This Week's Must List: Champions, Cardi B, and Jane the Virgin
From the minds behind The Mindy Project, NBC’s quick-witted new sitcom — about a dramatic teen who moves in with his athlete dad and uncle — is sharp, sweet, and deserving of both your attention and your DVR. (NBC, Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.)
Borg vs McEnroe
The 1980 Wimbledon men’s final was a war in contrasts: Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason), the stoic Swedish sex symbol, all icy precision, versus John McEnroe, the brash American superbrat with a volcanic temper and soft touch. In Janus Metz’s gripping drama, the pair’s five-set heavyweight fight on grass comes to thrilling life thanks to a perfectly cast Shia LaBeouf as McEnroe, tennis’ original rock & roll bad boy.
Revamp & Restoration by Elton John, Bernie Taupin, (and friends)
31 music A-listers (like Pink and Dolly Parton) cover 26 classic Elton John songs (like “Tiny Dancer” and “Rocket Man”) on two must-have albums that evoke surprising new layers from the signature tunes of one timeless pop icon.
Our Little Secret by Roz Nay
Nay’s engrossing read is told from multiple perspectives, and from its chillingly mysterious opening to the subtle brilliance with which a revenge saga unfolds, its steamy love triangle will hook you and never let you go. It’s a debut thriller that’s just delicious.
Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
One of 2018’s biggest debuts has arrived bearing romance, redemption, diamonds, sex, plus guest spots from SZA, Chance the Rapper, and (obviously) Migos. Ten months after “Bodak Yellow,” this no-holds-barred record proves Cardi B is here for good.
Fans call it “Game of Thrones in space,” and it’s cosmically true as a stellar season 3 confirms that this bold, galactic saga of warring humans from Earth, Mars, and the asteroid belt is, quite simply, the best sci-fi show on television. (Syfy, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.)
Jon Hamm is back to his Don Draper roots in Brad Anderson’s tense ‘80s-set thriller, playing an alcoholic ex-diplomat sent to war-torn Beirut to negotiate a hostage situation with the help of Rosamund Pike’s resourceful CIA agent.
Jane the Virgin
As season 4 concludes, the telenovela (The CW, Fridays, 9 p.m.) maintains its signature comedic flair and soapy twists as it finds meaningful ways to tackle serious themes like immigration, breast cancer, and grief.
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
The Queen of the Night author reveals his depth in this erudite essay collection that traces major events like the AIDS crisis alongside his development as a queer writer of color.
Late TV visionary Steven Bochco will be long celebrated for shows like Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, but don’t overlook this 1995–97 two-season gem. With its unique structure and deep acting bench, the legal drama set the template for current anthologies like Fargo and American Horror Story. (Hulu)
"Nice for What" by Drake
The hip-hop hitmaker emerged from hibernation with a surprise new single and uptempo music video that features all your faves (Issa Rae! Yara Shahidi! Rashida Jones!) in true bawse fashion. Come for Tiffany Haddish smoking a cigar, stay for Tracee Ellis Ross dancing through a field.