TV This Weekend

The Muppets, Beyoncé, and The Umbrella Academy Have Your Weekend Covered

ALSO: Martha Knows Best, NHL Hockey, Megan Rapinoe, Outcry, Perry Mason, and more.
  • Muppets Now, Black is King, and The Umbrella Academy.  (Photos: Netflix/Disney+)
    Muppets Now, Black is King, and The Umbrella Academy. (Photos: Netflix/Disney+)

    Like so many weekends this summer, the biggest and best entertainment can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own living room, as Disney+ adds yet another A-list name to its service, with Queen Bey herself taking a seat at the table next to Hamilton and The Mandalorian. Meanwhile, for viewers looking to scratch that superhero itch, Netflix is dropping the second season of The Umbrella Academy. And because no half-decade would complete without another attempt to recapture that old Muppet Show magic, Kermit and Company are hitting Disney+ with a brand new weekly series.

    Also this weekend: Martha Stewart shows us how she's been making the most of her time in quarantine, Showtime looks at The Go-Go's, and a new Netflix docuseries pulls back the curtain on our interconnected world. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY JULY 31

    MOVIE PREMIERE: Taking inspiration from the stories of Black families throughout time, Beyoncé's new film Black is King reunites the pop superstar with her collaborators from the soundtrack to last year's The Lion King for a visual album about a young king's transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity, Watch the trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    SERIES PREMIERE: Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang return to TV in their first weekly series since ABC's much-maligned The Muppets. As Primetimer's Aaron Barnhart writes, Muppets Now is more of a return to form, with Scooter serving as the de facto producer of — you guessed it — a new online series starring the Muppets. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    SEASON PREMIERE: The offbeat superheroes of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy return for Season 2, picking up right where we left them — with the world on the precipice of a nuclear apocalypse. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: It should surprise no one that Martha Stewart has been keeping busy during quarantine. Shot at her Bedford farm, Martha Knows Best shows the variety of over-the-top outdoor projects Stewart has been tackling over the past few months. Back-to-back episodes begin at 10:00 PM ET on HGTV

    SERIES PREMIERE: The British thriller Get Even follows a group of girls at an elite private school, who band together to take down bullies. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Alison Ellwood (Laurel Canyon) turns her camera to 80s favorites The Go-Go's, showing how they got the beat, but wrestled with fame and fortune on the bumpy road to superstardom. Watch the trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

    NEW EPISODE: Sam (Jillian Bell) checks into Room 104, where an unexpected presence inspires her to confront her addiction. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Nory Boxwood (Izabela Rose) can flux into animals. Her friend Reina Carvajal (Siena Agudong) can control fire. In Upside-Down Magic, the two girls enroll in the Sage Academy for Magical Studies, where they learn to control their powers and use them for good, despite the dangers of their so-called "upside-down" abilities. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Disney Channel

    SATURDAY AUGUST 1

    LIVE SPORTS: After a long delay brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, hockey returns to the ice for the week-long Stanley Cup Qualifiers. The first of the day's five matchups begins at 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on NBCSN

    SPECIAL EVENT: World Champion soccer star Megan Rapinoe has a clear-eyed conversation about the state of our country in Seeing America With Megan Rapinoe, in which she's joined by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Hasan Minhaj. Watch the trailer. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    CABLE PREMIERE: HBO's big Saturday night movie premiere this week is Jojo Rabbit, the offbeat 2019 comedy following the exploits of Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), a young German boy growing up during World War II, whose friendship with his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler (director Taika Waititi) causes him to question his blind fanaticism for Nazi Germany. Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell, and Scarlett Johansson co-star. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    SUNDAY AUGUST 2

    SERIES FINALE: 72-year-old former police officer Joe DeAngelo is arrested in the finale of I'll Be Gone in the Dark, with DeAngelo's relatives and his former fiancee shedding light on events that raised red flags over the years. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    SERIES FINALE: The fifth and final installment of Outcry sees a verdict finally handed down in the case of Greg Kelley. 10:00 PM ET on Showtime

    DOCUSERIES PREMIERE: Radiolab's Latif Nasser brings his insatiable curiousity to Netflix in Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything. The new six-part docuseries follows Nasser as he travels the globe to tease out the subtle and surprising ways that we're all inextricably linked to one another and to our world. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Based on Ann Rule's true crime bestseller Empty Promises, A Murder to Remember follows Javier (Kevin Rodriguez) and Robin (Maddie Nichols) as their anniversary camping trip shifts from a romantic celebration to a race for survival when Javier dies and a mysterious stranger named Sam (TC Matherne) appears, promising to keep Robin safe. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    SERIES PREMIERE: In the premiere episode of Elizabeth Smart: Finding Justice, Elizabeth Smart sits down with Candra Torres, the woman whose terrifying ordeal inspired A Murder to Remember. 10:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    SERIES PREMIERE: Comedians Greg Davies and Alex Horne host the British import Taskmaster, in which they give fellow comics a challenge (like building a ventriloquist dummy) and then rate them on how they did. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on The CW

    SERIES PREMIERE: Think of the Canadian series Fridge Wars as an Iron Chef competition based on the ingredients host Emma Hunter unearths while ransacking real families' pantries. Watch the trailer. 9:00 PM ET on The CW

    SEASON PREMIERE: If you thought the politicians in Washington D.C. were cutthroat, you haven't met The Real Housewives of the Potomac. Political commentator Wendy Osefo joins the cast as the show kicks off its fifth season. Watch the trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Bravo

    NEW EPISODE: The seventh episode of Perry Mason sees Mason (Matthew Rhys) putting Herman Baggerly (T2's Robert Patrick) on the stand in hopes of shedding light on the connection between Charlie's ransom and the Radiant Assembly's financial problems. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

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

    TOPICS: Beyonce, Black Is King, Muppets Now, The Umbrella Academy