Plus, Genius: Aretha finally arrives with Cynthia Erivo as the Queen of Soul.

By EW Staff
March 19, 2021 at 06:00 AM EDT
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FRIDAY

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: Streaming on Disney+

Series Debut
Already missing WandaVision? Well, Marvel has another live-action Disney+ series set within the MCU after the events of Avengers: Endgame to dazzle you. The only catch is that it doesn't have a reality-altering format that pops its leads in and out of various sitcom eras. Bummer, we know. All The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has going for it is that it's an action-oriented international political thriller that returns Captain America's two best mates — Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson and Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes — in a buddy-comedy setting for a high-stakes mission against mysterious forces. Boo, right? Wait a minute, though. Isn't that the kind of big-screen blockbuster value that made the MCU so popular in the first place? Oh, that's right. We love that kind of thing. We've been too hexed by WandaVision to think clearly. Go Bucky! Go Sam! Team up with Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), battle Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl), and figure out which one is going to be carrying the shield from now on. —Nick Romano

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Hear more on all of this weekend's must-see picks, plus Lifetime's latest V.C. Andrews movies and the season finale of Servant, in EW's What to Watch podcast, hosted by Gerrad Hall.

What Else to Watch

Streaming

Calls (series debut) — Apple TV+

Country Comfort (series debut) — Netflix

Cypher (series debut) — The Roku Channel

Movies

Happily — Digital/VOD

Phobias — Digital/VOD

Last Call — Digital/VOD

Check local listings

Great Performances: Renée Fleming in Concert PBS

5:30 p.m./6 p.m.

Double Cross with Blake Griffin (four-part limited series debut) — truTV

8 p.m.

8:25 p.m.

Sydney to the Max (season premiere) — Disney Channel/DisneyNOW

9 p.m.

20/20 — ABC

Everything But the House (back-to-back episode series debut) — HGTV

A Tiny Audience (season premiere) — HBO Latino/HBO Max

Dateline ("The Creek") — NBC

Mama June: Road to Redemption (season premiere) — WEtv

10 p.m.

SATURDAY

Streaming

Portals to Hell (new episodes debut) — Discovery+

8:30 a.m.

Nightly News Kids Edition — NBC

5:30 p.m./6 p.m.

Double Cross with Blake Griffin (finale) — truTV

8 p.m.

V.C. Andrews' Ruby (movie series debut) — Lifetime

9 p.m.

Chasing Waterfalls (movie) — Hallmark

SUNDAY

AMERICAN IDOL
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American Idol

HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 8 p.m. on ABC

Auditions are done, now it's time for everyone to cash in their Golden Tickets and head to Hollywood. This round of American Idol, in many ways, is about survival of the fittest — physically, mentally, emotionally, vocally. On Monday's episode, they'll be paired up for duets; before that, though, they'll take the stage for the Genre Challenge. But get ready for some surprise twists that not even the singers saw coming. Sunday's show kicks off with a love-ly group performance, including the judges, where Katy Perry is literally wearing hearts on her sleeve. —Gerrad Hall

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Genius: Aretha

HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 9 p.m. on Nat Geo

Series Debut
For its third iteration, Genius puts a woman at its heart, delving into the life and musical brilliance of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul comes center stage across eight episodes that span her difficult childhood, her career-defining experiences in Mussel Shoals, and her integral involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. "There's something really special about bringing to life someone who you know they existed and keeping that spirit alive and keeping their legacy going," says Cynthia Erivo, who stars as Franklin. —Maureen Lee Lenker

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What Else to Watch

8 p.m.

The Simpsons (700th episode) — Fox

V.C. Andrews' Pearl in the Mist (movie) — Lifetime

American Gods (season finale) — Starz

8:30 p.m.

9 p.m.

Q: Into the Storm (docuseries debut) — HBO

Ellen's Game of Games — NBC

The Gloaming (limited series debut) — Starz

10 p.m.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (season finale) — ABC

Good Girls — NBC

*times are ET and subject to change

We know TV has a lot to offer, be it network, cable, premium channels, or streaming platforms including Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and others. So EW is here to help, guiding you every single day to the things that should be on your radar. Be sure to listen/subscribe to our What to Watch podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts, or via your own voice-controlled smart-speaker (Alexa, Google Home).

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