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 Managing Editor 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, The Herald Sun, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

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