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TV This Weekend

Foundation, Great British Baking Show, and Midnight Mass Lead a Packed Weekend

ALSO: The Tony Awards go streaming, Goliath bids farewell, Aly Raisman, Britney Spears, and more.
  • Photos: Apple TV+, Matthew Murphy, Netflix, Lifetime and Amazon
    Photos: Apple TV+, Matthew Murphy, Netflix, Lifetime and Amazon

    Streaming is the place to be this weekend as Apple TV+ bows its long-awaited Foundation adaptation, The Great British Baking Show returns to Netflix, and the 74th Annual Tony Awards jump to Paramount+. Plus, The Haunting of Hill House creators up the scare factor in Midnight Mass, Goliath drops its fourth and final season, and FX airs a follow-up to its bombshell doc Framing Britney Spears. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 24

    Foundation: Series premiere. Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi trilogy gets the Apple TV+ treatment in this series adaptation starring Jared Harris as Dr. Hari Seldon, a revolutionary who ventures to the far reaches of the galaxy in hopes of preserving the future of civilization. Two episodes drop today. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    The Great British Baking Show: Season premiere. 12 new amateur bakers enter the tent and show off their skills in the stateside debut of the feel-good competition series' new season. Streaming on Netflix

    Midnight Mass: Complete limited series. Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) presents a new horror story about a community that begins experiencing miraculous events and frightening omens after the arrival of a mysterious priest. Stars Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Hamish Linklater, and Annabeth Gish. Read our review. Streaming on Netflix

    Goliath: Complete fourth season (series finale). Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton) returns to his Big Law roots and joins forces with Patty (Nina Arianda) to take down one of America’s most insidious Goliaths: the opioid industry. Watch trailer. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    Savage X Fenty: Volume 3: Special presentation. Rihanna launches her 2021 Savage X Fenty collection with an immersive special featuring performances from Daddy Yankee, Ricky Martin, Normani, and Nas. Watch trailer. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    The Starling: Original movie. After Lilly (Melissa McCarthy) suffers a loss, a battle with a territorial Starling bird over her garden provides an unlikely vessel for her grief and gives her the courage to rediscover her capacity for love. Timothy Olyphant, Chris O’Dowd, and Kevin Kline also star. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Birds of Paradise: Original movie. When ambitious ballerina Kate (Diana Silvers) is given a scholarship to attend a prestigious ballet school in Paris, she clashes with her beautiful, mysterious classmate, Marine (Kristine Froseth). Watch trailer. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    The Morning Show: New episode. As Alex (Jennifer Aniston) looks to finalize her deal with UBA, Bradley (Reese Witherspoon) battles hurt feelings and her newfound distrust of Cory (Billy Crudup). Streaming on Apple TV+

    Jailbirds: New Orleans: Complete first season. Netflix brings its Jailbirds franchise to the Orleans Justice Center in New Orleans, where incarcerated women share their stories and engage in feuds, flirtations, and toilet talk. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Big Brother: New episode. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    Aly Raisman: Darkness to Light: Original documentary. Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman recounts her tumultuous journey to healing in this three-hour documentary special that sees the gymnast meet with individuals who have suffered abuse and form a community of survivors. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    The Show: Original documentary. Showtime takes viewers behind the scenes of The Weeknd’s Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show in this all-access doc. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

    The New York Times Presents: Controlling Britney Spears: Original documentary. The team behind Framing Britney Spears returns with a follow-up doc exploring new allegations from insiders with knowledge of Spears' daily life under her now 13-year conservatorship. Watch a preview10:00 PM on FX and FX on Hulu

    SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25

    America’s Top Dog: Season finale. A&E crowns a new doggie champion in the final episode of today’s four-hour marathon. Begins at 12:00 PM ET on A&E

    College Football: TV serves up four big-name matchups this Saturday:

    • Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin (in Chicago, Illinois) 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on FOX
    • Boise State at Utah State 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on CBS
    • Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (Southwest Classic) 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on CBS
    • West Virginia at Oklahoma 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT on ESPN

