What to Watch This Week | July 4–10
CableTV.com’s electrifying viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
You’ll have to forgive us for posting a day late, dear readers. That’s what happens when the 4th of July falls on a Monday. I’ve had a blast taking over W2W these past couple of weeks, but don’t worry: Bill will be back next time along with our normal weekly upload schedule. Thanks so much for having me! Onto the recs.
This week’s What to Watch picks include the streaming premieres of The Sea Beast, teen rom-com Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between, and quirky comedy Boo, Bitch, the triumphant return of Tuca & Bertie, and the WNBA All-Star Game. Happy watching!
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What’s premiering this week
The Sea Beast | Netflix | Animation, family
Movie premiere, Friday July 8: From the creator of Moana and Big Hero 6 comes a story about a group of sea-faring monster hunters and the stowaway kid they get stuck with. It looks like a really cute adventure, and if Netflix doesn’t make plushies of at least some of those creatures from the trailer, they’re dropping the ball. It’s also good to see that they’re still following through with animated projects after axing a bunch of unreleased titles a few months ago.
WNBA All-Star Game | ABC | Basketball
Coverage begins Sunday, July 10 at 1 p.m. ET: The best players in women’s basketball are coming together once again to compete in the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game. This year, it’s taking place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, but you can catch it this Sunday on ABC.
What to watch on Netflix this week
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between | Netflix | Rom-com, drama
Movie premiere, Wednesday, July 6: Tired of teen rom-coms yet? Good, ‘cause we’re not, and neither is Netflix. In this one, from the producers of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, two soon–to–be college freshmen (Jordan Fisher and Talia Ryder) are on their last date before their mandatory moving-away breakup. Will they follow their plan or try to make it work long-distance? You’ll just have to watch to find out. Or Google the synopsis the next day.
Boo, Bitch | Netflix | Comedy
Series premiere, Friday, July 8: Now we know why Lana Condor wasn’t in Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between; she was too busy being dead. In this miniseries, high school senior Erica Vu enjoys newfound popularity after dying and coming back as a (surprisingly corporeal) ghost. We’re not sure why Netflix is airing this one now and not closer to Halloween, but it’s nice to have a dash of spookiness year-round.
What to watch on HBO Max this week
Tuca & Bertie | HBO Max | Animation, comedy
Season 3 premiere, Sunday, July 10 at midnight on Adult Swim or July 11 on HBO Max: There was a time when we thought this show would never get a second season, but look at it now! It’s getting a third! Adult Swim rescued this former Netflix Original from an untimely cancellation and brought it to HBO Max. That means you’ll have to subscribe to two streaming services if you want to get the full Bojack–verse. (Disclaimer: We know Tuca & Bertie does not actually take place in the same universe as Bojack Horseman. It’s just another alternate universe with anthropomorphic animals. NBD.)
In case you missed it
Ghosts | HBO Max | Comedy
Now streaming on HBO Max: Still in a spooky mood from Boo, Bitch? Try Ghosts. No, your speaker isn’t broken; those ghosts in the trailer are speaking with British accents. Not to be confused with the American spinoff series, BBC’s Ghosts is the original. If you’re a fan of the CBS version (which you can stream on CBS’s website or Paramount+) it could be fun to compare the wildly different comedy styles and gripe about all the things that don’t match up.
What to watch on Hulu this week
Generation Gap | ABC | Game show
Series premiere, Thursday, July 7 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC: ABC is airing a truly unconscionable number of new game shows this week. Most aggressively advertised is Generation Gap, the reboot of a short-lived game show from 1969. The format—in which an old contestant faces off against someone young—found new life as a segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Now it’s getting its own spinoff with new host Kelly Ripa. You can watch it live on ABC, but you’ll also be able to catch it on Hulu at some point after it airs.
Maggie | Hulu | Comedy
Series premiere, Wednesday, July 6: We’re not sure how better to describe this show than “That’s So Raven for adults.” Clairvoyant extraordinaire Maggie’s life gets turned on its head when she has a vision of her own wedding. This is a world where psychics are real, and everyone’s cool with that. In fact, psychics are so common that even Maggie has her own psychic. It’s psychics all the way down.
W2W wildcards of the week
Moonhaven | AMC+ | Drama, sci-fi
Series premiere, Thursday, July 7: “Moonhaven isn’t a people, it’s a purpose.” That’s not a Thor: Ragnarok misquote, it’s the line from the trailer for this new sci-fi show from AMC. It’s about a slightly-creepy post-apocalyptic society on, as the name suggests, the moon. If you don’t feel like shelling out extra cash for another streaming service, don’t sweat it. Moonhaven will air on cable’s AMC. Eventually.
Black Bird | Apple TV+ | Drama
Series premiere, Thursday, July 8: Taron Egerton has nothing if not range. Far from playing Sir Elton John or a cartoon gorilla, this time he plays an inmate who makes a deal to befriend (and elicit a confession from) a serial killer in exchange for his freedom. It’s unlikely we’ll hear Egerton sing in this one, although going by the name of the show, we’re not losing hope of a Beatles cover.