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Streaming Brings the Drama With The Essex Serpent and The Lincoln Lawyer

ALSO: Conversations with Friends, The Time Traveler's Wife, The Kids in the Hall, Senior Year, and more.
  • Photos: Hulu, Netflix, HBO, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video.
    Photos: Hulu, Netflix, HBO, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video.

    Several high-profile dramas take center stage on TV this weekend, as Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes’ The Essex Serpent slithers onto Apple TV+, Netflix reboots The Lincoln Lawyer, and HBO puts a fresh spin on The Time Traveler’s Wife.

    Also: Rebel Wilson returns to high school in Netflix’s Senior Year, Candy reaches its conclusion, iconic Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall return to television, and more. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY MAY 13

    The Essex Serpent: Series premiere. Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes sizzle in this drama about a London widow who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. After she forms a surprising bond with the local pastor, tragedy strikes and the locals begin accusing her of attracting the creature. Two episodes drop today. Read our review. Streaming on Apple TV+

    The Lincoln Lawyer: Complete Season 1. David E. Kelley adapts the story of Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), an iconoclast who runs his Los Angeles law practice out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car, in this 10-episode series based on the second book in Michael Connelly’s novel series. Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole, and Angus Sampson also star. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Senior Year: Original film. After a cheerleader (Rebel Wilson) falls off a pyramid and into a 20-year coma, she wakes up as a 37-year-old woman, ready to return to high school, regain her status, and claim the prom queen crown that eluded her. Alicia Silverstone co-stars, alongside Justin Hartley, Sam Richardson, and Zoe Chao. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Candy: Limited series finale. Candy Montgomery (Jessica Biel) tells her story as Hulu’s five-episode event comes full circle. Streaming on Hulu

    The Kids in the Hall: Complete first season. Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson reboot their groundbreaking sketch series on Amazon. The new season features a fresh batch of offbeat characters, satirical sketches, and edgy comedy. Watch trailer. Streaming on Prime Video

    Bling Empire: Complete Season 2. Los Angeles’ uber-rich Asians return to Netflix for another season of romance, rivalries, and social warfare. Look for most of the original cast to return for Season 2, alongsidee two new cast members, Dorothy Wang and Mimi Morris. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Greatness Code: Complete Season 2. Professional footballer Marcus Rashford, NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, X Games gold medalist Leticia Bufoni, track & field champion Scout Bassett, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, and alpine skier Lindsey Vonn share their stories in a new season of Apple’s Emmy-winning sports docuseries. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    Sneakerella: Original film. Set in the vibrant street-sneaker subculture of New York City, this modern take on Cinderella follows an aspiring sneaker designer (Chosen Jacobs) as he uses a little sprinkle of Fairy Godfather magic to find the courage to pursue his dream. Lexi Underwood, John Salley, and Bryan Terrell Clarkalso star. Watch trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    Children Ruin Everything: Complete Season 1. Astrid (Meaghan Rath) and James (Aaron Abrams) struggle to find a balance between being parents and being who they were before children in a new single-camera comedy from Kurt Smeaton (Schitt’s Creek). Roku has already renewed the comedy for Season 2. Watch trailer. Streaming on The Roku Channel

    Couples Therapy: Season 3 premiere. World-renowned psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Orna Guralnik guides a new group of couples through real-life therapy sessions. Season 3 will be split into two distinct runs, with the first nine episodes airing this spring and additional episodes airing at a later date. Two episodes air tonight. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Showtime

    A Black Lady Sketch Show: Season 3 finale. Robin Thede, Gabrielle Dennis, and Ashley Nicole Black celebrate a bonfire birthday, embrace the outdoors, and lead a top-secret workout class. 11:00 PM ET on HBO

    Major League Baseball: It’s a Friday Night Baseball double-header on Apple TV+:

    • San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT
    • Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT

    NBA Playoffs: It's win or go home for the Celtics and Grizzlies:

    • Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT on ESPN
    • Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT on ESPN

    SATURDAY MAY 14

    Saturday Night Live: New episode. Selena Gomez makes her SNL hosting debut in this season's penultimate episode. With musical guest Post Malone. 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT on NBC

