From revealing reality to comic cooking, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. The Demi Lovato Show – The Roku Channel (Stream)
RokuPop music superstar Demi Lovato has had one heck of a busy year. First, the singer unveilled the jaw-dropping (and eye-opening) four-part offering Dancing With the Devil on YouTube.
Then they announced an upcoming alien-hunting reality series for U.S. streaming service Peacock. And now they’re a bona fide talk show host. The new series, which is available on The Roku Channel (free for Canadians to stream with any Roku device), was originally intended to be a Quibi show. But when that ill-fated short-form streaming service went under late last year, Roku snatched it up.
In each episode, Lovato sits down with some of their fellow celebrities, like Jameela Jamil, Lucy Hale and Nikita Dragun, to chat about sex, mental health and sure, UFOs.
As Lovato teased in a statement: “Some conversations can be difficult, but I’ve never been one to shy away from speaking candidly about things.”
2. Kevin Can F*** Himself – Sunday, August 1, 6 p.m., 8:02 p.m. & 11:34 p.m., AMC | Season Finale
AMCAllison’s quest to escape her soul-crushing sitcom existence wraps season one, as our heroine is questioned by detectives about the previous evening, while she and Patty deal with the repercussions of their actions. Meanwhile, a traumatized Kevin runs for city council.
3. Animal Kingdom – Sunday, August 1, 7 p.m., CTV Drama
CTV DramaKilling off your main character is an earth-shaking moment for any television show—even one that considers itself an ensemble. At the end of this addictive thriller’s fourth season... well, the earth was most definitely shaken. In it, Janine “Smurf” Cody (Ellen Barkin), terminally ill queen of Oceanside, California’s most notorious crime family, dragged her boys along on one last heist, after which she forced them to murder her. Which means that in season five, more so than ever before, it’s a grave new world for Pope (Shawn Hatosy), Deran (Jake Weary), Craig (Ben Robson) and the smallest yet smartest of Smurf’s litter, J (Finn Cole).
Premiering in early July, this season has thus far seen the Codys struggle to keep their illicit businesses and fraught personal lives from collapsing. And even though their mom is gone, she’s far from forgotten—by her offspring or the audience, the latter of whom are still treated to flashbacks of Smurf’s exploits as a young woman (now played by Leila George) trying to build a criminal empire while dragging a couple of toddlers in tow.
Luckily, even minus one of its MVP performers, the show remains a compelling mix of inventive action and surprisingly deep character study.
In this week’s episode, the dynamics within the Cody clan get volatile yet again, as Pope continues to spiral in the wake of Smurf’s passing (we’re sure his less-than-ideal handling of her ashes didn’t help), while Deran isn’t so thrilled to have his nephew J calling the shots, and Craig deals with the challenges of parenting solo.
4. Intelligence – Sunday, August 1, 7 p.m., Showcase | Season Finale
ShowcaseSeason two comes to a close with our main duo in very different situations. While U.K. analyst Joseph struggles with no longer being part of the team—tough break—NSA liaison Jerry is hailed as a conquering hero, up for promotions at home and abroad.
5. The Chi – Sunday, August 1, 8 p.m., Crave1 | Season Finale
CraveCreator Lena Waithe pays homage to A Raisin in the Sun with the season-four finale. Anyone who’s seen Lorraine Hansberry’s racially incisive 1959 Broadway masterpiece knows to expect family turmoil aplenty for our modern-day South Siders.
6. Pray Away – Tuesday, August 3, Netflix
NetflixIn the 1970s, five men struggling with being gay in their Evangelical church started a Bible study to help each other leave the “homosexual lifestyle,” an effort that eventually grew to become Exodus International, the world’s largest and most controversial conversion therapy organization. While the group’s leaders became superstars within the religious right, they concealed a secret: their own “same-sex attractions” never went away, with many of these men and women subsequently coming out as gay and disavowing the movement they helped create. This new documentary examines so-called conversion therapy and the profound damage it’s done to countless lives.
7. Cooking with Paris – Wednesday, August 4, Netflix | Series Premiere
NetflixIn this new series, inspired by her viral cooking videos, Paris Hilton heads into the kitchen to demonstrate her sketchy culinary skills, assisted by celebrity friends as she navigates new ingredients, new recipes and exotic kitchen appliances while turning the traditional cooking show on its ear.
8. Short Circuit – Wednesday, August 4, Disney+ | Season Premiere
Disney+This series returns for a second season to showcase the short films resulting from “Short Circuit,” an experimental program where anyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios can pitch an idea and potentially be selected to create an original, innovative short film with the support of the studio and their fellow artists. The goal of the initiative is to take risks, surface new and diverse storytelling voices at the studio and experiment with new technical innovation within the filmmaking process.
9. Making the Cut – Friday, August 6, Amazon Prime Video | Season Finale
Amazon Prime VideoHeidi Klum and Tim Gunn crown their latest winner and launch the next great global fashion brand! The last two episodes drop this week, and one style savant’s dreams are about to become reality.
10. Val – Friday, August 6, Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime VideoFor more than 40 years, Val Kilmer carved out a niche as one of Hollywood’s most mercurial and/or misunderstood actors. Throughout it all, Kilmer has been documenting his own life and craft through film and video, amassing thousands of hours of footage. From the 16mm home movies he made with his brothers when they were kids to behind-the-scenes moments shot while he starred in such Hollywood blockbusters as Top Gun, The Doors, Tombstone and Batman Forever, this raw, wildly original and unflinching doc reveals a life lived to extremes and a heart-filled, sometimes hilarious look at what it means to be an uncompromising artist and a complex human being.