The Hamilton Spectator
Exploring love and your sexuality
With so many different streaming platforms and cable offerings to navigate, choosing what to watch has never been harder. Here are our best tune-in tips for the week.
The pick of the week is this new dating series, which brings together the most famous single stars from all of Netflix’s unscripted series, including “Love Is Blind,” “The Ultimatum,” “To Hot to Handle,” “The Circle,” “Twentysomethings: Austin” and even “The Mole.” It’s a true dream cast for anyone who has watched any of these shows. Whoever thought we would see Shayne Jansen from “Love Is Blind” again or watch as first “The Circle” winner Joey Sasso tries to find love? Keep an eye out for Toronto’s Dom Gabriel (“The Mole”) and Ottawa’s Francesca Farago (“Too Hot to Handle”) who get a lot of screen time.
The Masked Singer
While I still have a hard time believing that “Survivor” is about to enter its 44th season, it’s even harder to believe that “The Masked Singer” launches its ninth edition on Wednesday. Nick Cannon returns as the host, and Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke as judges.
CTV & CTV.ca
If you know the difference between a birdie and a mulligan, this one’s for you. This new docuseries features all four major golf tournaments and an inside look at pros, including Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Tony Finau. It follows the golfers across their entire season of competition, documenting their big wins and big losses, and delving deeper into the personal lives and the rivalries of its stars.
Planet Sex With Cara Delevingne
LGBTQ icon Delevingne invites audiences to join her as she searches for answers to what makes us human. She donates her orgasm to science in Germany, makes art with her vagina in Japan and visits an “ethical” porn set. The series promises to be unlike anything you have ever seen before.
Canada’s Ultimate Challenge
It’s always nice to see original Canadian reality programming, and CBC delivers with this new competition series it describes as a “crosscountry obstacle course.” Everyday Canadians are divided into teams to compete in site-specific challenges. The best part is that the squads are coached by a veritable who’s who in Canadian athletics, including Olympians Donovan Bailey, Waneek Horn-Miller, Clara Hughes, Gilmore Junio, Jen Kish and Canadian Super Bowl champion Luke Willson.
CBC & CBC Gem
FRIDAY Hello Tomorrow!
The strong TV selections continue with Apple TV Plus’s “Hello Tomorrow!” Led by executive producer and star Billy Crudup, this 10episode dramedy is set in a retrofuture world and features a group of travelling salesmen pitching lunar time shares.
Apple TV Plus
A Spy Among Friends
Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce star in this new miniseries about the true story of Nicholas Elliott (Lewis) and Kim Philby (Pearce), lifelong friends who happen to be British spies. For those unfamiliar, Philby was the most notorious Soviet double agent in history after defecting from the British during the Cold War. The compelling new series examines what prompted Philby’s decision while exploring themes of duplicity, trust and treachery.
This Crave original series is based on the “Thunder Bay” podcast from Canadaland. It’s produced and hosted by Anishinaabe journalist Ryan McMahon, who’s on a mission to uncover the truth about the deaths of numerous Indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ont. The show points to the failures of Thunder Bay’s police department while taking a focused approach to Canada’s relationship with colonialism.
The Woman King
Crave has secured the streaming rights to this fascinating film that stars recent EGOT winner Viola Davis as General Nanisca, leader of the Agojie, an all-female unit of warriors assigned to protect the African kingdom of Dahomey. Davis secured a Golden Globe nomination for the role, but was snubbed by the Academy Awards.
The Company You Keep
It’s hard to see Milo Ventimiglia as anything other than the best TV dad ever after his stint as Jack Pearson on “This Is Us,” but in his first project since that critically acclaimed drama, he plays Charlie, a con man who unknowingly hooks up with undercover CIA officer Emma (Catherine Haena Kim). The star-crossed lovers are on a collision course when they figure out who the other one really is. “The Company You Keep” is based on Korean series “My Fellow Citizens!”
CTV & CTV.ca
Boys in Blue
This four-part doc series zeroes in on the North Polars high school football team, a club coached by members of the Minneapolis police. The games take place in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, as the series zeroes in on how the players react to the controversy.
Paramount Plus Canada