    Promising Young Woman: Premium cable premiere. Emerald Fennell’s Oscar-winning black comedy stars Carey Mulligan as a cunning young woman who goes to great lengths to right the wrongs of the past. Also stars Bo Burnham, Jennifer Coolidge, Alison Brie, Laverne Cox, Adam Brody, and Connie Britton. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    Deadly Debutante: TV movie. A group of popular private school girls enter their town’s Debutante pageant in hopes of winning the coveted crown, but things turn sinister when one girl takes the competition too far. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    Taking the Reins: TV movie. A writer (Nikki DeLoach) returns to her family ranch to write an article about her passion for horses, but ends up rekindling her relationship with her ex-husband (Scott Porter). Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel

    SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26

    74th Annual Tony Awards: Awards show. Audra McDonald hosts the 2021 Tony Awards, which will celebrate the 2019-2020 season, cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's full ceremony airs exclusively on streaming, while a companion event will be held on CBS. 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on Paramount+

    The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back: Special presentation. The Tonys spectacular continues with a two-hour live concert celebrating the return of Broadway. The Leslie Odom Jr.-hosted event will feature performances from the Best Musical nominees and the live presentation of three top Tony Awards: Best Play, Best Revival of a Play, and Best Musical. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    Global Citizen Live: Special presentation. ABC will air highlights from the 2021 Global Citizen event in a one-hour special. Headliners include Stevie Wonder with Adam Lambert, BTS, Lizzo, The Weeknd, and the Black Eyed Peas. Watch preview. 7:00 PM ET on ABC

    Major League Baseball: One of baseball’s greatest rivalries is renewed as the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox end their final series of the season. 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on ESPN

    The Simpsons: Season premiere. Marge's revival of her high school show is threatened by the return of a rival from the past. Kristen Bell guests as Marge’s singing voice. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on FOX

    Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Season premiere. Pat Sajak and Vanna White welcome Jason Alexander, Michael Mizanin, and Cheryl Burke as the show kicks off its its second season. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    Big Brother: New episode. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    Sunday Night Football: The Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers face off in an NFC North-meets-West matchup. 8:20 PM ET/5:20 PM PT on NBC

    The Great North: Season premiere. Judy (Jenny Slate) goes on an adventure after getting her braces off. Watch preview. 8:30 PM ET on FOX

    Bob’s Burgers: Season premiere. Louise (Kristen Schaal) must pay a debt to Millie (Molly Shannon) by attending the Pixie Princess Promenade. Meanwhile, a bouquet in the shape of a dog forces Linda (John Roberts) to confront her past. 9:00 PM ET on FOX

    Supermarket Sweep: Season premiere. Three teams of two put their shopping skills to the test as ABC’s game show revival for season two. Leslie Jones hosts. 9:00 PM ET on ABC

    BMF: Series premiere. A riff on “Black Mafia Family,” this drama tracks the rise of Detroit’s Flenory brothers as they launch a cocaine empire in the late 1980s. Newcomer Demetrius Flenory Jr. stars as his father “Big Meech,” and Da’Vinchi (grown-ish) as his younger brother, “Southwest T” Flenory. Snoop Dogg and Emine also appearin recurring roles. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Starz

    Family Guy: Season premiere. With her vision waning, Lois (Alex Borstein) elects to get LASIK surgery, but exploits her new disability for momentary gain. 9:30 PM ET on FOX

    Nuclear Family: Docuseries premiere. Filmmaker Ry Russo-Young explores growing up as the daughter of two lesbian mothers in the late 1970s-early 1980s, a time when the concept of a gay family was inconceivable to many, in this three-part docuseries. Read our review. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    The Rookie: Season premiere. Officer Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and the team race against the clock to locate Lopez (Alyssa Diaz) after she’s kidnapped on her wedding day. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on ABC

    The Walking Dead: World Beyond: Season premiere. Scott M. Gimple and Matthew Negrete’s sequel series kicks off its second (and final) season with an episode that sees Hope’s (Alexa Mansour) commitment put to the test, jeopardizing a potential reunion. Premiering on AMC+ ahead of its linear debut next Sunday. Watch trailer. Streaming on AMC+

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Foundation, The Great British Baking Show, The Tony Awards