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What to Watch This Week | March 20–26’s sterling viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.

It’s the first day of spring—not that you’d know it here at headquarters in Salt Lake City. It’s currently 40 degrees and raining, with snow expected this weekend. Looks like we’ll have to push our pickleball grudge match against inter-company rivals back another week.

This week’s What to Watch picks include the much-anticipated returns of Yellowjackets and Succession, the debuts of The Night Agent and Rabbit Hole, Polish crime-noir thriller The Thaw, new Andy Samberg comedy Digman!, and the National Women’s Soccer League season kickoff. So much to watch!

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What’s premiering this week

Yellowjackets (Showtime)

Yellowjackets | SHOWTIME | Drama

Season 2 premiere, Sunday, March 26: The description of SHOWTIME hit Yellowjackets as a dual-timeline psychological horror-thriller supernatural teen drama sounds like a lot, but it works. The young ’90s Yellowjackets are still stranded in the winter wilderness, where survival is getting bleaker and weirder. Meanwhile, present-day Shauna (Melanie Lynskey) has a murder to cover up, and Misty (Christina Ricci) teams with another “citizen detective” (Elijah Wood) to find a kidnapped Natalie (Juliette Lewis). And that’s just the first episode.

Action shot of NWSL players chasing the ball.

NWSL | CBS Sports Network, Paramount+ | Sports, soccer

Coverage begins Saturday, March 25: The National Women’s Soccer League kicks off its 2023 season on Saturday with the North Carolina Courage taking on the Kansas City Current (11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET on Paramount+) and the San Diego Wave FC facing off against the Chicago Red Stars (7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network). The 176-game (!!!) season will run into fall 2023, and you can watch them all on Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, and CBS broadcast.

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What to watch on Netflix this week

Waco American Apocalypse (Netflix)

Waco: American Apocalypse | Netflix | Documentary

Docuseries premiere, Wednesday, March 22: Less than a month before SHOWTIME’s dramatized Waco: The Aftermath (a sequel to Paramount+’s Waco series) arrives, documentary Waco: American Apocalypse promises never-before-seen footage of the 1993 Texas siege. Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh led a bloody 51-day standoff against the ATF, all caught on camera to become the biggest news story in the world at the time. The three-part series will stream in its entirety on March 22.

The Night Agent (Netflix)

The Night Agent | Netflix | Drama, thriller

Series premiere, Thursday, March 23: Basement-level FBI desk jockey Peter Sutherland (Gabriel Basso, Hillbilly Elegy) is inadvertently caught up in a White House conspiracy involving secret Russian agents working within the U.S. government. Too soon? Not for show creator/writer Shawn Ryan (The Shield), who based the series on his favorite quarantine read, Matthew Quirk’s The Night Agent. Unlike Jason Bourne or Jack Ryan, Peter Sutherland is an ordinary agent facing extraordinary odds, and all 10 episodes stream on March 23.

What to watch on HBO Max this week

The cast of HBO series Succession

Succession | HBO, HBO Max | Drama

Season 4 premiere, Sunday, March 26: Succession had to end sometime—it’s right there in the title—but four seasons of the Roy family just doesn’t seem like enough. The 10-episode final season will include the return of guest stars Alexander Skarsgård (as the tech bro looking to buy Waystar Royco) and Justin Kirk (pulling HBO double-duty from Perry Mason), and a scenically expensive trip to Norway (take that, Warner Bros. Discovery accountants). Bold prediction for the ultimate winner of Succession: Cousin Greg.

The Thaw (HBO Max)

The Thaw | HBO Max | Drama, thriller

New series, now streaming: Well, not that new. Polish crime drama The Thaw debuted a year ago on HBO Max, but it checks all the boxes for a perfect “Nordic noir” series: a beautiful-but-troubled female detective with a permanent ponytail (Katazyna Wajda), an icy backdrop (because Poland), a grisly crime (a murdered woman who was recently pregnant with a now-missing baby), and a haunting theme song (Billie Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over”). The Thaw is a smart, dark, slow-burn thriller not to be overlooked.

What to watch on Hulu this week

Up Here (Hulu)

Up Here | Hulu | Comedy, drama

Series premiere, Friday, March 24: Make that comedy, drama, and musical—Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist fans rejoice! Rom-com Up Here, starring Mae Whitman (Good Girls) and Carlos Valdes (The Flash), has more in common with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in that features all-original songs that can break out at any minute. The story follows a 1999 couple’s struggles with love and life, but the bigger story is behind the camera: Up Here was created, scored, and directed by creatives from Frozen, Dear Evan Hansen, The Book of Mormon, and Hamilton.

Great Expectations (Hulu)

Great Expectations | Hulu | Drama

Series premiere, Sunday, March 26: Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight takes on the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations, even though no one particularly cared for his 2019 adaptation of A Christmas Carol (please, no more Christmas Carols). Knight’s six-episode Great Expectations stars Tom Sweet as Pip, a young orphan who becomes entangled in the dark teachings of Miss Havisham (Olivia Coleman, The Crown). Another casting of note: Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows) as Pip’s uncle Mr. Pumblechook.

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W2W wildcards of the week

Digman (Comedy Central)

Digman! | Comedy Central | Animation, comedy

Series premiere, Wednesday, March 22: Just when you thought Comedy Central was out of the original series game, here’s Digman!, an animated action-adventure comedy from Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Andy Samberg and Neil Campbell. Famed archeologist Rip Digman (voiced by Samberg) is essentially Indiana Jones channeling Nicholas Cage’s swagger, and the rest of the voice cast includes Melissa Fumero, Tim Meadows, Tim Robinson, Daniel Radcliffe, Maya Rudolph, Jane Lynch, Lauren Lapkus, Andy Daly, and many, many more.

Rabbit Hole (Paramount+)

Rabbit Hole | Paramount+ | Drama, thriller

Series premiere, Sunday, March 26: Kiefer Sutherland is back in 24 mode as a corporate espionage agent—is that a thing?—who’s been framed for murder by shadowy, influential forces. The 24 catchphrase “Who do you work for?!” has been replaced with “There’s something bigger going on here!”, and Sutherland’s master of deception is down the rabbit hole, questioning reality while staying one step ahead of the law. Rabbit Hole also dabbles in the evils of data collection and surveillance—cleared your cookies lately?

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