    Fit to Kill: TV movie. After a young woman who dreams of a career in fashion is given a chance to work for a celebrity designer, a series of extreme outbursts and bizarre events lead her to question whether her job is worth it. Maeve Quinlan, Revell Carpenter, and Sarah Voigt star. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    Road Trip Romance: TV movie. A young woman (Natalie Hall) begins to develop surprising feelings for her former high school rival (Corey Sevier) over the course of one unfortunate road trip to her sister’s wedding,. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel

    Love & Marriage: D.C.: Series premiere. OWN gets into the reality TV spinoff game with this Washington, D.C.-set show about Real Housewives of Potomac alum Monique Samuels, her husband Chris Samuels, and their crew of friends. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on OWN

    Revenge Best Served Chilled: TV movie. Hoping to save her family’s restaurant, an aspiring sommelier enters a highly competitive training program, only to encounter trouble from her fellow classmates at every turn. 10:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    The Nightcap with Carlos King: Series premiere. Reality TV producer Carlos King moves into late-night with a Andy Cohen-styled half-hour show on OWN. The series will feature guests from the network’s most popular shows and interviews with celebrities eager to dish on pop culture headlines. 10:00 PM ET on OWN

    U.S. Football League: The New Orleans Breakers and New Jersey Generals face off in a Week 5 matchup. 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT on FOX

    SUNDAY MAY 15

    The Time Traveler’s Wife: Series premiere. Based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger, this drama tells the decades-long story of Clare (Rose Leslie) and Henry (Theo James), a married couple whose lives are forever altered by Henry’s time traveling. Desmin Borges, Natasha Lopez, and Michael Park also star. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    Conversations with Friends: Complete limited series. When 21-year-old college student Frances (Alison Oliver) and her best friend meet a glamorous married couple, they embark upon a complicated love quadrangle that forces them to confront their own vulnerabilities. The Sally Rooney adaptation also stars Joe Alwyn, Sasha Lane, and Jemima Kirke. Read our review. Streaming on Hulu

    2022 Billboard Music Awards: Special presentation. Music’s biggest names gather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for Billboard’s annual event. Sean “Diddy” Combs hosts, while Megan Thee Stallion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Morgan Wallen, and Mary J. Blige,are among those slated to perform. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    American Idol: New episode. The Top 5 vie for a spot in next week’s grand finale. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    The Equalizer: Season 2 finale. McCall’s (Queen Latifah) determination to apprehend Mason Quinn (Chris Vance) becomes a dangerous obsession that could cost her everything. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    Gaslit: New episode. Martha (Julia Roberts) and John (Sean Penn) try to enjoy their new life away from politics, but Martha has trouble moving on from what happened to her in California. 8:00 PM ET on Starz

    The First Lady: New episode. Frustrated by the male dominated world of media and politics, Eleanor (Gillian Anderson) holds the White House’s first all-female press conference. Betty’s (Michelle Pfeiffer) breast cancer diagnosis makes her a popular figure among American women. After Barack (O-T Fagbenle) gets clobbered in the midterms, Michelle (Viola Davis) launches a new healthy school lunch program. 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

    Barry: New episode. Desperate to solve his Bolivian problem, Noho Hank (Anthony Carrigan) turns to Barry (BIll Hader) with a plan. Meanwhile, Fuches (Stephen Root) returns to LA with a vengeance, Sally (Sarah Goldberg) celebrates the premiere of her show, and Gene (Henry Winkler) scrambles to skip town — only to be bombarded with reasons to stay. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    The Rookie: Season 4 finale. Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) is forced to spend a week in solitary confinement with a young officer in need of some training. Meanwhile, Sergeant Bradford (Eric Winter) and Officer Chen (Melissa O'Neil) go undercover together in a possible drug trafficking case. Pete Davidson guest stars. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on ABC

    Major League Baseball: Fans can start and end the day with MLB action:

    • San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves 11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT on Peacock
    • San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on ESPN

    NBA Playoffs: The four remaining teams fight for a spot in the conference finals in Game 7:

    • Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on ABC
    • Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on TNT

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

    TOPICS: The Essex Serpent, Candy, Conversations with Friends, The Kids in the Hall, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Time Traveler's Wife, Rebel Wilson