What to Watch This Week: July 10 to 15

From celeb siblings to animated hijinks, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

From celeb siblings to animated hijinks, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

1. Celebrity Family Feud – Sunday, July 10, 8 p.m., City & ABC | Season Premiere

Celebrity Family FeudCityWhy watch regular old families try to answer survey questions for cash when you can peep celebrities compete with their families and co-stars for charity? Yup, the star-studded iteration of this game show returns for an eighth season with the cast of Abbott Elementary taking on the cast of Hacks, and with Team Kal Penn facing off against Team Erika Christensen.

2. The Bachelorette – Monday, July 11, 8 p.m., City & ABC | Season Premiere

The BacheloretteCityWhat’s better than watching one fan-favourite Bachelor personality return for another shot at love? Well, depending on your perspective, maybe it’s two such women returning for their second chances. That’s right, following Clayton Echard’s season of the long-running series, Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia both return as the co-Bachelorettes of season 19. Not all fans are totally on board with the decision to have two leading ladies at the same time, especially since it’s a franchise first. However, given how Clayton alienated all three of his final leading ladies, it was probably a hard decision as to which woman to showcase next. However things shook out behind-the-scenes here we are, with 30-year-old Gabby and 25-year-old Rachel. This time around the women will both date from the same pool of eligible guys for the entire season, which is bound to lead to more dramatics. Even Gabby and Rachel seemed shocked by the turn of events when they were informed of the decision by host Jesse Palmer at the big Bachelorette reveal, but given their history of supporting each other with Clayton we have faith they’ll show up with even more female friendship power here. (Now if only we can say the same for the producers helping to orchestrate all of this drama behind the curtains.) “I want to be supportive because it’s a franchise that literally put me here right now, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed that it’s two women,” former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman admitted recently to Entertainment Tonight. “I’d like to see two men go at it. I don’t know. It gives me a little sexist vibe there that I don’t really love.”

3. Claim to Fame – Monday, July 11, 10:01 p.m., CTV & ABC | Series Premiere

Claim to FameCTVWe often imagine what it must be like to be a celebrity. You know, to be so famous that people stop you in the streets and throw tons of money at you to use their products. Okay so sure, you’d have weird headlines written about you and probably a total lack of privacy, but for us regular folks, sometimes it really does seem like the better life. However, how often have we thought about those who are considered celebrity-adjacent? We never really imagine what it’s like to live in the shadow of a famous family member. And that’s the true brilliance of this incoming competition series. Hosted by Kevin and Frankie Jonas, the series challenges 12 celebrity relatives to step outside their famous family member’s shadows. On the show they’ll live under the same roof but conceal their true identities, allowing themselves to shine for the first time in a long time. In each episode they’ll compete in challenges and form alliances in hopes of finding their own fame and fortune with a whopping $100,000 grand prize and bragging rights on the line.

4. The Bob’s Burgers Movie – Tuesday, July 12, Disney+

The Bob's Burgers MovieDisney+Yes, you read that correctly: The Bob’s Burgers Movie is indeed a thing, and if this is the  first you’re hearing about it, then you may be surprised to learn that it was actually a theatrical release before coming, as all things must, to the world of streaming. Not that it’s such an insane thing for a primetime animated series to evolve into a silver-screen feature film, mind you… or have we already forgotten about a little something called The Simpsons Movie? (Remember “Spider-Pig”? That was fun.) 

For Bob’s Burgers, the road from primetime to multiplex started way back in 2017, when 20th Century Fox announced that it was in development for an intended 2020 release. Obviously, that date got pushed back a bit, but creator Loren Bouchard continued to keep viewers in the loop as the movie progressed, assuring them in 2018 that it would “scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had” while also appealing to new audiences. Whether or not the film managed to fulfill both assurances… well, your individual mileage is likely to vary. But for what it’s worth, we certainly dug it.  

The plot of The Bob’s Burgers Movie involves a sudden water main breakage that causes a sinkhole to open directly in front of the restaurant, putting the Belcher family in a very difficult financial situation, given the lack of foot traffic. But that’s not all! When daughter Louise inevitably decides to climb into said sinkhole, she finds the skeleton of a carny from the Wonder Wharf amusement park who disappeared half-a-dozen years earlier. Hello, murder mystery!  

