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What To Watch This Week | TV Picks for June 17–23, 2024’s unassailable viewing recommendations for the best shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.

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This week’s What to Watch picks include AMC’s new sci-fi thriller Orphan Black: Echoes, Netflix’s Jessica Alba action flick Trigger Warning, the returns of Shoresy and My Life Is Murder, PBS’ docuseries Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution, and MLB at Rickwood Field baseball action.

What’s new on TV this week

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Orphan Black: Echoes | AMC, AMC+ | Drama, sci-fi

Series premiere, Sunday, June 23: Cult sci-fi series Orphan Black, which ran from 2013–2017 on AMC, starred Tatiana Maslany as several clones with wildly different personalities. Orphan Black: Echoes wisely sidesteps trying to top Maslany’s masterful performance(s) by focusing on one character: Lucy (Kristen Ritter). It’s now 2052, and corporate biotech cloning is still going on, but it’s unclear if amnesiac Lucy is a copy—at first. If Echoes can mix Orphan Black’s DNA with some Jessica Jones energy, AMC has a winner.

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MLB at Rickwood Field | FOX | Sports, baseball

Coverage begins Thursday, June 20, 4:15 p.m. PT/7:15 p.m. ET: Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama, is the oldest pro baseball park in the U.S., chosen by the MLB this year to spotlight the history of the Negro Leagues. The Birmingham Black Barons played on the field from 1924–1960 with legendary team members, including Willie Mays and Leroy “Satchel” Paige. The MLB at Rickwood Field matchup will feature the St. Louis Cardinals taking on the San Francisco Giants live in primetime on FOX.

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What to watch on Netflix this week

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America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders | Netflix | Reality

Series premiere, Thursday, June 20: Another reality show about the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders? CMT’s hit Making the Team ended in 2021 after 16 seasons—nature abhors a vacuum, so why not? As with that show, America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders follows pom-pom hopefuls from the audition process to training camp to the NFL big time, capturing all the drama, tears, and body glue applications along the way. All seven episodes of America’s Sweethearts will drop on June 20.

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Trigger Warning | Netflix | Action, drama

Movie premiere, Friday, June 21: When her father dies, ex-Special Forces officer Parker (Jessica Alba) takes over running his bar in her small hometown. But when she stops some goons from robbing a local store, Parker finds herself on the violent end of a local crime gang’s ire. The writers of Trigger Warning pitched the movie as a female-led mashup of First Blood and John Wick, and they over-delivered on the action even if the story is a bit threadworn. Alba hasn’t kicked this much ass since Dark Angel in 2000.

What to watch on Hulu this week

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Cult Massacre: One Day In Jonestown | Hulu | Documentary

Series premiere, Monday, June 17: In November 1978 in Guyana, 918 members of the Peoples Temple cult died after willingly drinking cyanide-spiked Flavor Aid; leader Jim Jones killed himself with a gun. Countless documentaries have covered the Jonestown tragedy, but the three-part Cult Massacre: One Day In Jonestown is one of the most comprehensive, featuring archival footage of events leading up to the mass suicide, which the docuseries hints should be classified as murder by Jones’ invisible hand.

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Shoresy | Hulu | Comedy

Season 3 premiere, Friday, June 21: Beloved Canadian import Letterkenny may be over, but its profane wit and big heart live on with star/creator Jared Keeso’s Shoresy. The comedy about a ragtag senior hockey team, led by the headstrong Shoresy (Keeso), concluded its previous season by finally securing a spot in the Nationals tournament. But, are the Sudbury Bulldogs up to the challenge of taking on Canada’s best teams? Probably not, but they’ll go down high-sticking. All six episodes stream on June 21.

What to watch on Paramount+ this week

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Chopper Cops | Paramount+ | Reality

Series premiere, Tuesday, June 18: How has there never been a reality show about police helicopter patrols before? “They’re just north of Disney World, but to the men and women of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the 1,600 square-mile area they patrol is no fantasy”—well played, P+ PR. The 10-episode Chopper Cops follows the 24/7 Florida operations of Air One, SWAT’s eyes in the sky outfitted with infrared cameras and augmented-reality mapping. This series guarantees secondhand airsickness.

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South Park: The End of Obesity | Paramount+ | Animation, comedy

Movie, now streaming: The run of exclusive Paramount+ South Park movies that began in 2021 has been a wildly uneven ride. Last year’s Joining the Panderverse and Not Suitable for Children made their mediocre cases for shutting this streaming experiment down. But happily, the new The End of Obesity shows South Park can still deliver the goods. Cartman can’t afford Ozempic, so his doctor prescribes him Lizzo because listening to her body-positive songs is cheaper. Lizzo (reluctantly) approves.

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More of what to watch on streaming this week

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My Life Is Murder | Acorn TV, BBC America | Comedy, drama

Season 4 premiere, Monday, June 17: What? Former warrior princess Lucy Lawless has been starring in a breezy Australian comedy-mystery series since 2019? I should pay more attention to Acorn TV. Lawless plays private investigator Alexa Crowe, a former Victoria cop who still gets called in to consult on criminal cases while (unsuccessfully) avoiding the mentoring requests of a young data analyst (Ebony Vagulans). My Life Is Murder sits at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes—excuse me while I go catch up on Acorn TV.

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Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution | PBS | Documentary, music

Series premiere, Tuesday, June 18: Disco music rose fast and crashed hard in the ‘70s, going from being literally everywhere to complete banishment by the end of the decade. The three-part docuseries Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution finds some redemption for the music, which emerged from the New York underground as an inclusive movement that brought together disparate musical factions. Eventually, disco succumbed to commercial oversaturation (see: Saturday Night Fever), but it deserves another look.

New movie releases available to rent/buy on VOD this week

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IF (2024)

It didn’t fare well at the box office or with critics, but writer/director John Krasinski’s IF may yet redeem itself with couch potatoes at home. The kids’ movie about 12-year-old Bea (Cailey Fleming) and her dad Cal (Ryan Reynolds) brings the Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends cartoon conceit to life (and CGI) for a fast and fun 104 minutes. Plus, the voice cast is stacked, with Steve Carell, Awkwafina, Bradley Cooper, Emily Blunt, Christopher Meloni, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Matt Damon, and a dozen more A-listers playing colorful imaginary friends.

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  • I Used to Be Funny (June 18)
  • Queen Rising (June 18)
  • IF (June 18)
  • Mars Express (June 18)
  • Outrage (June 18)
  • The Present (June 18)
  • Romance With a Twist (June 18)
  • Scream Therapy (June 18)
  • Waiting for Dali (June 18)
  • Agent Recon (June 21)
  • Blackwater Lane (June 21)
  • Chestnut (June 21)
  • Copa 71 (June 21)
  • The Speedway Murders (June 21)
  • What Remains (June 21)

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