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Bohemian Rhapsody and Oscar Winner Rami Malek Take Center Stage on HBO

ALSO: Lavell Crawford, Fire Masters, Supersize My Pool, Free Rein, SNL, and more
  • Rami Malek brings Freddie Mercury to life in Bohemian Rhapsody (Photo: Alex Bailey/20th Century Fox )
    Rami Malek brings Freddie Mercury to life in Bohemian Rhapsody (Photo: Alex Bailey/20th Century Fox )

    It's a fun Saturday for summer television, with one of the year's biggest box office hits, a performance by a comedy fan-favorite (who's sporting a new look), and inspiration to up your grilling game. Here are the highlights.

    CABLE PREMIERE: HBO's big Saturday Night movie premiere this week is Bohemian Rhapsody. Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) brings Freddie Mercury to life in the smash hit film that's now the highest-grossing musical biopic ever. Along with Malek's Oscar-winning performance, look for a clever Wayne's World-inspired cameo by Mike Myers. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    COMEDY SPECIAL: Comedian Lavell Crawford (Breaking Bad) returns to the comedy stage 120 pounds lighter, and funnier than ever. From first-term Obama, to 2019 interactions with law enforcement, Last Comic Standing's 2007 runner up brings his one-of-a-kind perspective to some of today's most timely topics in Lavell Crawford: New Look, Same Funny!  Watch the trailer. 10:35 PM ET on Showtime

    SERIES PREMIERE: Battling barbecue fanatics face off in Fire Masters, a high-stakes grilling competition where the winner has a chance to take home $10,000 in burger money. 10:00 PM ET on Cooking Channel

    SERIES PREMIERE: Mario Lopez is hunting for families with dreary (or downright scary) swimming pools so he and his team can turn their eyesores into backyard oases in Supersize My Pool. 9:00 PM ET on HGTV


    • Free Rein returns for its third season.  Our own Aaron Barnhart praised the series earlier this week in his Overlooked column, singling out Jaylen Barron for her star-making performence. Streaming on Netflix Streaming on Netflix
    • Trapped Model stars Lucy Loken (Teen Wolf) as Grace, whose break through modeling gig becomes a battle for survival when photographer Hunter Kelly (Wes McGee) kidnaps her for murderous website. 8:00 PM ET Lifetime
    • SNL re-airs its December episode featuring Aquaman star Jason Momoa and musical guest Mumford & Sons 11:30 PM ET on NBC

    Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: HBO, HGTV, Lifetime, Bohemian Rhapsody, Free Rein, Saturday Night Live, Lavell Crawford