From conniving clones to puzzling money mysteries, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Ballers – Sunday, October 13, 10 p.m. & 1:15 a.m., HBO Canada | Series Finale
HBO CanadaAfter a longer run than one might have reasonably expected from an HBO series starring one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Ballers will take a knee after one final episode. As the clock on the series runs down, Joe embraces a new state of mind, Ricky goes solo with a new venture, Vernon cheers on Reggie as he begins the next chapter of his career and Charles takes heed of Julie’s suggestion to tend to some unfinished business. And Spencer? He’s still ready to rumble, refusing to back down in his battle to support the league’s players, “despite having a bullseye on his back.”
2. Bob’s Burgers – Sunday, October 13, 9 p.m., City & Fox
FoxWhen Tina enters a Thundergirls cardboard boat competition with Bob as her partner, she finds it increasingly difficult to stay mum about dad’s sub-par boat-building skills. The rest of the Belchers, meanwhile, attend a “fire station open house,” where Linda wears out her welcome.
3. Flatliners – Sunday, October 13, 12:25 p.m., Starz 2
Starz 2A murderer’s row of hot young ’90s stars including Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt team up for Joel Schumacher’s heart-stopping horror drama about med students who conduct secret experiments trying to catch a glimpse of the afterlife. They’ll wish they hadn’t.
4. Hip Hop: Songs That Shook America – Sunday, October 13, 9:08 p.m., AMC
AMCThis new documentary series explores the impact that hip-hop music has had on the wider culture, with each episode focusing on a single groundbreaking song that was pivotal to the evolution of American music. Artists, their collaborators and other influential musical and cultural figures deconstruct each track and revisit the impact that song had on them personally.
5. Why We Hate – Sunday, October 13, 7 p.m., Discovery | Series Premiere
DiscoveryHate may be ugly, but it’s far from simple. Indeed, it’s one of those emotions that comes with so many complex layers and underlying causes as to almost demand deeper exploration. Steven Spielberg and Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney aim to do just that, as executive producers of this six-part series.
The show drills into the human condition to try and understand why hate seems to be a part of our DNA, but also why those dark feelings erupt the way they do. In the long term, if we can gain a more nuanced awareness of our toxic impulses, we can perhaps find a way to control them, ushering in a more harmonious world. But until that utopia becomes a reality, Why We Hate serves as a fascinating look at something that affects us all, from angry comments on social media and relationships ruined by constant bickering to disagreements on politics, race and religion that have divided the world for centuries.
6. Arrow – Tuesday, October 15, 6 p.m. & Midnight, CTV Sci-Fi; 9 p.m., The CW | Season Premiere
CTV Sci-Fi ChannelIt’s hard to believe it was eight years ago that a salmon-ladder hopping Oliver Queen (Canada’s own Stephen Amell) kicked off an entire small-screen multi-verse. But that is very much the case, and this week Oliver’s journey enters its denouement, as Arrow comes to an end with 10 final episodes. Details are sparse, but count on this abbreviated swan song to factor heavily into the future of all the other shows populating the so-called Arrow-verse by setting up this winter’s crossover, “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” It’ll be the network’s largest-ever multi-show undertaking, bringing together the casts of Arrow, Supergirl, Flash, Batwoman, Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning, and it’s reported to feature at least one very prominent death; given that his show is scheduled to end right at the conclusion of the Crisis crossover, Oliver seems like a solid bet.
7. The Laundromat – Friday, October 18, Netflix
NetflixTruth and fiction merge in this quasi-biographical dramedy from director Steven Soderbergh about how the scandalous Panama Papers came to be released. Meryl Streep stars as a widow whose vacation takes an unthinkable turn when she discovers the insurance policy taken out by her late husband was a scam. As she investigates, she finds herself being drawn down a rabbit hole where all roads lead to a sleazy law firm in Panama City, run by a pair of flashy attorneys (Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas), experts in shady shell companies designed to allow the wealthy to hide their money and avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Tackling the innate corruption at the heart of the world’s financial system, The Laundromat zips through a kaleidoscope of comic detours in China, Mexico, Africa and the Caribbean that led journalists to reveal the secret documents. Also starring Jeffrey Wright, Melissa Rauch, David Schwimmer, Will Forte, James Cromwell and Sharon Stone.
8. Living With Yourself – Friday, October 18, Netflix | Series Premiere
NetflixThe topic of cloning humans is serious business... except in comedies, of course, in which case it’s hilarious! (See Michael Keaton’s Multiplicity.) Having not yet had the chance to delve into Netflix’s Living With Yourself, we can’t say with complete certainty that it offers non-stop hilarity, but with Paul Rudd as the one being cloned, there’s a solid chance of it. (And really, a world that’s got multiple Paul Rudds in it is a world we are very interested in spending 13 hours of our time in.)
That said, the series does have a dark twist: Rudd’s character, Miles, doesn’t know he’s being cloned, nor that the end goal of what was sold to him as a life-changing medical procedure was actually for the new and improved clone to live, and the original to die. Instead, Miles survives, and ends up seeing another side of himself—all of them, in fact—as he squares off with his doppelgänger for the right to live his own life.
9. Modern Love – Friday, October 18, Amazon Prime Video | Series Premiere
AmazonSuperstars abound in this new anthology series exploring modern-day relationships in all their splendour, heartbreak and complexity
What is love? Since 2004, The New York Times has been taking it upon themselves to describe that most sought-after feeling in a popular column, and now those personal essays are making their way to the screen.
10. The Purge – Friday, October 18, Amazon Prime Video | Season Premiere
USA NetworkSeason two of the horror series debuts this week, and unlike the films it’s based on, the new instalment doesn’t just jump ahead to the next Purge night. Instead, we meet back up with Esme, Ryan, Ben and Marcus as they each struggle to pick up the pieces after those 12 hours of government-sanctioned carnage.