Mulan; The Boys’ bloody return; Netflix goes ‘Away’ and more

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It’s relatively light on network TV and cable this week, but don’t worry, streaming is coming through big time to help carry the load as we head into September. Let’s break it all down.

After being delayed a few times, then finally making the full shift to streaming, the would-be blockbuster Mulan has arrived. The film hits Disney+ this week as a premium VOD release as the Mouse House looks to safely get the film out for viewers to check out as theaters slowly reopen. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Amazon Prime has the Season 2 premiere of the very not family-friendly superhero series The Boys. It’s big, bloody and amazing.

If you’re looking for something a bit more dramatic and profound, Netflix has the premiere of its new original space-set series Away from producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood). It stars Hillary Swank as an astronaut leaving her family behind for a year-long mission. Digging a bit deeper, HBO has a new Lovecraft Country and The CW has a new Dead Pixels.

On the movie side, we’ve also spotlighted a few options — including some performances from the dearly departed Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. There’s also Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island hitting STARZ, Spies in Disguise on HBO, and a few sci-fi classics we’ve flagged if you’re wanting a deeper cut.

Check out our full rundown below and let us know what you’ll be watching this week.

HIGHLIGHTS

42 (Paramount), Monday 7PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: Obviously, this isn’t a genre film. But it’s one of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman’s best performances, bringing Jackie Robinson’s story to life. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a great performance and worth checking out: In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, signs Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team in defiance of major league baseball’s notorious color barrier.

Mulan (Disney+), Friday – Worldwide Premiere

Disney’s latest live action adaptation of an animated fan favorite skips the theater and comes straight to premium VOD. The premium offering will cost an additional $29.99 to unlock the film, and it’s only available to purchase from inside Disney+ (so you’ll also have to be a Disney+ subscriber to get it). That said, the film looks to be one of the bigger blockbusters of 2020 — and it’s being beamed straight into your living room.

The Boys (Amazon Prime), Friday – Season 2

In a more intense, more desperate Season 2 of The Boys, Butcher, Hughie and the team reel from their losses in Season 1. On the run from the law, they struggle to fight back against the Superheroes. As Vought, the company that manages the heroes, cashes in on the panic over the threat of Supervillains, and a new hero, Stormfront, shakes up the company and challenges an already unstable Homelander.

Away (Netflix), Friday – Season 1

From the visionary who brought you Friday Night Lights comes an epic, emotional story of love and sacrifice, starring two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank.

Lovecraft Country (HBO), Sunday 9PM – “A History of Violence”

After Christina shows up at her doorstep, Leti confronts Atticus about his plan to surreptitiously return to Florida; in search of missing pages to a crucial text, Leti, Tic and Montrose head to Boston, with Hippolyta and Diana along for the ride.


MONDAY

42 (Paramount), Monday 7PM

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

American Ninja Warrior (NBC), Monday 8PM – “All Stars Skills Challenge Special”

Iconic obstacles get supersized as the best competitors face off in the high-octane skills competition, featuring the Big Dipper, Fearsome Ferris Wheel and Striding Steps; three all-star teams compete in a competition relay race.

American Dad (TBS), Monday 10PM – “Dammmm, Stan!”

Stan goes to great lengths to find the “right” couple’s activity for him and Francine; Hayley and Steve look into some mysterious markings they find on the door frame.

Beyond the Unknown (Travel), Monday 10PM – “Spaceship on a Beach, Secrets of Nostradamus and the Phantom of 27th Street”

One morning after Hurricane Florence, something bizarre washes up on the beaches of South Carolina. It looks like a section of a broken spaceship, which causes many conspiracy theorists to propose wild ideas.


TUESDAY

Dead Pixels (The CW), Tuesday 8PM – “Bethrothal”

Megan and Nicholas decide to get married in the Kingdom Scrolls game, but things quickly get complicated.

Children of Men (TMC), Tuesday 10PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: When infertility threatens mankind with extinction, a disillusioned bureaucrat (Clive Owen) becomes the unlikely champion in the fight for the survival of Earth’s population.


WEDNESDAY

The First Purge (FX), Wednesday 7PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: Violence and mayhem spread across the nation when the New Founding Fathers of America try a radical sociological experiment that allows citizens to vent their aggression for one night in an isolated community.

Impostor (CINEMAX), Wednesday 9:35PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: In this 2001 sci-fi flick, it’s the year 2079 and a federal agent (Vincent D’Onofrio) relentlessly pursues a weapons designer (Gary Sinise) suspected of being a deadly clone.


THURSDAY

Mysteries Decoded (The CW), Thursday 8PM – “Roswell”

US Navy veteran turned private investigator Jennifer Marshall and Ufologist Ryan Sprague take an extensive look into an active cold case investigation involving an unexplained crash in Roswell, New Mexico in the summer of 1947. The duo will attempt to uncover evidence that could reveal one of the greatest government cover-ups of the 20th century. Includes updated eyewitness accounts and expert interviews.


FRIDAY

Mulan (Disney+), Friday – Worldwide Premiere

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

The Boys (Amazon Prime), Friday – Season 2

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Away (Netflix), Friday – Season 1

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island (Starz), Friday 8PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: The enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his guests come true at a luxurious tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the visitors must soon solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.

Paranormal Nightshift (Travel), Friday 10PM – “Clown Boy’s Revenge, She Follows Me and I.T.”

The antics of an unseen spirit drives Alex to pray for help in front of the religious statue that stands in the hallway.


SATURDAY

Spies in Disguise (HBO), Saturday 8PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: Lance is a super cool and charming spy, and Walter invents the super cool gadgets that Lance uses. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way.

Ghost Adventures (Travel), Saturday 9PM – “Shocking Haunts”

Investigating the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world.

21 Bridges (Showtime), Saturday 9PM

NETWORK PREMIERE: This one’s not a genre film, but is one of the last movies released starring Chadwick Boseman. If you missed it the first time around, it’s well worth a watch: After uncovering a conspiracy, an embattled NYPD detective (Boseman) joins a citywide manhunt for two cop killers. When the search intensifies, authorities take extreme measures by closing all of Manhattan’s 21 bridges to prevent the suspects from escaping.


SUNDAY

Lovecraft Country (HBO), Sunday 9PM – “A History of Violence”

See more in our “Highlights” section above.

Apocalypse Earth (History), Sunday 9PM – “Hurricanes: Storms of Destruction”

Examining the catastrophic threat natural phenomena can pose to the United States and the world.

*TV listing information via TV Guide, Zap2it, network listings.



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