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TV This Weekend

Disney+ Targets Families with Luca, Netflix Gets Steamy with Elite, and More

TV is offering up a little something for everyone this weekend.
  • (Photos: Disney+, AMC, Paramount+, Apple TV+, Netflix and Adult Swim)
    (Photos: Disney+, AMC, Paramount+, Apple TV+, Netflix and Adult Swim)

    The streaming-verse offers up fun for the whole family this weekend with a batch of new releases that run the gamut from teen dramas (Elite Season 4) to kid-friendly animation (Luca on Disney+). Adults should also enjoy Rose Byrne’s ‘80s comedy Physical, the cable premiere of Kevin Can F**k Himself, and Evil Season 2 on Paramount+. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY JUNE 18

    Luca: Set in 1950s Italy, a young boy named Luca (Jacob Tremblay) and his best friend Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer) adventure along the Italian Riviera and attempt to keep their true identities — they’re both sea monsters from a world below the water’s surface — a secret. The Pixar comedy boasts an impressive supporting voice cast that includes Maya Rudolph, Jim Gaffigan, and Grey’s Anatomy’s Giacomo Gianniotti. Watch trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    Elite: Complete fourth season. Love triangles emerge, alliances are formed, and secrets come to light when a group of new students join the Las Encinas private school community in Season 4 of Netflix’s Spanish-language hit. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Physical: Series premiere. Rose Byrne plays a 1980s housewife who finds release through the world of aerobics in this new Apple dramedy from Annie Weisman (Desperate Housewives, The Path). Rory Scovel, Della Saba, Deirdre Friel, and Lou Taylor Pucci also star. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    Big Shot: Season finale. Westbrook is just one win away from Division Two, but first they've got stop rival Carlsbad from stealing their playbook. Streaming on Disney+

    Fatherhood: Original movie. When his wife dies one day after their daughter’s birth, a father (Kevin Hart) must cope with his grief and figure out how to raise their child on his own. Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howry, DeWanda Wise, Anthony Carrigan, and Paul Reiser also star. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals: Complete first season. Three travelers visit destimations across the globe and share their expert tips for landing a great vacation rental at any budget. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    U.S. Open Golf: NBC presents Round 2 of the 2021 U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines. 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT on NBC

    Soul of a Nation: Juneteenth: Together We Triumph: ABC News celebrates Juneteenth with a two-hour event featuring emotional tributes and musical performances. 9:00 PM ET on ABC

    U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: Tune in for primetime coverage of the Women’s 200M Breaststroke, Men’s 200M Backstroke, Men’s 200M Individual Medley, and Women’s 100M Freestyle finals. 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on NBC

    SATURDAY JUNE 19

    U.S. Open Golf: Round 3 of the 2021 U.S. Open is set to air all day, beginning at 11:00 AM ET/8:00 AM PT on NBC

    Major League Baseball: Depending on your region, you’ll be able to watch one of three FOX MLB games, all at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT:

    • Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres
    • St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves
    • Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros

    Secrets of a Marine’s Wife: TV Movie. Sadie Calvano stars in this ripped-from-the-headlines TV movie about a pregnant Marine wife whose body was found in Joshua Tree National Park at the bottom of an abandoned mineshaft. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    Fatale: Michael Ealy stars in this 2020 film about a married sports agent whoselife unravels after a one-night-stand with a detective, played by Hilary Swank. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America: Special presentation. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar narrates and executive produces this Juneteenth special about civil disobedience and public protest in the United States. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on History Channel

    Her Pen Pal: TV Movie. When Victoria (Mallory Jensen) learns that her ex is bringing a date to their friend’s wedding in Paris, she reconnects with her French pen pal from childhood. Part of Hallmark’s “Summer Nights” series. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel

    U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: Swimmers compete in the Men’s 100M Butterfly, Women’s 200M Backstroke, and Women’s 800M Freestyle finals in the penultimate day of trials. 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on NBC

    U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials: Track and field athletes step into the spotlight as they vie for spots on the 2021 Olympic team. 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT on NBC

    SUNDAY JUNE 20

    Evil: Season premiere. Robert and Michelle King’s psychological mystery moves from CBS to Paramount+ for its second season. New to the series or need a recap? Let Primetimer’s Joe Reid catch you up, Streaming on Paramount+

    U.S. Open Golf: A U.S. Open winner will be declared as golfers compete in the the fourth and final round at Torrey Pines. 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on NBC

    Kevin Can F**k Himself: Series premiere. Annie Murphy subverts sitcom stereotypes in her first role post-Schitt’s Creek, playing a wife who plots to take her husband (Eric Petersen) out of the picture, permanently. Two episodes air tonight. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on AMC

    Keeping Up with the Kardashians: The Final Curtain Part 2: Andy Cohen moderates the final installment of the KUWTK reunion and retrospective special. 9:00 PM ET on E!

    Bless the Harts: Series finale. With Betty’s (Maya Rudolph) birthday coming up, the Hart family tries to figure out her real age. Christopher Meloni guests. 7:30 PM ET on FOX

    The Moodys: Series finale. The Moody family gathers for a wedding as the FOX comedy wraps its second (and final) season. 9:30 PM ET on FOX

    Cradle Did Fall: TV Movie. Lifetime dramatizes the true story of a woman who poses as an infant photographer in order to befriend a young mother and steal her baby. Starring Kristen Robek and Ali Liebert. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    Renovation Island: Season premiere. When COVID-19 strikes their Bahamian resort, home reno experts Bryan and Sarah Baeumler must reassess their business and family plans and work towards their eventual reopening. 8:00 PM ET on HGTV

    The Girlfriend Experience: Julia Goldani Telles’ season of Steven Soderberg’s anthology ends with back-to-back episodes. 8:00 PM ET on Starz

    U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: The weeklong trials come to a close with the Men’s and Women’s 50M Freestyle and Men’s 1500M Freestyle finals. 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on NBC

    U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials: NBC’s coverage of the track and field trials continue with decathlon events, hurdle, javelin, and sprints. 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on NBC

    You, Me, and My Ex: Series premiere. Five couples attempt to keep their relationships afloat whilean ex is still in the picture — and often, too close for comfort. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on TLC

    Rick & Morty: Season premiere. The animated favorite returns for more adventures in Season 5. Featuring co-creator Justin Roiland, who voices both Rick and Morty, Chris Parnell as Jerry, Spencer Grammer as Summer, and Sarah Chalke as Beth. Watch trailer. 11:00 PM ET on Adult Swim

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

    TOPICS: Elite, Disney+, Netflix, Luca