What to Watch: July 16 – July 22
Wondering what to watch? Here’s the scoop on what you’ll want to be watching as you head into this weekend and through next week, on network and cable television, streaming and on demand. Whatever your platform—HBO, Showtime, Acorn, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu—we’ve got you covered with what to watch. Plus, check out what’s new on Blu-ray and DVD, and hot new movies opening this week. Let’s get watching!
All times Eastern.
FRIDAY, July 16
Turner & Hooch
Remember the 1980s movie comedy starring Tom Hanks as a young police detective and big slobbery dog? Well, it’s been remade as a TV series with Josh Peck (yes, from the old Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh) as a U.S. Marshall—the son of Hanks’ character in the original film—who inherits an unruly crime-solving canine of his own (Disney+).
Six-part docuseries examines the musical history of two living legends, Paul McCartney and super-producer Rick Rubin, as they engage in wide-ranging, in-depth discussions on their music, their influences and how their careers have overlapped (Hulu).
SATURDAY, July 17
Never Have I Ever
Producer Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age comedy—based partially on her childhood in the Boston area and the death of her father—returns for season two with Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as an Indian American teen faced with more pressures of high school and drama at home (Netflix).
Chef Robert Irving hosts this new competition in which five cuisine masters are transported to majestic “food destinations” around the world (via LED screen backdrops) to prepare that location’s premiere dishes with local ingredients (Discovery+).
SUNDAY, July 18
Dark comedy 10-part series stars Harriett Walter and Frances O’Connor in a tale of a three-generation family with members wrestling with some dimension of the issue on how to die with dignity (8 p.m., Showtime).
Jerusalem: City of Faith and Fury
Actor Ewan McGregor narrates this new six-part series examining one of the most controversial cities in history through six epic conflicts that shaped and defined it over the past 3,000 years (10 p.m., CNN).
MONDAY, July 19
Shoelaces for Christmas
A bit early for Christmas? Not on for Hallmark, where Christmas flicks seem to be always in season. This one—originally released in 2018—stars former Party of Five and One Life to Live actress Jessica Morris, along with Mia Topalian in a tale about a self-absorbed teen who discovers (you guessed it)—the meaning of Christmas when she volunteers at a homeless shelter (streaming on Hallmark Movies Now).
Fast & Furious franchise star Michelle Rodriguez hosts—alongside rally champ Wyatt Knox—this new competition in which elite drivers (from drift champions to hotshot YouTubers) put their skills to the test on a massive 60-acre, obstacle-filled compound (9 p.m., Discovery).
TUESDAY, July 20
In Their Own Words: Pope Francis
Learn what experiences led Jorge Bergoglio to the highest office in the Catholic Church, using archival footage, photos and his own words. It kicks off this new weekly series about some of the world’s most transformative individuals (8 p.m., PBS).
Man Vs. History
Follow acclaimed storyteller and local historian Bill Lepp as he travels across the country to discover the truth behind the mysteries and legends of American history, investigating (and sometimes debunking) iconic subjects and figures like Billy the Kid, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett and Harry Houdini (10 p.m., History).
WEDNESDAY, July 21
Married at First Sight
A three-hour episode kicks off season 13 of the hit reality series, which heads to Texas for 10 brave new singles to meet their new spouses at the altar and say their “I do’s” just moments after their first face-to-face meetings. Which new couples will thrive and which will take a dive? (8 p.m., Lifetime).
Behind the Attraction
Peek beyond the curtains of Disney Parks in this 10-episode series to discover how Imagineers created the magic at the Haunted Mansion, the Twilight Zone of Terror, Space Mountain, Jungle Cruise, It’s a Small World and other classic and contemporary rides and attractions (Disney+).
THURSDAY, July 22
Bizarre Food America
Host Andrew Zimmern finds that Pittsburg has a taste for blending history with cutting-edge contemporary food traditions, sampling stuffed cabbage and braunschweiger, goat heart tartar and other unique Steel City dishes (9 p.m., Cooking Channel).
Ultra City Smiths
Kristen Bell and her husband, Dax Sheppard, plus Ali Shawkat, Tim Meadows, Terry O’Quinn, Debra Winger, Luis Guzmán, John C. Reilly, Bebe Neuwirth and Tom Waits are among the vocal cast for this bonkers stop-motion comedy-crime-thriller series—about a group of baby dolls who function as grownups (AMC+).
AT THE MOVIES
Why would a group of attractive young people return to a deadly game of do-or-die, where getting out alive depends on their instincts and their will to survive? Maybe because the previous movie about them, made for a paltry $9 million, returned almost 15 times that much in profit. Watch Escape Room: Tournament of Champions to find out how it all goes down.
The star power is low-wattage and the title makes it sound kinda grim, but Die in a Gunfight is actually a gangster-centric spin on the timeless Romeo & Juliet themes of romance, revenge and betrayal…and a pair of star-crossed lovers. Alexandria Daddario, who appeared in the Percy Jackson movie series and who had a recurring role on the NBC comedy-drama Parenthood, is the main attraction.
Space Jam: A New Legacy—a sequel to the 1996 hit with basketball legend Michael Jordan—features hoops icon LeBron James mixin’ it up on the court with animated Looney Toons superstars Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird and other cartoon characters.
NEW ON DVD
Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson are on the gruesome trail of a killer whose work reminds them of the city’s grisly past in Spiral (Lionsgate Home Entertainment), the latest installment in the lucrative mystery-horror Saw franchise.