Today marks an important day in the oversized check business, as both Big Brother and The Circle hand out grand prizes in their season finales. Together, the reality competitions will award nearly $1 million in prize money, with the CBS staple giving the winner $750,000 (an increase from prior seasons’ $500,000 grand prize), and Netflix awarding $100,000 to its best social media maven.
Also today: Netflix debuts two foreign-language romantic comedies, wrestlers Cody and Brandi Rhodes balance their family and demanding careers in TNT’s Rhodes to the Top, and The Masked Singer introduces a new group of celebrities in disguise. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Wednesday:
Big Brother: Season finale. After the Cookout alliance made it intact to the final 6, ensuring that the show would, in its 23rd season, have its first Black winner, things in the BB house have undoubtedly taken a turn for the disappointing as strategic giants Tiffany and Hannah were eliminated in favor of sweet but less than cunning Azah and whiny, delusional Derek F. Xavier is probably going to win, and good for him, but the real anticipation is to see whether Tiffany or Derek X takes the America's Favorite player crown. 9:00 PM ET on CBS
The Circle: Season finale. As the final five players — James, Nick, Isabella, Ashley, and Kai — prepare to meet face-to-face, they submit one final set of rankings that will determine who walks away with $100,000. Streaming on Netflix
The Masked Singer: FOX’s masked singing competition introduces its second group (Group B) of celebrity performers, including Cupcake, Dalmatian, and Jester. One singer will be unmasked at the end of the episode. 8:00 PM ET on FOX
Friendzone: Original movie. Thibault (Mickaël Lumière) has a long history of being “friend zoned” by women, but when sparks fly between him and Rose (Eva Danino), he turns to his three best friends for help transitioning from best friend to boyfriend. In French. Read our review. Streaming on Netflix
Sounds Like Love: Original movie. Spanish-language film about fashion assistant Maca (María Valverde) whose enigmatic ex returns to Madrid just as she’s begun to get her life back together after their breakup. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
Rhodes to the Top: Series premiere. Powerhouse pro wrestling couple Cody and Brandi Rhodes manage their busy lives in and out of the ring in TNT’s new docuseries about the AEW stars. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on TNT
No One Gets Out Alive: Original film. When an undocumented woman from Mexico moves into a rundown boarding house in Cleveland, she begins hearing unsettling cries and having eerie visions. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
The Chestnut Man: Complete first season. This Danish mystery follows two detectives who believe a figurine made of chestnuts found at a grisly murder scene is a clue in their hunt for a killer linked to a politician’s missing child. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
The Wonder Years: As Dean (Elisha “EJ” Williams) reckons with his first taste of heartbreak, the adults assume he’s mourning current events and spoil him with special treatment. 8:30 PM ET on ABC
Black Stories Presents: Your Attention Please: New episode. Streaming on Hulu
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.
TOPICS: Big Brother, CBS, Netflix, The Circle