This is what you are watching this weekend: 25-26 May 2019

Always be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett live in front of a studio audience

Not a great week for new and returning shows. What/If, starring Renee Zellweger is a little dull, but I’ll probably check that out during the week as a late night fall-asleep-to-on-the-couch show. Apparently it is a bit of a gender reversed Indecent Proposal. Catch 22 is worth watching, but it feels so inessential. It really should have been updated to reflect the current military and not as a quasi-romanticised WW2 story.

The best new thing I watched this week was the US ABC’s Live In Front of a Studio Audience. A one-off that rated its socks off, so expect more of this in the future, the show was a 90-minute re-staging of an episode each from All In The Family and The Jeffersons with a modern-day celebrity cast led by Woody Harrelson, Marissa Tomei, and Jamie Foxx. The production was slick and now has TV critics calling for more events like this. Personally, I think a Cheers / Taxi revival show would be a hoot.

NEW & RETURNING

These are the notable new and returning shows that aired this week - meaning you can go right ahead and stream them now…

Returning Shows: Riviera (s2), She’s Gotta Have It (s2), Elementary (s7), Slasher (s3)

NEW:

What/If - Netflix (US)

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jane LevyBlake JennerKeith Powers

An anthology series which tackles a different morality tale, and the ripple effect of a single decision that changes the trajectory of an entire life.

Watch now - Hulu (US) ]

Catch 22 - Showtime (US)

Stars: Christopher AbbottKyle ChandlerDaniel David Stewart

Based on Joseph Heller's seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier in World War II.

Watch now - Hulu (US) ]
Watch now - Stan (AUS) ]

Blood & Treasure - US (CBS)

Stars: Matt BarrSofia PernasKatia Winter

An antiquities expert teams up with an art thief to catch a terrorist who funds his attacks using stolen artifacts.

Watch now - CBS (US) ]

Live In Front of a Studio Audience - ABC (US)

Stars: Jamie Foxx, Marisa TomeiWanda Sykes, Will FerrellWoody Harrelson,Ellie Kemper, Ike Barinholtz, Kerry Washington, Amber Stevens West

A one-night-only sitcom special hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear featuring live performances of two of Lear's most popular shows, 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'.

Watch now - Hulu (US) ]


You can, of course, get more weekly TV recommendations via the Always Be Watching podcast. This week Dan & Chris discuss: Still Laugh-In, The Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, and offer some thoughts on the series finales of Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, and Veep.