What to Watch This Week | September 26–October 2
CableTV.com’s high-octane viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
How about that Andor? Disney+ Star Wars series have been hit-or-miss since The Mandalorian (I’m most disappointed in you and your Book, Boba Fett), but the new Andor knocks it out of the park and the galaxy. Andor being a prequel series, this further proves that I was right about Rogue One being the best Star Wars movie. Not gloating—just saying.
This week’s What to Watch picks include the return of hit comedy Ghosts, Singapore Grand Prix racetrack action, long-awaited Marilyn Monroe drama Blonde, the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, and ’90s throwback-reboots Hocus Pocus 2 and Interview with the Vampire. Stop dreaming, start streaming!
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What’s premiering this week
Season 2 premiere, Thursday, September 29: When Ghosts debuted in 2021, I wrote “enjoy it while you can,” thinking it was too smart to last on CBS for more than a few weeks. It then went on to become the network’s biggest (and only) hit of the season—so I’ve been wrong once. Season 2 picks up with Sam (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) finally opening their B&B, whether the house spirits like it or not. Believe the buzz about Ghosts, livings.
F1 Singapore Grand Prix | ESPN | Sports, racing
Coverage begins Sunday, October 2, 4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT: Part of the Formula One World Championship, the Singapore Grand Prix is a night race held annually at the Marina Bay Street Circuit—except in 2020 and 2021, because of stuff. This year’s comeback race will see five-time winner Sebastian Vettel of Germany fending off 21 challengers over 61 laps in his final F1 season. If you didn’t get tickets, you’ll miss Black Eyed Peas (still a thing).
The Munsters | Netflix | Comedy, horror
Movie premiere, Tuesday, September 27: Rob Zombie has made a PG-rated, family-friendly movie for Netflix—so 2022. Zombie’s reanimation of ’60s black-and-white sitcom The Munsters is a color-saturated affair about the courtship of vampire Lily (Sheri Moon Zombie) and Frankenstein-lite monster Herman (Jeff Daniel Phillips), with winking cameos both on-brand (Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. Elvira) and off-the-wall (Cinderella drummer Fred Coury as the voice of a raven).
Blonde | Netflix | Drama
Movie premiere, Thursday, September 28: Like Elvis, Marilyn Monroe can’t rest in pop-cultural peace. Blonde is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ acclaimed (and highly fictionalized) 2000 novel, with Ana de Armas (Knives Out) as an uncanny doppelganger for Monroe. It’s also Netflix’s first NC-17 movie, and clocks in with over two-and-a-half hours of Tinseltown tragedy. Critics are calling Blonde genius and garbage; proceed with caution.
What to watch on Disney+ this week
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers | Disney+ | Comedy, drama
Season 2 premiere, Wednesday, September 28: When Evan (Brady Noon) is cut from the Mighty Ducks junior hockey team, his mom Alex (Lauren Graham) forms a new team, the Don’t Bothers, with help from original Ducks coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez)—that was Season 1 of Game Changers. Season 2 finds the team attending a summer hockey camp and being trained mercilessly by an ex-NHL star (Josh Duhamel). Oh, and this was a movie franchise in the ’90s, kids.
Hocus Pocus 2 | Disney+ | Comedy, fantasy
Movie premiere, Friday, September 30: Speaking of ’90s revivals, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker are back as the witchy Sanderson sisters in Hocus Pocus 2. This continuation of the story introduces a new coven of teen witches, as well as Ted Lasso costars Hannah Waddingham and Sam Richardson, to Salem. Meanwhile, the Sanderson sisters will either exact their (re)revenge or learn a Valuable Lesson (good money’s on the latter).
What to watch on Hulu this week
Reasonable Doubt | Hulu | Drama
Series premiere, Tuesday, September 27: It might sound like just another legal drama with a generic title, but Reasonable Doubt is different: it was created by Raamla Mohamed (Little Fires Everywhere), and it’s the first scripted drama from the Onyx Collective, a creators of color initiative at Disney. Reasonable Doubt also counts Kerry Washington (Scandal) as a director, and stars powerhouse actress Emayatzy Corinealdi as L.A. defense attorney Jax Stewart. Check it.
Ramy | Hulu | Comedy
Season 3 premiere, Friday, September 30: Ramy, created by and starring Ramy Youssef, is one of Hulu’s best—and most overlooked—comedies. The semi-autobiographical series follows Ramy’s daily New Jersey life as a first-generation Egyptian-American caught between his Muslim (very religious) and Millennial (decidedly unreligious) sides. The excellent first two seasons of Ramy are available on Hulu—catch up before all 10 episodes of Season 3 drop on September 30.
W2W wildcards of the week
Season 48 premiere, Saturday, October 1: The show has lost several key players, and season-opener host Miles Teller (Top Gun: Maverick) has zero comedy cred (though 2015’s Fantastic Four was hilarious for all the wrong reasons). Saturday Night Live has weathered worse, including nonstop whining from the “SNL isn’t funny anymore!” crowd. The show proves them wrong every year, and even naysayers will admit to hoping for a new David S. Pumpkins sighting.
Series premiere, Sunday, October 2: The ’90s nostalgia can’t be stopped! Interview with the Vampire, based on the 1994 movie (and Anne Rice’s 1976 novel, of course), has been praised by Time as “the season’s best fantasy franchise reboot” (sorry, Munsters) and it won’t be the last supernatural series from AMC: the network has bought the rights to 18 Anne Rice novels and plans to roll out at least one new show a year. Buh-bye zombies, hello vampires and witches.