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Mission to Mars: Hilary Swank Stars in Netflix Space Drama Away

ALSO: Mulan, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, The Boys, Love Fraud, Snapped, The Vow, and more.
  • Hilary Swank in Away. (Netflix)
    Hilary Swank in Away. (Netflix)

    The producers of Hilary Swank's new space series Away have some highfalutin ideas about the of-the-moment social relevance of the isolation of outer space, but as Primetimer's Aaron Barnhart writes, nevermind all that; the show is much more effective as a work of escapist entertainment (which is all we we want from our space dramas, anyway). The series drops its entire ten-episode first season Friday on Netflix. Also this weekend: Amazon's The Boys returns for Season 2, Netflix bows Charlie Kaufman's new film I'm Thinking of Ending Things and Disney attempts to bring the box office home with its live-action Mulan. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4

    SERIES PREMIERE: Stealth TV star Hilary Swank stars in Away, in which she plays an American astronaut who leaves her husband (Josh Charles) and daughter behind when she accepts a dangerous mission to space. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON PREMIERE: The action picks up where it left off on The Boys, with the second season taking an even sharper look at superhero tropes and the influence of corporations that are seemingly too big to be reformed. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Prime Video

    NEW EPISODE: The aftershow Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys takes a look at the season's premiere episodes. Streaming on Prime Video

    MOVIE PREMIERE: Disney's latest live-action remake Mulan is available to stream on Disney+ for subscribers who unlock premiere access with a $30 purchase. Think that sounds pricey? Primetimer's Joe Reid says think again. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    PREMIERE MOVIE: Academy Award winner Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) brings his latest directorial effort to Netflix. I'm Thinking of Ending Things follows a young woman (Jessie Buckley) as she journeys to her boyfriend's family farm, and begins to question everything about her relationship and place in the world. Toni Collette and David Thewliss co-star. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    NEW EPISODE: British bombshell Lauren's three dates left the Love Island villa shook. But none of those dates actually broke up relationships in the week's second recoupling ceremony. Will anything shake up the villa? 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    PREMIERE MOVIE: Based on a true story, Anthony examines the tragic events leading up to the racially motivated 2005 killing of 18-year-old Anthony Walker, and the fallout from his murder. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Peacock

    SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5

    SEASON PREMIERE: Returning for its fourth season, the docuseries Black Love looks at life, love, and marriage in the Black community, while searching for the secrets to happy long-term relationships. Premieres with two back-to-back episodes. Watch the trailer. 9:00 PM ET on OWN

    CABLE PREMIERE: HBO's big Saturday night movie premiere this week is Spies in Disguise. The animated family film follows suave spy Lance Sterling (voiced by Will Smith) and scientist Walter Becket (Tom Holland) as they team up for the ultimate espionage mission. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    CABLE PREMIERE: Chadwick Boseman stars as New York Police detective Andre Davis in 21 Bridges. The film follows a manhunt on the island of Manhattan, in which Davis leads a team in the pursuit of a team of cop killers. Watch the trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

    RECAP EPISODE: Did you miss any of Love Island this week? Catch up on the recouplings, the drama, and the shenanigans in Saturday's two-hour recap show. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 6

    SERIES PREMIERE: Continuing where Power left off, the new series Power Book II: Ghost takes characters from the original series and spins their stories off into whole new directions. Watch the trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Starz

    SEASON FINALE: The CW is closing the door on its canadian reality series Fridge Wars, but not before scouring the fridges for one last family food fight. 8:00 PM ET on The CW

    SEASON FINALE: Fans from Atlanta to Biloxi flood P-Valley's Pynk for the season finale. Meanwhile, Autumn Night (Elarica Johnson) learns she can't outrun her past. 8:05 PM ET on Starz

    SEASON PREMIERE: Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff, and Paddy McGuinness return for the 28th season of Top Gear. The premiere involves convertibles, a T-rex costume, and a golf driving range. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on BBC

    NEW EPISODE: Christmas won a tightly-contested HOH competition after Kaysar's exit speech threw the Big Brother house into turmoil. Will the newly outed Cody/Nicole/Daniele alliance be targeted, or will Da'Vonne, who missed winning HOH by one question, find herself in the hot seat? Christmas names her nominations tonight, plus the new BB Basement competition introduces some new twists into the game.  8:00 PM ET on CBS

    NEW EPISODE: Part two of Love Fraud follows a group of jilted exes, a local investigator, and an unconventional bounty hunter as they track Richard Scott Smith to the Krab King in Wichita Kansas. 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

    NEW EPISODE: Fans got to vote for the most compatible couple in the Love Island villa Friday night. We'll find out who won the vote, as well as which will find themselves on the outs. 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    SEASON PREMIERE: Returning for its 28th unsettling season, Snapped is back with more tales of individuals pushed to their murderous breaking points. 6:00 PM ET on Oxygen

    NEW EPISODE: The second episode of HBO's much-ballyhooed docuseries The Vow dives deep into the inner workings of the NXIVM cult. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    NEW EPISODE: Freddy's (Hermione Corfield) sinister past emerges on We Hunt Together as Lola (Eve Myles) and Jackson (Babou Ceesay) follow the clues to save the next victim. 10:00 PM ET on Showtime

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

    TOPICS: Away, Netflix, Hilary Swank