'Vinyl' wants to rock your Sunday: What To Watch This Weekend
Your daily guide to the most interesting stuff happening on TV and streaming. All times Eastern.
PICK OF THE WEEKEND
HBO, Sunday, 9 p.m.
Vinyl is one of the most notable new shows to debut in 2016 so far. Just consider its pedigree: Martin Scorcese, HBO, Mick Jagger, Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: One of the best parts of the show is Ray Romano. Yes, you heard me — the guy from Everybody Loves Raymond. He threatens to steal this bonkers sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll drama outright, as do a coterie of other terrific side players. Even Andrew Dice Clay gets a chance to shine. Andrew Dice Clay! Want to know more? Check out Jeff Jensen’s review.
STILL A THING
The Amazing Race
CBS, Friday, 8 p.m.
This is the premiere of the show’s 28th season, though I swear it doesn’t look a day over 27.
AMERICAN TINDER STORY
Lifetime, Saturday, 8 p.m.
That’s right, they’ve finally done it: Lifetime has made a movie about the perils of Tinder. They call the dating app “Swipe” in the movie, but it still operates the same way as it does in real life: You swipe right, you meet up, he totally creeps you out. That’s how Tinder works, right?
YEEZY SEASON 4?
Saturday Night Live
NBC, Saturday, 11:30 p.m.
If you spent your Thursday afternoon watching a Tidal livestream of #YeezySeason3 buffer for two hours, here is a better option: You can watch NBC’s much more reliable (though probably highly censored) feed of Kanye West performing tracks from The Life of Pablo tonight. But if you don’t care about rap music, there’s also comedy great Melissa McCarthy as host. Something for everyone!
The Walking Dead
AMC, Sunday, 9 p.m.
You know what network you probably haven’t tuned into in a while? AMC. But prepare to welcome the channel back into your life this weekend when we find out what Rick, Michonne, Glenn, and the rest of those always-sweaty zombie killers are up to these days. Now if only we knew of a magazine that had regular access and knowledge to the world of The Walking Dead so that you could get a head start on all the fun… oh, wait, we do!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
HBO, Sunday, 11 p.m.
I could tell you why you should watch Last Week Tonight’s third season premiere tonight, but I wouldn’t be able to beat this pitch from Oliver himself: “Listen, Valentine’s Day, as I think we all know, is a nightmare. It is a human emotional minefield. And the safest way to deal with a minefield is not to engage with it at all. Therefore, I will make the pitch that you are actually safer just watching our show than trying to book a restaurant, which is probably already full. It’s already too late. If you’re still wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day, it’s already too late. So go in the other direction and watch the least romantic television show currently available.” Is your heart fluttering yet?