What to Watch This Week | March 14–20

CableTV.com’s fantabulous viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.

The Dropout, The Thing About Pam, this week’s new WeCrashed, and several other recent TV shows are based on true-crime podcasts. As we approach the 400th episode of my own podcast, TV Tan, I ask . . . what was I thinking? Instead of TV nerdery and craft cocktails, it should have been a podcast about murder and fraud! I could have had at least three Netflix series by now. Damn.

This week’s What to Watch picks include women’s soccer action, a Ben Affleck/Ana de Armas thriller, a new DC Universe series, a family classic re-remake, and more. Fire up the TV box!

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What’s premiering this week

WeCrashed | Apple TV+ | Drama

Series premiere, Friday, March 18: The Dropout, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, and now WeCrashed—disgraced startup CEOs are getting owned this season. WeCrashed is the dramatized, not-so-cleverly-titled saga of Adam Neumann, founder of office-rental business WeWork (related: remember offices?). For requisite star power, WeCrashed has Jared Leto as Neumann and Anne Hathaway as his wife/cofounder Rebekah. Need it even be mentioned that this eight-episode series is based on a podcast?

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NWSL Challenge Cup | Paramount+ | Sports, soccer

Coverage begins Friday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. EST: The 12-team National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup began as a one-time tournament in 2020 but has since become an annual cup competition. This year’s Challenge Cup kicks off with Washington Spirit taking on home team Orlando Pride at Exploria Stadium on Friday, March 18. It will end with a championship showdown on May 7. In addition to Paramount+, CBS and CBS Sports Network will carry select NWSL Challenge Cup matches.

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What to watch on Netflix this week

Human Resources | Netflix | Animation, comedy

Series premiere, Friday, March 18: Have you ever wished Netflix hit Big Mouth was more about the emotion creatures than the kids? Granted: Human Resources follows the daily workplace lives of Hormone Monsters, Shame Wizards, Depression Kitties, Love Bugs, Ambition Gremlins, and the rest, away from the children. Hormone Monsters Maury (voiced by Nick Kroll) and Connie (Maya Rudolph) cross over from Big Mouth, joined by new characters Emmy the Love Bug (Aidy Bryant) and Pete the Logic Rock (Randall Park).

Bad Vegan | Netflix | Documentary

Miniseries premiere, Wednesday, March 16: Its full name is Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives., an over-punctuated title that sums up this four-part docuseries about New York City restauranteur Sarma Melngailis. From 2004 to 2015, Melngailis and her business partner/husband stole millions from stakeholders of her popular vegan restaurant Pure Food & Wine; Bad Vegan documents the perfect-for-TV tale of conspiracies, blackmail, “meat suits,” “immortal dogs,” and the pizza delivery that ended it all.

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What to watch on Hulu this week

Deep Water | Hulu | Drama, thriller

Movie premiere, Friday, March 18: Adrian Lyne, the director of classic psychological thrillers Indecent Proposal, Fatal Attraction, and Unfaithful returns with Deep Water, his first film in 20 years. In Deep Water, married couple Vic (Ben Affleck) and Melinda (Ana de Armas) like playing mind games on each other by having explicit affairs, which is all creepy fun until their lovers start turning up dead. Affleck and de Armas became an IRL couple during filming but, inconveniently for Hulu PR, are now separated (but still alive).

Life & Beth | Hulu | Comedy

Series premiere, Friday, March 18: Like Deep Water, Amy Schumer’s Life & Beth has been delayed for years thanks to the pandemic, but it finally arrives on Hulu this Friday. Schumer created, wrote, directed, and stars in the story of Beth, a Manhattan wine distributor who’s suddenly forced to re-evaluate her past (through funny-sad flashbacks) and consider her future. The series also stars Michael Cera, Michael Rappaport, and non-Michael Laura Benanti. All 10 episodes of Life & Beth drop March 18.

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What to watch on HBO Max this week

DMZ | HBO Max | Action, drama

Miniseries premiere, Thursday, March 17: A second American civil war has left Manhattan in ruins and cut off from the rest of the country as a DMZ (demilitarized zone). No, it’s not a documentary, but a dystopian drama based on the DC comic of the same name. In DMZ, medic Alma (Rosario Dawson) desperately searches for her lost son while staying off the radar of the lawless gangs that have overrun the island (including one led by Benjamin Bratt). All four hour-long episodes of DMZ premiere March 17.

Minx | HBO Max | Comedy

Series premiere, Thursday, March 17: In 1970s Los Angeles, young feminist Joyce (Ophelia Lovibond, Guardians of the Galaxy) teams up with a skeevy publisher (Jake Johnson, New Girl) to create the first erotic magazine for women (Playgirl already existed in the ’70s, but let’s go with this). The Paul Feig-produced Minx also stars Jessica Lowe, Oscar Montoya, Lennon Parham, Michael Angarano, Idara Victor, and Gillian Jacobs. The half-hour comedy will drop two episodes a week through April 14.

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W2W wildcards of the week

Cheaper by the Dozen | Disney+ | Comedy, family

Movie premiere, Friday, March 18: Did you know that 2005’s Cheaper by the Dozen was a remake of a 1950 movie? The original was a fun romp, while the remake was generic cheese, so where on the curve will new Disney+ re-remake Cheaper by the Dozen fall? It’s at least more diverse, with Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff exasperatedly wrangling a blended family of 12. Another good sign: the script was written by Kenya Barris and Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry from ABC’s Black-ish. Let the intellectual property reboots march on.

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Welcome to Flatch | FOX, Hulu | Comedy

Series premiere, Thursday, March 17: A documentary crew looks at the lives of local folks in the small midwestern town of Flatch, Ohio—specifically, a relocated Minnesota couple (Seann Willian Scott and Aya Cash) who split up just after moving to Flatch. Scott plays a reverend with a Christian boy band past, while Cash is a former Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter who takes over the local newspaper (circulation 535). There’s a Parks and Recreation-ish charm to Welcome to Flatch, which will premiere on FOX Thursday and Hulu Friday.

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