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TV This Weekend

They Call Me Magic, Barry, and Gaslit Headline a Weekend of Premieres

ALSO: A Very British Scandal, Selling Sunset, Oprah + Viola, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Baby, and more.
  • Photos: HBO, Starz, Showtime, Apple TV+, Netflix.
    Photos: HBO, Starz, Showtime, Apple TV+, Netflix.

    Television delivers the hits all weekend long, as Magic Johnson tells his story on Apple TV+, Barry makes its long-awaited return, and Julia Roberts and Sean Penn spotlight Martha Mitchell’s role in the Watergate scandal in Gaslit.

    Also this weekend: Claire Foy and Paul Bettany star in A Very British Scandal, Selling Sunset brings the drama in Season 5, Oprah Winfrey and Viola Davis sit down for a new Netflix special, Showtime adapts The Man Who Fell to Earth, and more. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:


    They Call Me Magic: Complete docuseries. Earvin “Magic” Johnson traces his remarkable career — from his humble beginnings to his time with the Los Angeles Lakers to his HIV diagnosis — in this four-part series. The doc features intimate interviews with the NBA star, his family, and the all-star teammates who know him best. Read our review. Streaming on Apple TV+

    A Very British Scandal: Complete limited series. Claire Foy returns to the world of British nobility in a three-episode series about the divorce of Ian (Paul Bettany) and Margaret Campbell (Foy), the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. The limited series, which serves as a follow up to 2018’s A Very English Scandal, explores Margaret’s public fall from grace, as well as the accusations of forgery, violence, drug use, and bribery that dominated front pages in the 1960s. Watch trailer. Streaming on Prime Video

    Selling Sunset: Complete Season 5. As Chrishell and Jason take their relationship public, Mary steps into a managerial role in the office, and Christine finds a new ally in the form of newcomer Chelsea Lazkani. For the first time, Season 5 will conclude with a reunion special, which is set to tape on April 24. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Oprah + Viola: Special presentation. Oprah Winfrey sits down with Viola Davis to discuss the and Oscar winner's new memoir, “Finding Me.” Streaming on Netflix

    Heartstopper: Complete first season. Teenage boys Charlie (Kit Connor) and Nick (Joe Locke) discover that their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this British coming-of-age dramedy. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    The Long Game: Bigger Than Basketball: Complete docuseries. Apple chronicles the inspiring story of Makur Maker, the NBA hopeful who made headlines when he decided to forgo the NBA and play for Howard University, making him the highest-ranked high school player in the modern recruiting era to commit to an HBCU. Streaming on Apple TV+

    Pretty Hard Cases: Complete Season 2. Overachiever Samantha Wazowski (Meredith MacNeill) and tough, unapologetic detective Kelly Duff (Adrienne C. Moore) continue to combat crime in Toronto in a new season of the CBC police dramedy. Watch trailer. Streaming on IMDb TV/FreeVee

    WeCrashed: Season 1 finale. Adam (Jared Leto) and Rebekah (Anne Hathaway) fight for their lives at WeWork. Streaming on Apple TV+

    The Simpsons: When Billie Met Lisa: Animated short. While searching for a quiet place to practice her saxophone, Lisa is discovered by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, who invite her into the studio for a special jam session. Streaming on Disney+

    Earth Day Specials: Disney and National Geographic celebrate Earth Day with a trio of specials, all streaming on Disney+:

    • The Biggest Little Farm: The Return: Over the course of 10 years, John and Molly Chester transform a barren plot of land into a working farm in this follow-up to the acclaimed 2018 documentary.
    • Explorer: The Last Tepui: Explorer Mark Synnott leads a grueling mission into the Amazon jungle to deliver biologist Bruce Means to the top of a massive “island in the sky,” known as a tepui, where he hopes to find undiscovered animal species.
    • Polar Bear: Catherine Keener narrates this Disneynature film about a new mother whose memories of her youth prepare her to navigate motherhood and the increasingly challenging world that polar bears face today.

    RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 14 premiere. The remaining queens have one final shot to impress Ru in the finale, which will see the winner go home with $150,000, the show’s largest prize yet. 8:00 PM ET on VH1

    U.S. Football League: Week 2 of the inaugural USFL season gets underway as the New Jersey Generals host the Michigan Panthers. 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on USA Network

    NBA Playoffs: The playoffs continue with three Game 3 matchups:

    • Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on ESPN
    • Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT on ABC
    • Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT on ESPN


    Greed: A Seven Deadly Sins Story: TV movie. Interior designer Zuri Maxwell (Monique Coleman) has it all — a career she adores, loving family and friends, and a good man (Nathan Witte) — but greed threatens to destroy everything when she meets handsome benefactor Godfrey Anderson (Eric Benét) and his wealthy aunt Miss Viv (LisaRaye McCoy). Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    A Tail of Love: TV movie. Hallmark’s “Spring Into Love” event continues with this drama about the unlikely relationship between the owner of a dog rescue (Brittany Bristow) and a soldier home on leave (Chris McNally). Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel

