From rock 'n' roll nostalgia to embattled legal eagles, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Inside Amy Schumer – CTV Throwback (Stream)
CTV ThrowbackBetween 2013 and 2016, former Last Comic Standing also-ran Amy Schumer became a household name via four seasons of acclaimed sketch comedy. Featuring more famous guest stars than you can shake a stick at (Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore, oh my!), the series took a no-holds-barred look at female-centric topics that had never really been tackled on TV before, resulting in a collection of sketches that was not only funny, but groundbreaking.
That’s a good reason to revisit the series right there, but here’s the best reason of all for returning to Inside Amy Schumer: it was announced in February that fans will soon be treated to five new Inside specials... and given how much our Amy has gone through since the series went off the air, she’s got plenty of new material to work with!
2. What Drives Us – Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime VideoIn addition to being a bona fide rock icon (drummer for Nirvana, frontman for Foo Fighters), Dave Grohl has also been gaining steam as a documentary filmmaker thanks to his 2013 film Sound City and 2014 HBO docuseries Sonic Highways.
In his new feature-length doc What Drives Us, Grohl interviews a diverse array of fellow rockers as they reminisce about an experience shared by all bands in their early days: cramming all the members and their equipment into a van and heading out on the road to make their mark in the music world.
Among the numerous stars Grohl interviews are Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, U2’s The Edge and even Ringo Starr, who reveals the hilarious fart-related rule The Beatles had when criss-crossing England in their van.
Grohl also shares rare footage of the Foos travelling by van on their first tour, including video of the band driving across Vancouver’s Granville Bridge on their way to a gig at the Commodore (Vancouver also comes up when it’s revealed that local punk pioneers D.O.A. literally created the template for touring that was followed by the other punk rock outfits that followed).
“All of the biggest bands in the world, they had to start somewhere. Everybody I know started out like this: in a van,” Grohl says at the outset of the film.
Not only do vans provide transportation for a band and their gear, they’re also where musicians spend hours confined together to create the ultimate bonding experience.
“What happens in the van is the foundation of who we become,” Grohl explains. “It creates this unique perspective that we all share. Personally, I don’t think that I’d still be here if it weren’t for those early experiences, touring in a van, touring with my friends. If it weren’t for that old van, I don’t know where I’d be.”
3. Batwoman – Sunday, June 27, 6 p.m., Showcase; 9 p.m., The CW | Season Finale
The CWJavicia Leslie wraps her inaugural year under the cowl. If you’ll recall, the show introduced fans to a whole new Batwoman by the name of Ryan Wilder at the start of season two, after original star Ruby Rose exited the show following season one. (Inconvenient as that was, it did let the writers have a lot of fun with the mystery of just what happened to Kate Kane.)
It all comes to a head in this week’s finale, as Ryan must fight through her self-doubt and team up with Sophie, Mary and Luke to thwart the schemes of Black Mask (guest star Peter Outerbridge), who has plunged the streets into chaos. Elsewhere, Alice’s mission to save her sister is complicated by Circe.
In the end, “unexpected alliances and transformations will upend Gotham as we know it.”
4. The Nest – Tuesday, June 29, 12:25 p.m., HBO Canada
HBO CanadaIn the latest dread-soaked mind-bender from Canadian Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Jude Law and Carrie Coon play a husband and wife whose lives slowly unravel after a move to England, as financial stresses and long-buried resentments push their already-fragile bond to the breaking point.
5. America: The Motion Picture – Wednesday, June 30, Netflix
NetflixRevisionist history doesn’t get more bonkers than this wildly tongue-in-cheek—and ridiculously inaccurate—animated account of the American Revolution. Forget everything you know about the Founding Fathers; in this version of events, the Revolutionary War is led by a chainsaw-wielding George Washington (voice of Channing Tatum), who assembles an all-star team of violent rabble rousers to defeat traitorous Benedict Arnold (Andy Samberg) and devious King James (Simon Pegg).
Washington’s band of warriors includes beer-loving bro Sam Adams (Jason Mantzoukas), famed scientist Thomas Edison (Olivia Munn), acclaimed equestrian Paul Revere (Bobby Moynihan), a sledgehammer-swinging blacksmith (rapper Killer Mike) and an extremely ticked-off Geronimo (Raoul Max Trujillo). Also along for the ride are Washington’s future wife Martha Dandridge (Judy Greer) and his eventual successor as president, Abraham Lincoln (Will Forte).
6. The Bold Type – Wednesday, June 30, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., ABC Spark | Series Finale
ABC SparkThis abbreviated farewell season of the big-city magazine drama comes to a bittersweet end, as young fashionistas Sutton, Kat and Jane are forced to make some “huge choices and evaluate their own paths.” Expect more than one surprise before all’s said and done.
7. Sweet Carolina – Thursday, July 1, 12:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m., W Network
W NetworkFormer Party of Five moppet Lacey Chabert continues making bank as one of Hallmark’s go-to leading ladies. Here, she plays a big-city marketing exec who returns home to raise her niece and nephew after her sister’s death, soon rekindling with an old high school beau (Tyler Hynes).
8. The Good Fight – Thursday, July 1, 9 p.m., W Network | Season Premiere
Paramount+The attrition continues for this boundary-pushing lawyer drama. Every season thus far has seen the surprise exit of at least one series regular (first Barbara, then Colin, then Maia). Following the COVID-shortened fourth season, the show is losing two more top attorneys, as Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) leave Reddick, Boseman and Lockhart. It’s enough to make you wonder what the heck is going on behind the scenes, but for their part, the writers are turning the problem into a narrative opportunity. When Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) returns for season five, the biggest question on her mind is whether she’s the right person to be leading a Black firm; certainly, Liz Reddick (Audra McDonald) is still serving alongside her as name partner, but the place is undeniably looking a lot less diverse these days.
Beyond that, the show will continue tackling hot-button issues, including COVID and anti-Black discrimination. Also new this year? Mandy Patinkin as Hal Wackner, an oddball who opens up his own courtroom in the back of a copy shop and begins doling out verdicts, despite having no legal training or authority.
9. ET Canada – Friday, July 2, 7 p.m., Global
GlobalA special edition of ET Canada, dubbed Princess Diana: Her Legacy, examines the lasting effect the late Princess of Wales has had on the monarchy and on popular culture, from her fashion, to her charity work, to her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, commemorating what would have been her 60th birthday.
10. Summer of Soul (... or When the Revolution Could Not be Televised) – Friday, July 2, Disney+
Disney+Woodstock wasn’t the only music fest during the summer of 1969. Less than 100 miles away, the Harlem Cultural Festival presented a series of concerts, attended by 300,000, that were filmed but never seen until now, forming the basis of this stunning documentary that marks the filmmaking debut of The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Among the performers documented are B.B. King, Hugh Masekela, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, and a duet between Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples.