From outer space classics to Canadian comedians, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. All or Nothing — Amazon Prime Video
Amazon PrimeFootball season in America is still a ways off, but if you’re into the Carolina Panthers, then this eight-episode deep dive into the team, which premiered late last week, is a great way to while away a Sunday afternoon. Viewers get a chance to head inside the locker room, stand on the sidelines, and even travel off the field learning more about former Super Bowl MVP QB Cam Newton and his dynamic teammates, including running back Christian McCaffrey, linebacker Luke Kuechly, and a locker room full of other players. Along the way, get into the mindset of head coach “Riverboat” Ron Rivera and new owner David Tepper as they face one of their most challenging campaigns to date, culminating in another binge-worthy season of the award-winning sports series. Jon Hamm (Mad Men) narrates.
2. Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room — Netflix
NetflixKatherine Ryan might be Canadian by birth and Irish by ancestry (she was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, after her dad moved over from the Old Sod), but she made her first bones as a bona fide comedian in the U.K. Granted, it took a bit of time to find her voice and raise her profile, but she’s been a staple on TV across the pond since 2012. Thankfully, success in front of the camera hasn’t kept her from continuing to take the stage in order to further her standup career. Of course, you probably know that since she’s already had one well-received Netflix special—2017’s In Trouble—and if you did already know that, then you’re probably jazzed about this new one that was filmed in Los Angeles rather than the U.K.
3. Big Little Lies — Sunday, July 21, 8 p.m. & 11 p.m., HBO Canada I Season Finale
HBO CanadaWho can we trust, what secrets should we keep and whose motives are really what they actually seem? These are just some of the questions we’re confronted with heading into this week’s second-season finale of the star-studded series based on the novel of the same name by the Australian author Liane Moriarty. Entering this last instalment, one thing is for sure: these ladies need to unburden themselves of their awful secret from last summer before it destroys them (and their families) for good.
4. Burden of Truth — Sunday, July 21, 8 p.m., The CW I Season Finale
CBCAs the murder trial begins, Joanna and Billy find themselves defending against a mounting pile of evidence, which forces Joanna to risk putting an unexpected witness on the stand. Meanwhile, Billy also grapples with his feelings as he faces reality in the wake of getting Shane the help he needs.
5. What Just Happened?!? With Fred Savage — Sunday, July 21, 9:30 p.m., Fox
FoxWith his enthusiasm about The Flare apparently taking precedent over his family life, What Just Happened??! host Fred Savage receives an unexpected call from his wife in order to get his attention—for a change.
6. Aliens — Tuesday, July 23, 6 p.m. & Midnight, Showcase
ShowcaseSequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien, this James Cameron-directed thriller manages to retain all the tension and horror of the original. Sigourney Weaver is back as Ripley, assigned to investigate a planetary space colony that may well have been attacked by the ugliest and meanest critters in the galaxy.
7. The Great Hack — Wednesday, July 24, Netflix
NetflixGiven the many, many scandals surrounding the 2016 U.S. presidential election, one that continues to cause concern is the one involving data analysis/political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Co-founded by axed presidential adviser/Breitbart News founder Steve Bannon, the firm used data covertly mined from Facebook to map users’ online behaviour in order to micro-target voters with “military-grade” psychological manipulation via disinformation and propaganda.
8. The Employables — Wednesday, July 24, 7:01 p.m. & 11:04 p.m., A&E I Season Finale
A&EIt can be tough to find meaningful and lasting employment—just ask anyone on LinkedIn. So we’re feeling bittersweet about this diversity-touting series wrapping its first season this week. Tune in for one last helping of job seekers overcoming obstacles to land that coveted job.
9. Orange Is the New Black — Friday, July 26, Netflix
NetflixThe new season finds the ladies of Litchfield coming to terms with the fact that prison life has changed them forever. Piper (Taylor Schilling), released at the end of last season, finds life on the outside hard, even while living with family, as she tries to get time off from work to visit wife Alex (Laura Prepon) at Litchfield. Taystee’s (Danielle Brooks) friendship with Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) is in doubt as the former’s life sentence looms, while Gloria (Selenis Leyva) and her kitchen staff are forced to deal with the harsh reality of Polycon’s newest revenue stream. Some pursue drugs or dreams, while others cope with the fact that prison is their life now. Among them is Daya, who is serving a life sentence for a prison guard’s murder and is also now in the throes of drug addiction.
10. Veronica Mars — Friday, July 26, CraveTV I Season Premiere
CraveThanks to persistent demand, Veronica Mars is back, 15 years after it first premiered. The series reunites creator Rob Thomas with stars Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring as Veronica’s one true love: town bad boy Logan Echolls. Also returning to Neptune, the fictional Southern California beach town where crime constantly threatens the small-town idyll, are fan faves Ryan Hansen as trust-fund brat Dick Casablancas, Percy Daggs III as Veronica’s pal Wallace Fennel, Francis Capra as ex-biker Eli “Weevil” Navarro and Max Greenfield as erstwhile deputy Leo D’Amato.
What brings us, the audience, back to Neptune is a series of bombings, appearing to be aimed at the small businesses catering to the spring break crowd, possibly connected to Dick’s white-collar crook father, Richard Casablancas, Sr. (David Starzyk), and his fixer, Clyde Prickett (J.K. Simmons).