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What to Watch This Week: June 22 to 28

From a new Orphan Black spinoff to the return of critically acclaimed comedy The Bear, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

1. Orphan Black: Echoes – Sunday, June 23, AMC | Series Premiere

Orphan Black: Echoes on AMC. Pictured Krysten Ritter.

In 2013, a Canadian-made sci-fi thriller debuted and slowly but surely took the whole entire world by storm. During its five seasons, Orphan Black told the absorbing saga of an ever-increasing array of clones who fought to take down the shadowy corporation that created them. Compellingly written and directed though the show was, the true key to its success was a then-unknown, Saskatchewan-born thespian named Tatiana Maslany. Breathing life into no less than 14 characters, she pulled off the improbable trick of having audiences forget they were all played by the same actress. Maslany was so good, she even managed to score an Emmy in 2016 — still very much a rarity for the science fiction genre.

All of which is to say, she’s a tough act to follow. But it seems Krysten Ritter (best known as Marvel superhero Jessica Jones) is keen for the challenge! Though, to clarify, this new spinoff doesn’t task its star with such a Herculean, Maslanian feat of playing a dozen characters for the price of one. Rather, per a cryptic AMC press release, Echoes is set in the near future and follows the mysterious Lucy (Ritter) and various other women “as they weave their way into each other’s lives and embark on a thrilling journey, unravelling the mystery of their identity and uncovering a wrenching story of love and betrayal.” At the same time, it “takes a deep dive into the exploration of the scientific manipulation of human existence.”

As Ritter told Entertainment Weekly: “The show is so wildly different. It’s a different structure, it’s a different DNA . . . It’s not like I’m trying to fill [Maslany’s] shoes.”

Added new showrunner Anna Fishko: “[The network and studio were] looking for something that could pull a lot of the same themes from the original show of identity and sisterhood and the fun of sci-fi.”

2. CMA Fest – Tuesday, June 25, ABC  

CMA Fest on ABC. Pictured: (left to right) Jelly Roll and Ashley McBride.
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Country music stars Jelly Roll and Ashley McBride host this year’s edition of the annual special featuring highlights from this year’s CMA Fest, the popular Nashville event devoted to bringing country artists together with their fans. The three-hour presentation includes musical performances, taken from the fest’s nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium, from an array of stars, including the aforementioned hosts, in addition to Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson, Luke Bryan and many more.

3. I Am: Céline Dion – Tuesday, June 15, Prime Video

I Am: Céline Dion on Prime Video. Pictured: Céline Dion.
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Most documentaries about celebrated singers and musicians tend to focus on the artists’ professional triumphs, along with personal travails and tragedies. I Am: Céline Dion, however, is more concerned with the latter, given the Quebec-born superstar’s battle with Stiff Person Syndrome, a rare autoimmune neurological disorder that causes muscle stiffness and painful spasms, that tends to worsen over time.

For the first time since announcing her diagnosis back in 2022, Céline Dion breaks her silence about how she’s been coping with her debilitating medical issues. “I wasn’t ready to say anything before,” Dion says in the film. “But I’m ready now. 

According to the film’s synopsis, the documentary “gives us a raw and honest behind-the-scenes look at the iconic superstar’s struggle with a life-altering illness. Serving as a love letter to her fans, this inspirational documentary highlights the music that has guided her life while also showcasing the resilience of the human spirit.”

4. Walker – Wednesday, June 26, CTV Drama & KTLA | Series Finale  

Walker on CTV Drama & KTLA. Pictured: Jeff Pierre as Trey Barnett and Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker.
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Jared Padalecki turns in his badge, gun and Stetson as The CW’s gritty reboot of the charmingly ridiculous Chuck Norris cop show wraps at four seasons.

In tonight’s farewell episode, big decisions and major life changes are on the horizon for virtually all of our main characters. It starts with Cordell Walker himself. Our brooding hero tries to overcome his demons and various other deficiencies to be the sort of man that Geri deserves. Elsewhere, Walker’s mom and dad reckon with what each truly wants out of their final chapter; his daughter Stella has a frank conversation with Uncle Liam about what her own future may hold; and Walker’s fellow Rangers, Cassie and Trey, vie for the lieutenant position, with a little help from Cpt. James. Divided though the gang may seem, it all wraps with a heartfelt reunion at August’s graduation.

5. The Real CSI: Miami – Wednesday, June 26, CBS | Season Premiere 

The Real CSI: Miami. Pictured: A split view of knife floating in the water, looking back at the city.

This docuseries follows a team or scientists using forensics to solve actual crimes in Miami, with each episode featuring real-life cases that are cracked just like those solved by Horatio Caine and his team in the hit procedural drama. At the heart of every case, however, is a real victim, and a family seeking justice.

6. The Bear – Thursday, June 27, Disney+ | Season Premiere 

The Bear on Disney+. Pictured: (left to right) Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri.
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One of the most talked-about sleeper hits of the past decade returns to serve up a third course of bittersweet dramedy.

