What to Watch This Week | March 21–27

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

I finally got to see Spider-Man: No Way Home (now available on-demand) after months and months of waiting out the theatrical run—like a lot of you, I’m not yet motivated to go back into a Cinemark. I’d say it mostly lives up to the hype and avoids the third-flick curse (see, or rather don’t see, 2007’s beyond-bad Spider-Man 3). Spider-Man: No Way Home gets a thumb and webshooter up.

This week’s What to Watch recommendations include the long-awaited return of Atlanta, a second round of Bridgerton, a collection of Oscar-nominated movies, a road trip with Olivia Rodrigo, and a live-action Halo. Happy viewing!

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What’s premiering this week

Atlanta | FX, Hulu | Comedy, drama

Season 3 premiere, Thursday, March 24: Season 2 of Donald Glover’s critically acclaimed Atlanta aired four years ago—what’s happened since then? Don’t answer that, just enjoy the third season, which finds Earn (Glover) and Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) in Europe managing rapper Paper Boi’s (Brian Tyree Henry) first tour. Atlanta fans won’t have to wait another painfully long stretch for the fourth (and sadly, final) season, which is set to premiere in the fall. Meanwhile, the first two episodes of season 3 drop Thursday on FX, Friday on Hulu.

NASCAR EchoPark Texas Grand Prix | FS1 | Sports, racing

Coverage begins Sunday, March 27, 2:30 p.m. EST: The sixth race of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series will be held at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas. FS1 will air the 68-lap race itself, but there’s an entire weekend of leadup festivities you won’t see unless you’re actually in Austin: Truck races, BMX stunt shows, human cannonball demos, “Swifty Swine” pig races, a pre-race concert by country band Midland, and way more—sounds like a killer party. Excuse while I reserve a camping spot for 2023.

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What to watch on Netflix this week

Bridgerton | Netflix | Drama

Season 2 premiere, Friday, March 25: Considering all the hype, it’s easy to forget that hit costume drama Bridgerton has so far released only a single season, and that was back in 2020—such is the pop-cultural power of producer Shonda Rhimes. Bridgerton may be missing star Regé-Jean Page in season 2, but the sexy period rom-dram will soldier on with new arrivals Simone Ashley, Charithra Chandran, and Rupert Evans, along with the rest of the returning cast (narrator Julie Andrews included). Swoon!

Good Girls | Netflix | Drama, comedy

Seasons 1–4 now streaming: Good Girls, which aired from 2018 to 2021 before being canceled by NBC after four seasons, is currently one of the most popular series on Netflix. The comical drama about three suburban housewives (Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman) who not-so-gracefully embark on lives of crime is a better fit for the watch-it-all-at-once model, anyway—nearly every Good Girls episode ends on a juicy cliffhanger. Check out Good Girls; maybe Netflix will adopt it and produce another season (as it did with NBC’s Manifest).

What to watch on Hulu this week

Bloods | Hulu | Comedy

Season 2 premiere, Wednesday, March 23: British import Bloods follows the daily misadventures of South London paramedics Maleek (Samson Kayo, Timewasters) and Wendy (Jane Horrocks, Little Voice), a begrudgingly partnered pair of opposites. Do they learn to work together as a team to save lives? Of course they do—a comedy littered with dead bodies would be a bit dark, even for British TV. Bloods also stars Lucy Punch (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Adrian Scarborough (Crashing), and Julian Barratt (Sally4Ever).

Academy Awards Movies | Hulu | Award nominees

Now streaming: Every year the Oscars roll around (the 94th Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC, Sunday, March 27, fyi) you probably realize, “I haven’t seen any of these movies.” Fortunately, Hulu is streaming several of 2022’s nominees right now, including Spencer, Nightmare Alley, Flee, Summer of Soul, Four Good Days; if your Hulu is bundled with Disney+, you can also watch Cruella, Encanto, Luca, and Raya and the Last Dragon. Or, if you feel Denis Villeneuve was robbed, stream Dune on HBO Max.

What to watch on Disney Plus this week

Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home 2 U | Disney+ | Documentary, music

Movie premiere, Friday, March 25: On a road trip from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, pop star Olivia Rodrigo shares memories of writing and recording her triple-platinum debut album, Sour. Driving Home 2 U also features new live song arrangements recorded on tour, as well as previously unseen behind-the-music footage from the Sour recording sessions. Why Salt Lake City? That’s where Rodrigo began writing and recording Sour while also filming High School Music: The Musical: The Series.

The Defenders Saga | Disney+ | Action, drama

Now streaming: In a move surprising no one, Marvel recently shifted original series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders from Netflix to Disney+, now collected under the banner of “The Defenders Saga.” This marks an opportunity to revisit the excellent sextet of series (yes, even Iron Fist had its moments), which rank among the best—and grittiest—superhero TV shows ever. Bonus: Marvel/ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has also just landed on Disney+.

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W2W wildcards of the week

Halo | Paramount+ | Action, sci-fi

Series premiere, Thursday, March 24: Halo began its transformation into a live-action drama in 2013 at SHOWTIME but finally arrives in 2022 as a Paramount+ original—adapting the most popular videogame franchise ever takes time, apparently. Like the game, Halo chronicles the war between humanity and the alien Covenant in the 26th century; unlike the game, the TV Halo will maintain its own story canon (labeled “The Silver Timeline”) separate from the RPG franchise. So, who’s playing Master Chief? Pablo Schreiber, of course!

WWE Evil | Peacock | Documentary, sports

Series premiere, Thursday, March 24: After the rise of the explosively popular Dark Side of the Ring pro wrestling docuseries on VICE, it was only a matter of time before the WWE got into the documentary biz. WWE Evil, created and hosted by John Cena, looks at the most hated/loved villains of the WWE-verse, including “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, The Miz, Sasha Banks, The Undertaker, and “Nature Boy” Ric Flair over eight episodes, all of which drop Thursday, March 24. Inexplicably, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper isn’t in this heel roundup.

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