What to Watch This Week | June 6–12
CableTV.com’s primo viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
On the eve of the sixth and final season premiere of Peaky Blinders (Friday, June 10 on Netflix), allow me to inform you that roughly 90% of the Thomas Shelby memes you see on Facebook contain quotes that never happened in the series. Also, that cap just looks silly—take it off.
This week’s What to Watch picks include the debut of new MCU hero Ms. Marvel, UFC MMA action, LGBTQ+ rom-com Fire Island, the premiere of Dark Winds, and the return of Evil. It’s TV time, people!
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What’s premiering this week
Ms. Marvel | Disney+ | Action, drama
Series premiere, Wednesday, June 8: Teen Kamala (Iman Vellani) isn’t the only comic-nerd gamer in New Jersey—but she is the only one suddenly imbued with the same superpowers as her idol, Captain Marvel. The six-episode Ms. Marvel brings the first Muslim superhero to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as further MCU expansion into the Garden State. After this, watch for Ms. Marvel in 2023’s The Marvels.
UFC 275 | ESPN+ PPV | Sports, MMA
Coverage begins Saturday, June 11, 6 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT: Live from Kallang, Singapore, UFC 275 features a loaded card of fights: Jack Della Maddalena vs. Ramazan Emeev, Rogerio Bontorin vs. Manel Kape, Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Valentia Shevchenko vs. Taila Santos, and main event Glover Teixeira vs. Jiri Prochazka. No early predictions here, but my spellchecker has been dealt a brutal TKO.
Hustle | Netflix | Drama, sports
Movie premiere, Wednesday, June 8: Washed-up basketball scout Stanley (Adam Sandler) discovers a potential superstar player in Spain (played by the Utah Jazz’s Juancho Hernangómez) who could be his ticket back into the NBA. Problem is, Stanley has to sneak the 6’9’’ Bo into the US and train him in time for the NBA draft. Hustle’s underdog sportsball story is a familiar one, but Sandler and Hernangómez are a team you can’t help but root for.
Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey | Netflix | Documentary
Series premiere, Wednesday, June 8: Self-made religious prophets don’t come much creepier than Warren Jeffs, leader of Texas’ Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). The 2008 federal raid of the polygamous sect was widely covered, but the four-part docuseries Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey features previously unseen footage and interviews with some of Jeffs’s 78 wives who are still recovering.
What to watch on HBO Max this week
Irma Vep | HBO, HBO Max | Drama
Series premiere, Monday, June 6: French director Olivier Assayas’ eight-episode Irma Vep is a remake of his own 1996 film, which itself was about the filming of a remake of the French silent movie Les Vampires—dizzy yet? American actress Mira (Alicia Vikander) is, as she’s finding herself blurring into her Les Vampires character more each day. There’s an uneasy, dreamlike quality to Irma Vep that benefits from the longer runtime of a miniseries.
The Janes | HBO, HBO Max | Documentary
Movie premiere, Wednesday, June 8: Hit Sundance documentary The Janes explores the underground Chicago network called The Jane Collective, which secretly provided women with access to safe abortions in the 1970s prior to Roe v. Wade. The Jane Collective used safe houses, fronts, and code names to protect themselves up until a 1972 police raid that saw the arrest of seven women—what was that saying about the past and being doomed to repeat it?
What to watch on Hulu this week
Fire Island | Hulu | Comedy, romance
Movie, now streaming: Easily the best adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice starring Saturday Night Live MVP Bowen Yang, Fire Island chronicles the summer vacation of a group of friends at an east coast resort island. The movie’s writer, Joel Kim Booster, costars as Yang’s best friend in this critically lauded gay rom-com that IGN calls a “downright magnificent film that puts most modern studio comedies to shame.”
Alien | Hulu | Sci-fi, thriller
Movies, now streaming: In addition to the terrifying classic Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1993), and Alien Resurrection (1997) have all landed on Hulu in June. Franchise-adjacent flicks Alien vs. Predator, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, and Prometheus have also arrived on the service, but we can’t quite recommend those as heartily as the OG Alien foursome—if it doesn’t star Sigourney Weaver, why bother? Alien summer, ahoy!
W2W wildcards of the week
Dark Winds | AMC, AMC+ | Drama, thriller
Series premiere, Sunday, June 12: It’s taken 30 years and the involvement of Robert Redford and George R. R. Martin to finally bring author Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn & Chee crime-noir novel series to the screen with Dark Winds. The series follows Navajo Tribal Police officers Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon) and Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordan) working cases in 1971 Monument Valley, and the season 1 True Detective vibes are strong.
Evil | Paramount+ | Drama, thriller
Season 3 premiere, Sunday, June 12: A psychologist (Katja Herbers), a priest (Mike Colter), and a snarky skeptic (Aasif Mandvi) investigate miracles, demons, and the supernatural—it’s the biblical X-Files. Evil has only gotten weirder and scarier since its move from CBS to Paramount+, and season 3 promises to be its most surreal yet, tackling everything from sex to death to cults to . . . the stock market? Told you, weirder and scarier.