Season two’s finale saw Carmy (Emmy-winner Jeremy Allen White) and his staff score a major professional win on the night of their revamped restaurant’s soft, family-and-friends opening. Meanwhile, Carmy himself, trapped in his own refrigerator, suffered a massive personal blow, as his relationships with girlfriend Claire (Molly Gordon) and house manager Richie (fellow Emmy-winner Ebon Moss-Bachrach) imploded — the latest casualty in our hero’s self-destructive compulsion for culinary perfection.

Season three will do nothing to curb that compulsion, as The Bear is ready to open and begin elbowing its way into the Windy City’s elite fine-dining scene. More driven than he’s ever been, Carmy pushes himself to reach new highs — or lows, depending on your perspective — forcing Sydney (yet another Emmy-winner, Ayo Edebiri) and the rest of the staff to try and match him beat for beat, chop for chop, breakdown for breakdown.

As the Disney+ press release puts it: “Their quest for culinary excellence will propel the crew to new levels and stress the bonds that hold the restaurant together. As the team grows in size, each member will strive to reach a greater level of service within their role. In the restaurant industry, you’re never on solid ground, and with that ever-changing landscape comes new challenges and opportunities. Our chefs have learned that every second counts, but this season we’ll find out if they have what it takes to make it to tomorrow.”

All told, The Bear’s complex, absorbing portrayal of passion, obsession, trauma and the nuances of teamwork continues to be a truly unique standout in today’s endless buffet of TV content. 

7. That ’90s Show – Thursday, June 27, Netflix | Season Premiere

That ’90s Show on Netflix. Pictured (clockwise from top left): Sam Morelos, Mace Coronel, Reyn Doi, Callie Haverda, Ashley Aufderheide and Maxwell Acee Donovan.

Season two of the That ’70s Show sequel finds Leia, her pals and her grandparents continuing to hash out a living in Wisconsin. Guests will include Carmen Electra, Will Forte, and Seth Green reprising his ’70s Show role as Mitch.

8. A Family Affair  – Friday, June 28, Netflix

A Family Affair on Netflix. Pictured (left to right): Joe King and Nicole Kidman.

Relationships — romantic, familial and otherwise — are messy and confusing at the best of times. And for Zara (Joey King), these are most certainly not the best of times, after the young personal assistant walks in on her insufferable movie star boss (Zac Efron) having sex with her mother (Nicole Kidman).

It’s a premise that’s rife with comedic potential, no doubt. But for director Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You), there was a more profound story to be told with this new film — about three people, each lost in their own ways, stumbling through the confusion together. In particular, he identified with Kidman’s mama bear. “I saw in it a coming-of-age story for three different characters at three different stages of their lives,” LaGravenese told Tudum. “I was going through my own sort of transition into what [author] Gail Sheehy called ‘Second Adulthood,’ where after you’ve fulfilled all your expectations and you’ve been what you need to be for everyone else, and you’ve achieved something and children are grown and all that stuff, you get a chance of being who you are and the things that you lost along the way.”

And indeed, the director’s affinity extended beyond the character to the actress herself: “Nicole brings with her so much experience and so much talent and intelligence. She’s like your co-filmmaker.”

9. WondLa – Friday, June 28, Apple TV+ | Series Premiere

WondLa on Apple TV+. Pictured: Otto (voiced by Brad Garrett), Muthr (voiced by Teri Hatcher), Rovender (voiced by Gary Anthony Williams) and Eva (voiced by Jeanine Mason).
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Based on the bestselling children’s novels of Tony DiTerLizzi, this new animated sci-fi series follows Eva (voiced by Roswell, New Mexico’s Jeanine Mason), a girl who is raised from birth in a high-tech bunker — her only companion a sophisticated artificial intelligence she knows as MUTHR (voice of Teri Hatcher). 

On her 16th birthday, the bunker is attacked and Eva is forced onto the Earth’s surface for the very first time — only to find it’s nothing like the Earth she’s been told about her entire life. In fact, there are no actual “people” anywhere to be seen. Teaming with MUTHR, a giant waterbear (Everybody Loves Raymond’s Brad Garrett) and a curmudgeonly alien (Malcolm in the Middle’s Gary Anthony Williams), Eva sets off on a coming-of-age quest to reunite with her fellow humans and find her place in this strange new world. 

10. The Mole – Friday, June 28, Netflix | Season Premiere

The Mole on Netflix: Pictured: A rooftop helicopter landing pad in a city setting.

Promising some “next-level deception,” season two of this rebooted competition burrows its way into your bingeing schedule.

Once again, we’re introduced to 12 contestants who must work together on a slew of kooky, devious challenges in the hopes of earning money for a grand-prize pot that only one of them will take home at the end of 10 episodes. This year, those challenges include dredging up sunken treasure and breaking out of a locked prison cell. All of the tasks are tricky enough on their own, but things get exponentially trickier given that one of the players is actually a “mole” embedded by producers to work against the group and keep their earnings as low as possible.

Episodes one through five debut this Friday, followed by six through eight on Friday, July 5, and the final two on Friday, July 12.

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