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Streaming Brings the Multiplex Home With Finch, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

ALSO: Dexter returns to Showtime, new seasons of Big Mouth, Dickinson, Yellowstone, and more.
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    Photos: Netflix, Showtime, Amazon, Paramount, Netflix, Apple TV+

    Tom Hanks and Benedict Cumberbatch are just two of the big names headed to the small screen this weekend as Apple TV+ and Amazon kick off awards season in earnest with the streaming debuts of Finch and The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. Also, Michael C. Hall returns in Showtime's Dexter: New Blood, Yellowstone gets a two-hour Season 4 premiere, and Kieran Culkin hosts Saturday Night Live. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:


    Finch: Original film. Tom Hanks stars in this post-apocalyptic drama as a robotics engineer who embarks upon a perilous journey to ensure that his beloved canine companion and his newly-created robot (voiced by Caleb Landry Jones) will be cared for after his death. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    The Electrical Life of Louis Wain: Original film. Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy dramatize the extraordinary true story of British artist Louis Wain, who sought to unlock the “electrical” mysteries of the world at the turn of the 20th century. Watch trailer. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    Big Mouth: Complete fifth season. Nick Kroll’s adult animated comedy introduces lovebugs and hate worms as a new batch of celebrity guest voices lend new color to the lives of our favorite favorite pubescent teens . Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Narcos: Mexico: Complete third season (series finale). With Felix (Diego Luna) in jail, a war breaks out among the cartels, but a new generation of Mexican kingpins manage to emerge from the political upheaval and escalating violence. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Dickinson: Season premiere. Emily Dickinson’s (Hailee Steinfeld) poetry career stalls as the American Civil War rages around her, and a fierce battle divides her own family. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    Love Hard: Original film. When an unlucky-in-love L.A. girl (Nina Dobrev) falls for a rugged East Coast guy (Darren Barnet) on a dating app, she decides to fly across the country and surprise him for the holidays — only to discover that she’s been catfished by his childhood friend (Jimmy O. Yang). Read our review. Streaming on Netflix

    Tampa Baes: Complete first season. A group of young lesbian friends in Tampa Bay deal with personal and professional drama in Amazon’s eight-episode reality series. Watch trailer. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    Animaniacs: Complete second season. The Warners and Pinky and the Brain are back wreaking havoc everywhere they go, from an international beauty pageant to outer space. The revived series' second season also features the return of Starbox & Cindy, plus some Animaniacs characters previously left on the cutting room floor. Watch trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    A Man Named Scott: Original documentary. Filmed over a decade, director Robert Alexander’s new documentary tracks the journey of Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi, as he makes music, battles anxiety and depression, and settles into a new phase of his career. Watch trailer. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show: Complete first season. 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer brings his infectious positivity to the preschool crowd in this new Apple TV+ series that showcases acts of kindness, caring, and connection. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    NBA Basketball: Friday means primetime NBA action on ESPN:

    • New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT
    • New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT


    Saturday Night Live: Succession star Kieran Culkin makes his SNL hosting debut alongside musical guest Ed Sheeran, who's been cleared to perform after spending more than a week in COVID-19 quarantine. 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT on NBC

    Arcane: Series premiere. Hailee Steinfeld lends her voice to Netflix’s new animated event series set within the world of Riot Games’ League of Legends. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Getting Spicy with Pepper Teigen: Cooking special. Chrissy Teigen’s mom Vilailuck “Pepper” Teigen introduces viewers to recipes from her native Thailand in this Food Network special. 12:00 PM ET on Food Network

    College Football: With just a few weeks left in the regular season, teams fight to secure a spot atop their conference rankings:

    • Army vs. Air Force (in Arlington, TX) 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT on CBS
    • Wake Forest at North Carolina 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on ABC
    • Missouri at Georgia 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on ESPN
    • Ohio State at Nebraska 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on FOX
    • Michigan State at Purdue 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on ABC
    • Oklahoma at West Virginia 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on ESPN
    • Baylor at TCU 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on FOX
    • Auburn at TExas A&M 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on CBS
    • Navy at Notre Dame 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on NBC
    • Oregon at Washington 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT on ABC
    • LSU at Alabama 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on ESPN
    • Indiana at Michigan 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT on FOX
    • USC at Arizona State 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT on ESPN

    NBA Basketball: NBA TV stradles the coasts with a Saturday night double-header:

    • Utah Jazz at Miami Heat 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT
    • Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT

    Highway to Heaven: TV movie. Lifetime reboots Michael Landon’s iconic 1980s drama in a series of TV movies starring Jill Scott as an angel sent back to Earth to help others in need. The first film follows Angela Stewart (Scott) as she works alongside junior high school principal Bruce Banks (Barry Watson) to intervene in the life of a troubled student (Ben Daon). Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    911 Crisis Center: Series premiere. Go behind-the-scenes of a 911 call center outside Cleveland in this fast-paced docuseries about dispatchers’ efforts to save lives. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Oxygen


    Father Christmas is Back: Original film. Netflix celebrates dysfunctional families in this British comedy about four feuding sisters who receive the surprise of their lives when their long-lost father shows up for Christmas at their ancestral manor. The film's large ensemble cast includes Kelsey Grammer, John Cleese, Elizabeth Hurley, and Nathalie Cox. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Dexter: New Blood: Series premiere. ten years after Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) went missing during Hurricane Laura, the serial killer has assumed a new identity in the small town of Iron Lake, New York. But when tragedy strikes the close-knit community, Dexter’s Dark Passenger beckons, and he falls back into old habits. Cast Guide | Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

    Yellowstone: Season premiere. Paramount Network’s hit drama series returns for a fourth season that sees the surviving Duttons seek revenge for the attacks on their lives. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Paramount Network

    Succession: Logan (Brian Cox) and Kendall (Jeremy Strong) have their first meeting together with Josh (Adrien Brody), an investor worried about how their feud will affect his bottom line. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    NBA Basketball: The San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder each hope to rebound from disappointing starts in a Sunday night matchup. 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on NBA TV

    Sunday Night Football: The AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans face NFC West heavyweights the Los Angeles Rams on the road. 8:20 PM ET/5:20 PM PT on NBC

    Condor: Season premiere. CIA analyst Joe Turner (Max Irons) hopes to avoid his past while on the run in Europe, but when a Russian intelligence officer claims to be an asset working for his uncle, Joe is forced to face the life he thought he’d left behind. Season 2 of the spy thriller, which originally aired on AT&T’s Audience Network, makes its Epix debut with two back-to-back episodes. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Epix

    Insecure: Eager to embrace his newfound responsibilities, Lawrence (Jay Ellis) finds himself torn between two places. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    American Rust: Season finale. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on Showtime

    Curb Your Enthusiasm: As Cheryl (Cheryl Hines) helps an actress get a good take for the show, Leon (J.B. Smoove) pitches his new energy drink to Larry (Larry David). Patton Oswalt guests. Watch preview. 10:30 PM ET on HBO

    Joe Pera Talks with You: Season premiere. Comedian Joe Pera explores the simpler things in life, from seating options to pierogies, in Season 3 of his acclaimed series. Watch trailer. 12:30 AM ET on Adult Swim

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

    TOPICS: Tom Hanks, Netflix, Big Mouth, Dexter, Narcos, Yellowstone