The Summer Olympics used to be destination viewing.
But with a worldwide pandemic (yes, that is still happening), athletes testing positive for Covid-19 and a fan favorite being left off the US track team as a result of a controversial policy against cannabis, it remains to be seen how engaged viewers will be in this year’s event. Whether you plan on tuning in to cheer on the participating athletes or tuning out when the Tokyo Games air Friday through August 8, there is still plenty to get into this weekend.
Three things to watch
Just when I thought I had seen it all in terms of dating shows, here comes Netflix raising (or lowering, depending on your tastes) the bar. Contestants don animal-inspired masks, prosthetics and makeup in this new show. As our critic Brian Lowry noted, the idea isn’t much different from other dating shows — including Netflix’s 2020 hit, “Love Is Blind” — in which physical attraction is removed from the equation in the hopes of finding true love. But the first thing I thought of is “The Masked Singer” (thanks, Lowry, for also drawing that comparison), and I kept waiting for either someone to sing or Nick Cannon to come strolling out. “Sexy Beasts” is currently streaming.
‘Ted Lasso’ Season 2
Fresh off of breaking an Emmy nominations record, “Ted Lasso” is back. The comedy about a football coach recruited to coach a soccer team (which the Brits consider to be real football, in case you were unaware) has won the hearts of viewers and critics alike. Season two finds Lasso, played by Jason Sudeikis, who is also one of the show’s writers, trying to turn the team into winners. And that’s a win for all of us who love the show. The new season of Ted Lasso starts Friday on Apple TV+.