The weekend is here, so it's time to relax and catch up on our what-to-watch list. From Tokyo to Brooklyn, Cheddar's digital team might have a few suggestions to get you through.
NOTE: Spoilers possible. Proceed with caution.
2020 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony - NBC/Peacock
Picked by Sr. News Editor Dina Ross
This weekend you can find me tearing up as I stream the Olympics Opening Ceremony (which I'll almost certainly miss watching in real-time at 7 a.m. ET Friday morning). I mean, my goodness — whoever wins or loses in their individual events, they're already winners! The best in the world! Even if just this one time they miss the game-winning foul or land their vault on their face instead of their feet. My most athletic role these days is as an armchair quarterback, so I'm always in awe watching the world's best athletes get their due in the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
You can watch a replay of the event on Peacock Premium.
Tig Notaro: Drawn - HBO Max
Picked by Copy Editor Mike Nam
Comedian Tig Notaro has been having a very long moment of late. She's a recurring character on Star Trek: Discovery, became a high- profile replacement character in Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, and has an upcoming role in the film We Have a Ghost with David Harbour and Anthony Mackie. But lest we forget, her origins are in the world of stand-up comedy, and on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET via HBO Max, the dry wit of Tig returns to the stage — in cartoon form!
Bosch - Season 7 - Amazon Prime Video
Picked by Reporter Alex Vuocolo
Grizzled Hollywood homicide detective Harry Bosch has held it down over at Amazon Prime Video since the early days of original content at the streaming giant. Over seven seasons, Bosch has taken on serial killers, the Mafia, assassins, and municipal corruption, all against the backdrop of a richly detailed Los Angeles. Based on crime novelist Michael Connelly's most popular character, the series has a pedigree that should draw the attention of police-procedural fans. Executive producer Eric Overmyer is a veteran of Law & Order and The Wire. Star Titus Welliver made his name on shows like Sons of Anarchy, NYPD Blue and Brooklyn South, and the rest of the cast is like a who's who of crime-genre character actors, many of whom literally made their careers playing cops and criminals.
While the overall positive treatment of law enforcement might strike some as retrograde, the show is smart enough to complicate its point-of-view with storylines that push against easy narratives about the role of police in society. Season 7 once again strikes a good balance. I don't want to overstate it, but Bosch is sort of like The West Coast Wire. Don't miss it.
Flatbush Misdemeanors - Showtime
Picked by Producer Lawrence Banton
If you’re in the mood to laugh (and have a really dry sense of humor), consider checking out Showtime’s Flatbush Misdemeanors. Comedians Dan Perlman and Kevin Iso play fictional adaptations of themselves as best friends while they struggle to find their footing in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. The show explores many of the societal issues you might imagine taking place in an ever-changing New York City, including gentrification and the racial divide — all with a millennial’s touch.
Looking for more to watch? Check out our recommendations from last week.