Rock star poses and doling out roses
With so many different streaming platforms and cable offerings to navigate, choosing what to watch has never been harder. To make things easier, here are our best tune-in tips for the week ahead.
TUESDAY The Bachelorette
Bachelor Nation fans upset about the end of “Bachelor in Paradise” don’t have to wait long to get their next fix. Failing to win over Matt James when we last saw her on “The Bachelor,” Michelle Young is ready to hand out the roses this time around. Keep an eye out for Canadian Chris G. this season. Who knows? Maybe the 28year-old motivational speaker from Halifax can talk his way to the end.
Citytv and Citytv.com, 8 p.m.
This new series follows a has been hip-hop girl group from the 1990s. The quartet, now in their 40s, consider reuniting to see if they can capture some of their past stardom. The best part? Artists Eve and Brandy star in the series, giving their characters some legitimacy.
CTV and CTV.ca, 10 p.m.
Fans of the “Child’s Play” movie franchise finally get to see their favourite creepy doll kill on a weekly basis. The TV series marks the return of Don Mancini (who wrote all seven original “Chucky” films but wasn’t involved in the 2019 version) and Brad Dourif returning to voice the title character.
Showcase and StackTV, 10 p.m.
THURSDAY The Blacklist
This week’s must-watch is the Season 9 premiere of “The Blacklist.” The aftermath of last season’s game-changing finale, which saw the death of series protagonist Liz Keen (played by Megan Boone), will be explored; the new season begins two years after her death.
Global and StackTV, 8 p.m.
The reality show returns for an incredible 16th season. For the first time, original dragon Jim Treliving won’t be on the investor panel. He will be replaced by Kingsdale Advisors executive chairman Wes Hall.
CBC and CBC Gem, 8 p.m.
Clash of the Cover Bands
Fresh off his stint as Ellen DeGeneres’s sidekick, former “So You Think You Can Dance” finalist Stephen “tWitch” Boss is ready to host his own new show.
“Clash of the Cover Bands” brings the best cover bands from across the U.S. together to find the best knock-off. The show also features global superstar Meghan Trainor, former “American Idol” finalist Adam Lambert and singer-songwriter Ester Dean on its judging panel. In the series premiere, rockers are invited to compete against each other as U2 impersonators Unforgettable Fire take on Coldplay cover artists Fix You. The last band standing at the end of the series takes home $25,000 and the chance to perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
E!, 10 p.m.
This Spanish reality show is being promoted as a game-changing addition to the reality genre. The premise involves contestants being led to believe they are in casting for a completely different show on Netflix while being filmed the entire time for
this one. Presumably this is to see if they reveal their true colours when they don’t think anyone is looking. It sounds a little like Spike’s “The Joe Schmo Show” from 2003, so it will be interesting to see if this experiment works. Another reason to watch? “Money Heist” fans can look forward to seeing Najwa Nimri again, who hosts this series.
The Men Who Sold the World Cup
One of Discovery Plus’s first offerings is a compelling look at the controversy surrounding next year’s World Cup. Bidding for the tournament is just as competitive as the action on the field as the soccer community was stunned when Qatar beat Australia, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. to host the event. The scandal behind the selection is riveting, especially given the desert state’s lack of footballing success over the years.
Discovery Plus Sex, Love & goop
If the title of this new Netflix series hasn’t drawn you in, Gwyneth Paltrow certainly should. The actress’s wellness brand, goop, has faced criticism for some of the products and treatments it sells, and her new show will only intensify the spotlight. This show takes several real couples and reintroduces them to play, pleasure and a rediscovery of their own bodies. Several sexual wellness experts are also featured.
Set across multiple continents, this 10-episode sci-fi drama from Academy Awardnominated producer Simon Kinberg (“X-Men” and “Deadpool” films) and David Weil (“Hunters”) follows an alien invasion from different viewpoints from around the world. It stars Toronto-born Shamier Anderson in one of the leading roles, which is a big plus.
Apple TV Plus
Fever Pitch! The Rise of the Premier League
This new series charts the creation of the world’s most beautiful game and most watched sporting competition. The BBC Two import is a chronological deep dive into English soccer beginnings and how the Premier League was originally seen as nothing more than a money-making scheme. It promises to feature the goals, glamour, glitz and glory of a sport we still don’t know everything about.