TV This Weekend

Cruella, The Kominsky Method, and Lucifer Headline a Busy Holiday Weekend

ALSO: The NBA Playoffs, YA drama Panic, HBO original movie Oslo, and more.
  • Tom Ellis in Lucifer, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman in The Kominsky Method, and Emma Stone in Cruella. (Photos: Netflix, Disney+)
    Tom Ellis in Lucifer, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman in The Kominsky Method, and Emma Stone in Cruella. (Photos: Netflix, Disney+)

    Memorial Day Weekend may be synonymous with outdoor fun, but streaming services and TV networks are angling to keep viewers inside with a packed lineup of new shows and movies, including the Premier Access debut of Disney's Cruella, the third and final season of The Kominsky Method and Lucifer Season 5B.

    Also this weekend: The NBA Playoffs pick up steam, Amazon takes aim at Netflix’s teen drama dominance with Panic, and Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott adapt the Tony-winning play Oslo for HBO. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY MAY 28

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: Oscar winners Emma Stone and Emma Thompson star in Cruella, a live-action feature about the rebellious early days of 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil. Cruella is available to Disney+ subscribers for $30 via the service’s Premier Access add-on. Watch trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    COMPLETE THIRD SEASON: When Norman (Alan Arkin) dies, Sandy (Michael Douglas) must navigate life without his longtime friend in the third and final season of The Kominsky Method. Kathleen Turner (who co-starred with Douglas in Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile and The War of the Roses) returns in an expanded role as Sandy's ex-wife, Roz. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    NEW EPISODES: Biblically-adjacent drama Lucifer returns to Netflix with the second half of its fifth, in which God (Dennis Haysbert) comes down to Earth to quash the feud between his sons Lucifer and Michael (both played by Tom Ellis), but their sibling rivalry soon proves too much for even the almighty to handle. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    NBA BASKETBALL: Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs continues with three nationally-broadcast matchups (all Game 3):

    • New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on ESPN
    • Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT on ABC
    • Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PT on ESPN

    COMPLETE FIRST SEASON: Based on Lauren Oliver’s 2014 novel of the same name, Panic follows a group of small-town teens who compete in a deadly game for a chance to win $50,000. The addictive YA drama boasts an impressive cast of up-and-coming actors and familiar faces as their parents, including Olivia Welch, Nancy McKeon, and Enrique Murciano. Read our review. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: After a regrettable sexual encounter, a straight-laced high school student and her slacker best friend hunt down Plan B in this Hulu comedy directed by Natalie Morales (Parks and Recreation). Watch trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: When a pampered dog named Trouble gets lost, he must learn to survive on the streets in Dog Gone Trouble. The animated Netflix flick features voice work from Big Sean, Pamela Adlon, Lucy Hale, Damon Wayans Jr., Wilmer Valderrama, and Joel McHale. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON PREMIERE: Jay Z, Bad Bunny and WNBA superstar Nneka Ogwumike stop by The Shop: Uninterrupted with LeBron James and Maverick Carter as the HBO series returns for its fourth season. Watch preview. 9:30 PM ET on HBO

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: In his fifth standup special, Lavelle Crawford: The Comedy Vaccine, the comic sounds off on COVID-19, mask culture, and unspoken rules of 2020. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on Showtime

    SATURDAY MAY 29

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: Adapted from the Tony-winning play of the same name, Oslo stars Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott as a Norwegian couple who helped to organize the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and Palestine. The HBO drama also stars Salim Daw (Fauda), Waleed Zuaiter (The Spy), and Jeff Wilbusch (Unorthodox). Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    DOCUMENTARY: Manchester United’s legendary manager gets the documentary treatment in Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, a feature exploring his life on and off the pitch. Paramount+ debuts the doc just a few hours before Manchester City and Chelsea compete in the Champions League final, which will also stream live on the platform. Watch trailer. Streaming on Paramount+

    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Depending on your region, you’ll be able to catch one of the following FOX MLB games. 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on FOX:

    • San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
    • Milwaukee Brewers at Washington Nationals
    • Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

    ENCORE PRESENTATION: Andy Cohen competes against the women of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Drew Carey takes on Kevin Nealon and his family in this repeat of Celebrity Family Feud from June 2020. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    SUNDAY MAY 30

    NASCAR Racing: Scott Dixon is set to lead the Indianapolis 500 starting lineup for the fourth time as the greatest spectacle in racing returns for its 105th year. 12:30 PM ET/ 9:30 AM PT on NBC

    COMEDY SPECIAL: Bo Burnham returns with his first Netflix comedy special since 2016's Make Happy. Bo Burnham: Inside was shot by Burnham alone, without a crew or an audience, over the course of the past year. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix.

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna present the annual National Memorial Day Concert, with performances from Alan Jackson, Sara Bareilles, and Bailee Madison, and tributes honoring American heroes. 8:00 PM ET on PBS

    SEASON FINALE: Kate Winslet’s Sunday night juggernaut Mare of Easttown concludes its seven-episode run and finally answers the drama’s central question: who killed Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny)? Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    SEASON FINALE: Investigator Paul Carey continues to probe a 1979 murder case and the Satanic Panic anxieties that complicated it in the final two episodes of Fall River, airing back-to-back tonight. 9:00 PM ET on EPIX

    SERIES FINALE: With her elopement to Ward (Jamie Dornan) in the works, Beth steals her stepfather Billy’s (Matthew Rhys) gold, but she’s met with a dire warning that could alter their plans in the Death and Nightingales miniseries finale. 9:00 PM ET on Starz

    NEW EPISODE: Papi (Angel Bismark Curiel) adjusts to being a guardian and Angel (Indya Moore) seeks guidance from an unexpected source in the penultimate episode of Pose’s third and final season. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on FX

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: The History Channel commemorates the 100th anniversary of the horrific racial violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma with Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre, a two-hour documentary directed by Peabody-winning filmmakers Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams (Two Towns of Jasper). Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HISTORY

    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Tonight's installment of Sunday Night Baseball sees the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets close out their three-game series at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: The Kominsky Method, Disney+, Netflix, Lucifer