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Matthew Rhys Returns to Series TV in HBO's Perry Mason

ALSO: Yellowstone, Ford v Ferrari, The ESPYS, The Chi, NOS4A2, and more.
  • Matthew Rhys stars in Perry Mason. (HBO)
    Matthew Rhys stars in Perry Mason. (HBO)

    Taking on a role that's been synonymous with another actor for more than sixty years is no easy feat, but as Primetimer's Tara Ariano writes this weekend, Matthew Rhys proves himself more than capable. His debut as Perry Mason in the HBO prequel series airs Sunday. Also this weekend: The ESPYS return amid an unprecedented dearth of sports, and new seasons for Yellowstone, The Chi, and NOS4A2. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    SATURDAY JUNE 20

    CABLE PREMIERE: HBO's big Saturday night movie premier this week is Ford v Ferrari. The 2019 film tracks the collaboration between Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and Ken Miles (Christian Bale) as they worked to help Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal) and Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) defeat Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone) and his seemingly unbeatable team at the 1966 Le Mans road race. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Nicole (Tori Anderson) and Jake (Benjamin Holingsworth) face off in an olive oil contest for the ages in Love Under the Olive Tree. Of course, even the slickest oil can't prevent these two from throwing off sparks. Watch the trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Hallmark

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: When a 16-year old girl tracks down her biological mother, she unwittingly lets a monster into her adoptive family's life. Birthmother’s Betrayal details the nightmarish aftermath. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    SUNDAY JUNE 21

    SERIES PREMIERE: One of TV's legendary figures returns to the airwaves with an origin series that finds Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys, headlining an impressive cast) working as a private investigator in 1930s Los Angeles, where he's hired to look into an inexplicable kidnapping case. Read our review. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    SEASON PREMIERE: As Primetimer's Aaron Barnhart points out in a new article, Yellowstone is easily TV's most-watched, least talked about series. The show's third season continues the story of John Dutton (Kevin Costner) as he fights tooth and nail to protect his family's land and legacy. Watch the trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Paramount Network

    SEASON PREMIERE: The third season of The Chi finds Emmett (Jacob Lattimore) struggling to balance family and work. Meanwhile, a wedding changes life for Keisha (Birgundi Baker) and Kevin (Alex R. Hibbert). Watch the trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

    SEASON PREMIERE: Joe Hill's NOS4A2 leaps ahead for its second season, checking in with Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) eight years later, as she gets startling news about Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto). Meanwhile, Millie Manx (Mattea Conforti) makes a new discovery about Christmasland. Watch the trailer. 10:00 PM ET on AMC

    FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL: Unwilling to let an evening of TV pass without him, John Legend hosts John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love Father's Day, ostensibly to honor the world's fathers, but let's be honest: this one is really for the mothers out there. Watch the preview. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    AWARDS SHOW: With most sports still on the sidelines, The ESPYS are pivoting this year to celebrate heroism and humanitarian aid, as Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe, and Russell Wilson host a special remote edition of the annual awards show. Watch the preview. 9:00 PM ET /6:00 PM PT on ESPN

    SERIES PREMIERE: Hosted by Jason Sudeikis, the remotely-shot series Tournament of Laughs features 32 comedians squaring off in an elimination style tournament where he (or she) who gets the most laughs, laughs last. Watch the preview. 10:00 PM ET on TBS

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: Perry Mason (2020), HBO, Matthew Rhys