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What to Watch This Week | January 23–29’s most excellent viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.

If you’ve been watching Paul T. Goldman on Peacock, you’re probably still reeling from last night’s finale—if there’s such a thing as reality TV Inception, that was it. Fans of The Rehearsal should check this six-episode series out, but everyone else should maybe avoid Paul T. Goldman.

This week’s What to Watch recommendations include the returns of The Bachelor and American Auto, WWE Royal Rumble wrestling action, the premieres of Lockwood & Co. and Wolf Pack, Natasha Lyonne crime comedy Poker Face, and new Ted Lasso–adjacent series Shrinking. To the TV box!

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What’s premiering this week

The Bachelor | ABC, Hulu | Reality, dating

Season 27 premiere, Monday, January 23: When you do the math on 26 previous seasons of The Bachelor, the show only has a 4% success rate of winning couples staying together. But everything will probably work out great for Season 27 bachelor Zach Shallcross (of The Bachelorette Season 19), right? He’ll have 30 women to choose from, including one who promises, “If I don’t get a rose, I’ll burn this house down!” Good luck and Godspeed, Zach.

The Bachelor (ABC)

WWE Royal Rumble | Peacock | Sports, wrestling

Coverage begins Saturday, January 28, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT: Live from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, it’s WWE Royal Rumble 2023, kicking off with 30-man and 30-woman Royal Rumble matches. (Are there 30 women in the WWE?) The rest of the card includes Bray Wyatt vs. L.A. Knight (Mountain Dew Pitch Black match), Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens (Undisputed WWE Universal Championship match), and Bianca Belair vs. Alexa Bliss (WWE Raw Women’s Championship).

WWE Royal Rumble (Peacock)

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What to watch on Netflix this week

You People | Netflix | Comedy

Movie premiere, Friday, January 27: Black-ish creator Kenya Barris directed and co-wrote this comedy about a new couple (Lauren London and Jonah Hill, the other co-writer) managing their parents’ reactions to that coupling. Sound like a played-out Meet the Parents trope? Not when those parents are Eddie Murphy, Nia Long, David Duchovny, and Julia Louise-Dreyfus. The R-rated You People is also currently playing in theaters if you’re into that IRL movies thing.

You People (Netflix)

Lockwood & Co. | Netflix | Drama, supernatural

Series premiere, Friday, January 27: A girl with psychic powers (Ruby Stokes) joins a pair of teenage boys (Cameron Chapman and Ali Hadji-Heshmati) at their London ghost-hunting agency, Lockwood & Co. (that must have been a very specific LinkedIn listing). Based on the Jonathan Stroud YA novels, Lockwood & Co. was created and directed by Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and produced by Edgar Wright (Last Night in Soho), a perfect paranormal pedigree.

Lockwood & Co. (Netflix)

What to watch on Peacock this week

American Auto | NBC, Peacock | Comedy

Season 2 premiere, Tuesday, January 24: Created by Justin Spitzer (Superstore), American Auto is a dry-humored workplace comedy about a Detroit auto company adapting to modern industry despite its clueless new boss (Ana Gasteyer). American Auto could be the next Superstore if NBC sticks with it, and pairing the show with new hit Night Court on Tuesdays just might jump the network back into the comedy business—there are enough cop shows, NBC.

American Auto (NBC)

Poker Face | Peacock | Comedy, drama

Series premiere, Thursday, January 26: While we wait for a possible third season of Russian Doll, we can get our Natasha Lyonne fix with Poker Face, a new series from Rian Johnson (yes, the Knives Out guy). Poker Face falls in the case-of-the-week whodunnit spirit of TV classics like Columbo, following Charlie Cale (Lyonne) as she travels across New Mexico in her sweet Barracuda, solving mysteries with her natural ability to spot a liar. Four of 10 episodes drop on January 26.

Poker Face (Peacock)

What to watch on Paramount+ this week

Wolf Pack | Paramount+ | Drama, supernatural

Series premiere, Thursday, January 26: Sarah Michelle Gellar has done other TV shows and movies since, but she’ll always be Buffy the Vampire Slayer—a major selling point for Wolf Pack, her return to supernatural TV. California wildfires have forced supernatural creatures out of the forest, so what else are they going to do but bite pretty teens and turn them into werewolves? Gellar plays a Los Angeles arson investigator who presumably has no acrobatic martial arts skills.

Wolf Pack (Paramount+)

Teen Wolf: The Movie | Paramount+ | Drama, supernatural

Movie premiere, Thursday, January 26: MTV’s 2011–2017 Teen Wolf series (a super-serious take on the 1985 comedy) ran for 100 episodes over six seasons—but it’s not over yet. There’s a new evil rising in Beacon Hills, and it’s up to Alpha werewolf Scott (Tyler Posey) and his creatures-of-the-night gang to stop it (unless it attacks during the day). Fun fact: Teen Wolf and Wolf Pack were both created by Jeff Davis, and each series features at least one actor named Tyler.

Teen Wolf The Movie (Paramount+)

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W2W wildcards of the week

The Lazarus Project | TNT | Drama, sci-fi

Series premiere, Monday, January 23: TNT canceled the already-finished fourth season of Snowpiercer before it even had a chance to air, so it’s a bit of a surprise to see a new sci-fi series pop up on the slimmed-down channel that’s now mostly reruns and wrestling. The Lazarus Project is a British import about a clandestine organization that sends the world back in time whenever it faces extinction. Sounds cool, but probably don’t expect TNT to run Season 2.

The Lazarus Project (TNT)

Shrinking | Apple TV+ | Comedy

Series premiere, Friday, January 27: Ted Lasso creators Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein, along with Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), present Shrinking, TV’s 500th therapist comedy. But this one is a little different: therapist Jimmy (Segel) deals with his personal grief by giving his patients brutally honest/ethically-challenged advice—with surprisingly positive results. Shrinking also stars TV newbie Harrison Ford (1923) and Jessica Williams (2 Dope Queens).

Shrinking (Apple TV+)

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