From the Canadian debut of BBC’s acclaimed Rolling Stones documentary to the return of Netflix’s steamy Sex/Life, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. My Life as a Rolling Stone – Sunday, February 25, CBC | Series Premiere
Mark Seliger/CBCThis four-part BBC series sits down individually with each member of The Rolling Stones, who share their experiences of being part of the legendary band. Kicking off with two back-to-back episodes, the first features frontman Mick Jagger, and the second guitarist Keith Richards.
2. The Grizzlie Truth – Monday, February 26, Crave1
CraveWhen Vancouver welcomed its first NBA team in 1995, what was expected to become a local institution wound up as a cautionary tale in how not to run a pro sports franchise. This new doc explores the murky circumstances behind the departure of the Vancouver Grizzlies through the eyes of director and super-fan Kathleen S. Jayme, relating the untold story behind the franchise’s downfall. Much more than a sports story, The Grizzlie Truth is described as “a blend of mystery, mixed with a comedy of errors and a true underdog epic that drives Jayme’s search for the truth about what happened to the franchise.”
3. A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou – Tuesday, February 28, Netflix
NetflixJamie Demetriou has been bouncing around the British comedy scene since the early 2010s, having popped up in roles on Fleabag, Miracle Workers, Toast of London and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret—among many, many others. Most recently, he’s found success with his award-winning 2020 series Stath Lets Flats.
His latest creative evolution is a “musical sketch-comedy special,” in which he plays a different character on each stage of the journey from birth to death. It’s a narrative that will “unpack the most crucial, embarrassing, heartening and ultimately futile stages of a life lived in the anxious modern day.” As Demetriou added, cheekily, in the release: “I’m in it quite a lot, hope that’s OK!”
4. Survivor – Wednesday, March 1, Global & CBS | Season Premiere
GlobalIf it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well, we’ll see if there’s any truth to that adage when this survival series returns for a 44th season. While the show has made plenty of tweaks to its format over the years and evolved to meet the ever-increasing demands of savvy viewers, this season producers promise a more amped-up experience from the moment the 18 new castaways set foot in Fiji.
According to CBS, this year the scantily clad players must form a society and adapt to their physical and social surroundings, all while deciding what’s more dangerous: their environment or their fellow competitors. There will be three tribes of six when we kick off and per the press release, it’s a “more dangerous season from the moment they step on the beach.” Considering this is a series known to have had contestants medically evacuated in the past, that’s really saying something.
Meanwhile, expect more moral layers and complexities in the weekly challenges, as even the most stalwart of players will be forced to question what’s right, what’s wrong and who can be trusted. Each episode promises shifting alliances, strategies and power plays, all of which will hopefully inject new life into this 23-year-old competition. “The personalities are huge and wildly entertaining. The gameplay is really fun and very active, and the danger of living in the jungle is real,” host Jeff Probst teased to Entertainment Weekly. “[It’s] one of the most intense, unpredictable, inspirational and most entertaining seasons of Survivor.”
5. Cheat – Wednesday, March 1, Netflix | Series Premiere
NetflixEastenders star Danny Dyer and comedian Ellie Taylor host this devious British game show that not only allows contestants to cheat, but actually encourages it. There’s only one rule by which the show’s “lying little weasels” must abide as they vie for a hefty cash prize: don’t get caught.
6. Sex/Life – Thursday, March 2 Netflix | Season Premiere
NetflixMove over, Bridgerton, because Billie Connelly is back. When this Sarah Shahi-led series debuted in 2021, mothers everywhere eagerly tuned in for the steamy scenes that reminded them a woman’s sex life doesn’t have to end with childbirth.
Season two picks up after Billie’s last-minute decision to embrace the affair she’d spent that entire first season fighting. You can expect the push-and-pull between Billie’s husband Cooper (Mike Vogel) and her boy toy Brad (Adam Demos) to intensify—titillating viewers while continuing to tap into an underexplored aspect of the female experience. “When I think about all the women who have reached out from all over the world to say that the show speaks to them in a deeply personal way, I am so inspired,” creator Stacy Rukeyser told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to continue telling this story for Billie, and for all of us.”
7. Grand Crew – Friday, March 3, City & NBC | Season Premiere
CityBack in December 2021, NBC introduced us to an offbeat new sitcom about a group of wine-swilling young buddies drinking and chuckling away their troubles in L.A. Although the ratings for the pilot far outshined any subsequent episode of the series, enough viewers latched onto the quirky camaraderie of the Crew to secure a renewal.
