What to Watch This Week: June 24 to 29

From BET's top honours to Bourdain's sad farewell, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

From BET’s top honours to Bourdain’s sad farewell, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

1. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – Sunday, June 24, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m., CNN | Season Finale

Tonight’s season-11 finale, which finds Anthony Bourdain touring Bhutan with film director Darren Aronofsky, serves as a poignant farewell after Bourdain took his own life at age 61.

2. BET Awards – Sunday, June 24, 8 p.m., BET

Oscar- and Grammy-winning multi-hyphenate Jamie Foxx is back for his second consecutive year as host of the BET Awards, which celebrates achievements by African-Americans and other minorities within the fields of music, acting, sports and various other areas of entertainment. In terms of nominations, DJ Khaled leads the pack with six nods, followed by rapper Kendrick Lamar with five. Other artists to receive multiple nominations this year include SZA and Migos, who each picked up four. Onstage, viewers can expect to see performances from such superstars as Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae, Ella Mai, H.E.R. and Migos.

3. Westworld – Sunday, June 24, 8 p.m. & Midnight, HBO Canada | Season Finale

If Game of Thrones has taught? HBO anything, it’s that really long, really shocking finales are the stuff audiences crave. The season-two finale of this sci-fi drama promises to be “epic,” according to producers and it clocks in even longer than last year’s 90-minute affair. Buckle up.

4. Corner Gas Animated – Monday, June 25, 8 p.m. & Midnight, Comedy | Season Finale

The wildly successful cartoonification of Corner Gas wraps its first season this week, and it’s fair to say that the experiment was a success: the series was officially renewed for a second season earlier this month.

To close out this initial 13-episode run, Hank decides that if there’s one thing that Dog River has desperately been missing,? it’s a zip line, so he takes it upon himself to construct one.

Given that it’s almost certainly destined to end up going horribly wrong, Lacey and Brent reluctantly opt to help out rather than watch Hank get himself killed.

Meanwhile, Oscar and Emma purchase a robot vacuum cleaner, and although Oscar is initially suspicious of the machine, he soon befriends it, only for Wanda to give it an upgrade that could bring Oscar’s original fears to fruition.

5. Salvation – Monday, June 25, 9 p.m., Global & CBS | Season Premiere

When last we saw Salvation‘s team of would-be world-savers, tech billionaire Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) and his protégé Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe) continued to work on a possible solution to the crisis. Meanwhile, nuclear war was becoming a very real possibility and a handful of people were about to be launched into space to escape the impending disaster—including Pentagon Press Secretary Grace Barrows, played by Canadian Jennifer Finnigan.

Actors Jacqueline Byers (as sci-fi writer Jillian Hayes), Ian Anthony Dale (Deputy Secretary of Defense Harris Edwards) and Rachel Drance (Grace’s daughter Zoe) are also among Salvation‘s returning stars.

6. Big Brother – Wednesday, June 27, 8 p.m. & Thursday, June 28, 9 p.m., Global & CBS | Season Premiere

A few months after Marissa Jaret Winokur bested her fellow C-list celebs to win Big Brother‘s first celebrity version, the show ?hits another milestone, with the 20th-season debut of Big Brother classic. Despite fan theories, this will not be an “all-star” edition featuring fan-fave competitors from seasons gone by. It kicks off Wednesday with a two-hour episode that introduces the quirky, two-faced competitors. As ever, they’ll hunker down together in an abode that is sporting 87 cameras and over 100 microphones recording their every move, every day.

7. A Very English Scandal – Friday, June 29, Amazon Prime Video | Series Premiere

A Very English Scandal delves into the life and times of Jeremy Thorpe, the first British politician to be tried for conspiracy and incitement to murder. It’s based on the novel of the same name by John Preston, and written for the screen by Doctor Who mastermind Russell T. Davies.

The three-part series stars Hugh Grant as Thorpe, who in the early 1960s began an affair with a young stable hand named Norman Scott (The Hour‘s Ben Whishaw). Although their relationship was loving enough at the start, it turned sour, and Scott began making noise about outing their affair. Thorpe became desperate to hide his indiscretions, and by 1979, an alleged plot to kill his illicit lover landed him in court, where he was controversially acquitted.

8. GLOW – Friday, June 29, Netflix | Season Premiere

If the first season of GLOW showed the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling’s Rocky-esque rise from zeroes to almost heroes, this return to 1980s Los Angeles finds our leading ladies in the throes of a new career.

“We realize it’s our job now,” says Marc Maron, who plays Sam Sylvia, their director, whose dream of making a movie about Oedipal time travel ended when Back to the Future became a massive success. “Now, he’s all in, and they’ve got to figure out how to make the TV show work.”

It’s of course easier said than done. Not only are the female wrestlers dealing with the network and their office politics, the power struggle extends behind the scenes the scenes. “Season one was about these women learning how to empower themselves and feeling like they were making their own boundaries,” says Alison Brie, who plays struggling actress Ruth Wilder (a.k.a. Soviet scourge ?Zoya the Destroya). “In season two, their destiny is not in their own hands. It’s at the mercy of the men that they work for, like Sam and Bash [Chris Lowell]. Everyone thought they were making this show so that they could do things their own way and they’re very quickly confronted with rules that they didn’t know existed.”

9. Kiss Me First – Friday, June 29, Netflix | Series Premiere

In a sci-fi horror series from the U.K., a teen named Leila who’s become addicted to a digital reality is drawn out into the real world when she makes friends with party girl Tess. When Tess disappears, Leila assumes her identity; but in embracing life, she goes tumbling down the rabbit hole that swallowed her friend.

10. Masters of Illusion – Friday, June 29, 8 p.m., The CW | Season Premiere

Host Dean Cain welcomes more escape artists and illusionists ?in season eight, as this motley crew of magicians attempt to out-trick, out-dazzle and outlast the competition, before a live studio audience.