What to Watch This Week: February 27 to March 4

From quirky comedies to Oscar contenders, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

From quirky comedies to Oscar contenders, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

1. Best in Show – Sunday, February 27, 4:25 p.m., Starz2

Master mockumentarian Christopher Guest helms this comedy about an array of oddballs and their four-legged pals competing in Philadelphia’s elite Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. Those oddballs include: Mr. Guest himself, Catherine O’Hara, Jennifer Coolidge and Eugene Levy (who also co-wrote).

2. Killing Eve – Sunday, February 27, 6 p.m., CTV Drama | Season Premiere

When we first met Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), she was an MI5 security officer in London. Bored with her job and stable-yet-dull marriage, Eve developed a cat-and-mouse obsession with Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a glamorous, globetrotting assassin employed by The Twelve, a shadowy cadre of evildoers who have infiltrated every aspect of modern civilization.

A few years later, the fourth and final season of this Emmy-winning series finds the two in very different circumstances than before. Following the events of the previous season, Eve is now singlemindedly bent on revenge, having acquired the Villanelle-esque killing skills she’ll need to achieve her audacious goal of taking down The Twelve.

Villanelle, however, isn’t seeking revenge but redemption. Calling herself Nelle, she lives quietly with a clergyman and his daughter, immersed in religion and devoting herself to the church in a desperate attempt to wash away the voluminous sins she’s accumulated after a lifetime of murder for money.

While her motives may be noble, Villanelle will always be Villanelle, something she comes to realize after a church camping trip exposes her particular psychosis, with viewers left to assume that she’s utterly ’round-the-bend insane—which makes her more dangerous than ever.

At one point in the premiere episode, Villanelle confronts Eve, who asks, “Do you know the fable about the scorpion and the frog? They both die, because the scorpion can’t change its nature.”

“Maybe you’re the scorpion,” Villanelle responds, and she’s not wrong. As these two scorpions circle each other one final time, the swan-song season of Killing Eve sets up a scenario in which their respective natures lead them down a path that promises to be as deadly as it is inevitable.

3. Euphoria – Sunday, February 27, 8 p.m. & 10:50 p.m., HBO Canada | Season Finale

Fans waited a loooonng time for the second season of this Emmy-winning, zeitgeist-grabbing series to arrive (two years, in fact)—and once it did, Euphoria set the Internet on fire. Not only was HBO’s teen drama one of the most talked-about shows on social media, it sparked a ton of debate on nudity and how exactly creators should handle stories of drug abuse and abortion—testing the boundaries between unflinching and exploitative. Tonight, the provocation comes to a close in an episode we can only hope will rise to the level of that season-one finale, when Rue’s relapse took the form of a stunning musical fantasy. The good news is, HBO already renewed the show weeks ago, after ratings doubled compared to 2019. “[The cast and crew] have taken season two to extraordinary heights, challenging narrative convention and form, while maintaining its heart,” said Francesca Orsi, executive VP of HBO Programming. “We couldn’t be more honoured to work with this gifted, wildly talented team or more excited to continue our journey with them into season three.”

4. Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber – Sunday, February 27, 9 p.m., Crave1 | Series Premiere

Based on Mike Isaac’s bestselling book of the same name, this is the first instalment of Showtime’s new anthology series, in which each season explores a real-life story that rocked the business world to its core while also changing culture at large. The Battle for Uber reflects on one of Silicon Valley’s most successful and most destructive unicorns, Uber, following the rollercoaster ride of the upstart ride-sharing service, which stands out as both a technological marvel and a cautionary tale in which internal and external battles ripple with unpredictable consequences. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Trial of the Chicago 7) stars as Uber founder Travis Kalanick. With the help of venture capitalist Bill Gurley (Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights) and board member Arianna Huffington (Pulp Fiction alum Uma Thurman), Kalanick forges his fledgling startup into a multibillion-dollar colossus—but soon comes to discover that every surge comes with a price.

5. State of the Union – Tuesday, March 1, 5 p.m., CNN; 6 p.m., ABC, CBS, Fox, KCTS, NBC & WTVS

The president steps in front of the cameras to update his fellow Americans on what to expect from his administration over these next few months. It marks Joe’s very first State of the Union address, and given his public-speaking blunders in recent years, pundits and fellow lawmakers are no doubt waiting to pounce.

6. The Amazing Race – Wednesday, March 2, 8 p.m., CTV & CBS | Season Finale

COVID meant we had to wait an exceptionally long time between seasons of this globe-spanning competition—and now, alas, we’re already at the end. Three remaining teams will sprint towards that finish line in a special two-hour finale, where host Phil Keoghan is waiting with a million bucks.

7. West Side Story – Wednesday, March 2, Disney+

This Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical finally arrives on Disney+, full of vibrant dance numbers and new renditions of such classic Leonard Bernstein-penned show tunes as “Maria,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere (There’s a Place for Us).”

8. The Weekend Away – Thursday, March 3, Netflix

This twist-filled crime thriller follows a woman (Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl) whose weekend getaway to Croatia takes a horrifically wrong turn when her best friend is murdered and she’s pegged as the prime suspect. As she struggles to prove her innocence, her efforts to get to the truth uncover a painful secret.

9. Top Chef – Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., Food | Season Premiere

It’s been a decade since this Emmy-winning kitchen competition ventured to the Lone Star State. But it’s officially time to break out the queso, because when season 19 gets cookin’ this Thursday evening, Houston is our destination. And truly, we can’t think of a more perfect setting as the show continues to expand its reach and palate—considering that one in four of the city’s residents are foreign-born (as per The Houston Chronicle). That means the Texas ‘burgh has an especially diverse array of cuisines, and we can’t wait to see how a setting like that inspires the new crop of chefs as they vie for this year’s title.

“The racial and ethnic diversity of Houston’s population is represented in the city’s vibrant culinary scene, making it a perfect backdrop to inspire our next wave of cheftestants,” the network assures us in a press release. “We hope to showcase the rich heritage of Houstonians through the food that defines them.”

Delectable setting aside, we’re also thrilled to see host Padma Lakshmi and judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons back for another round of taste-test duties.

“Every season, we get strong competitors,” Mr. Colicchio previously told TV Week. “Because the show has been so successful, especially showcasing young talent, a lot of young chefs want to come on the show. That’s one thing we’ve managed really well throughout the years… I think a lot of chefs are realizing the benefits of working on a national stage with Top Chef

10. Pieces of Her – Friday, March 4, Netflix | Series Premiere

Most mothers and daughters have a complicated relationship, but this eight-part thriller, based on a novel by Karin Slaughter, takes things to the extreme. When a lunch date suddenly turns violent, one small-town cop (Bella Heathcote) is tipped off to her mom’s (Toni Collette) dark, action-packed past.