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Disturbingly Addictive The Serpent Is Poised to be Netflix's Next Big Hit

PLUS: Negan gets his day on The Walking Dead, female comics go Hysterical, and more
  • Jenna Coleman and Tahar Rahim in a promotional image forThe Serpent. (Netflix)
    Jenna Coleman and Tahar Rahim in a promotional image forThe Serpent. (Netflix)

    If ever a show had "Netflix hit" written all over it, it's The Serpent. The highly addictive new series combines dark subject matter with superb acting and stylish period detail as it tells the story of how a Dutch diplomat managed to track down Charles Sobraj, the charismatic con man and serial killer who committed a series of crimes along South Asia's "hippie trail" in the mid 1970s. The complete eight-episode limited series drops Friday.

    Also this weekend: Female comedians get their due in a new FX original doc, OITNB's Danielle Brooks plays Mahalia Jackson, and The Walking Dead wraps its tenth season with its long-awaited Negan episode. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV This Weekend:


    LIMITED SERIES: Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian) turns in what could be a career-making performance as real-life French serial killer Charles Sobhraj in The Serpent. The eight-part limited series also stars Jenna Colman as Sobhraj's girlfriend/accomplice, and Billy Howle as the Dutch diplomat who was responsible for their capture. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: The Netflix original film Concrete Cowboy tells the story of a troubled teen who spends the summer in North Philadelphia where he's caught between a life of craime and his estranged father's urban-cowboy subculture. Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) star. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    PENULTIMATE EPISODE: With just one episode to go before next week's series finale, tonight's Wynonna Earp finds Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) taking very different and dangerous paths in an effort to save Purgatory. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on Syfy

    DOCUMENTARY: Some of the funniest women in comedy drop the mic to share their personal stories in the FX original documentary Hysterical. Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Nikki Glaser and Iliza Shlesinger are amoung those profiled. Read our review. 9:00 PM ET on FX

    DOCUMENTARY: Two years ago, it was a media darling and a company on the move. The feature-length doc WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn explores the rise and fall of one of the biggest-ever corporate flameouts. Watch trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    NCAA BASKETBALL: Only four teams remain in this year's NCAA women's basketball tournament, and they play each other tonight. The winners will battle it out Sunday at the national championship.

    • Stanford vs. South Carolina at 6:00 PM ET  on ESPN
    • UConn vs. Arizona at 9:30 PM ET on ESPN

    DOCUMENTARY: Former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen gets the American Masters treatment in Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story, which catches up with the legendary trumpeter as he continues to perform into his nineties. Primetimer's Aaron Barnhart previewed the doc and filed this review. 9:00 PM ET on PBS

    DOCUSERIES PREMIERE: Has the wrong man served twenty-five years in prison for the death of murder of Michael Jordan's father James R. Jordan, Sr? The new five-part docuseries Moment of Truth re-examines the evidence in the case and casts doubt on what we thought we knew. Watch trailer. Streaming on IMDb TV


    COLLEGE BASKETBALL: March may be over, but the madness continues as the final four face off in the national semifinals of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament:

    • Baylor vs. Houston at 5:14 PM ET on CBS
    • Gonzaga vs. UCLA at 8:34 PM ET on CBS

    HOLIDAY MOVIE: It wouldn't be Easter without ABC's annual broadcast of The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 biblical epic starring Charlton Heston. Watch trailer. 7:00 PM ET on ABC

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black) stars as Mahalia Jackson in Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia. Jackson began singing at an early age and went on to become one of the most revered gospel figures in U.S. history, melding her music with the civil rights movement. Watch trailer8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    NEW EPISODE: Daniel Kaluuya hosts a new episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest St. Vincent. Watch promo11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT on NBC


    SEASON PREMIERE: The Chicago White Sox take on the Los Angeles Angels as ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball welcomes Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez back to the booth for the show's 32nd season. 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT on ESPN

    SEASON FINALE: At long last, "Here's Negan." The Walking Dead wraps its super-sized tenth season with a long-awaited episode that flashes back to the onset of the zombie apocalypse, as Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his cancer-stricken wife Lucille (Hilarie Burton Morgan) hunker down in a basement bunker. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on AMC

    AWARDS SHOW: The Oscars may be planninhg a Zoom-free ceremony, but the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be a completely virtual affair, with the pre-taped one-hour presentation set to feature comedy bits and acceptance speeches from winners (provided they signed that pesky NDA). 9:00 PM ET on TBS/TNT

    NBA BASKETBALL: It's another "Hallway Series" as Staples Center co-tenants the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers face off at 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on ABC

    NCAA BASKETBALL: The hoops action keeps on coming as the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Game airs live from the Alamodome in San Antonio beginning at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on ESPN

    NEW EPISODE: It's Zoey's 30th birthday on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, but the birthday girl feels she must confront her unresolved feelings for the men in her life before she can celebrate properly. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on NBC

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Fox is getting into the nature doc biz with Malika the Lion Queen, which follows a powerful pride of lions in South Africa's Kruger National Park. Angela Bassett narrates. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on FOX

    DOCUSERIES PREMIERE: Four Hollywood actors explore their families' World War II stories in the new docuseries My Grandparents War. First up: Oscar-winner Helena Bonham Carter. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on PBS

    Jed Rosenzweig is the Founder and Publisher of Primetimer. 

    TOPICS: The Serpent, Netflix