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The busiest and best TV week of the summer kicks off today with Becoming Elizabeth, Starz’s newest historical drama which spares no expense at bringing the young life of Elizabeth Tudor to the screen. This is the story of the woman who would eventually become Queen Elizabeth I, and Alicia von Rittberg is mesmerizing in the show (along with Tom Cullen). Over six million viewers have already checked out the trailer for the series, which is primed to become a hit for the premium cable network.
Later in the week, Jennifer Lopez’s much-anticipated documentary premieres on Netflix. It’s an eye-opening look at what it takes to be J.Lo, the public figure, but also offers an intimate view of J.Lo, the person, in some of her most personal and private moments.
On Thursday, a new version of the 1991 hit movie Father of the Bride debuts on HBO Max, with Andy Garcia in the Steve Martin role and musical sensation Gloria Estefan as his wife. Set in Miami, it’s a great summer watch, and the casting (which also includes Diego Boneta, Adria Arjona, and Isabela Merced) is perfect.
On the sitcom front, critically-acclaimed series Love, Victor and Rutherford Falls returns for its final and second seasons, respectively, while God’s Favorite Idiot, a zany, offbeat comedy with Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, premieres on Netflix.
Friday is a big night as well, with the premiere of the Prime Video Y.A. series The Summer I Turned Pretty from Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before). It’s going to be a huge hit this summer, and Amazon has already renewed it for season two. Don’t sleep on this one and come back to Glamour later in the week, as we’ll have interviews with the cast, who you’ll want to know everything about.
Then there’s the film Cha Cha Real Smooth, which stars newcomer Cooper Raiff alongside Dakota Johnson. It’s a great character film that captivated audiences (and Apple, which bought the movie) at Sundance. Cooper Raiff, who wrote and directed the film, is a name you’re going to be hearing for years. We’ll have an interview with him coming later in the week as well.
Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries also has some must-see offerings (told you it was going to be a busy week!), so just take my recommendation and stay home, order in, and get watching. I’ll see you back here next week!
Sunday, June 12
Tony Awards (CBS and Paramount+): Live on both coasts, Broadway’s biggest night turns 75! This year’s Tony Awards will be held once again from the iconic Radio City Music Hall and will be hosted by Oscar winner—and Tony nominee—Ariana DeBose. The lineup of stars includes Zach Braff, Danielle Brooks, Len Cariou, RuPaul Charles, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, Anthony Edwards, Cynthia Erivo, Andrew Garfield, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tony Goldwyn, Jennifer Hudson, Paris Jackson, Prince Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Nathan Lane, Judith Light, Josh Lucas, Gaten Matarazzo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bebe Neuwirth, Sarah Paulson, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Tony Shalhoub, Phillipa Soo, Adrienne Warren, Bowen Yang, and many more. 8 p.m. E.T./7 p.m. C.T./5 p.m. P.T.
The Tony Awards: Act One (Paramount+): If you’ve got Broadway fever and want more coverage, then tune in an hour before the ceremony airs on CBS for Paramount+’s exclusive coverage with hosts Darren Criss and Julianne Hough. 7 p.m. E.T./6 p.m. C.T./4 p.m. P.T.
Becoming Elizabeth (Starz): The Tudor drama exploring the untold story of the early life of Queen Elizabeth I is the perfect show to help ease your Outlander withdrawal. Starring Alicia von Rittberg as Elizabeth and Tom Cullen as Thomas Seymour, the series is beautifully shot and super addicting. For more, plus first-look images, check out our guide to the show. 9:00 E.T./P.T.
Color My World with Love (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries): Lily D. Moore plays Kendall, a talented artist with Down Syndrome who, thanks to the support of her mother, Emma (played by Erica Durance), and grandmother, Bev (played by Karen Kruper), is happy and thriving. But what about love, you ask? Well, you (and Kendall) are in luck because she meets Brad (played by David DeSanctis) in a cooking class and romance starts to simmer. However, Kendall’s mom is a bit worried since this is a big deal for her daughter and she doesn’t know if she’s ready for something so serious. But one thing is for sure: Viewers are definitely ready for a love story like this. More please! 9 p.m. E.T./P.T.
Evil (Paramount+): Per the streaming service, “Season three begins moments after the end of season two when a newly ordained David and Kristen kiss. In season three, the two not only have to navigate this fraught new reality, but contend with David’s involvement with “the entity,” an espionage unit within the Catholic church. Meanwhile, Ben finds his brain breaking from their unsolved cases and turns to his sister for help.” Streaming
Tuesday, June 14
Halftime (Netflix): The Jennifer Lopez documentary drops June 14 and offers an inside look into just what it takes to be J.Lo. (Spoiler: It’s not as easy as it looks.) For more on the doc, check out our guide and watch the trailer below.
Wednesday, June 15
God’s Favorite Idiot (Netflix): The eight-episode, 30-minute series stars the husband-and-wife comedy team of Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, as well as Leslie Bibb, Kevin Dunn, Usman Ally, Steve Mallory, Chris Sandiford, Ana Scotney, and Yanic Truesdale. In the series, Falcone plays Clark Thompson, a mid-level tech support employee who leads a very simple, yet unfulfilled life until God steps in with bigger plans for him. That’s the simple version. Maybe just watch the trailer below. Streaming
Love, Victor (Hulu and Disney+): The final season of the beloved Y.A. series comes to an end in this charming eight-episode season. But first, Victor has a lot to figure out now that he’s about to graduate high school; namely who he wants to be with and what exactly he wants going forward. (Victor, if you’re listening, here’s a piece of advice: Whatever you decide, you’ll probably change your mind another dozen times, so go easy on yourself. Even 30-somethings have no idea what they want half the time.) Streaming
30 for 30: Dream On (ESPN): Directed by Kristen Lappas, the three-part documentary examines how the 1996 U.S. Women’s Olympic team resulted in the start of the WNBA and inspired generations of stars to follow. Per ESPN, “The film chronicles the team’s formation; its worldwide tour that preceded the Olympics; its tremendous performance at the Atlanta Games; and its impact that continues to resonate more than a quarter century later.” 8 p.m. E.T.
