What to Watch This Week | March 13–19
CableTV.com’s masterly viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
Last week, I said that the Oscars should just give all the awards to Everything Everywhere All at Once—and it happened last night. Think it and manifest it, people.
This week’s What to Watch recs include the return of Ted Lasso, new Bob Odenkirk series Lucky Hank, Donald Glover horror-drama Swarm, true-crime movie Boston Strangler, and NCAA college basketball action. Get to the TV box!
Jump to your preferred streaming service
What’s premiering this week
Ted Lasso | Apple TV+ | Comedy
Season 3 premiere, Wednesday, March 15: Perpetually positive soccer coach Ted (Jason Sudeikis) is up against it at the start of Season 3: AFC Richmond is the unanimous British press pick for dead last this season, his son just flew back to the states, and his former assistant coach Nate (Nick Mohammed) now heads up rival West Ham United. Since this is expected to be the last season of Ted Lasso, will Ted and the team go out with a win? Richmond ‘til we die!
March Madness | Multiple channels | Sports, basketball
Coverage begins Tuesday, March 14: With more than 130 men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament games being played in March and April, you’re going to need a roadmap to March Madness—that’s why we’ve put together our How to Watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament 2023 guide. It gives you the NCAA schedule, all the channels you’ll need to watch, and the best TV providers for your March Madness buck (spoiler: you can watch most games for free on CBS with an antenna).
What to watch on Netflix this week
Shadow and Bone | Netflix | Drama, fantasy
Season 2 premiere, Thursday, March 16: The first season of Shadow and Bone, based on the books of Leigh Bardugo, ended on a cliffhanger almost two years ago—was that Big Bad villain really vanquished? The story so far: Alina (Jessie Mei Li) discovers she’s a Sun Summoner, a Grisha (magic wielder) who can control light, a handy power to have in the Ravka nation’s battle against the Shadow Fold, an engulfing darkness. All eight episodes of Season 2 stream March 16.
Agent Elvis | Netflix | Animation, comedy
Series premiere, Friday, March 17: He may or may not eventually be taking over Yellowstone, but Matthew McConaughey returns to TV first as a cartoon Elvis Presley who’s also a secret government spy (beats working on the ranch). Agent Elvis was co-created by Priscilla Presley, with ex-Archer writer Mike Arnold as showrunner and characters voiced by Kaitlin Olson, Johnny Knoxville, and Don Cheadle. Think of it as Archer with more Elvis music and monkeys (yep).
What to watch on Prime Video this week
Swarm | Prime Video | Drama, horror
Series premiere, Friday, March 17: In his first series since the conclusion of Atlanta, Donald Glover (and co-creator Janine Nabers, Watchmen) has concocted a dark dramedy that recalls the scariest episodes of that show. Swarm follows Dre (Dominique Fishback), an obsessed young fan tailing a Beyoncé–esque pop star touring across the country—then things get weird, bloody, and cult-y. Trivia: Malia Obama (daughter of Barack and Michelle) is on the Swarm writing staff.
Class of ’07 | Prime Video | Comedy
Series premiere, Friday, March 17: A tidal wave of apocalyptic proportions disrupts a 10-year high school reunion, forcing a group of women to work together to survive on an island tip. Unlike similar series such as Yellowjackets and The Wilds, Australian import Class of ’07 is a comedy first, despite the whole “apocalyptic tidal wave” thing. The all-female cast (including Emily Browning, American Gods) is solid, and all eight episodes drop on Friday, March 17.
What to watch on The CW this week
Superman & Lois | The CW | Action, drama
Season 3 premiere, Tuesday, March 14: One of the last DC Universe shows still standing at The CW (buh-bye, Flash), Superman & Lois is also a favorite with critics and viewers. In Season 3, Smallville Gazette reporters Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) are about to have their domestic bliss blown up by a new supervillain in town (again), if not a misprinted sudoku solutions set (it happens). Small-town livin’ ain’t what it used to be.
Gotham Knights | The CW | Action, drama
Series premiere, Tuesday, March 14: Following the murder of Batman, Bruce Wayne’s adopted son Turner (Oscar Morgan) reluctantly teams up with the daughter of The Joker, Duela Doe (Olivia Rose Keegan), and some other unlikely allies to take on evildoers running rampant in Gotham. Meanwhile, District Attorney Harvey Dent (Mischa Collins) isn’t convinced of their good intentions. Gotham Knights looks a little (OK, exactly) like HBO Max’s Titans if you need your gritty DC fix.
W2W wildcards of the week
Boston Strangler | Hulu | Drama, thriller
Movie premiere, Friday, March 17: In the 1960s, newspaper reporters Loretta McLaughlin (Keira Knightly) and Jean Cole (Carrie Coon) connect the Boston murders of 15 women, breaking and making the case of the Boston Stranger. You don’t have to be a true-crime podcast junkie to know that the movie is based on a real, gruesome story, but Boston Strangler also looks at the sexism of the time, which likely prevented the case from being solved much sooner.
Series premiere, Sunday, March 19: Railton College English department chair William Henry Devereaux Jr. (Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul) believes his school is “mediocrity’s capital” and that “being an adult is 80% misery.” Needless to say, his students—and his colleagues—aren’t thrilled with being stuck with a tenured crank in the midst of a nasty midlife crisis, hence comedy. Lucky Hank also stars Mireille Enos (The Killing), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks), Oscar Nunez (The Office), and Chris Diamantopoulos (Silicon Valley).
Want more TV recommendations?
Sign up for our newsletter to stay tuned for the latest recommendations plus deals, contests, and more.