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What to Watch This Week | January 29–February 4’s blue-ribbon viewing recommendations for the best shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.

It’s gonna be a Taylor Swift Super Bowl! The Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, February 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada (wherever that is). This is the entirety of my knowledge about the Big Game—please allow CTV’s Taylor Kujawa to inform you as to How to Watch Super Bowl 2024.

This week’s What to Watch recs include the new Mr. & Mrs. Smith series, animated comedies In the Know and Clone High, the final season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Capote vs. The Swans, and NHL All-Star Weekend hockey action. So much to watch!

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Prime Video)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith | Prime Video | Action, drama

Series premiere, Friday, February 2: The series remake of the 2005 movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith has undergone a major change since it was first greenlit three years ago: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) was originally set to play Mrs. Smith opposite Donald Glover (Atlanta), but she’s been replaced with Maya Erskine (PEN15). The “married” undercover spies plot remains the same, but this Mr. & Mrs. Smith has a more impressive supporting cast, including Sarah Paulson, Ron Perlman, and Parker Posey. All eight episodes stream on February 2.

Action shot of NHL hockey alongside All-Star Toronto 2024 logo

NHL All-Star Weekend | ABC, ESPN2, ESPN+ | Sports, hockey

Coverage begins Thursday, February 1, 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET: This year’s NHL All-Star Weekend will be hosted by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the awkwardly named Scotiabank Arena. It all kicks off with All-Star Thursday (February 1 at 6 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN+), leading into Friday’s All-Star Skills Competition (February 2, 7 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN+), culminating with Saturday’s All-Star Game (February 3, 3 p.m. on ABC and ESPN+). So, really, Scotiabank?

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What to watch on Netflix this week

Orion and The Dark (Netflix)

Orion and the Dark | Netflix | Animation, fantasy

Movie premiere, Friday, February 2: Veteran screenwriter Charlie Kaufman follows up his 2015 animation debut Anomalisa with Orion and the Dark, a more kid-friendly feature. As in the Emma Yarlett children’s book it’s based on, shy, young Orion (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) is afraid of pretty much everything (bees, dogs, clowns, etc.), but his biggest fear is the dark. Enter The Dark himself (Paul Walter Hauser), who teaches Orion how to embrace the night. Let go of fear and enjoy life, a nice sentiment.

Loudermilk (Netflix)

Loudermilk | Netflix | Comedy, drama

Series, now streaming: Loudermilk, about former rock critic Sam Loudermilk (Ron Livingston) who’s now a recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor, premiered on DIRECTV’s Audience Network in October 2017, where about 35 viewers saw it. Now that Loudermilk has made its way to Netflix, the sharply written dark comedy is finally attracting more eyeballs—as Sam would say, it’s a deep cut. Loudermilk also stars Will Sasso and Anja Savcic, and all three seasons are streaming on Netflix.

What to watch on Max this week

Clone High (Max)

Clone High | Max | Animation, comedy

Season 2 premiere, Thursday, February 1: Or is it the season 3 premiere? The animated Clone High ran for a single season back in 2002 on MTV and, like every quality show on MTV in the early 2000s, was quickly canceled. Creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) and Bill Lawrence (Ted Lasso) went on to bigger things while the hilarious Clone High—about the teen clones of JFK, Abe Lincoln, Joan of Arc, and other historical figures—amassed a cult following. Thank Max for bringing it back.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Curb Your Enthusiasm | HBO, Max | Comedy

Season 12 premiere, Sunday, February 4: The final season of Curb Your Enthusiasm? This is pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty sad. But Larry David has been playing Larry David for 24 years now—he’s earned a break from himself. “I will now have the opportunity to finally shed this ‘Larry David’ persona and become the person God intended me to be,” David said in a press release. “The thoughtful, kind, caring, considerate human being I was until I got derailed by portraying this malignant character.” Godspeed, Larry.

What to watch on Peacock this week

Kings From Queens (Peacock)

Kings From Queens: The Run-DMC Story | Peacock | Documentary, music

Docuseries premiere, Thursday, February 1: It’s a travesty of justice that Run-DMC’s 1988 cinematic classic Tougher Than Leather isn’t available to stream anywhere, so the new three-part documentary Kings From Queens: The Run-DMC Story will have to do. Rev Run, DMC, and Jam Master Jay revolutionized music and fashion in the ’80s, establishing hip-hop as an unassailable genre and tracksuits as acceptable business attire. Adding Tougher Than Leather would be a great bonus, Peacock.

In the Know (Peacock)

In the Know | Peacock | Animation, comedy

New series, now streaming: Lauren Caspian (Zach Woods) hosts In the Know, the third-most-popular radio show on NPR, and yet he still lands some impressive interview guests: Hugh Laurie, Tegan & Sara, Nicole Byer, Ken Burns, Finn Wolfhard, and Mike Tyson appear in the series. In a twist on Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, In the Know features stop-motion-animated characters interacting with flesh-and-blood celebrities onscreen, with hysterically/painfully public radio results. All six episodes are streaming now.

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W2W wildcards of the week

Feud Capote vs. The Swans (FX)

Feud: Capote vs. The Swans | FX, FXX, Hulu | Drama

Season 2 premiere, Wednesday, January 31: It didn’t seem like Ryan Murphy could top the debut season of his anthology series Feud, which chronicled the deliciously bitter rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Capote vs. The Swans says, “Hold my chardonnay.” This time, it’s Truman Capote (Tom Hollander) facing the wrath of New York City high society (including Naomi Watts, Chloë Sevigny, Calista Flockhart, Demi Moore, Molly Ringwald, and Diane Lane). Two of eight episodes air on January 31.

66th Grammy Awards (CBS)

66th Grammy Awards | CBS, Paramount+ | Awards, music

Special, Sunday, February 4: Live from Los Angeles’ Arena (OK, now Scotiabank isn’t the worst name for an arena), it’s the 66th Grammy Awards with returning host Trevor Noah. Billie Eilish, Burna Boy, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, Travis Scott, and Billy Joel are scheduled to perform, as are U2, beaming in from Sphere in Las Vegas. Warning to Trevor Noah: Do not—repeat, do not—make any jokes about Taylor Swift. Has Jo Koy been heard from since the Golden Globes? That dude has been Swiftied.

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