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14 TV Shows and Movies to Watch this Week: Bridgerton Season 2, Mothering Sunday, and More

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Not since Stranger Things Season 2 has there been so much anticipation and excitement over a returning Netflix series, but the wait is finally over: Bridgerton is back! And sure, your heart may still be aching that Regé-Jean Page won’t be there, but having seen all eight episodes already, I can say that Jonathan Bailey as Lord Anthony Bridgerton and Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma have incredible chemistry that is a joy to watch unfold. And then there’s the antics and drama caused amongst Eloise (Claudia Jessie), Penelope (Nicola Coughlan), Benedict (Luke Thompson), and Colin (Luke Newton) that will make you look forward to what’s in store in the coming seasons.

With that said, Friday might seem like a long time away, but there’s plenty of other fantastic British period pieces to keep you entertained until then. Call the Midwife and Sanditon—both on PBS—return for Seasons 11 and two, respectively. And while Outlander and The Gilded Age aren’t set in England, they’re still similar in nature, so you have new episodes of those to look forward to this week.

If contemporary TV is more your thing, another stellar episode of This Is Us will be broadcast on Tuesday, as well as the much-anticipated return of Atlanta on Thursday. Plus, check out Apple TV+’s gorgeous new prestige drama Pachinko, which you can read more about below.

Sunday, of course, marks the Oscars. With that, here’s your guide for the week ahead.

Sunday, March 20

Call the Midwife (PBS): My sister wrote a little something about why it’s worth tuning in this season. “Diehard fans have already seen the Christmas special that aired in 2021, but as always, have to wait several months after the regular season airs in the U.K. While the series started off with stories based on the memoirs of real midwife Jennifer Worth—who served the East End in the 1950s—the series proved so popular that it is now starting its eleventh season set in 1967. While some of what made the early years great (more focus on the lives of the midwives) has changed, original cast members Helen George, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt, Stephen McGann, and more are still around to provide the warmth and wisdom they have always been known for. If nothing else, Midwife always makes you stop and appreciate life’s important moments with honesty and integrity, something we could all use in this fast-paced, tumultuous world.” Oh, and if you’re wanting more Call the Midwife, there’s a great celebratory book too.  8 p.m. ET

Sanditon (PBS): PBS’s other hit series Sanditon returns this Sunday night for season two, and Anna Moeslein highly recommends you tune in, noting, “Any fan of Bridgerton will find much to enjoy in Sanditon. The PBS series offers up everything you’d want in a show based on an unfinished Jane Austen novel–multiple love triangles, a plucky heroine who craves for more than what society can offer, and hot people in cravats included. Season two introduces new characters to the mix, and it’s a fun ride to guess which of the gentleman suitors are rakes and which are here for the right reasons.” 9 p.m. ET/PT; 8 p.m. PT

Monday, March 21

The Gilded Age (HBO and HBO Max): The season finale of the prestige period drama starring Christine Baranski, Carrie Coon, and Denée Benton, among others, wraps up its successful inaugural run tonight. Don’t worry: another season is on its way! 9 p.m ET

Tuesday, March 22

This Is Us (NBC): This week’s a major episode for Katoby as the unraveling of their marriage becomes more clear. Titled “The Hill,” it marks Mandy Moore’s directorial debut and was co-written by Chrissy Metz, Casey Johnson, and David Windsor. 9 p.m. ET/PT; 8 p.m. CT

iHeartRadio Music Awards (FOX): Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak, Doja Cat featuring SZA, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, and more are nominated for Song of the Year at the annual awards ceremony. LL Cool J will host and perform, and Jennifer Lopez will receive the 2022 iHeartRadio Icon Awards.  8 p.m. ET/PT; 7 p.m. CT

Thursday, March 24

Atlanta (FX): After nearly four years, Season 3 is finally here! Anna Moeslein says “it’ll be interesting to see stars Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, and Lakeith Stanfield finally return to their roles after such a long hiatus. Another big change: This season is set to take place mostly in Europe as it follows Paper Boi’s tour.” 10 p.m. ET and streaming the next day on Hulu

Grown-ish (Freeform): It’s the season finale (titled “Empire State of Mind”) and Zoey’s graduation. The Johnson family comes together to celebrate the big achievement, while Zoey and her friends look forward to what lies ahead. 10 p.m. ET

Friday, March 25

Access Daily (NBC): I’ll be on today’s show to discuss who will win and who should win at Sunday’s Oscars, so I’ll be very curious to see if you agree with my picks! Meanwhile, hosts Kit Hoover, Mario Lopez, and Scott Evans will help you plan for the perfect at-home viewing party with segments on Oscar fashion as well as movie-themed cocktails. Weekdays, check your local listings

Bridgerton (Netflix): Dear viewer, how we missed you! The new season has finally arrived. If you really want to get into the spirit and be the talk of the town, dress in one of the many new collections inspired by the show that are now available, like Malone Souliers new shoes for women and men. Then there’s the Pat McGrath x Bridgerton collection with a stunning Diamond of the First Water Eyeshadow Palette and a Divine Blush + Glow trio, with more still to come. Get dolled up, have some tea and crumpets, and start watching. Streaming now

Pachinko (Apple TV+): While Bridgerton might be getting all the attention on this day, don’t miss the equally excellent drama Pachinko starring Oscar winner Youn Yuh Jung (who you remember from Minari and for adorably flirting with Brad Pitt). Based on The New York Times best-selling book, the series is told across three languages (Korean, Japanese ,and English) and will captivate you with stories of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning. Streaming.

Mothering Sunday (Sony Pictures Classic): With Colin Firth, Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor, and Odessa Young starring… what other reason do you need to watch? But just in case you want more, here’s the official description: “On a warm spring day in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Firth and Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover. Paul (O’Connor, who played Colman’s son, Prince Charles, on seasons three and four of The Crown) is the boy from the manor house near by, Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.” In theatres.

Lizzo’s Watch Out (Prime Video): The unscripted, eight-episode series follows global superstar Lizzo as she searches for confident, talented women to join her on her world tour. Ten women will move into the Big Grrrls house as they try to prove they have what it takes to make it on the stage. Want more? Here’s everything we knowStreaming

The Glorias (Prime Video): In honor of Gloria Steinem’s 88th birthday (which is today, March 25!), re-watch The Glorias (starring Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander), the 2020 film based on Steinem’s autobiographical book, “My Life on the Road.” You can also support Steinem by purchasing her “We Are Linked, Not Ranked” bracelet, in which 25% of the proceeds of all sales will be donated to Gloria’s Foundation (which supports the feminist movement) during the month of March.

Saturday, March 26

A Second Chance at Love (Hallmark Channel): Let’s call this movie—part of Hallmark’s Spring into Love programming event—what it really is: an ER reunion between beloved cast members Eriq La Salle and Gloria Reuben. But in A Second Chance at Love, they play divorced parents to daughter Alicia (Alvina August), who isn’t quite ready to start a family of her own. Instead of communicating that to her husband, Arnold (Jarod Joseph), she starts meddling in the love lives of her parents. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT

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