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John Cusack is Sci-Fi TV's Next Great Villian in Amazon's Utopia

ALSO: The Great British Baking Show, Sneakerheads, The Amber Ruffin Show, and more.
  • John Cusack in Utopia (Amazon)
    John Cusack in Utopia (Amazon)

    Boasting a big budget and some very big names, early reviews for Amazon's Utopia suggest it's a worthy successor to the cult British conspiracy thriller upon which it was based. The new series bows its first season today on Prime Video. Also today: there will be no Paul Hollywood handshakes, but The Great British Baking Show is back, Disney+ introduces us to The Secret Society of Second Born Royals, and Amber Ruffin brings her act to Peacock. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Friday:

    SERIES PREMIERE: John Cusack and Rainn Wilson headline Utopia, Amazon's flashy remake of the 2013 Channel 4 sci-fi series. Gillian Flynn (Sharp Objects, Gone Girl) is behind the adaptation. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Prime Video

    SEASON PREMIERE: They had to put the tent in a bubble (of sorts), but the producers of The Great British Baking Show have managed to bake up their first pandemic-filmed season, and judging by the looks of the trailer, the beloved series is emergong from quarantine in fine form. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: Country singer Coffey Anderson and his hip hop dancing wife Criscilla join a long line of celebreality odd couples in their new Netflix series, Country-Ish. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    NEW EPISODE: The final recoupling has set up the final five couples of Love Island. Will Johnny and Cely or Justine and Caleb win the final prize? Or could another couple stand a chance of stealing America's hearts? 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    PREMIERE MOVIE: Like the Jan Brady of action heroes, Sam (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) lives in the shadow of her older, spotlight-hogging sister, but as The Secret Society of Second-Born Royals posits, that may be the perfect position from which a member of the royal family can ensure the safety of the kingdom, and her loved ones. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    SERIES PREMIERE: The six-episode comedy Sneakerheads follows Davin (Allen Maldonado) and his friend Bobby (Andrew Bachelor ) as they scour Los Angeles in pursuit of a valuable pair of sneakers. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: Late Night with Seth Meyers writer Amber Ruffin joins Peacock's late-night lineup with her own new weekly series, The Amber Ruffin Show. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Peacock

    DOCUSERIES PREMIERE: From the producers of The Jinx, FX's new five-part docuseries A Wilderness of Error examines the case of an army surgeon who may have been wrongly convicted of killing his family.. Primetimer's Sarah D, Bunting has this review. The first three episode air back-to-back tonight at 8:00 PM ET on FX

    SERIES PREMIERE: The dramatic series Tehran follows a Mossad agent on a mission in her home town. The first three episodes drop today. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

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

    TOPICS: Utopia, Amazon Prime Video, John Cusack, Rainn Wilson