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What to watch this weekend: 'Claws' on TNT, 'Orange is the New Black'

Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling in Orange is the New Black.


Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling in Orange is the New Black.

Polish and pill mills: Claws


Carrie Preston and Niecy Nash in Claws.

You know what television was sorely lacking? A series about pill mills and a money laundering scheme run out of a South Florida nail salon. Our TV wishes have been granted with TNT's new drama Claws. The series stars Niecy Nash (Scream Queens, Masters of Sex) as the owner of a nail salon in Manatee County. Her goal is to move the salon and her employees out of the shabby shop and into a swankier location, and the only way she can make the money to move is by helping her lover, Roller (Jack Kesy), launder the huge sums of money coming out of his barely legal pill mill. Nash's Desna is both Mama Bear and BFF to employees Polly (Carrie Preston, True Blood), who just got out of prison for identity theft; Jen (Jenn Lyon); Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes); and rookie Virginia (Karrueche Tran). Executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois recently told the Los Angeles Times she labels Claws "Florida noir" for its dark, wickedly funny exploration of female badassness. Though the series is mostly shot in New Orleans, there are a few scenes filmed in Florida. The series is executive produced by Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca) and also stars Jason Antoon and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad). 9 p.m. Sunday, TNT.

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A literal riot: Orange Is the New Black

Life inside Litchfield Penitentiary is about to get a lot more chaotic in Orange Is the New Black's new season. At the end of last season, the women's prison erupted in a riot after the killing of a beloved inmate. Tensions inside the prison rose to explosive levels when the staff and owners started treating inmates more like property than human beings. The death of Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) was the last straw. Now in its fifth season, OITNB has evolved from a raunchy comedy into a dramedy that still packs plenty of punch. It smartly veered away from focusing on main character Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), giving deep backstories to the rest of the inmates. According to creator Jenji Kohan, the new season covers only three days inside the prison, slowing down to focus on individual reactions to a pressurized situation. It's been a year since the last season dropped, but the next takes us back to the exact moment where the last ended -- with Daya pointing a gun at the guard who killed Poussey. Now streaming on Netflix.

#CloneClub: Orphan Black

It's the final season of the epic feminist sci-fi drama Orphan Black featuring a ragtag group of clones, and there are still a few loose ends to tie up. Series co-creator Graeme Manson told Entertainment Weekly that the final season will mainly be about "wrapping up our sisters (the clones)" but teased to the possibility of adding one more clone. Manson also teased to more flashbacks in the finale season, uncovering who P.T. Westmoreland really is and all of the sisters finding freedom in their own way. However the series ends, we will definitely be sad to see Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany finish her clone roles. 10 p.m. Saturday, BBC America.

Why did you do it? Menendez: Blood Brothers

It's been 28 years since the murders of wealthy couple Jose and Kitty Menendez at the hands of their sons Lyle and Erik. The tale of the Menendez brothers has been told numerous times, and now Lifetime is getting in on the true crime action. Menendez: Blood Brothers stars Courtney Love as Kitty, Nico Tortorella as Lyle, Myko Olivier as Erik and Benito Martinez as Jose and explores the secret lives of the family. The film is also touting new details about the abuse the brothers claim they endured from their father, all while their mother looked the other way. 8 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime.

Upcoming streaming releases

Friday: Free the Nipple (Hulu)
Monday: Suits Season 6 (Amazon)
June 17: The Ranch Part 3 (Netflix), Star Trek: Beyond (Hulu)
June 20: Moana (Netflix)
June 23: GLOW (Netflix), Tarzan (Hulu)
June 28: Okja (Netflix), David Lynch: The Art Life (Amazon)

Contact Chelsea Tatham at Follow @chelseatatham.


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