Now, the entire cast is back for a second round, including Echo Kellum, Nicole Byer, Justin Cunningham, Aaron Jennings, Carl Tart and Grasie Mercedes. So what can fans expect? “You know, I think with season two, it’s all about exploring the fun,” said co-creator Phil Augusta Jackson during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour this past January. “And I think in viewing it with some backstories and stuff that comes from elements that we haven’t seen on screen, it’s just a way to get deeper with these characters, and we try that this season in a fun way.”
Perhaps most intriguing of the upcoming developments is Nicky’s romantic life.
“How do I talk about it without giving too much away?” teased Nicole Byer during the aforementioned panel. “I think you get to see the ebbs and flows of how Nicky is in a relationship, and I think it... kind of doesn’t go the way you would expect. Somebody who finally settles down into something, you would think it would go one way, but it happens to go a different way. That’s vague, isn’t it? Sorry. I just don’t want to give it away because it’s so fun, and Colton [Dunn, the guest star who portrays her suitor, Michael] is so fun to play with, truly one of the easiest scene partners I’ve ever had.”
At this point, Byer acknowledged her fellow series-regular cast members, who were also in the room, and added with a giggle, “Besides all of you.”
8. Daisy Jones & the Six – Friday, March 3, Crave | Series Premiere
Prime VideoWhen author Taylor Jenkins Reid introduced her “biography” of the fictional rock band Daisy Jones & the Six to the world in March 2019, she created a rich, pleasingly messy universe full of compelling 1970s rock characters and heartbreaking stories from the L.A. music scene. Now, following a very long wait, that story is finally hitting TV screens. The miniseries stars Riley Keough (a.k.a. Elvis Presley’s granddaughter) in the leading role of Daisy Jones, plus Sam Claflin (Peaky Blinders) as the troubled lead singer Billy Dunne. Suki Waterhouse, meanwhile, plays keyboardist Karen Karen, Will Harrison plays Billy’s brother Graham, Sebastian Chacon plays Warren Rhodes and Josh Whitehouse has been cast as disgruntled rhythm guitarist Eddie Roundtree.
Behind the scenes, TV powerhouse Reese Witherspoon produced the show via her former company, Hello Sunshine. Much like the book, this musical drama is expected to follow the quick rise and even quicker fall of the seven-person band, who call it quits after performing at a sold-out show at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Decades later, those involved have agreed to sit down for a series of interviews that reveal the “truth” of what actually happened, but of course that truth tends to shift depending on who is telling the story.
If this all sounds a little familiar, it’s because Jenkins Reid loosely based her story on Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, although this fictional oral history also draws inspiration from other rock artists of the era. “This is very much a story about navigating the world as a woman in a man’s world,” the author told Marie Claire. “There are a lot of women in this story who are fighting for their right to be exactly who they are without judgment or control. That’s something I’m really proud of.”
9. Next in Fashion – Friday, March 3, Netflix | Season Premiere
NetflixWhen this fashion-forward series debuted in 2020, viewers were obsessed. The show had an A-plus rating on Rotten Tomatoes; fashionistas were into the innovative designs and quirky designers who got to strut their stuff on an international stage; and publications spilled plenty of ink about how great Queer Eye star Tan France and designer Alexa Chung were together as hosts. Then the show was surprisingly cancelled, leaving fans everywhere confused. Until now, that is.
The competition makes a monumentous return this week... with a few slight adjustments. Chung is out and supermodel Gigi Hadid is in as France’s new co-host. She’s sure to wear a slew of fun outfits in each episode, as a new crop of 12 designer hopefuls hit the runway to showcase their creativity and designs. Across 10 new episodes, they’ll compete to showcase their looks on a global stage along with the coveted $200,000 grand prize. Just like in the first season, we can also expect plenty of renowned guest stars from the haute couture scene, not to mention high-stress challenges that will really put this group through the proverbial ringer.
10. Die Hart: The Movie – Friday, March 3, Prime Video
Prime VideoRemember Quibi, the short-lived streaming service featuring shows whose episodes were just 10 minutes in length, before the entire enterprise crashed and burned a few months later because nobody subscribed? One of that ill-fated streamer’s most intriguing shows was Die Hart, starring comedian Kevin Hart playing a fictionalized, over-the-top version of himself. Hart, frustrated with being pigeonholed as the comedic sidekick for the likes of Dwayne Johnson, is desperate to pivot from comedy to becoming a bona fide action movie star. To make that happen, he enrolls in an “action hero school” run by the legendary Ron Wilcox (a hilarious John Travolta), who guides Hart on a death-defying quest to become the big-screen action star he’s always wanted to be. All 10 of the series’ original episodes have been edited together to create this feature-length comedy, which also stars Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), Josh Hartnett (Wrath of Man) and Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional).