Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for May 17-23
DON’T MISS: “Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert” — The pop superstar delivers hit after hit in this concert special filmed last September at L’Olympia Theater in Paris, France. Swift performs songs from her award-winning album “Lover” in front of an intimate crowd of fans from 37 countries. The musical event, airing right after the “American Idol” finale, gives fans unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes moments with Swift and marks her only concert performance this year, after her Lover Fest tour was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (10 p.m. Sunday, ABC).
SUNDAY: Set on Cape Cod, “Hightown” is a drama series that follows a hard-partying National Marine Fisheries Service agent (Monica Raymund), whose life is thrown into disarray when she discovers a body on the beach — another casualty of the region’s opioid epidemic. The ensuing trauma pushes her to take the first steps toward sobriety — until she becomes driven to solve the murder. (8 p.m., Starz).
SUNDAY: Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly lead the cast in “Snowpiercer,” a post-apocalyptic sci-fi saga inspired by the film directed by Oscar-winner Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”). Set after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the series focuses on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. (9 p.m., TNT).
MONDAY: When Joe Biden, now running for president, swore in Clarence Thomas to begin what became an epic confirmation hearing, no one knew what was coming. The documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words,” traces the life story of the Supreme Court justice and provides some insight into one of the nation’s most enigmatic public figures. (9 p.m., PBS).
TUESDAY: Can you handle another superhero series? “DC’s Stargirl” follows Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), a high school sophomore who inspires an unlikely group of young peers to confront the villains of the past. (8 p.m., The CW).
WEDNESDAY: “Ultimate Tag” is a turbo-charged new competition game show. Contestants are challenged to vault, dodge, tumble and dive their way through epic courses — all while being chased by super-buff and athletic “taggers.” (9 p.m., Fox).
THURSDAY: The sixth annual “Red Nose Day Special” brings a vast array of celebrities together to raise awareness of, and funds for, children who are living in poverty. Performers include Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, James Taylor, Meghan Trainor and more. (9 p.m., NBC).
FRIDAY: Julia Roberts isn’t back for Season 2 of “Homecoming,” but the stylish thriller returns with a fresh mystery and a new star in Janelle Monáe. She plays a military veteran who wakes up in a rowboat adrift on a lake, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is. Creepy twists ensue. (Amazon Prime).
SATURDAY: Feeling a little nostalgic for our old pals Buzz and Woody? The first three chapters of Pixar’s beloved “Toy Story” franchise will take you to infinity and beyond as they play out in back-to-back-to-back fashion tonight. (4:55 p.m. Freeform).
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