What to Watch This Week | March 28–April 3

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

The funniest pre–April Fool’s Day joke I’ve seen this week is the fictional launch of “CNN+,” a new subscription streaming service. I mean, CNN is already a 24/7/365 cable network—how much more CNN content could anyone actually need? Hilarious . . . wait, please hold. I’m now being told in my earpiece that CNN+ is real, and it premieres Tuesday, March 29. My bad.

This week’s What to Watch picks include the debut of Marvel superhero series Moon Knight, WWE wrestling action, new Judd Apatow/Netflix comedy The Bubble, British spy thriller Slow Horses, and reality cooking/pranking show Rat in the Kitchen. Bon appétit!

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What’s premiering this week

Moon Knight | Disney+ | Action, drama

Series premiere, Wednesday, March 30: Minor Marvel hero Moon Knight seems like an odd character to headline his own Disney+ series—but then again, so did Scarlet Witch and Vision, Loki, and Hawkeye. Like a Batman in white, Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac) is a mercenary crimefighter with no superpowers, just sheer brutality and sleek tech. The twist here is that Spector has another personality, Steven Grant, who knows nothing about Moon Knight’s exploits beyond phantom voices and nightmares. Looks like another Marvel hit.

WrestleMania 38 | Peacock | Wrestling, sports

Coverage begins Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m. EST: Live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, WWE’s WrestleMania 38 spans two nights (April 2 and 3) and features nearly a dozen matches. They include Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair, The Miz and Logan Paul vs. The Mysterios, Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair, Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, Sami Zayn vs. Johnny Knoxville (yes, the one from Jackass), and a four-way Women’s Tag Team Championship: Queen Zelina and Carmella vs. Sasha Banks and Naomi vs. Rhea Ripley and Liv Morgan vs. Shayna Bazler and Natalya. Wooo!

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What to watch on Netflix this week

The Bubble | Netflix | Comedy

Movie premiere, Friday, April 1: Writer/director Judd Apatow finally arrives on Netflix (it was inevitable) with a meta-comedy about the cast of an action blockbuster film (Cliff Beasts 6: The Battle for Everest) forced to work and live together in a pandemic bubble while shooting. The Bubble, which Apatow co-wrote with South Park’s Pam Brady, stars Leslie Mann, Pedro Pascal, David Duchovny, Karen Gillan, Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Armisen, Rob Delaney, Peter Serafinowicz, and Maria Bakalova. Surprise: it’s under two hours long.

Apollo 10 1/2 | Netflix | Animation, drama

Movie premiere, Friday, April 1: Veteran director Richard Linklater also debuts on Netflix this week with Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood, his first animated feature since 2006’s A Scanner Darkly. Set in the summer of 1969 during the first moon landing, the movie looks at the historic event from two different perspectives: NASA astronauts and Mission Control, and a young boy watching it all on TV in Houston (presumably, Linklater himself). Voices you may recognize in Apollo 10 1/2 include Jack Black and Zachary Levi.

What to watch on Hulu this week

The Girl from Plainville | Hulu | Drama

Series premiere, Tuesday, March 29: The true-crime docudrama wave continues with The Girl from Plainville, based on the Massachusetts involuntary manslaughter case of 17-year-old Michelle Carter, who encouraged her boyfriend to commit suicide via text messages. There’s already been a Dateline episode, an HBO documentary, and a Lifetime movie about the event, but none of them had name stars like Elle Fanning (who plays Michelle), Colton Ryan (as the boyfriend, Conrad Roy), and Chloë Sevigny (as Conrad’s mother).

Futurama | Hulu | Animation, comedy

Now streaming: You might already be aware that all seven seasons of the classic Simpsons-adjacent animated series Futurama, which aired on FOX and Comedy Central from 1999 to 2013, are available on Hulu. What you may not be aware of is that Hulu has uncanceled Futurama and will be streaming 20 new episodes in 2023—good news, everyone! So now is the perfect time to rewatch—or experience for the first time—all 140 past episodes of Futurama before the new season premieres next year. You’re welcome.

What to watch on HBO Max this week

Moonshot | HBO Max | Comedy, sci-fi

Movie premiere, Thursday, March 31: College student Sophie (Lana Condor, To All the Boys) helps barista Walt (Cole Sprouse, Riverdale) sneak aboard a space shuttle to a Mars colony, where they hatch a plan to win back their significant others who are on the flight without getting caught. So, shouldn’t it have been titled Mars Shot? Someone’s going to call this an “out-of-this-world romcom,” but it’s not going to be me—you deserve better than that, W2W readers. If you like Moonshot, check out director Christopher Winterbottom’s Wyrm.

Julia | HBO Max | Comedy

Series Premiere, Thursday, March 31: Celebrity chef Julia Child may have died in 2004, but that’s no reason not to adapt her life story as a wacky comedy in 2022, right? Set in 1960s Boston, Julia (created by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel writer Daniel Goldfarb, appropriately) is based on real events in the then-lives of Julia (played by Sarah Lancashire) and her husband Paul Child (David Hyde Pierce). Marking a Frasier reunion with Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth also stars in this eight-episode series.

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W2W wildcards of the week

Slow Horses | Apple TV+ | Drama

Series premiere, Friday, April 1: Based on the 2010 novel of the same name, British drama Slow Horses shows what happens to spies when they commit one too many epic fails: they get demoted to Slough House, an obscure MI5 department that’s far less than 007. The six-episode debut season stars Gary Oldman (in his first TV series) as Slough House chief Jackson Lamb, along with an impressive cast that includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Jonathan Pryce, Olivia Cooke, and Jack Lowden. The first two episodes of Slow Horses drop Friday, April 1.

Rat in the Kitchen | TBS | Reality, food

Series premiere, Thursday, March 31: Like a mashup of Top Chef and Impractical Jokers, Rat in the Kitchen is a cooking competition show with a secret saboteur among the contestants. Not only do they have to impress celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre and host Natasha Leggero with their dishes, but they also have to figure out who the “rat” is, all while avoiding having their own ingredients tampered with. Rat in the Kitchen could either be the dumbest cooking show ever or the greatest—let’s see how it pans (ha!) out.

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