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What to Watch This Weekend: Westworld

Plus: Here comes ‘Luke Cage’!

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Your daily guide to the most interesting stuff happening on TV and streaming. All times Eastern.



HBO, Sunday, 9 p.m.

After months of hype, HBO finally delivers on its high-concept sci-fi/fantasy drama, even though it doesn’t have any dragons. Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and Thandie Newton star in the TV adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 western, sci-fi thriller. Early reviews have lauded the J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan-produced series.


Marvel’s Luke Cage

Netflix, Friday, streaming

After shining in Jessica Jones, actor Mike Colter is breaking out on his own. The steely and good-hearted Luke Cage steps into the MCU as a vigilante with a strong moral compass. “Luke Cage is a meaningful attempt at developing a new-model black hero,” EW critic Jeff Jensen wrote in a B- review. “As entertaining drama, it’s trapped in a not-so-Marvelous trapped cage.”

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Crisis in Six Scenes

Amazon, Friday, streaming

Woody Allen comes to TV and brings Miley Cyrus with him. No comment!



Ovation, Saturday, 10 p.m.

Billed as France’s most explicit and expensive TV show ever, this imported drama follows a 28-year-old King Louis XIV (Vikings‘ George Blagden) as he goes about building what will ultimately lead to his downfall — the outrageously opulent Palace of Versailles.


Blunt Talk

Starz, Sunday, 8:30 p.m.

In season 2 of the newsroom comedy, Patrick Stewart does something he’s never done before: drag. Walter Blunt attends a party disguised as a woman, and Stewart enjoyed the outcome. “I think I looked rather glamorous,” he told EW, adding that he practiced walking in heels at home, with help from his wife. The season will also get topical when Walter investigates corruption regarding the California drought — look for Fred Armisen as a passionate environmentalist.