What to Watch This Week | June 19–25
CableTV.com’s superb viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
My favorite shows just keep getting canceled: NBC has killed off American Auto and Grand Crew, ABC has axed Big Sky and The Goldbergs, HBO has shut down Perry Mason and Avenue 5, and the bummers keep coming. On the upside, at least The Late Late Show with James Corden is no more. Check out the full terminal list in Canceled: TV Shows Ending in 2023.
This week’s What to Watch recs include the return of Hulu’s acclaimed The Bear, the premiere of the new Marvel series Secret Invasion, Boots Riley’s surrealist comedy I’m a Virgo, the second season of And Just Like That, and the 2023 NBA Draft. Get watching!
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What’s premiering this week
The Bear | Hulu | Comedy, drama
Season 2 premiere, Thursday, June 22: Ready to stress again like we did last summer? The first season of The Bear wowed critics and audiences alike and gave service industry workers more PTSD than a Bar Rescue marathon. Then, chef Carmy “The Bear” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) was struggling to keep his late brother’s Chicago sandwich shop, The Beef, afloat. This time around, Carmy and his motley restaurant crew are working to reopen it as a higher-end eatery, The Bear (finally, titular synergy). All 10 episodes of season 2 stream on June 22.
Coverage begins Thursday, June 22: The San Antonio Spurs kick off Round 1 of the 2023 NBA Draft, followed by Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and Detroit Pistons. Once again, due to free agency tampering violations, there will be only 58 picks instead of the usual 60 this year (way to go, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers). If you’re new here, CableTV.com has compiled all the ways to watch and hear the 2023 NBA Draft live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN.com.
What to watch on Netflix this week
Glamorous | Netflix | Comedy, drama
Series premiere, Thursday, June 22: It’s a big week for Kim Cattrall—besides her addition to Max’s And Just Like That …, she’s also co-starring in Glamorous, about a makeup industry mogul (Cattrall) who teams with social media influencer Marco (Miss Benny) to expand the brand. Well, “teams” is overstating it: Marco is basically an intern. But, before you can say The Devil Wears Prada, Marco is making an impact and climbing the corporate ladder. Fun fact: Glamorous was originally bound for The CW, with Brooke Shields in Cattrall’s role.
King of Clones | Netflix | Documentary
Movie premiere, Friday June 23: Not a sci-fi reboot of The King of Queens starring Kevin James and Leah Remini as future bio-engineered duplicates of themselves (which I’d totally watch), but a documentary about South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk, whose move from animal cloning to human cloning was met with no small amount of controversy in the early 2000s. King of Clones is the first and only media attempt to gain access to Woo-suk and his work in decades and presents evidence that we could be cloning people right now.
What to watch on Max this week
And Just Like That … | Max | Comedy, drama
Season 2 premiere, Thursday, June 22: Max’s Sex and the City sequel series returns for season 2 with guest stars Tony Danza and Sam Smith, as well as a comeback turn from original series regular Aidan (John Corbett). Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) will also be joined briefly by fourth wheel Samantha (Kim Cattrall), who was suspiciously/begrudgingly absent from the first season of And Just Like That … (dra-ma). Two of 11 new episodes stream on June 22.
Downey’s Dream Cars | Max | Reality
Series premiere, Thursday, June 22: It’s unclear if people were clamoring for another series about rich guys and their classic car collections (R.I.P. Jay Leno’s Garage), but at least Downey’s Dream Cars has a positive twist for the environment. Instead of restoring his rides to their former gas-guzzling, exhaust-spewing forms, Robert Downey Jr. upgrades them to be more climate change friendly, “making them faster, more powerful, and more efficient while keeping their souls intact.” Two of six episodes stream on June 22.
What to watch on Disney+ this week
Secret Invasion | Disney+ | Action, drama
Series premiere, Wednesday, June 21: Is this Disney’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Kind of: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Talos (Ben Mendelsohn), Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) assemble to stop the (we assume secret) invasion of Earth by shapeshifting Skrulls led by Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir). The Avengers/Captain Marvel-adjacent Secret Invasion is the first Phase 5 TV series for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which won’t be continued until the fall with the perpetually rescheduled The Marvels.
World’s Best | Disney+ | Comedy, music
Movie premiere, Friday, June 23: When 12-year-old math prodigy Prem (Manny Magnus) learns that his late father (Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ghosts) was a famous rapper—apparently not that famous—he sets out to pursue a hip-hop career of his own. Ambudkar, who played Aaron Burr in Hamilton, co-wrote the script and songs of World’s Best, and says the movie “presents for the first time a South Asian family at the core of a Disney movie—something I never had growing up.” As Prem learns quickly in the rap game, “The world’s best never rest.”
W2W wildcards of the week
I’m a Virgo | Prime Video | Comedy, drama
Movie premiere, Friday, June 23: Rapper-turned-director Boots Riley proved he’s a master of dark, weird comedy with his 2018 film debut, Sorry to Bother You, and his first TV series goes even harder. I’m a Virgo follows a Black Oakland teen (Jharrel Jerome) whose adolescent angst is compounded by the fact that he’s … 13 feet tall. As if that’s not surreal enough, the fantastical series also features a superhero figure played by Walton Goggins (The Righteous Gemstones). All seven episodes of I’m a Virgo stream on June 23.
The Freak Brothers | Tubi | Animation, comedy
Season 2 premiere, Sunday, June 25: The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers was a late-sixties underground comic about hippies, counterculture, and drugs. In 2021, it became FOX-owned Tubi’s first original series, so The Man obviously won. The Freak Brothers follows Freewheelin’ Franklin Freek (voiced by Woody Harrelson), Fat Freddy Freekotowski (John Goodman), Phineas T. Phreakers (Pete Davidson), and their cat Kitty (Tiffany Haddish) as they wake up from a 50-year, magic-weed-induced “nap” in present-day San Francisco. Like, wow, man …