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What to Watch This Week | January 30–February 5’s perfecto viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.

Any other YouTube TV users figuring out the service’s latest interface redesign? Specifically, the Library (or DVR) section? Some episodes are labeled as “new” even though I already saw them weeks ago, there are too many sorting filters, and it’s about as “simplified” as a game of 52 Pickup. YouTube TV is still my (and’s) favorite live TV streamer, though.

This week’s What to Watch picks include new sci-fi series The Ark, NHL All-Star hockey action, the streaming premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Canadian comedy Children Ruin Everything, and the 65th Grammy Awards with host Trevor Noah. Where’s the remote?

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What’s premiering this week

The Ark | Syfy, Peacock | Drama, sci-fi

Series premiere, Wednesday, February 1: Producer and writer Dean Devlin has had some serious hits (like Independence Day) and hilarious misses (Geostorm, anyone?) over the last 30 years, and now he’s headed to space with The Ark. When a spacecraft on a planetary colonization mission suffers a catastrophic accident a year away from its target (and even farther from Earth), it’s up to the remaining crew to avert a “Game over, man!” situation. Whoa.

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NHL All-Star Game | ABC, ESPN+ | Sports, hockey

Coverage begins Saturday, February 4, 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT: Live from South Florida, it’s the 2023 NHL All-Star game. Opposing teams in four divisions will feature one player from each of the NHL’s 44 teams, as well as 12 All-Stars voted in by the fans. On Friday, February 3, the All-Stars Skills competition will see players facing off in individual challenges like accuracy shooting, fastest skater, and hardest shot on ESPN and ESPN+, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

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What to watch on Netflix this week

Pamela, a Love Story | Netflix | Documentary

Movie premiere, Tuesday, January 31: Compared to Pam & Tommy and pretty much any coverage of her life in the past three decades, Pamela Anderson and director Ryan White’s Pamela, a Love Story documentary is a quiet and mostly dirt-free affair (maybe there are more tawdry deets in her memoir, Love, Pamela, also out January 31). The two-hour doc covers Playboy, Baywatch, the sex tape scandal, and even Anderson’s Broadway debut (that’s new).

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Freeridge | Netflix | Comedy, drama

Series premiere, Thursday, February 2: Critically acclaimed Netflix teen series On My Block ended in 2021 after four seasons, and now the series creators are unveiling a spinoff, Freeridge. The eight-episode show follows Los Angeles high-schoolers Gloria (Keyla Monterroso Mejia), Ines (Bryana Salaz), Demi (Ciara Riley Wilson), and Cameron (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) as they deal with the comic fallout of unleashing a curse from a mysterious box. ¡Qué horror!

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What to watch on Hulu this week

The Watchful Eye | Freeform, Hulu | Drama, thriller

Series premiere, Monday, January 30: The new live-in nanny for a rich Manhattan couple seems innocent enough, but young Elena (Mariel Molino, Promised Land) has a secret: she and her boyfriend plan on robbing the affluent tenants of the Greybourne building. The problem is all of the residents have their own dark, toxic secrets (there’s even an Eyes Wide Shut party—red flag!), and Elena has good reason to fear for her life. The Watchful Eye airs first on Freeform, then Hulu.

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Killing County | Hulu | Documentary

Series premiere, Friday, February 3: In 2013, Jorge Ramirez was killed in a shootout with police in a hotel parking lot in Bakersfield, California. The Ramirez family is still questioning if the death of Jorge—who was an informant for the Bakersfield Police Department—was justified, and Killing County looks into the allegations of corruption within the police force and the city itself. The three-part docuseries was produced by Colin Kaepernick and Robe Imbriano (Soul of a Nation).

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What to watch on Disney+ this week

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever | Disney+ | Action, drama

Movie premiere, Wednesday, February 1: It’s taken nearly three months for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to make its way from movie theaters to streaming on Disney+, the longest wait yet for a Marvel movie to become available for home viewing. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever picks up after Avengers: Endgame, with the nation mourning the loss of King T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and facing a new threat in undersea lord Namor.

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The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder | Disney+ | Animation, comedy

Season 2 premiere, Wednesday, February 1: The adventures and challenges of 14-year-old Penny Proud (voiced by Kyla Pratt) continue in Season 2 of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. The biggest news in Penny’s Smithville neighborhood this season is the arrival of new kids Maya and K.G. and their fathers, an interracial gay couple voiced by Billy Porter and Zachary Quinto. Other familiar voices in the cast include Keke Palmer, Soliel Moon Frye, and Cedric the Entertainer.

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W2W wildcards of the week

Children Ruin Everything | The Roku Channel | Comedy

Season 2 premiere, Friday, February 3: Canadian import Children Ruin Everything isn’t as well-known in the US as it is up north (it’s on The Roku Channel here, so that tracks), but a comedy created Kurt Smeaton (Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience) is worth a look. Young couple Astrid (Meaghan Rath) and James (Aaron Abrams) struggle to navigate parenthood and adulthood, with consistently funny results—for us, anyway. All 16 episodes will be available to stream on February 3.

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The 65th Grammy Awards | CBS, Paramount+ | Awards, music

Special, Sunday, February 5: He’s no longer on The Daily Show, but that’s not going to stop Trevor Noah from hosting the Grammys for a third year in a row. Bad Bunny, Lizzo, Steve Lacy, Mary J. Blige, Luke Combs, Sam Smith, and Kim Petras are set to perform, as is Brandi Carlile, who has more nominations than anyone this year besides Beyoncé. The big question is, will Bey show up at the Grammys? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s a safe bet that Ye won’t be there.

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