What to Watch: July 23 – July 29
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 23
Playing With Sharks
Documentary follows the career of pioneering diver, photographer and filmmaker Valerie Taylor, who taught Mick Jagger how to scuba dive, filmed underwater sequences for Jaws and became a trailblazing advocate for one of the ocean’s most maligned and misunderstood creatures (Disney+).
Kate Beckinsale stars in this action-comedy as a woman with an extreme anger-management issue: She becomes homicidal unless she can “jolt” herself back to normalcy with a special electrode-lined vest. When the first guy she’s ever fallen for is murdered, it really makes her sizzle, and the cops pursing her find out they’ve got a real live wire on their hands. With Bobby Cannavale, Jai Courtney, Laverne Cox, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci (Amazon Prime).
SATURDAY, July 24
Eden: Untamed Planet
Helena Bonham Carter narrates this new natural history series that takes viewers to the far corners of the planet and reveals secrets of Earth’s few remaining untouched lands, mostly isolated from the rest of the world and flourishing with rich biodiversity, as nature truly intended (8 p.m., BBC America).
New season of the paranormal-investigation series launches with the team hitting the haunted highway in their RV and heading for Kentucky’s Waverly Hills Sanitorium, long rumored to be among the most cursed places in the country due to its tragic history as ground zero for an outbreak of tuberculosis in the early 1900s (9 p.m., Travel Channel).
SUNDAY, July 25
The Last Hours of Leonard Nimoy
A renowned pathologist and medical examiner uses first-hand accounts of Nimoy’s life to find the truth about what ultimately caused the death of the well-known actor, best known for playing the iconic character of Spock on Star Trek, at the age of 83 in 2015 (8 p.m., Reelz).
Chefs, restaurant critics, cookbook authors and home kitchen masters compete to win $50,000 in this new high-stakes culinary challenge series hosted by actor Kal Penn, best known for his roles in the Harold & Kumar comedy films, TV’s How I Met Your Mother and Designated Survivor (10 p.m., Food).
MONDAY, July 26
Roswell, New Mexico
Long rumored to be a hotbed of flying saucer sightings and who-knows-what kind of top-secret stuff, the Southwestern city is also the setting for season three of this series about a young biomedical researcher (Jeanie Mason) who discovers that her crush is really an alien—like, a space alien. And he’s one of many (8 p.m., The CW).
Infamy: When Fame Turns Deadly
Grammy-winning pop star/actress Monica wraps up her eight-episode weekly look at real-life instances when celebrity and notoriety took turns toward fatality (10 p.m., VH-1).
TUESDAY, July 27
New technologies, online tools and the popularity of TV crime programming has given rise to a wave of amateur sleuthing that has sometimes played a major role in cracking real cases. This new series spotlights some, ahem, colorful personalities who’ve tumbled deep down real-life rabbit holes in their efforts to solve some serious crimes (Discovery+).
The Haves and the Have Nots
Tune in tonight for a two-hour special about the Tyler Perry-produced drama, leading up to the June 1 finale, about the scandalous lives of three Savannah, Ga., families, living out a modern-day Greek tragedy as a judge (John Schneider) and his wealthy friends all find out what happens when their personal flaws go unchecked for generations. With Tika Sumpter, Aaron O’Conner and Crystal Fox (8 p.m., Own).
WEDNESDAY, July 28
Turning the Tables
Good Morning America and ABC News co-anchor Robin Roberts hosts this new series, which in each episode will feature interviews and wide-ranging conversations with female celebrities, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Debbie Allen, Tig Notaro, Billie Jean King, Raven-Symonè and Mickey Guyton (Disney+).
Bad tattoos walk in. Great tattoos walk out. Top ink artists transform body-art disasters into stunning cover-ups, with designs chosen by the clients’ loved ones, in this new makeover reality series (Netflix).
THURSDAY, July 29
The Boy Behind the Door
In this intense cat-and-mouse tale, a pair of young boys (Lonnie Chavis—who played young Randall on This Is Us—and Ezra Dewey) attempt to escape from the home of a terrifying man who has abducted them (Shudder).
Behind the Music
Iconic docuseries—which ran originally on VH1 from 1997 to 2014—returns with new and updated best-of episodes featuring Huey Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Busta Rhymes and LL Cool J (Paramount+).
NEW ON DVD
Shhhhhhh! Be doubly quiet, because A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount Home Entertainment), the new hit horror thriller from director John Krasinski starring his wife Emily Blunt—about a family living in a post-apocalyptic world with a bunch of alien invaders who hunt by sound—is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K, along with its equally chilling 2018 predecessor.
AT THE MOVIES
Director M. Night Shalyaman’s new weird-out is Old, a thriller about a family on a holiday who discovers that their tropical beach-getaway has a dark downside—it’s causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day. Yikes!!!! With Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Thomasin McKenzie and Gael Garcia Bernal.
Henry Golding stars in Snake Eyes, a G.I Joe spin-off centered around the fan-favorite commando character from the movie and comic-book franchise.
The crime comedy The Comeback Trail stars Robert De Niro as a bottom-feeder movie producer in debt to the mob who decides to make a dangerous new film just to kill off his aging action star (Tommy Lee Jones) in a stunt so he can collect the insurance money. But the plan, alas, doesn’t go exactly as planned…