What to Watch This Week | November 21–27
CableTV.com’s juicy viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
Every Thanksgiving, I find myself wondering, “Whatever happened to the Thanksgiving Day To Catch a Predator marathon on MSNBC?” The last—and maybe only—time it happened was in 2009, and I was rapt. Guess I’ll have to opt for the far-more-tasteful Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon instead.
This Thanksgiving week’s Watch to Watch recs include the return of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Criminal Minds, WWE Survivor Series wrestling action, the premieres of Wednesday and Welcome to Chippendales, true-crime doc Dangerous Breed, and the holly-jolly Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Stuff your face (with TV)!
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What’s premiering this week
Criminal Minds: Evolution | Paramount+ | Drama
Series premiere, Thursday, November 24: Should we just call this Season 16 of Criminal Minds, the fan-favorite CBS crime drama that just ended in 2020? The Evolution continuation will be a little different, with just 10 episodes focused on a single case (specifically, an active network of serial killers). Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Kirsten Vangsness return for this streaming-only iteration of Criminal Minds. Wheels up!
WWE Survivor Series | Peacock | Sports, wrestling
Coverage begins Saturday, November 26, 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT: Live from TD Garden in Boston, it’s WWE Survivor Series 2022! Matches include The Bloodline vs. Brawling Brutes (WarGames match), A.J. Styles vs. Finn Balor, Ronda Rousey vs. Shotzi, Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Theory, and Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, and Mia Yim vs. Damage CTRL (Bayley, Dakota Kai, and Iyo Sky), Nikki Cross, and Rhea Ripley (WarGames match).
What to watch on Netflix this week
Wednesday | Netflix | Comedy, horror
Series premiere, Wednesday, November 23: Now that the bar has been significantly lowered by Rob Zombie’s The Munsters, here’s new Addams Family spinoff series Wednesday. Teen Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) learns to control her psychic powers and stop a local killing spree while attending Nevermore Academy and maintaining a perfect ’90s Hot Topic vibe (whew). Wednesday also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzman, and, yes, Christina Ricci.
Taco Chronicles: Cross the Border | Netflix | Documentary, food
Season 3 premiere, Wednesday, November 23: Did you know that Chicago is a US “taco hub”? That’s just one of many taco takeaways from the third installment of Taco Chronicles, the tasty docuseries that insists “the taco leaves Mexico, but Mexico doesn’t leave the taco.” Taco Chronicles: Cross the Border will also spotlight restaurants in Arizona, Texas, and California, with nary a Cheesy Gordita Crunch or Chalupa Supreme in the bunch.
What to watch on Hulu this week
Welcome to Chippendales | Hulu | Drama
Series premiere, Tuesday, November 22: A docudrama that’s also been described as a dark comedy and a true-crime thriller, Welcome to Chippendales is a wild (and mostly true) ride. Kumail Nanjiani stars as Steve Banerjee, the founder of the male-stripper empire Chippendales that rose to fame in the ’80s, and still exists today. This tale of abs, arson, and murder also stars Murray Bartlett, Dan Stevens, Annaleigh Ashford, Andrew Rannells, and Juliette Lewis.
The Sweetest Thing | Hulu | Comedy
Movie, now streaming: Twenty years before she was starring in the acclaimed Netflix series Dead to Me and receiving her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Christina Applegate co-headlined The Sweetest Thing with Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair. Critics hated it in 2002, but the raunchy road-trip comedy paved the way for Bridesmaids and Girls Trip a decade later and is now a cult classic. Hulu has the R-rated version; track down the unrated cut for the real fun.
What to watch on Peacock this week
Dangerous Breed: Crime. Cons. Cats. | Peacock | Documentary
Series premiere, Tuesday, November 22: Filmmaker Frederick Kroetsch spent 10 years shooting legacy pro wrestler and Persian cat breeder Teddy Hart for a potential reality show, only to discover some sketchy goings-on behind the scenes—big Tiger King energy here. Not only had several women accused Hart of sexual misconduct, but his ex-girlfriend also went missing in 2016 and hasn’t been found since. All three Dangerous Breed episodes drop on November 22.
Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin | Peacock | Comedy, music
Series premiere, Wednesday, November 23: Years after the finale of the Pitch Perfect film trilogy, side character Bumper Allen (Adam DeVine) is back with his own series—why? Universal isn’t going to let that intellectual property go to waste, people. The six-episode Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin finds Bumper traveling to Germany to restart his music career after one of his songs suddenly becomes a belated hit there (thanks, TikTok). Also: Das Sound Machine!
W2W wildcards of the week
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special | Disney+ | Comedy, sci-fi
Special premiere, Friday, November 25: Starlord (Chris Pratt) is feeling down during the Christmas season, so the Guardians of the Galaxy head to Earth to retrieve the ultimate gift to cheer him up: “Legendary actor Kevin Bacon” (Kevin Bacon). The 45-minute Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special was directed by GOTG regular James Gunn, who told The Hollywood Reporter that he also “wrote the whole story within a few hours” (humblebrag).
The Kingdom Exodus | MUBI | Drama, horror
Season 3 premiere, Sunday, November 27: Lars von Trier’s supernatural 1994–97 Danish hospital series Kingdom was such a horror-nerd favorite that Stephen King attempted to remake it for American TV in the early 2000s (it didn’t work). Now, von Trier is wrapping the series with a five-episode third season that brings the bizarre story full circle. The film-centric streaming service MUBI is available in most app stores and is currently streaming Seasons 1 and 2 of The Kingdom.