From baking challenges to bombshell allegations, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart – Sunday, September 6, 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. (repeating at 8 p.m. & 9 p.m.), Food | Series Premiere
FoodIs this the year of Martha Stewart? It very well could be, what with that viral Instagram photo at her pool this summer (she says the thirst trap got her no less than 14 proposals) and now the debut of this competition series. The homemaking queen is here to remind us all that she hasn’t given up her crown just yet, in a show that welcomes six amateur bakers for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: hone their culinary skills while braving the great outdoors at a summer camp that’s actually “equal parts baking boot-camp and camp-inspired games and challenges.”
The campers are joined by host Jesse Palmer and counsellors/baking experts Carla Hall and Dan Langan, who will lead them through an array of challenges. Each episode is comprised of two rounds; the standout baker of that first round earns the personal reward of a one-on-one mentoring session with Stewart in her home kitchen. The baker who shows the least amount of progress by the end of round two? Unfortunately, Martha will be calling their mom and dad to come take them home early. Well, not really—but they will have to leave. Unlike real camp, whoever makes it through to the very end will have more than mosquito bites and a sore back to show for it. He or she gets a gourmet kitchen decked out with $25,000 in top-of-the-line appliances.
2. Bombshell – Sunday, September 6, 10:50 a.m., Starz 2
LionsgateThe downfall of Fox News mastermind Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) is told through the eyes of his alleged victims: network anchors Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), who join with another Fox employee (Margot Robbie) to expose the all-powerful exec for sexual misconduct.
3. Lovecraft Country – Sunday, September 6, 8 p.m. & 11:25 p.m., HBO Canada
HBO CanadaFour weeks into this 10-episode first season, the Jordan Peele-produced horror series has caused quite the stir with its timely themes, powerful performances and, of course, all those grotesque Lovecraftian beasts. This week’s insanity kicks off when Christina mysteriously shows up at Leti’s doorstep, forcing her to confront Tic about his planned return to Florida. Later, she, Tic and Montrose head to Boston with Hippolyta and Diana in tow.
At this point, you’re best advised to expect the unexpected out of this series, especially since showrunner Misha Green revealed during a press conference that tonight’s instalment (dubbed “the adventure episode”) was among the most memorable for them to film. “It was a lot of fun,” agreed star Jurnee Smollett, a.k.a. Leti. “I mean, it’s wild.”
4. Power Book II: Ghost – Sunday, September 6, Crave (Stream); 2:05 a.m., Starz 2 | Series Premiere
StarzThose who were disappointed to see the St. Patrick family saga come to a heart-wrenching end last February can now rest easy. The sequel to Courtney A. Kemp’s drug drama, produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, picks up just 48 hours after Tasha St. Patrick (Naturi Naughton) is arrested for the murder of her ex-husband James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick)—a murder she was willing to go down for to protect the real killer: her son Tariq (Michael Rainey, Jr.). Asked by his mother to go to university, and live out a fate different from his parents, Tariq finds himself between a rock and a hard place when the future of his family is placed in his hands. Tasked with helping his mother, he gets inventive in his money- making, eventually connecting with new character Monet Tejada, played by Mary J. Blige.
5. The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever! – Monday, September 7, 8 p.m., City & ABC | Season Finale
ABCWe’re inching toward a new season of The Bachelorette—which promises to be among the most dramatic in franchise history. But first, let’s take one last stroll down memory lane with Chris Harrison in the finale of this pandemic spinoff.
6. Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne – Monday, September 7, 6 p.m. & 10:03 p.m., A&E
A&EIn doing a profile of his rock god father, Jack Osbourne wanted at all costs to avoid a fluff piece. No, in the new Biography special The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, the focus is on the many ups and downs in the life and career of the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness, from his rise to superstardom with Black Sabbath and his own solo work, to his many bouts with substance abuse and addiction, brushes with the law and health scares.
Along the way, archival footage and interviews with those who know him best, including family, friends, bandmates and others, paint the picture of a decent man beset by personal demons, who has packed multiple lifetimes into one.
7. Biography: I Want My MTV – Tuesday, September 8, 6 p.m. & 10:03 p.m., A&E
A&EIf there ever was a TV venture that captured a moment in time, it was MTV. Launched in 1981, MTV aimed to bring music programming to television screens in a way that had never been done, dovetailing with the rise of music videos. By offering performers a platform to showcase these videos, MTV not only benefitted from this new medium, but also propelled it—to the point that frequent rotation on MTV could make or break a song’s success, with videos often more memorable than the songs themselves.
The documentary Biography: I Want My MTV takes an authoritative look at the rise of a scrappy newcomer to the airwaves that went on to become a cultural phenomenon that defined a generation.
The program, which made its debut at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, tells the inside story via exclusive interviews with the network’s founders and VJs, artists and journalists, along with rarely seen archival footage and outtakes, including an interview with the late David Bowie that was never broadcast on television.
Also sharing their thoughts are former MTV staples such as Sting, Annie Lennox and Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels.
8. Bohemian Rhapsody – Wednesday, September 9, 8 p.m., Crave1
20th Century FoxRami Malek uncannily channels Queen front man Freddie Mercury, tracking his rise to stardom, his struggles with sexuality, estrangement from his band and their big reunion at Live Aid, where, dying of AIDS, he delivers a performance for the ages.
9. The Social Dilemma – Wednesday, September 9, Netflix
NetflixThe Internet is an important source of information—and, all too often, a seemingly never-ending source of misinformation—but it’s also a source of income for tech masterminds who covertly use search engines and social networks to analyze your habits, guide your pocketbook and basically “reprogram” how you perceive and interact with the world.
10. Being Reuben – Friday, September 11, 9 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., The CW | Season Finale
The CWTeen style influencer Reuben de Maid wraps up season one with two final episodes. In L.A., Reuben is forced to improvise during his appearance at Beautycon. Later, back home in Wales, the lad gets cold feet before the launch of his lash line.