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Next Week in TV 8/28: A Spectacular Return to Middle-Earth Awaits

By DRWHO42 & Scott C.

Television is entering an exciting phase if you are a fan of fantasy-based franchises. Last week’s premiere of The House of the Dragon reinvigorated our interest in the Game of Thrones saga; re-established our faith in HBO’s ability to build upon the magical dominance the original series once had. Thus, viewers cast a solid vote of confidence, with over 20 million viewers tuning into the premiere and streaming viewers crashing HBO Max. In response, it was announced by HBO on Friday that the series is getting a second season.

Looking ahead to this week, Amazon has an epic adventure in store for you Thursday with the highly anticipated series premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Set in a distant time before the story of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Trailers for the series were quite compelling, with beautiful imagery while giving us a glimpse at some of the characters featured thus far. The SDCC panel for the series also generated a lot of buzzes (click here for a recap of the panel). Amazon will release two episodes of the eight-episode first season, then move to a weekly release model. Amazon has already confirmed a second season of the series, and there are reports of a five-season commitment with the Tolkien estate, so there is plenty of fun ahead for fans!

Also, this week is the third season premiere of Star Girl and the fourth season finale of Wellington Paranormal Wednesday on The CW.

Lastly, a few summer hits pop up on streaming platforms for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Thor: Thunder and Love and Top Gun: Maverick are recent additions over the past couple of weeks on Disney+ and Paramount+, respectively. And this week, Jurassic World: Domination joins the lineup on Peacock.

That is it for this week. Until next time, let us know what you will be watching when visiting the FoCC forum. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

DRWHO42’s picks:

New: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

On-going: House of the Dragon, Tales of the Walking Dead, She-Hulk, He-Man, Spidey, The Sandman, Locke and Key, Evil, The Umbrella Academy, Stranger Things, The Boys.

Binge / Re-watch: The FBIs, Jack Ryan, The Witcher, Lost in Space, Strike Back (Finished and Re-Watching the Greatness).

Mario Wario’s picks:

New: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

On-going: The Sandman, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Tales of the Walking Dead, House of the Dragon.

Binge / Stack: [Nothing at the Moment]

Editor’s note: All times listed below are Eastern and nerd/geek interest are highlighted in AMBER.

Sunday, August 28, 2022
3:01 am
NETFLIX Alchemy of Souls [1st Season Finale]
8:00 am
DISNEY Lego Friends: Heartlake Stories – Wet Wallop [Special]
8:00 pm
PBS The Boleyns : A Scandalous Family: Ambition [Series Premiere]

Explore an epic three-part series that charts the rise and fall of the Boleyns. Using 16th Century original sources we get to hear the Boleyns in their own words. It is a thrilling story of love, sex, betrayal and obsession played out in a Tudor court rife with gossip, backstabbing rivalries and intrigue. This story is brought to life through dramatic reconstruction and the inside view of some of the world’s leading Tudor experts. Click Here for More Information.

THE CW/MTV/LOGO 2022 MTV Video Music Awards
9:00 pm
TNT Animal Kingdom: Fubar [Series Finale]
PBS Guilt: Episode One [2nd Season Premiere]
EPIX My Life As A Rolling Stone: Charlie Watts [1st Season Finale]

Monday, August 29, 2022
3:01 am
NETFLIX Mighty Express [7th Season Premiere / Animated]
9:00 pm
FREEFORM Keep This Between Us: Return To Little Elm [Series Premiere]

A woman re-examines her past relationship with a trusted teacher, exposing an epidemic of widespread grooming in U.S. high schools. Click Here for More Information.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022
12:01 am
FX On HULU The Patient: Intake / Alan Learns to Meditate [Series Premiere]

The Patient is a psychological thriller from the minds of Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (The Americans) about a therapist, “Alan Strauss” (Steve Carell), who’s held prisoner by a patient, “Sam Fortner” (Domhnall Gleeson), who reveals himself to be a serial killer. Sam has an unusual therapeutic demand for Alan: curb his homicidal urges. Click Here for More Information.

