From pop star docs to new reality judges, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Hunters — Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime VideoCombine cinema legend Al Pacino with horror genius Jordan Peele and the mind of envelope-pushing screenwriter David Weil and what do you get? A new tentpole series about a team of ragtag Nazi hunters in 1977 who have embedded themselves in American culture and are (quite brutally) taking down former Third Reichers who escaped justice and are secretly plotting a Fourth Reich.
After a personal tragedy, Jonah Heidelbaum (Logan Lerman) comes in contact with a group of unlikely vigilantes (portrayed by Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek, Josh Radnor, among others) headed up by Pacino’s character, Meyer Offerman. Though initially unprepared for the reality of what it takes to practice “eye for an eye,” Jonah soon integrates into the team, perhaps a little too well.
2. Miss Americana — Netflix
NetflixTaylor Swift is a superstar, plain and simple, but even the biggest stars have their highs and lows... and yes, that includes Tay Tay. Utilizing home movies, diary entries, clippings, footage from studio sessions and awards ceremonies, director Lana Wilson follows Swift’s career from her teenage days to the present, exploring the pop diva’s outrageous fortune as well as the slings and arrows that have accompanied it.
3. Better Call Saul — Sunday, February 23, 7:05 p.m., AMC | Season Premiere
AMCThose invested in the journeys of both Walter White and Jimmy McGill would not be faulted for assuming that Jimmy’s ends with one swift name change. As Bob Odenkirk’s character from Better Call Saul takes on the moniker of the comedic scam artist we first met in season two of Breaking Bad, surely the end of the road is nigh?
Yet because co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are far from predictable, the answer is both yes and no. There is an end in sight, as the prequel series will come to its conclusion after a 2021-slated sixth season, but by then Jimmy will have been working as Saul for quite some time. “He’s making a choice to commit to this persona in season five,” says Odenkirk. “As he plays out the season, he’s asking the question ‘How serious do I wanna be about this? How completely do I want it to take over my life?’ The answer isn’t all in his hands, but he heads down that road faster and faster and faster.”
4. The Voice — Monday, February 24, 8 p.m., CTV2 & NBC | Season Premiere
Facebook/NBC The VoiceWhen this biannual singing competition returns for season 18 tonight, the panel of celebrity mentors will look slightly different than in the past. Not only does this mark the second season that Adam Levine is absent from the swivelling red high-backs, but Blake Shelton’s bey, Gwen Stefani, also announced last year that she’s stepping back in order to focus on her Las Vegas residency. That left one empty musical chair alongside Shelton and returning mentors John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, and who better to fill it than a Jonas Brother? And not just any Jonas. The best Jonas: Kevin!
No, we’re kidding. It’s Nick. Obviously, it’s Nick. The prestigious judgeship comes in the wake of Mr. Jonas’s matrimonial power-coupling with Priyanka Chopra as well as the recent J-Bro reunion, which certainly helps bring a bit of buzz to the show... even more so now that Jonas has announced his team advisers: brothers Joe and Kevin.
5. Harry Potter: A History of Magic — Monday, February 24, 10 p.m., KCTS
Facebook/Harry Potter MovieIf you haven’t either read a Harry Potter book or seen a cinematic adaptation of one, then you’re certainly in the minority. Author J.K. Rowling’s epic tale of the boy wizard and his perilous adventures at Hogwarts School became a phenomenon the world over, but how much do you know about the origins of the books? Incorporating footage from the British Library’s exhibition of Harry Potter artifacts, interviews with Rowling, and early drafts and drawings, viewers are taken through how one of literature’s most famous magic-makers first came into existence and how his story evolved over the course of seven novels.
6. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. — Tuesday, February 25, 5 p.m., WTVS; 8 p.m., KCTS | Season Finale
PBSFollow Lisa Ling, Laura Linney and Soledad O’Brien as they delve into their respective histories and learn about their “outlaw” relatives.
7. American Masters — Tuesday, February 25, 6 p.m., WTVS; 9 p.m., KCTS
PBSThere was, and is, no other sound like that of Miles Davis.
Friends, relatives and collaborators remember the dynamic personality that translated into a singular musical style—honoured with eight Grammys and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—in celebrated filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s new American Masters documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, making its PBS debut Tuesday.
Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter and recording-industry titan Clive Davis are among those who recall the tenderness and harshness that made the late Miles Davis (whose voice is recreated in the doc by Alias actor Carl Lumbly) such a gifted enigma as a jazz icon and in his personal dealings.
8. Transplant — Wednesday, February 26, 9:01 p.m., CTV | Series Premiere
CTVCalling all fans of double entendres. In the grand tradition of homegrown medical dramas like Saving Hope, Remedy and Nurses, this new E.R. thriller distinguishes itself by also being a timely exploration of the immigrant experience.
Transplant follows a Syrian refugee named Bash (Hamza Haq, late of The Indian Detective) who, after a chance encounter, returns to his previously abandoned vocation, now as a resident at the busy emergency room of fictional Toronto hospital York Memorial. Once there, his story folds into an ensemble of medical professionals who work on high-stakes cases while struggling with their own highly problematic personal lives.
9. Altered Carbon — Thursday, February 27, Netflix | Season Premiere
NetflixGet ready to have your mind bent, because the show that puts a whole new twist on the anthology series trend is back, and while the gorgeously rendered future reality remains the same, the cast may look slightly. . . altered. Takeshi Kovacs is still the sci-fi thriller’s front man, but this time around it’s Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Endgame) who is stepping in to play the role after the character’s consciousness shed his previous “sleeve” (The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman) at the end of season one.
Eight new episodes hit the streaming service this week, wherein we find Kovacs investigating a slew of brutal murders, this time on his home planet, while also fighting to make his way back to ever-elusive true love Quell (Renée Elise Goldsberry).
10. Shark Tank — Friday, February 28, 8 p.m., CTV & ABC
CTVIt’s the same show with the same energetic (albeit oft-outlandish) pitches, but now the sharks are swimming back to Fridays.
After more than two years on Sundays, the multiple-Emmy-winning ABC series that lets entrepreneurs try to sell their goods to prospective investors continues its 11th season by returning to its original night starting February 28th. Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John and Robert Herjavec still comprise the panel that gauges proposed products and services, then decide whether to put money and expertise into developing the given idea and bringing it to market.