Iron Chef: Question For An Iron Legend (Netflix): Called the toughest culinary challenge a chef will ever experience, five new Iron Chefs will welcome Challenger Chefs to the reimagined Kitchen Stadium in this eight-episode unscripted series. Together they’ll compete against each other as they create culinary masterpieces. The competition’s most successful Challenger will then return to battle in the finale for the chance to be named the first ever Iron Legend. Streaming
Thursday, June 16
Father of the Bride (HBO Max): No, it’s not a third movie (though technically we got a third installment in 2021 with this 25-minute must-see short film featuring the O.G. cast.) This is a brand new film set in 2022 and with a totally different cast. This time, icons Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan play the parents, and it’s super cute, heart-warming, and totally worthy of your time. Streaming
Rutherford Falls (Peacock): Season two of the critically acclaimed comedy returns with life-long best buds Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding) helping each other deal with work, romance, and Tribal Casino CEO Terry Thomas (Michael Greyeyes). Check out our review from season one to catch up before you watch. Streaming
The Big Lie (Audible podcast): Starring an impressive cast featuring Jon Hamm, Kate Mara, John Slattery, Bradley Whitford, Giancarlo Esposito, and more, the seven-part audio series is about the FBI agent who tried to shut down the production of Salt of the Earth—the only movie named to the Hollywood Blacklist. Available here
Friday, June 17
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Prime Video): This is the weekend for gorgeous real estate, because once you’ve spent time dreaming of living in the Miami mansion featured in Father of the Bride, you’ll be tempted to move further north once you see the epic East Coast estate in The Summer I Turned Pretty. Seriously, I could have just watched a show about this house; it’s a summer compound straight out of a Nancy Meyers movie. As for the story that takes place in the aforementioned house, well, that’s good too. From Jenny Han, the woman who brought us To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (and Noah Centineo and Lana Condor), The Summer I Turned Pretty is a multigenerational drama that centers on a love triangle between 16-year-old Isabel “Belly” Conklin (scene-stealing newcomer Lola Tung) and the two guys she’s spent every summer with. But these aren’t just any two guys. They’re brothers, and they’ve always kind of looked at Belly as their sister…until now. It’s a coming of age story and a convincing travel PSA to spend time in North Carolina where the series was filmed. Streaming
Cha Cha Real Smooth (Apple TV+): The winner of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival audience award, Cha Cha Real Smooth is a crowd pleaser that centers on 22-year-old Andrew (writer, director, star Cooper Raiff) who lands the job of motivational dance coordinator/ringleader at bat and bar mitzvahs for his younger brother’s classmates. Things get complicated when Andrew forms a connection with one of the moms, played by Dakota Johnson. Brad Garrett and Leslie Mann also star in this sweet film that Apple TV+ shelled out 15 million dollars for. Streaming
Spiderhead (Netflix): Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett, and Chris Hemsworth star in this psychological thriller. Per Netflix, “In a state of the art penitentiary run by brilliant visionary Steve Abnesti (Hemsworth), inmates wear a surgically attached device that administers dosages of mind-altering drugs in exchange for commuted sentences. There are no bars, no cells, or orange jumpsuits. In Spiderhead, incarcerated volunteers are free to be themselves. Until they’re not. At times, they’re a better version. Need to lighten up? There’s a drug for that. At a loss for words? There’s a drug for that too. But when two subjects, Jeff (Teller) and Lizzy (Smollett), form a connection, their paths to redemption take a twistier turn, as Abnesti’s experiments start to push the limits of free will altogether.” Based on The New Yorker short story by George Saunders, Spiderhead is a genre-bending and darkly funny psychological thriller directed by Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy, Top Gun: Maverick). Streaming
My Fake Boyfriend (Prime Video): Starring Dylan Sprouse, Sarah Hyland, and Keiynan Lonsdale, this cute film centers on a young guy who follows the advice of his best friend and creates a social media account for a fake boyfriend so his ex will stay out of his life. Of course that doesn’t go as planned—does it ever?—when the guy ends up potentially meeting the real love of his life. Streaming
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (Hulu): This new sex-positive comedy starring Emma Thompson made its world premiere at Sundance. Oscar winner Thompson plays retired teacher Nancy Stokes, while newcomer Daryl McCormack stars as sex worker Leo Grande. Per Hulu and Searchlight Pictures, “As Nancy embarks on a post-marital sexual awakening and Leo draws on his skills and charm, together they find a surprising human connection.” Streaming
Saturday, June 18
Moriah’s Lighthouse (Hallmark Channel): France, a seaside town, flowers, and romance. Is there any better combination for a Saturday night movie? Not that I know of. In this case, Moriah (Rachelle Lefevre) is a woodworking artisan living in that French seaside town in this filmed based on the book series by Serena Miller. Moriah dreams of restoring the local lighthouse, but when American architect Ben (Luke Macfarlane) comes to town, it seems Moriah’s plans might get derailed. 8 p.m. E.T./P.T., 7 p.m. C.T.
Jessica Radloff is the Glamour senior West Coast editor and author of the soon-to-be-published book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series (October 11, 2022). You can follow her on Instagram @jessicaradloff14.
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