‘Better Call Saul’ Finale; ‘House of the Dragon’, ‘She-Hulk’ Premieres, UFC 278 – The Streamable

In a world where there’s an insurmountable amount of content to watch and an ever-increasing number of streaming services to watch it on, sometimes you need something (or someone) to tell you what to watch on any given day. So while you certainly don’t have to take all of my recommendations, I’ve picked one thing each day this week that promises to be a worthy streaming option. So here are my picks for what to stream every day of the week from Monday August 15th to Sunday August 21st, 2022.

Monday, August 15

“Better Call Saul” Series Finale | AMC+

It’s the end of an era on AMC and AMC+ as the story of Jimmy McGill officially comes to an end in the season finale of “Better Call Saul.” While we know the character goes on to fully embrace the persona of Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad,” timelines are all over the place as the prequel series wraps up on Monday.

The show has achieved something that very few spin-off series ever have, at least equaling – if not surpassing – the iconic original in terms of quality.

In the preview for the finale, we hear Saul (or maybe it’s Gene) trying to order an extrication from Ed while his car appears to be upside down in a ditch. Now that he’s confirmed to be alive and presumably on the run, the future is very uncertain for our favorite ambulance chaser. There probably won’t be anything more popular on TV (and social media) on Monday than this final, so don’t miss it.

Tuesday 16 August

“Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist” Premiere | Netflix

I’m old enough to remember the sheer insanity of the whole Manti Te’o/fake girlfriend fiasco in 2013. It was equal parts sad, ridiculous, disgusting, and heartbreaking. Now the Netflix documentary series “Untold:” is back with a new edition entirely devoted to what is probably the highest profile example of rock fishing we’ve ever seen.

The two-part documentary is the sixth installment of the nine-part “Untold:” series, and will look at Te’o’s All-America football career and how being tricked by an acquaintance nearly destroyed his life, career and legacy.

Wednesday 17 August

“On the count of three” | Hulu

It’s been a good year for Jerrod Carmichael. Following the release of his critically acclaimed comedy special “Rothaniel” and his successful turn as host of “Saturday Night Live,” the multi-hyphenate star makes his feature directorial debut with the black comedy “On the Count of Three,” debuting on Hulu today. Wednesday.

Carmichael stars alongside Christopher Abbott as a pair of best friends who make a suicide pact before going on one last day to tie up loose ends.

Also in the cast are Tiffany Haddish – who starred on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” – Henry Winkler, JB Smoove and more. After premiering at Sundance in 2021, the film had a limited release in the US last May before hitting streaming.

Carmichael is an incredibly talented and truthful performer, comedian and storyteller, so there’s little doubt that this has every chance of being a fun and emotionally satisfying film.

Thursday 18 August

“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” Series Premiere | Disney+

There are very few things I’ve looked forward to more than Tatiana Maslaney coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I stand by my longstanding contention that the first season of “Orphan Black” was one of the most incredible seasons of television I’ve ever seen, and that Maslaney’s Emmy-winning turn on that show represents one of the best acting performances ever is caught on film.

She so naturally played multiple characters with different personalities and physical features that when one of them wasn’t in a given episode, I genuinely felt sorry for the actress who played her because she wasn’t on the show that week… I then had to remind myself on it they were all the same actress.

What makes Tat’s arrival in the MCU even more exciting is that she plays a character that gives her the opportunity to flex all her acting muscles (pun intended). “She-Hulk” looks set to be the MCU’s most light-hearted Disney+ story yet, as Jennifer Walters has always been one of the funniest characters in comics. Long before Deadpool started doing it, Walters was breaking the fourth wall by speaking directly to readers, and based on the show’s trailers and teasers, that’s not going to stop in live action.

After seeing her on and off Broadway pre-pandemic, I’m so incredibly happy to have Maslaney back on my TV, especially since “She-Hulk” is leaving the traditional MCU streaming formula and the first season will consist of nine episodes instead of six. I’m ready to crush an entire season of this show starting on Thursday.

Friday 19 August

“Bananaland” series premiere | ESPN+

Long before their social media superstardom, I was a fan of the Savannah Bananas collegiate summer baseball team. To be honest, at first it was just because of their clever minor league name and the fact that banana candy and banana cream pies are my absolute favorite. But the more I got to know their unique showmanship, the more obsessed I became with their approach to America’s pastime.

While so many baseball purists adhere to unwritten rules of how the game should be played, Bananas takes great pleasure in breaking every single rule, both written and unwritten. This new five-part original series will go live on ESPN+ starting Friday, with the premiere episode also on ESPN2. The show will follow the Bananas’ owners, players, coaches and staff as they embark on a seven-city “world tour” in their quest to bring the revolutionary rules and extravagant showmanship of Banana Ball to the masses.

Since there is a waiting list of tens of thousands of people to get tickets to see the Bananas play, I will be tuning in the entire series to get my Banana fix.

Saturday 20 August

UFC 278 | ESPN+ Pay-Per-View

I’m not the biggest MMA fan in the world, but from what I’ve heard, this Saturday’s UFC 278 is an absolute must-see for anyone interested in the finer points of the sport. The Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards rematch that will headline the card will be for the former’s UFC welterweight championship.

Known as the Nigerian Nightmare, Usman defeated Edwards almost seven years ago and has been unbeatable ever since. These two have a combined record of 39-4, but despite coming in at 19-3, Edwards is undefeated in 10 fights since 2015. These two may not get as many headlines as other flashier fighters, but when it as for talent, they are at the top of their game.

Also on the card will be exciting fights between Jose Aldo and Merab Dvalishvili, Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold, Miranda Maverick and Shanna Young, and more to make the entire evening thoroughly entertaining.

Sunday, August 21

Premiere of the series “House of the Dragon” | HBO Max

Here’s the thing, I’m not generally a traditional fantasy genre fan. Despite my love of all things superhero, when it comes to elves, wizards and dragons, I just never had much interest. Therefore, I completely missed the boat on the original “Game of Thrones” and all the discussions that came with it. So, as HBO prepares the show’s prequel series to premiere on Sunday, I’m torn between whether or not to give “House of the Dragon” a try, just so I can keep up with all the conversations that will inevitably flood my social media feeds.

With a cast of Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Paddy Considine, Rhys Ifans and others that I’ve long enjoyed, I know the talent will be there to make the story compelling, but I just don’t know if I want to jump into the show without all the requisite original series knowledge, and I certainly don’t have time to binge all 73 “GoT” episodes until Sunday — even if I could, since they’re all streaming on HBO Max.

So this will probably be a game time decision whether I give in to my worst FOMO demons and watch “House of the Dragons” but whether or not I watch it between the “Saul” finale on Monday and this premiere on Sunday I dare anyone to say that Peak TV is dying.

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