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Weekend Preview: ‘David Byrne’s American Utopia,’ ‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7,’ And ‘Supermarket Sweep’

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David Byrne’s American Utopia (Saturday, HBO 8:00 p.m.) – Spike Lee directed this filmed version of former Talking Heads front man David Byrne’s popular and critically acclaimed Broadway show at New York’s Hudson Theatre. Our own Mike Ryan calls the film mandatory viewing, and it aims to be a transformative musical experience that includes an 11-person strong ensemble that tears through songs including “Here,” “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” “This Must Be the Place,” and “Once in a Lifetime.”

The Trial Of The Chicago 7 (Netflix film) – Aaron Sorkin’s new movie is looking like another Oscar contender for the streaming giant. Starring Emmy winners Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jeremy Strong, the film follows the fallout over turmoil at the 1968 Democratic Convention when a group of anti-Vietnam War protestors were slapped with federal charges including conspiracy and the inciting of riots. With a script from Sorkin and dramatic turns from Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, and Eddie Redmayne, this movie is stacked to the brim.

Supermarket Sweep (Sunday, ABC 8:00 p.m.) — Leslie Jones and every bit of her enthusiasm will host contestants in this revival of the grocery-shopping game show.

The Right Stuff: Episode 3 (NatGeo series on Disney+) – Shepard suffers vertigo, Gordo is tempted by a woman, and Glenn looks for refuge at a church gathering. Meanwhile, the astronauts’ families arrive for the first test launch.

Time (Amazon Prime film) – This Sundance hit details the lengthy journey of Sibil Fox Richardson (also known as Fox Rich) as she pursues the release of her husband, who’s serving a 60–year prison sentence for armed bank robbery.

John Bronco (Hulu) – The one and only Walton Goggins plays the greatest (fictional) pitchman of all time in this mockumentary about the face of the Ford Bronco. Goggins in cowboy attire with a fake mustache should be a worthy selling point all by itself, but the 40-minute film’s take on the American Dream is a thought-provoking one.

Blackpink: Light Up the Sky (Netflix documentary film) — Fans of the highest-charting female K-pop group in history can now head behind the scenes with Blackpink ahead of their 2019 Coachella performance. As they reach new heights, the quartet will reflect on the highs and lows of fame while cementing their success that shall not be deterred by borders or barriers in language.

Clouds (Disney+ movie) – Based upon the Laura Sobiech’s novel, Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way, this film follows a child who battles cancer and, in the process, touches millions of lives.

Grand Army (Netflix series) – Five Brooklyn high school students fight to survive this chaotic world and embrace the future as part of a generation that’s rising and raging.

La Révolution (Netflix series) – In 1718 France, Joseph Guillotin (the guillotine inventor) discovers an unknown virus called the Blue Blood, which infects the French aristocracy and drives them to murder ordinary citizens, leading to a fictionalized version of the French Revolution.

Here’s the rest of this weekend’s notable programming:

The Perfect Weapon (Friday, HBO 8:00 p.m.) — This documentary, based upon David E. Sanger’s New York Times best-selling book, digs into cyberattacks, including their potential impact on the 2020 election. Expect interviews from top military, intelligence and political officials and on-the-ground reporting.

Saturday Night Live (Saturday, NBC 11:29 p.m.) — Host Issa Rae and musical guest Justin Bieber will continue to push through our current times with humor.

The Vow (Sunday, HBO 8:00 p.m.) — The limited series reaches an ending point with NXIVM and its founders in legal trouble over the sex-cult aspects of the organization, along with some tax evasion.

Good Lord Bird (Sunday, Showtime 9:00 p.m.) — Ethan Hawke stars as violent abolitionist John Brown in this series that takes place in the Kansas territory in 1856. This week, Brown meets with Frederick Douglass (Daveed Diggs), and the two enjoy quite a dinner party.

Lovecraft Country (Sunday, HBO 9:00 p.m.) — Series finale time arrives with the main players heading back to Ardham, so that Christina can work whatever dastardly magic she’s planning for the autumnal equinox.

Fear The Walking Dead (Sunday, AMC 9:00 p.m.) — An unusual walker threat leads to Virginia seeking help from Alicia and strand.

Fargo (Sunday, FX 10:00 p.m.) — Chris Rock’s 1950s Kansas City crime syndicate leader is still leading the way, but this week, Josto strikes back, Ethelrida does the unexpected, and Deafy presses some buttons.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond (Sunday, AMC 10:00 p.m.) — The next spinoff in this universe continues to feel itself out with a massive obstacle facing the teens, who also feel the pressure to return home.

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