, romance
Movie premiere, Friday, February 9: Ambitious intern Ana (Camila Mendes) is working her way toward a career in the art world and constantly trying to impress her persnickety boss Claire (Marisa Tomei). When she’s upgraded to first class on a business flight, Ana is mistaken for Claire by Will (Archie Renaux), and romantic sparks fly—why not just go with it? Upgraded is a familiar white-lie rom-com, but the real reason to watch is for Tomei, who’s obviously having a blast doing The Devil Wears Prada cosplay.
Stupid Pet Tricks | TBS | Reality
Series premiere, Sunday, February 11: Based on the David Letterman segment that was featured for decades on his late-night shows, Stupid Pet Tricks is about, well, stupid pet tricks. TBS canceled Chad for this, huh? Anyway: Sarah Silverman hosts the weekly showcase for the talented pets of regular folk but also … celebrities! Jon Hamm, Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow, Howie Mandel, Jack McBrayer, Reggie Watts, Jeff Ross, and Letterman himself drop in with their furbabies to ensure that the series’ launch won’t be too ruff (sorry).
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