What to Watch This Week: March 27 to April 1

From the queen of cooking to musical merriment, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

From the queen of cooking to musical merriment, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

1. Life & Beth – Disney+

Following the success of her feature film debut Trainwreck, Amy Schumer’s subsequent movies never quite lived up to the potential. That, however, isn’t an issue with Life & Beth, the comedian’s first scripted TV series since her Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer. (She’s also been the focus of docuseries Expecting Amy and Food Network culinary show Amy Schumer Learns to Cook.) In Life & Beth, Schumer plays the titular Beth, toiling away in an unfulfilling job with a wine distributor while engaged in an even less fulfilling relationship. When her mother (played by Laura Benanti) unexpectedly dies, she returns to her small hometown, where she’s forced to take a hard look at the dreams and goals she once had. Deciding she still has time to change things for the better, Beth befriends the quirky groundskeeper at a local vineyard (played by Canadian Michael Cera), whose offbeat philosophy of life sets her on a new path.

2. Frontline – Tuesday, March 29, 7 p.m., WTVS; 10 p.m., KCTS

The documentary Plot to Overturn the Election investigates how blatant lies about non-existent election fraud entered the mainstream of American politics, examining the hidden origins of disinformation about the 2020 election and the handful of people behind the false narratives of bogus fraud.

3. Name That Tune – Tuesday, March 29, 9 p.m., Fox | Season Premiere

Tony-winner Jane Krakowski returns to host a second season of this classic game-show revival, wherein contestants try to make their fortune by correctly identifying iconic songs, as played instrumentally by the show’s house band. Leading that band once again is erstwhile American Idol judge Randy Jackson.

4. Moon Knight – Wednesday, March 30, Disney+ | Series Premiere

The small-screen Marvel Cinematic Universe expands yet again with the debut of this six-part series—though the hero in question isn’t quite so recognizable as some of the other Avengers.

Marc Spector (Star Wars alum Oscar Isaac) is an ex-soldier with a severe case of dissociative identity disorder, who also has a strange link to an ancient Egyptian moon god named Khonshu. As we meet Marc, he’s a little worse for wear, being unable to recognize the difference between dreams and reality. Before long, those two worlds collide, and a hero (or perhaps an “antihero”?) is born.

Joining Mr. Isaac in the ensemble are French actor Gaspard Ulliel (Hannibal Rising) as Anton Mogart, a.k.a. Midnight Man, who in the comics is a supervillainous master thief. Then there’s Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow, who—again, in the comics at least—is a renowned scientist harbouring a dark agenda.

Fun fact: speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Hawke revealed he’d been a bit hesitant to get involved in the comic book world, but changed his mind when Isaac made a personal request after the two bumped into each other at a coffee shop.

5. Queen of Versailles Reigns Again – Wednesday, March 30, discovery+ (Stream) | Series Premiere

If we had home envy before, you know we’re going to be green as heck after taking in this new series about the woman who came to define decadence back in 2012. That was the year feature documentary The Queen of Versailles was released, and the world met Jackie Siegel—a former Florida beauty queen who married a time-share billionaire and set out to build herself a modern-day palace: the largest single-family residence in all of America, in fact… until the 2008 market crash dashed her dream home.

But now, finally, Jackie and her family are back in Florida and ready to finish off that 90,000-square-foot behemoth, offering viewers their first look at the property in a decade. This time, however, construction is up and running on five kitchens, a 35-car garage, a 150-person dining room, a ballroom and even their very own English-style pub.

“One statue is, like, $30,000,” Jackie marvels at one point in the show’s trailer. “Actually, the home should be bigger,” she says in another snippet.

Considering how much real estate in Canada has ballooned of late, we can’t help but feel morbidly fascinated. We’re also quite intrigued to see how the film’s scathing indictment of wealth run amok evolves for the reality-television format. (We’re expecting a more Kardashian-esque approach this time around.)

6. Project Bakeover – Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m., Food | Season Premiere

Pastry chef and master chocolatier Steve Hodge and HGTV design guru Tiffany Pratt are back with a second season as they join forces to help struggling bakeries across the country in dire need of their business savvy and expertise. In tonight’s season opener, Hodge and Pratt assist Keiko Nakanishi, the owner of Vancouver’s Kanadell Japanese Bakery, helping her at a particularly difficult time and guiding her back on the path to success.

7. Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Thursday, March 31, 8 p.m., Starz 2

Currently rockin’ a mullet and cowboy hat on Showcase’s Tiger King drama Joe vs. Carole, John Cameron Mitchell first rose to fame and acclaim for this tongue-in-cheek musical about a trans rock star seeking both self-actualization and revenge.

8. Julia – Thursday, March 31, 9 p.m. 10 p.m. & 11 p.m., Crave1 | Series Premiere

If you were a fan of 2009 culinary dramedy Julie & Julia, starring Amy Adams as a food blogger inspired by the 1960s achievements of TV’s original celeb chef Julia Child (Meryl Streep)… well, consider that the appetizer for a far more robust retelling of the life and times of the iconic author/host. Stepping in for the Oscar-nominated Streep in the lead role is British actress Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley), while Frasier alum David Hyde Pierce takes the baton from Stanley Tucci as Julia’s devoted husband Paul. The first three episodes of the eight-part series hit the airwaves all at once on Thursday.

During the course of the drama, creatives promise to dig into Child’s extraordinary life and her long-running TV show, The French Chef, which is widely credited with creating the template for all the modern cooking shows we know and love. It’s all set against the backdrop of one of the most pivotal times in American history, including the rise of public television, feminism and the women’s movement, the evolving nature of “celebrity” and the cultural revolution.

Meanwhile, much like we saw in Julie & Julia, it’s also the story of a dynamic couple and a marriage that survived shifting power dynamics. As both a woman and a pop-culture icon, Julia was “one of a kind and I think that’s why people have stayed interested in her throughout changing fashions and styles and foods and everything else,” said Pierce during the TCA winter press tour, “and why so many different versions of her have occurred, because she’s one of a kind and eternally fascinating.”

Co-stars include: James Cromwell as Julia’s father, John McWilliams; Judith Light as Blanche Knopf, wife of publisher Alfred A. Knopf; Isabella Rossellini as Julia’s co-author, Simone Beck; and Bebe Neuwirth as Julia’s best pal, Avis DeVoto.

9. Luxe Listings Sydney – Friday, April 1, Prime Video | Season Premiere

Season two arrives to find Australia’s top realtors dukin’ it out in the seven-figure home biz—juggling both personal and professional travails as best they can while making their living in one of the most cutthroat property markets in the world.

10. The Outlaws – Friday, April 1, Prime Video | Series Premiere

Stephen Merchant (The Office) is creator and star of this crime-caper comedy about seven disparate people forced together by court-ordered community service who become drawn into the world of organized crime. Also starring Christopher Walken, Rhianne Barreto, Darren Boyd and Clare Perkins.