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Modern Love and CBS' Love Island Finale Bookend a Weekend of Romance

ALSO: Sundance favorite CODA hits Apple TV+, HBO's White Lotus wraps a captivating run, and more.
  • (Photos: Starz, CBS, Amazon, Apple TV+, Hallmark)
    (Photos: Starz, CBS, Amazon, Apple TV+, Hallmark)

    Valentine’s Day comes six months early this year with a weekend chock-full of on-screen romance. Amazon kicks things off with the return of anthology series Modern Love, which has recruited the likes of Tobias Menzies, Kit Harington, and Minnie Driver to probe the realities of relationships in 2021. Later in the weekend, Hallmark catches wedding fever in a new made for TV movie and Love Island declares a winner as the CBS reality show wraps its third season. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY AUGUST 13

    Modern Love: Complete second season. Amazon brings a new set of love stories to the screen in the second season of its star-studded anthology series. Highlights include Minnie Driver playing a woman with a strong emotional attachment to her late husband’s car and a middle school LGBTQ+ romance. Check out our ranking of the season's eight episodes. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    CODA: Original film. Emilia Jones plays 17-year-old Ruby, the sole hearing member of a deaf family (a “CODA,” the Child of Deaf Adults), who comes into her own when she joins her high school choir club. The Sundance-winning drama also stars Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, and Eugenio Derbez. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time: Original film. The fourth and final chapter of the anime sensation arrives on Amazon. Prime Video is also streaming the three previous films, Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone, Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, and Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo. Watch trailer. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    Schmigadoon: Season finale. Melissa (Cecily Strong) and Josh (Keegan Michael-Key) evaluate what they truly want as the musical comedy wraps its first season. Streaming on Apple TV+

    Ted Lasso: The AFC Richmond crew celebrates an unconventional Christmas in a standout episode of Jason Sudeikis’ sports comedy. Streaming on Apple TV+

    Brand New Cherry Flavor: Complete limited series. A filmmaker heads to Hollywood in the early ‘90s to make her movie, only to tumble down a rabbit hole of sex, magic, and revenge in Netflix’s new psychological thriller. Rosa Salazar, Catherine Keener, Eric Lange, Jeff Ward, and Manny Jacinto star. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Beckett: Original film. Following a tragic car accident in Greece, an American tourist (John David Washington) finds himself at the center of a dangerous political conspiracy. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Toy Story 4: Cable premiere. Pixar’s 2019 sequel makes its Disney Channel debut as part of a special night of programming. The newest film in the franchise follows Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and the rest of the toys as they go on a road trip with their new owner Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw) and must determine where their loyalties lie. Watch trailer. 6:15 PM ET on Disney Channel

    Spin: Original movie. Diary of a Future President actress Avantika stars as Rhea, an Indian American teen who discovers a passion for producing beats that blend her South Asian culture with the world around her. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Disney Channel

    Descendants: The Royal Wedding: Special presentation. Disney returns to Auradon for Mal (Dove Cameron) and King Ben’s (Mitchell Hope) royal wedding in a 20-minute animated special. The Descendants cast reprises their roles for the big event, which also features a brand new song. Watch trailer. 9:40 PM ET on Disney Channel

    Disney’s Magical Bake Off: Series premiere. Three teams of two race against the clock to design the ultimate Disney-themed cake in a new baking competition hosted by Dara Reneé, Issac Ryan Brown, and Disneyland resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez. In the premiere, contestants must create a Descendants wedding cake. Watch trailer. 10:05 PM ET on Disney Channel

    Love Island: New episode. 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    SATURDAY AUGUST 14

    Jurassic Park Movie Marathon: HBO treats viewers to a Jurassic Park triple feature with a special presentation of the first three movies in the beloved franchise. Begins at 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    Apollo 13: Ron Howard’s Oscar-nominated film about the aborted 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission stars Tom Hanks as Commander Jim Lovell, Kevin Bacon as backup Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert, and Bill Paxton as Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise. Watch trailer. 8:30 PM ET on Syfy

    Sealed with a Kiss: Wedding March 6: Before they say “I do,” Mick (Jack Wagner) and Olivia (Josie Bissett) must host a wedding for an A-list actor and his fiancée (Nathan Witte and Caitlyn Stryker) in the final installment of Hallmark’s long-running The Wedding March series. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel

    Pawn Star$: Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Chumlee Russell continue to wheel and deal for one-of-a-kind items as the History staple moves to a new timeslot. Two episodes air back to back tonight. 9:00 PM ET on History Channel

    Fantasy Island: Encore presentation. Roselyn Sanchez plays Elena Roarke, a descendant of the enigmatic Mr. Roarke, in FOX’s reboot of the classic drama series. The premiere also stars Bellamy Young, Kiara Barnes, and John Gabriel Rodriguez. Read our review. 9:00 PM ET on FOX

    SUNDAY AUGUST 15

    Love Island: Season finale. After weeks of unexpected romances and surprise challenges, one couple will finally be crowned the champion and take home the $100,000 prize. 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    The White Lotus: Season finale. As departure day approaches, Rachel (Alexandra Daddario) shares some harsh truths with Shane (Jake Lacy), and Quinn Mossbacher (Fred Hechinger) reveals major life plans. Meanwhile, resort manager Armond (Murray Bartlett) goes on a bender and exacts revenge on his nemesis. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    Heels: Series premiere. Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig play brothers warring over their late father’s legacy in this Starz drama about the world of small-town professional wrestling. Read our review. 9:00 PM ET on Starz

    Major League Baseball: The Los Angeles Dodgers travel to the Big Apple for a primetime matchup against the New York Mets. 7:00 PM ET on ESPN

    All Creatures Great and Small: Between the Pages: Special presentation. PBS returns to 1930s Yorkshire in a 90-minute special that goes behind-the-scenes of the hit series, and looks ahead to Season 2. Watch preview. 7:30 PM ET on PBS

    Big Brother: Thursday's episode was such a wild scramble that they didn't even have time to show the Head of Household competition. That will play out on tonight's episode, and maybe we'll get more about this twist where the fans can award their faves with chips that can buy advantages. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    The End: Season finale. Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor’s dark comedy concludes with two episodes that force the mother-daughter duo to face their greatest existential questions. 8:00 PM ET on Showtime

    Chesapeake Shores: Season premiere. As Abby (Meghan Ory) processes her kiss with on-again boyfriend Trace (Jesse Metcalfe), she sets out on a new business venture with her father Mick (Treat Williams), but when an eccentric young billionaire (Robert Buckley) comes to town, he threatens more than just the project. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel

    The Walking Dead: Season premiere. AMC says goodbye to its sprawling zombie epic with a super-sized eleventh season, consisting of three eight-episode parts. The premiere is available to stream on AMC+ today, one week ahead of the drama’s linear debut. Watch trailer. Streaming on AMC+

    Wellington Paranormal: Season premiere. When ten anglers mysteriously disappear from Wellington Harbor, Officers Minogue (Mike Minogue) and O’Leary (Karen O’Leary) and Sergeant Maaka (Maaka Pohatu) head for the ocean to investigate. 9:00 PM ET on The CW

    The History of the Sitcom: A new episode explores how fish-out-of-water sitcoms reflect the changing face of America. 9:00 PM ET on CNN

    Tuca & Bertie: Season finale. With the city overwhelmed by a natural disaster, Bertie (voiced by Ali Wong) helps Tuca (Tiffany Haddish) cope with some personal ghosts and unpack a big issue in their friendship. Watch preview. 11:30 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: Modern Love, Love Island, The White Lotus