What to Watch This Week | May 23–30
CableTV.com’s superlative viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, and Aidy Bryant all left Saturday Night Live this past weekend—the feels are real. Kenan Thompson, however, will still be an SNL cast member as a hologram in 2062.
Your latest What to Watch This Week hot picks include the premiere of Obi-Wan Kenobi, The UEFA Champions League Final, the return of Stranger Things, Letterkenny spinoff Shoresy, and a Bob’s Burgers exclusive. They’re not going to watch themselves—get to it!
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What’s premiering this week
Obi-Wan Kenobi | Disney+ | Drama, sci-fi
Series premiere, Friday, May 27: Whether you think the Star Wars prequels ruled or sucked (I’m on Team Suck, myself), we can all probably agree that Ewan McGregor was perfectly cast as a younger Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi. His new self-titled series picks up on Tatooine 10 years after Revenge of the Sith, with Owen (Joel Edgerton), Beru (Bonnie Piesse), and—this will be awkward—Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) also in the mix. The first two of six episodes premiere on May 27.
Coverage begins Saturday, May 28, 3 p.m. EST: England’s Liverpool takes on Spain’s Real Madrid for a record third time in UEFA Champions League history, and this Final match at Stade de Paris marks the first full IRL audience attendance since 2019. American fútbol fans can watch the action live on CBS or Paramount+ beginning at 3 p.m. EST. Coverage may or may not include the opening ceremony performance by Camilla Cabello, making her Champions League debut (hey, another UEFA first).
What to watch on Netflix this week
Stranger Things | Netflix | Drama, horror
Season 4 premiere, Friday, May 27: It’s been almost two years since we last hung out with the characters of Stranger Things—but we’ve all been living in the Upside Down ourselves, so what’s time anymore, really? In Season 4, only six months have passed since the Hawkins mallpocalypse, and Hopper (David Harbour) is still stuck in a Russian prison. Meanwhile, a new supernatural threat is looming for the kids back home, because of course it is. Seven episodes drop May 27, with two more arriving July 1.
Riverdale | Netflix | Drama, thriller
Seasons 1–5 streaming now: All good things must come to an end, but also must Riverdale—kidding, Archieverse fandom, relax. The CW recently announced that Riverdale’s upcoming seventh season would be it’s last, so good luck to the writers’ room in wrapping up this syrupy saga. If you’ve never visited Riverdale, you can track the series’ descent into madness over the first five seasons currently available on Netflix, from Twin Peak-sy high school soap to time-jumping adult D-R-A-M-A . . . if you dare.
What to watch on HBO Max this week
That Damn Michael Che | HBO Max | Comedy
Season 2 premiere, Thursday, May 26: Saturday Night Live writer and Weekend Update co-anchor Michael Che revels in making people uncomfortable—his Update partner Colin Jost, in particular. That Damn Michael Che, a combo sketch/standup/animation show, is an equal-opportunity offender that takes aim at liberals, conservatives, Black people, white people, and Colin Jost (again). Besides Jost, SNL’s Heidi Gardner and Kenan Thompson also guest on TDMC this season, as do Amy Schumer, Wayne Brady, and Questlove.
The Flight Attendant | HBO Max | Comedy, drama
Season 2 finale, Thursday, May 26: Like Made for Love, The Flight Attendant is a dark HBO Max dramedy that made a splashy debut in 2021 but hasn’t quite generated the same buzz in 2022. Too bad, because The Flight Attendant’s second season is arguably even stronger than the first, with star Kaley Cuoco turning in a simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking performance as a woman teetering on the edge of sobriety and sanity. After a week-to-week run, all eight episodes of The Flight Attendant will be available on May 26—jump in.
What to watch on Hulu this week
Keeper of the Ashes | Hulu | Documentary
Series premiere, Tuesday, May 24: The docuseries’ full title is Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders, which is appropriately ominous. On a June 1977 outing to Camp Scott in Oklahoma, three Girl Scouts aged 8 to 10 were murdered; in 1978, Gene Leroy Holt was arrested for the crime. He was then acquitted in 1979 and died the same year, never having been conclusively identified as the killer. In another twist, actress Kristen Chenoweth (who appears in the doc) was supposed to be on that Girl Scouts trip.
Shoresy | Hulu | Comedy
Series premiere, Friday, May 27: Of all the colorful characters on hit Canadian import Letterkenny, hockey lifer Shoresy (played by Letterkenny creator and star Jared Keeso) seems the least likely to headline his own spinoff series. First, we never saw Shorsey’s face on Letterkenny, we just heard his foul-mouthed quips about his teammates (and their mothers). Second, a hockey comedy? At least we finally get to see Shorsey’s gap-toothed mug as he moves up to Triple-A hockey with the Sudbury Bulldogs.
W2W wildcards of the week
Emergency | Prime Video | Comedy
Movie premiere, Friday, May 27: College buds Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and Sean (R.J. Cyler) have mapped out the ultimate spring break night of parties. But their plans are derailed when they find a girl passed out in their apartment that their gamer roommate Carlos (Sebastian Chacon) didn’t even notice. Fully aware that two Black guys and a Latino reporting an unconscious white girl to the police won’t go well, they set out on a manic chase across the city to get “Goldilocks” to safety (anonymously). Emergency is also in theaters.
My Butt Hazza Fever | FXX | Animation, comedy
Short movie premiere, Friday, May 27: As if The Bob’s Burgers Movie needed any more promotion, the Bob’s Burgers team has also created a short film to coincide with its long-awaited theatrical release: My Butt Hazza Fever. The short, which will have its TV premiere on FXX as part of a Bob’s Burgers marathon, features Belcher kids Tina, Gene, and Louise singing a song called “My Butt Has a Fever,” and that’s all we know. But really, what more info could you possibly need? This is a cultural milestone, people!