It’s Labor Day weekend, traditionally heralding the end of summer. TV networks have avoided scheduling their major premieres and finales on this Sunday, with the (likely correct) assumption that many casual viewers will be spending the weekend away from their televisions. What we have instead is a lineup of movies to while away a lazy holiday.
PICK OF THE DAY:
“Ballers” (HBO) at 10:35 PM EDT
“Ballers” has recently announced that it will be coming to an end following its current season. We watch with renewed interest the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson HBO comedy about a successful sports agent and his athlete clients, now on the second episode of its fifth season. If you’ve been a fan all along, savor every last second as it winds down. If you’ve never watched “Ballers” but feel like you might want to, there’s no better time to start. Remember, this is the show that launched the career of John David Washington, so it deserves our respect.
MOVIES ON TV:
“Harry Potter” Marathon (Syfy) at 9:00 AM EDT
It hardly feels like a holiday weekend without a good old-fashioned “Harry Potter” marathon, does it? Granted, the wizarding films seem more suited to winter than an unusually humid September, but we’re certainly not going to pass up the opportunity for a quick, day-long rewatch. Syfy is showing the first four films of the series today, with the rest playing throughout the week. Maybe that’s a good place to divide the series — all of the wonder of magic, none (or at least very little) of the “oh hey, Nazis are back.”
“The Hunger Games” Marathon (E!) at 1:30 PM EDT
Alternatively, if your tastes run to more dystopian young adult fodder, you may opt for “The Hunger Games” marathon airing on E! this Sunday. Watch Katniss go from an ordinary bow-wielding girl from District 12 to the leader of the people who starts a full-on revolution in Panem. It’s bleak, sure, but if you don’t get emotional whenever they play Rue’s whistle song and do the three-finger salute before throwing their lives on the line in the name of liberty, check the size of your heart, Mr. Grinch.
“The Day After Tomorrow” (Cinemax) at 8:00 PM EDT
With Jake Gyllenhaal dipping a tentative toe into the Marvel pool with “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” it’s the perfect time to look back and reflect on his very first blockbuster, “The Day After Tomorrow.” In it, Gyllenhaal plays the teenage son of a climatologist who is forced to battle the elements when climate change throws the Earth so out of whack that humanity is violently shoved into a new ice age. You know, the kind that turns the Hudson River into a skating rink in a matter of seconds and covers Manhattan with ice, street by street. Not to be a downer, but it may be worth watching if only for the helpful survival tips.
NEW TV EPISODES:
Haven’t found anything yet? Check out the rest of tonight’s lineup!
- “Big Brother” (CBS) at 8:00 PM EDT
- “The Real Housewives of Potomac” (Bravo) at 8:00 PM EDT
- “Serengeti (Discovery) at 8:00 PM EDT
- “Beach Hunters” (HGTV) at 8:00 PM EDT
- “Power” (Starz) at 8:00 PM EDT
- “Murder in the Thirst” (BET) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Unearthed” (Science) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Fear the Walking Dead” (AMC) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “North Woods Law” (Animal Planet) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Barnwood Builders” (DIY) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Worst Cooks in America” (Food Network) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Caribbean Life” (HGTV) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Paranormal Survivor” (Travel) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Preacher” (AMC) at 10:00 PM EDT
- “The Righteous Gemstones” (HBO) at 10:00 PM EDT
- “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” (Showtime) at 10:00 PM EDT
- “Paranormal Emergency” (Travel) at 10:00 PM EDT