‘Westworld’ Rides Again, ‘Citizen Ashe’ on CNN, BET Awards
HBO’s mystifying futuristic drama Westworld takes another time jump as it starts a fourth season. A CNN documentary profiles tennis legend and humanitarian activist Arthur Ashe. Taraji P. Henson hosts the BET Awards, where Sean “Diddy” Combs receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.
SUNDAY: Telling the humans from the sentient robots in this trippy futuristic fantasy drama is just part of the challenge. The fourth season takes a seven-year time jump from the apocalyptic 2020 cliffhanger that seemed to spell the end of resourceful android Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood)—but the actress is back as a new character, Christina. (Her BFF is played by West Side Story Oscar winner Ariana DeBose, who brought the house down recently as the Tony Awards host.) We can’t say much more without spoiling, though is it possible to spoil something you’re not sure you understand?
SUNDAY: On the eve of Wimbledon, this riveting documentary explores the life and legacy of triple Grand Slam-winning tennis great and human rights activist Arthur Ashe, who died of AIDS complications in 1993. Billie Jean King and John McEnroe are among the contemporaries and admirers paying tribute to the first Black man to win the British tournament. His advocacy against South African apartheid and racism in the U.S., and his identification with others suffering with AIDS, confirmed Ashe’s reputation as a global humanitarian.
SUNDAY: Taraji P. Henson hosts the annual celebration of Black culture and achievement in the arts, broadcast live from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater. Sean “Diddy” Combs receives the Life Achievement Award, and performers include Lizzo, Chance the Rapper, Chlöe, Ella Mai and Roddy Ricch. (Another cultural celebration, the previously taped 7th Annual Black Music Honors, airs Saturday at noon/ET on Bounce TV.)
SUNDAY: Lena Waithe’s coming-of-age Chicago drama set in a South Side community returns for a fifth season, with relationships and lives in their perpetual state of change. Emmett (Jacob Latimore) and Tiff (Hannaha Hall) are now co-parents, and while Emmett would like to reconcile with his wife, she has other plans—with Rob (Iman Shumpert). Kiesha (Birgundi Baker) is adjusting to new motherhood, while Jada (Yolanda Ross) takes stock of her life post-cancer. And Trig (Luke James) ponders tossing his hat into the city’s political ring, which could require personal sacrifice.
Inside Weekend TV:
- Murdoch Mysteries (Saturday, 7/6c and 8/7c, Ovation TV): In the period mystery’s two-part Season 15 finale, Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) takes great lengths to protect Ogden (Helene Joy) and baby Susannah after a Murdoch lookalike is murdered and a bomb is found in their home.
- Two Tickets to Paradise (Saturday, 8/7c, Hallmark Channel): Network faves Ashley Williams and Ryan Paevey pair up for their first movie together, playing strangers jilted at the altar on the same day. When they discover they’ve taken their solo honeymoons at the same Hawaiian resort, how long before they say Aloha to fate?
- Nickelodeon Slime Cup (Saturday, 8/7c, Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons): Four teams comprised of a pro golfer, a celebrity and a Nick star play two rounds on a Nick-themed golf course, building to “The Unfairway,” where whoever wins the final hole gets the title cup, a trademark orange blazer—and a celebratory dousing of slime. Players include golfers Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Lexi Thompson and celeb guests Terry Crews, Nikki Bella and the NFL’s Saquon Barkley.
- Riverdale (Sunday, 8/7c, The CW): Holy Moses! Biblical plagues threaten to derail the Archie gang’s special celebration.
- Who Is Ghislaine Maxwell? (Sunday, 9/8c, Starz): In advance of this week’s expected sentencing of the convicted sex trafficker and associate of the late Jeffrey Epstein, a documentary traces her history from a privileged upbringing in Oxford to her current state of notoriety.
- Jack Osbourne’s Night of Terror: Bigfoot (Sunday, streaming on discovery+): The paranormal devotee heads with actor friend Jason Mewes to the backwoods of northern Idaho to pursue the legend of Sasquatch.