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Party Down and 8 Other Shows to Watch This Week

Plus, The Consultant, The Reluctant Traveler, and the return of Outer Banks.
  • Adam Scott and Jennifer Garner in Party Down Season 3 (Photo: Starz)
    Adam Scott and Jennifer Garner in Party Down Season 3 (Photo: Starz)

    Looking for your next binge-watch, or just need to fill an hour? Welcome to Your Weekly Watch List, our curated collection of the best shows on television. Here’s what to watch from Monday, February 20 through Sunday, February 26.

    Adam Scott climbs back into his catering suit, Christoph Waltz takes control, and Eugene Levy begrudgingly hits the road in a packed week that brings the long-awaited return of Party Down and the premieres of The Consultant and unscripted series The Reluctant Traveler.

    Notable TV Premieres This Week

    Bel-Air Season 2 Premiere: Thursday, Peacock

    The gritty reboot of Will Smith’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air returns with Will (Jabari Banks) drifting back into the dangerous habits of his West Philadelphia ways as he learns that a life of California luxury isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Say what you want about dark re-imaginings of childhood favorites, but Bel-Air’s mix of social realism and teen angst remains one of Peacock’s most-streamed originals yet. Three episodes drop today.

    Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 Winter Premiere: Thursday, 9:00 PM ET on ABC

    While ABC has teased this episode as “Meredith’s farewell to Seattle,” longtime Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo says that ominous phrasing is “a little bit of a trick” the venerable medical drama is playing on its viewers. Pompeo’s Dr. Meredith Grey is indeed leaving for a new life in Boston (which makes sense after her house burned down in the fall finale), but she stresses that not only will Grey continue narration duties, but the good doctor will pop back in on her Grey Sloan Memorial colleagues from time to time.

    Party Down Season 3 Premiere: Friday, 9:00 PM ET on Starz

    It’s been 13 years since the downtrodden Hollywood dreamers of Party Down Catering slung their last hors d’oeuvre, but it seems not much has changed in this long-awaited revival of the beloved sitcom. With the exception of Lizzy Caplan, everyone is back in the pink bow ties, including original stars Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, and Megan Mullally, alongside new additions Zoë Chao, Tyrel Jackson Williams, and Jennifer Garner. Though the initial two-season run was watched by almost no one back in 2009-2010, Party Down is back for six more episodes, the increased visibility of its cast likely guaranteeing a few more people will tune in this time around.

    Full-Season Binge Releases

    Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal: Wednesday, Netflix

    True-crime doesn’t get more twisted than this limited series about a well-connected South Carolina family and the mysterious deaths that have occurred around them. When a wealthy family with a generational grip on the local courts is faced with overdue scrutiny in the wake of horrific murders and deadly accidents, the greater community must reckon with stark truths about money, power, and accountability.

    Outer Banks Season 3: Thursday, Netflix

    Class divisions, teen romance, and possible buried treasure are all back as Outer Banks’ third season returns for more high adventure on the high seas. After leaving its heroes stranded on a deserted Caribbean island at the end of Season 2, the series picks back up with a shocking character return and some National Treasure-style plot twists involving everything from the Shroud of Turin to the search for El Dorado.

    The Consultant: Friday, Amazon Prime Video

    When a successful mobile gaming company faces an unexpected disaster, it’s up to imperious fixer Regus Patoff (Christoph Waltz) to come in and save the day in a darkly comic take on corporate politics. With Academy Award winner Waltz in charge, things naturally and immediately get weird, and the new boss’s eccentric methods leave suspicious employees swept up in a sinister plan.

    The Reluctant Traveler: Friday, Apple TV+

    If you’re looking for a grumpy-yet-hilarious tour guide to lead you through some of the world’s most remote places, then Eugene Levy is your guy. The Schitt’s Creek and SCTV legend reluctantly strikes out into the wild for our entertainment in a reality travel series. From camping at the foot of an active volcano to improbably helping birth an elephant in Africa, the travel-averse Levy sets out each episode to discover whether globe-hopping is as inconvenient and occasionally terrifying as he’d always imagined.

    Documentaries and Special Events

    The Weeknd: Live at SoFi Stadium: Saturday, 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    Filmed during The Weeknd’s 2022 “After Hours Til Dawn Tour,” this lavish concert special features songs from the singer’s albums Dawn FM and After Hours, including such hits as “Starboy,” “Blinding Lights,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” and “I Feel It Coming.”

    Finale Time

    Young Rock Season 3 Finale: Friday, 8:30 PM ET on NBC

    Wrestler turned Hollywood royalty Dwayne Johnson’s autobiographical story concludes its third season just as Talia’uli Latukefu’s young The Rock tastes his first successes on the big screen and copes with the expectations of his multi-generational wrestling family. Meanwhile, in the series’s near-future framing device, the actual Johnson ponders his 2032 presidential candidacy, which could make Young Rock eerily prescient, should that time actually come.

    1923 Season 1 Finale: Sunday, Paramount+

    Sandwiched between 1883 and Yellowstone, this Depression-era Western continues creator Taylor Sheridan’s epic chronicle of the Dutton family. Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford make a formidable match for every rustler, rival, and bushwhacker besetting their beloved ranch, and while the show’s rambunctious Old West intrigue can be a little much, at least the two Hollywood legends are there to liven things up.

    If You Have...

    An Hour

    Snowfall Season 6 Premiere: Wednesday, 10:00 PM ET on FX
    Lavell Crawford: Thee Lavell Crawford: Sunday, 10:00 PM ET on Showtime
    The Blacklist Season 10 Premiere: Sunday, 10:00 PM ET on NBC

    An Evening

    Black Snow: Thursday, Sundance Now
    54th Annual NAACP Image Awards: Saturday, 8:00 PM ET on CBS, VH1, BET and BET Her

    A Full Day

    Formula 1: Drive to Survive Season 5: Friday, Netflix

    Up Next

    The Mandalorian Season 3: Wednesday, March 1, Disney+
    True Lies: Wednesday, March 1, CBS
    Daisy Jones & The Six: Friday, March 3, Amazon Prime Video
    Chris Rock: Selective Outrage: Saturday, March 4, Netflix

    Dennis Perkins is a freelance entertainment writer with bylines at The A.V. Club, Paste, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Portland Press Herald, and elsewhere.

    TOPICS: Party Down, 1923, Bel-Air, The Consultant, Grey's Anatomy, Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal, Outer Banks, The Reluctant Traveler, Young Rock, The Weeknd