3:01 am
NETFLIX I am A Killer [3rd Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
FREEFORM Keep This Between Us: The Burden [1st Season Finale]

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
12:01 am
HULU The Croods: Family Tree: [4th Season Premiere / Animated / Also on Peacock]
3:01 am
DISNEY+ America’s National Parks [Series Premiere]
NETFLIX Family Secrets [Series Premiere]

A couple’s wedding day threatens to turn disastrous when they begin to unravel a web of secrets and lies that connects their two families. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX Under Her Control [Movie]

An ambitious young woman enters into an unusual arrangement with her charismatic boss. By the time doubts creep in, it may be too late to back out. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX I Came By [Movie]

A graffiti artist who targets homes of the elite uncovers a twisted secret in a hidden basement — triggering events that put his loved ones in danger. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX Kill-Fist [Movie]

Zhang a middle aged man struggling with a dead end job as an insurance sales person, on the verge of divorce with his wife, losing custody of her daughter and on top of all this he had to take care of his father who’s suffering Alzheimer’s. Unknowingly Zhang was invited to join an underground fighting game for financial purposes but eventually Zhang becomes hooked on the fights and turns professional. Click Here for More Information.

8:00 pm
THE CW DC’s Stargirl: Frenemies – Chapter One: The Murder [3rd Season Premiere]
9:30 pm
THE CW Wellington Paranormal: Time Cop: Not The Jean-Claude Van Damme One [4th Season Finale]

Thursday, September 01, 2022
12:01 am
HULU Bloods: Part 2 [2nd Season Finale]
HULU The Mighty Ones [3rd Season Premiere]
3:01 am
AMC+ It Couldn’t Happen Here: Dallas, GA / Pocomoke City, MD [2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean [5th Season Finale / Anime]
PEACOCK The Mighty Ones [3rd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Fenced In [Movie]

After a nervous breakdown, Walter trades the city for the countryside. But his hopes for a calm life are shattered once he meets his loud new neighbors. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX Off The Hook [Series Premiere]

Realizing they both have a toxic relationship to the Internet, roommates Léa and Manon decide to do the unthinkable: abandon all devices for 30 days. Click Here for More Information.

AMC+ Pantheon: Pantheon / Cycles [Series Premiere / Anime]

Sci-fi drama Pantheon, bullied teen Maddie (Katie Chang) is receiving mysterious help from someone online: a stranger soon revealed to be her recently deceased father, David (Daniel Dae Kim), whose consciousness has been uploaded to the Cloud following an experimental destructive brain scan. David is the first of a new kind of being – an “Uploaded Intelligence” or “UI” – but he will not be the last. Click Here for More Information.

PEACOCK The Resort [1st Season Finale]
NETFLIX Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles [2nd Season Premiere / Animated]
9:00 pm
HBO MAX Rap Sh!T [1st Season Finale]
9:01 pm
AMAZON The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power [Series Premiere]

Epic drama set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. Click Here for More Information.

10:00 pm
FREEFORM Good Trouble: This Is Not My Beautiful House [4th Season Finale]

Friday, September 02, 2022
12:01 am
APPLE TV+ Life By Ella [Series Premiere]

After a life-changing experience, 13-year-old Ella is eager to seize the day. As she learns to appreciate each moment, she faces the fears that once defined her — and encourages others to do the same. Click Here for More Information.

APPLE TV+ Surface: See You On The Other Side [1st Season Finale]
APPLE TV+ Trying: The End of The Beginning [3rd Season Finale]
3:01 am
NETFLIX Devil In Ohio [Series Premiere]

Determined to protect a young patient who escaped a mysterious cult, a psychiatrist takes the girl in, putting her own family — and life — in danger. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX Fakes [Series Premiere]

Teenage best friends Zoe and Becca set out to build their own fake ID empire, but when business starts booming, their life of crime gets way too real. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX Ivy + Bean [Movie]
NETFLIX Ivy + Bean: Doomed To Dance [Movie]
NETFLIX Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had To Go [Movie]
NETFLIX The Festival of Troubadours [Movie]
PEACOCK Jurassic World: Dominion [Movie]
PEACOCK Honk For Jesus [Movie]

After a scandal rocks their megachurch, a woman and her husband must rebuild their congregation and reconcile their faith by all means necessary to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX You’re Nothing Special [Series Premiere]

Life in Amaia’s new hometown starts to get a lot more interesting when a rumor spreads at school that she’s inherited her grandmother’s magical talents. Click Here for More Information.

Saturday, September 03, 2022
3:01 am
DISCOVERY+ Jack Osbourne’s Night of Terror: UFOs [Special]

Mario Wario

Scott is a Spidey/Funko/video game fanatic, yet going to a pop culture convention is always his goal. Yes, he is also a fan of Mario and Wario. You can follow him on Twitter @ScottyTheWise.