TV This Weekend

A Homebound Viewer's Guide to What's New and Noteworthy on TV This Weekend

NFL Championships, WandaVision and Fate: The Winx Saga lead an eclectic weekend of television.
  • (Photos: HBO, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV+)
    (Photos: HBO, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV+)

    With coronavirus cases still surging cross the country and local officials asking those who can to stay at home, TV is doing its part this weekend by offering up a full menu of programming to suit your every mood, including the NFL conference championships, a snack-pack of Pixar "mini-shorts," and an unusual new HBO series that marks John Lurie's return to the world of cult TV.

    Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY JANUARY 22

    SERIES PREMIERE: Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen and Dory are among the familiar faces popping up in Pixar Popcorn, a new eight-episode series of snack-sized "mini shorts" from the inventive storytellers at Pixar. Watch trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    NEW EPISODE: With fans scouring behind-the-scenes footage for clues why Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and the formerly-deceased Vision (Paul Bettany) are living strange fantasy sitcom lives in WandaVision, it's been a long week waiting for the show's third episode. Streaming on Disney+

    SERIES PREMIERE: Fascination spirals into Faustian bargain in the Israeli series Losing Alice when an ambitious female film director meets and obsesses over a young femme-fatale screenwriter. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    COMPLETE FIRST SEASON: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's Abigail Cowen leads the cast of Fate: The Winx Saga, Netflix's new live-action young adult re-imagining of the 2004 animated series Winx Club. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: The Off-Broadway show so astonishing that Jason Sudeikis saw it five times, Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself lands on streaming in this Frank Oz-directed, Stephen Colbert-produced adaptation. Watch trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    NEW EPISODE: Comedian and host Loni Love (Soul Plane) joins the panel on RuPaul's Drag Race as the queens are challenged to overact in cheesy RuPaulmark holiday movies. 8:00 PM ET on VH1

    SERIES PREMIERE: Thirty years after his cult series Fishing with John, John Lurie is back on TV in Painting with John, which sees the New York-based actor-musician sharing life lessons as he hones his watercolor skills. Primetimer's Aaron Barnhart has this review. 11:00 PM ET on HBO

    SATURDAY JANUARY 23

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: The story of fellow Queensborough Community College students Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton gets the TV biopic treatment in Salt-N-Pepa, which documents their rapid rise in the world of rap and hip hop. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    INTERVIEW SPECIAL: Stick around after the movie for Let's Talk About Salt-N-Pepa, in which the real-life Salt-N-Pepa discuss their careers and their reactions to tonight's Lifetime movie. 11:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    CABLE PREMIERE: This week's big Saturday night movie is Don't Let Go. The 2019 film follows Jack Radcliff (David Oyelow) who receives a phone call from his niece (Storm Reid) shortly after she is presumed to have been murdered. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    ENCORE PRESENTATION: Fellow New Yorkers Timothée Chalamet and Pete Davidson proved to be quite the comedy duo, starring in three sketches together when Chalamet hosted Saturday Night Live in December with musical guest Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. 11:30 PM ET on NBC

    SUNDAY JANUARY 24

    NFL FOOTBALL: FOX and CBS get the honors today as the NFL's final four face off at today's conference championship games:

    • The Tampa Bay Buccaners take on the Green Day Packers in the NFC Championship at 3:05 PM ET on FOX
    • The Buffalo Bills play the Kansas Ciy Chiefs in the AFC title game at 6:40 PM ET on CBS

    SERIES PREMIERE: Actor and filmmaker Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen) returns to his roots in Bridge and Tunnel, a new six-episode series following a group of recent college graduates as they head to 1980s Manhattan to pursue their dreams. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Epix

    SPECIAL EPISODE: Rue (Zendaya) took center stage last month in the first of two specials designed to bridge the gap between Euphoria's first and second seasons. Now we see the other side of the story as Jules (Hunter Schafer) reflects on the year. Schafer co-wrote the episode with series creator Sam Levinson. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    SEASON PREMIERE: It's witches vs. monsters as Charmed kicks off its third season where it left off before production shut down last spring. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM on The CW

    Jed Rosenzweig is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Primetimer. 

    TOPICS: NFL, Fate: The Winx Saga, WandaVision