    Rich & Shameless: Girls Gone Wild Exposed: Special presentation. TNT uncovers the truth behind the Girls Gone Wild empire in the latest installment of its seven-episode docuseries. The film features exclusive accounts that go behind the “harmless fun” of the wet T-shirt competitions and booze-fueled Spring Breaks to reveal the dangers of great prosperity. Watch trailer. 10:30 PM ET on TNT

    Saturday Night Live: Encore presentation. NBC will re-air Billie Eilish’s December 2021 episode, in which she made her hosting debut and served as musical guest. 11:30 PM ET on NBC

    U.S. Football League: USFL fans have two different games to choose from today:

    • Pittsburgh Maulers at Philadelphia Stars 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on FOX
    • Birmingham Stallions at Houston Gamblers 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on FS1

    NBA Playoffs: A full afternoon and evening of playoff basketball awaits:

    • Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT on TNT
    • Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz 4:30 PM ET/1:30 PM PT on TNT
    • Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT on ESPN
    • Memphis Grizzlies at Minnesota Timberwolves 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT on ESPN

    NHL Hockey: It’s a New York versus Boston battle as the Bruins host the Rangers. 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT on ABC and ESPN+


    Gaslit: Series premiere. Based on the first season of the acclaimed “Slow Burn” podcast, Julia Roberts stars as Martha Mitchell, the wife of Nixon’s loyal attorney general, John Michell (Sean Penn), and the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate. The drama also stars Betty Gilpin as Mo Dean, Shea Whigham as G. Gordon Liddy, and Darby Camp as Marty Mitchell. Read our review. 8:00 PM ET on Starz

    Barry: Season 3 premiere. After eliminating many of the external factors that pushed him to violence, Barry (Bill Hader) attempts to immerse himself in acting, but he soon discovers there are other forces that led him to become a killer in the first place. Meanwhile, Sally (Sarah Goldberg) begins to feel the pressures of success, Noho Hank (Anthony Carrigan) braves his first big test in interrogation, and Gene (Henry Winkler) ruminates over Fuches’ (Stephen Root) crushing reveal. Read our review 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    The Man Who Fell to Earth: Series premiere. Inspired by the Walter Tevis novel and the iconic David Bowie film, this Showtime series follows a new alien character (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future. Naomie Harris, Jimmi Simpson, and Rob Delaney also star. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on Showtime

    The Baby: Series premiere. 38-year-old Natasha (Michelle De Swarte) is furious that her closest friends are all having children, but when she’s unexpectedly saddled with a baby of her own, her life implodes. Controlling, manipulative, but incredibly cute, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a surreal horror show. Watch trailer. 10:30 PM ET on HBO

    Plane Swap: Special presentation. Skydivers and pilots Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington will ascend to 14,000 feet, put their planes into a vertical nosedive, and attempt to jump into each other’s planes in this live skydiving stunt. 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on Hulu

    Billy the Kid: Series premiere. Epix puts a fresh spin on the story of American outlaw Billy the Kid (Tom Blyth), also known as William H. Bonney. The new series is set to track Billy’s Irish roots, his early days as a cowboy and gunslinger, his pivotal role in the Lincoln County War, and more. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on Epix

    The Real Housewives of Potomac: Karen’s Grand Dame Reunion: Special presentation. Armed with new information about her enslaved ancestors, RHOP star Karen Huger celebrates her rich history during a family reunion in Surry County, Virginia. The hour-long special serves as the second and final installment in Huger’s spinoff event. 8:00 PM ET on Bravo

    Sanditon: Season 2 finale. As Alison (Rosie Graham) gets ready to leave Sanditon with her dreams in tatters, Charlotte (Rose Williams) considers what her future will look like, while Georgiana (Crystal Clarke) learns shocking truths, and Esther (Charlotte Spencer) faces a bleak future. 9:00 PM ET on PBS

    Winning Time: New episode. As the Lakers continue their successful run, Paul (Jason Segel) and Pat (Adrien Brody) are forced to reckon with the tenuous nature of their positions. Meanwhile, Earvin (Quincy Isaiah) meets his childhood hero at the NBA All-Star game, where he receives some sage advice. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    From: Season 1 finale. Everything is about to change as the hole Tabitha (Catalina Sandino Moreno) has been digging finally leads her somewhere — and to someone — she never expected. Elsewhere, Jim’s (Eion Bailey) radio tower yields consequences that rock him to his core, and Boyd (Harold Perrinau) draws strength from an unlikely source. 9:00 PM ET on Epix

    NBA Playoffs: ABC and TNT offer four Game 4 games today:

    • Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT on ABC
    • Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on ABC
    • Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on TNT
    • Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT on TNT

    U.S. Football League: Week 2 concludes with a matchup between the New Orleans Breakers and Tampa Bay Bandits. 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT on NBC and Peacock

    NHL Hockey: TNT broadcasts the Battle of Pennsylvania as the Philadelphia Flyers host the Pittsburgh Penguins. 4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT on TNT

    MLB Baseball: The Philadelphia marathon continues as the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers headline Sunday Night Baseball. 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on ESPN

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

    TOPICS: They Call Me Magic, The Baby, Barry, Gaslit, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event, Selling Sunset, A Very British Scandal, Bill Hader, Magic Johnson