What to watch this weekend: 'The Young Pope,' 'Victoria,' History Channel special on President Obama
Three stellar new dramas premiere this weekend. One is a surreal conspiracy story, based on 13 children's books with Neil Patrick Harris playing the unibrowed villain. Another is about England's young 19th century queen who reshaped the monarchy — this is likely to be your next period-drama obsession. Last, but certainly not least, HBO explores the ascension of a young American pope whose unpredictability is the scorn of Vatican City. It's going to be a great weekend to sit on the couch.
Watch this weekend
SERIES PREMIERE: Sneaky Pete, midnight, Amazon: Notorious con man Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) gets out of prison only to find he's being stalked by a vicious gangster he once robbed. The only thing to do is to assume the identity of his cellmate, Pete, and reunite with Pete's long-lost family. Executive produced by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Graham Yost.
SERIES PREMIERE: A Series of Unfortunate Events, 3 a.m., Netflix: After losing their parents in a mysterious house fire, the Baudelaire siblings experience nothing but woe. They're bounced from one ill-fated guardian to the next, barely a step ahead of the vile Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), who seeks their inheritance. Based on the best-selling novels by Lemony Snicket.
Netflix: It Follows, Aquarius, Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women, Clinical, Historia de un clan, The Investigator: A British Crime Story
Amazon: Just Add Magic, Season 2
Hulu: Bird People
Get ready for next season: FX's Baskets, a bizarre dramedy from the minds of Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis, comes back for a second season next week. Galifianakis is Chip Baskets, a guy who failed clown school in France but came back to the States with a French wife looking for a green card. Stream the first season on Hulu.
Netflix: Camp X-Ray, Cardboard Boxer, Estar O No Estar
SERIES PREMIERE: The Young Pope, 9 p.m., HBO: What if the next pope was young, American and Jude Law? The prestige drama with bite sees a 40-something cardinal ascend to the seat of Holy Father and quickly establish himself as the manipulative and unpredictable Pope Pius XIII, right. The 10-episode series delights with deadpan wit and stunning visuals of Vatican City.
Homeland, 9 p.m., Showtime: The sixth season takes place several months after the previous season, and the Showtime hit is back to form. Carrie is back in the U.S. and works for a foundation that provides aid to Muslims living in the country. The season takes place between Election Day and Inauguration Day.
SERIES PREMIERE: Victoria, 9 p.m., PBS: Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman stars as the titular queen of England, who ascended the throne at just 18. The series follows the first three years of Victoria's 63-year reign up until Victoria gives birth to the first of her and Prince Albert's nine children.
SERIES PREMIERE: The First Family of Hip Hop, 9 p.m., Bravo: This docuseries follows the Robinson family's struggles to put Sugar Hill Records back on top. The Sugar Hill Gang established the first hip-hop record label and produced the first chart-topping rap song with Rapper's Delight.
The 44th President: In His Own Words, 9 p.m., History: President Obama recounts his time in office, highlighting his successes, failures, difficulties with Congress, race relations and what a Trump presidency could mean for his legacy. Features Obama's final one-on-one television interview in office.
Netflix: A Beautiful Now; Hostage to the Devil; Senora Acero: Season 3; Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body; Wartime Portraits
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