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20 New TV Shows and Movies to Watch this Week: American Idol, Killing Eve, and More

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Regé-Jean Page and Jamie Dornan return to your TV screens this week and need I say more? They are starring in very different projects, but each one is equally deserving of your time. Truthfully, there’s so much good TV coming this week between Killing Eve‘s final season, the SAG Awards, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, The Dropout, and more that you might as well just never leave the house.

And for all my Outlander fans, droughtlander is almost over. Stay tuned for plenty of coverage next week when the show returns on Sunday, March 6. But alas, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s get back to this week’s offerings, which start with a handful of great shows tonight.

Sunday, February 27

Killing Eve (BBC America/AMC): The final season begins as we give thanks for two of the greatest TV characters of our time: Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve (Sandra Oh). For more on season four, click here. The first episode will air Sunday on BBC America and Monday on AMC.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (TNT/TBS): No one expected that the SAG Awards at the end of February would mark Hollywood’s first major award show in 2022, but due to Omicron, here we are. The awards—now in its 28th year—hands out statues for the best in film and TV as voted on by the actors union. The casts of Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, House of Gucci, and King Richard will be on hand to introduce clips of their nominated films, and Dame Helen Mirren will be honored with the Life Achievement Award. Additional talent scheduled to appear include Kate Winslet, Rosario Dawson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more. Nominated TV series include Only Murders in the Building, Ted Lasso, The Kominsky Method, Succession, Yellowstone, and more. For a full list of nominees, click here. Live at 8 P.M./5 P.M. ET/PT, and available the next day on HBOMax.

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber (Showtime): Billions executive producer Beth Schacter writes, executive produces and co-showruns the new anthology series that focuses on the meteoric rise of Uber. Based on Mike Isaac’s bestselling book, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, while Kyle Chandler plays Kalanick’s mentor, a Texas venture capitalist. Uma Thurman stars as Arianna Huffington, an Uber board member, and Elisabeth Shue, Hank Azaria and Jessica Hecht also star. To read more about the series, here’s your guide to everything you need to know. 10 P.M. ET/PT.

The Equalizer (CBS/Paramount+): It’s a Girls Trip reunion when Jada Pinkett Smith guest stars on The Equalizer opposite real-life friend Queen Latifah. Pinkett Smith plays Jessie Cook, a legendary master thief from Robyn’s CIA past in order to recover a valuable painting stolen during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. 8/7c on CBS and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall and Jada Pinkett Smith as Jessie in The Equalizer. Jojo Whilden/CBS

American Idol (ABC): Idol is back for a fifth season on ABC and its 20th overall. A-list judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie return to find the next superstar, while I also tune in to see more of Perry’s iconic Katoure looks (see below for the retrospective). Per ABC, “This season, viewers will embark on a nationwide search across Nashville, Austin, and Los Angeles…with never-before-seen twists and a first-ever Platinum ticket winner.” 8/7c two-hour premiere on ABC and available on Hulu the following day.

Ruby and the Well (byuTV): The feel-good show centers on teenager Ruby O’Reilly (Zoe Wiesenthal) and her dad, Daniel (Kristopher Turner) when they inherit an orchard in the town of Emerald. Per the show’s official website, “When Ruby discovers an old wishing well on their land, she becomes the newest well keeper. Now, it’s up to Ruby to grant the unfulfilled wishes of the townspeople.” 6 P.M.

Monday, February 28

Spring Baking Championship (Food Network/discovery+): I don’t know about you, but I could sure use an uplifting baking competition with stunning desserts right about now. Obviously the Food Network was paying attention because tonight marks the season premiere of “Everything’s Coming Up Floral” in the Spring Baking Championship. Twelve bakers will enter the Spring Baking barn (I need one of those) and are challenged to create desserts with the freshest fruit and flowers the farm has to offer. Later, the bakers must wow judges Duff Goldman, Kardea Brown, and Nancy Fuller with a floral bonanza cake. I don’t know what that is or how to make one, but I guarantee I’d eat it. 8 P.M. on Food Network and streaming concurrently on discovery+

Bob Hearts Abishola (CBS): In tonight’s episode, called “One Man, No Baby,” Bob and Abishola’s families get overly excited at the thought of the newlyweds expanding their family. However, the expectations are a bit much for Bob and Abishola. Says star Billy Gardell: “No matter how you start a journey as a couple, those conversations are going to come up, and it’s as important to know what you don’t want to have children as it is to know that you do want to have children. Then you have [to ask], ‘Can we afford it? Are we too old? Are you going to be changing my diaper and the baby?’ But I love the way we go about things [on the show]. It’s never preachy and just an example of love and two people doing their very best to be as open with each other as they can.” 8:30/7:30c on CBS, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

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