What ensues is packed with fan-fave characters galore and, of course, also chock full of new songs, including “My Burger Buns,” “Try to Look Like Alley Trash” and “These Friggin’ Ears.”

5. So Dumb It’s Criminal – Tuesday, July 12, 7 p.m., Showcase | Series Premiere

So Dumb It's CriminalShowcaseHosted by iconic rapper Snoop Dogg, this new Peacock series invites some of today’s comedy greats to roast the world’s stupidest criminals using a compilation of crime clips and surveillance videos documenting their felonious ineptitude. From botched robberies and disastrous car chases to failed getaway attempts and even some schemes that are so ridiculous they border on unbelievable, each 30-minute episode will prove that the worst criminals make for the best jokes.  

A star-studded array of comedians join the “Gin and Juice” rapper, including Affion Crockett (Wild N’ Out), Deon Cole (black-ish), DeRay Davis (Snowfall), Diallo Riddle (South Side), Godfrey (South Side), Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live), Jim Jefferies (The Jim Jefferies Show), Lewis Belt (Are You the One?), Loni Love (The Real), Moshe Kasher (Betty), Ron Funches (The Great North) and Russell Peters (Source Code). Tacarra Williams (South Side) will also appear, as a series regular on the show. 

6. Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth – Wednesday, July 13, 8 p.m., ABC

Shark Beach with Chris HemsworthABC / Courtesy of National GeographicIn this National Geographic special, actor Chris Hemsworth joins a team of marine biologists studying shark populations off the coast of Australia, getting up close and personal with these misunderstood predators as he embarks on a deep-sea dive.

7. Canada’s Drag Race – Thursday, July 14, Crave (Stream) | Season Premiere

Canada's Drag RaceCraveBack for a third season, this homegrown version of RuPaul’s hit reality competition introduces 12 fierce and fabulous performers from various parts of the country, celebrating Canada’s diverse drag culture. Once again, Queen of the North Brooke Lynn Hytes hosts, joined by celebrity stylist and TV personality Brad Goreski and etalk senior correspondent Traci Melchor, along with guest judges and special guests who’ll be appearing throughout the season.

8. Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight – Thursday, July 14, Netflix | Series Premiere

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon KnightNetflixPo (once again voiced by Jack Black) is back for a new TV spinoff, this time teaming with a no-nonsense English knight (pop star Rita Ora) to track down four all-powerful weapons before a gang of weasels get their paws on them.

9. Resident Evil – Thursday, July 14, Netflix | Series Premiere

Resident EvilNetflixGrab your best monster spray and get ready to dodge some giant spiders and bloodthirsty crows (among other monstrosities), because the first live-action TV series based on Capcom’s iconic video game finally makes its debut this week.  

All eight episodes drop at once, pulling back the layers on former Supernatural showrunner Andrew Dabb’s take on the franchise. The horror saga debuts with two storylines, one set before a deadly virus causes a global apocalypse and one set in 2036—14 years after. In both we follow young Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska), who is haunted by the loved ones she lost to the “T-virus,” as well as by her father Albert Wesker’s (Lance Reddick) connections to the corporation that kicked off this end of days.  

Through it all, there will be plenty of homages to the games and films. “Namely, a strong female lead fighting for survival, a sinister Umbrella Corporation pulling the strings and plenty of gnarly monsters looking for a human-sized meal along the way,” the Netflix press release promises.  

But Dabb also assures us that this show will be its own thing. “For every type of Resident Evil fan, including those joining us for the first time, the series will be complete with a lot of old friends, and some things (bloodthirsty, insane things) people have never seen before,” he previously told Deadline.  

That’s quite a promise, considering the franchise’s staggering popularity (not to mention its cumulative $1.2 billion worldwide earnings to date), but Dabb seems up to the task. “Resident Evil is my favourite game of all time,” he added to the outlet. “I’m incredibly excited to tell a new chapter in this amazing story and bring the first-ever Resident Evil series to Netflix members around the world.” 

10. Persuasion – Friday, July 15, Netflix

PersuasionNetflixDakota Johnson stars as Anne Elliot in this new period drama based on Jane Austen’s novel, revolving around Anne’s tentative reconnection with former fiancé Captain Frederick Wentworth (Cosmo Jarvis), whom she previously left due to societal pressures but now finds herself drawn toward.