What to Watch Over Memorial Day Weekend

8:00 AM 5/26/2017

by Jackie Strause and Ashley Lee

Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron hit the beach in the R-rated 'Baywatch' and 'Bloodline' returns for a binge-worthy watch.

'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' and 'Baywatch'
'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' and 'Baywatch'
Left, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Right, courtesy of Paramount Pictures
  • Baywatch

    May 24

    Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

    Dwayne Johnson stars in the action-comedy inspired by the long-running TV show, playing a leader of an elite group of lifeguards who is forced to team up with a hotshot former Olympian (Zac Efron) to save the beloved bay. Seth Gordon directs the Paramount reboot, also featuring Priyanka Chopra (as a villain originally written as a male character), Alexandra Daddario and Hannibal Buress, plus a cameo by the series’ star, David Hasselhoff.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    May 26


    Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of the hit Disney franchise — this time, attempting to escape the haunts of a ghostly villain played by Javier Bardem and seeking out a legendary artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas. Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg co-direct the fantasy film, also starring Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites, and featuring a cameo by Paul McCartney.

  • Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead

    May 26

    Courtesy of Double E Pictures

    Directed by Amir Bar-Lev, the documentary charts The Grateful Dead's rise from its roots in the Bay Area’s vibrant 1960s counterculture to the top of the rock-and-roll charts. Encapsulating the group's quintessential character and three decades of legendary concerts-cum-spiritual experiences, the film includes archival stills, film footage, audio recordings and rare live tracks — much of which have never been seen or heard. Spanning four hours, the six-part doc hits theaters via Abramorama and is also streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

  • War Machine

    May 26, Netflix

    Brad Pitt plays a General McChrystal-like figure as the fictitious Gen. Glenn McMahon in Netflix's satirical war movie. War Machine "discharges sufficient firepower to keep viewers pinned to their chairs," reads THR's review. Pitt and his Plan B productions adapted the late Michael Hastings' controversial best-seller for Netflix "because [of] the way the studio system is right now in Hollywood, it just can't support risky films like this, of this budget certainly,” Pitt explainedWar Machine is based on The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, which revolves around McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan who was forced to resign after mocking Obama administration officials in a Rolling Stone story. Directed by David Michod, the film co-stars Ben Kingsley and Tilda Swinton. The film also makes a limited theater debut.

  • Bloodline

    May 26, Netflix

    Courtesy of Netflix

    The third and final season of the dark drama centering on the Rayburn family is now streaming. The co-creators of the Kyle Chandler-starring show had planned for five or six seasons, so the 10 episodes now barrel towards conclusions for siblings Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz), John (Chandler) Meg (Linda Cardellini) and Rayburn matriarch Sally (Sissy Spacek). "To be able to pull a lot of ideas that we had for future seasons and put it into this season and hopefully create a very entertaining third and final season was the goal from the moment [Netflix] said that was what it wanted," co-creator Todd A. Kessler told THR. The third season picks up where the second left off, with oldest brother John speeding away from the Keys; youngest brother Kevin standing over the lifeless body of John's detective partner Marco (Enrique Murciano) and Meg ready to tell mother, Sally, "there's something you need to know."

  • Twin Peaks

    Sunday, 9 p.m. on Showtime.

    Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

    The first two hours of Showtime's revival of Twin Peaks was just as unsettling, weird and funny as the original, and impossible to review — according to THR's critic Daniel Fienberg. David Lynch's new series comes 26 years after the ABC series was canceled — it ran from 1990-1991. After developing a rabid cult-following over the years, the much-hyped project reunites Lynch with Mark Frost and the result is an 18-part movie disguised as a TV series. The defining characteristic is the secrecy, as the team behind the revival are keeping many details under wraps, and even the stars won't be doing press until the final episode airs at the end of summer (a whopping 217 returning and new actors are on board). The majority of the revival centers around Kyle MacLachlan's Dale Cooper and the third and fourth installments airing Sunday (following last week's two-hour premiere) accelerate the story of Cooper and his doppelganger — a man who may or may not be Killer BOB.

  • The Bachelorette

    May 29, 8 p.m. on ABC

    Paul Hebert/ABC

    Rachel Lindsay has made her debut as the first-ever black star of the long-running ABC reality dating franchise — a history-making moment in 33 combined seasons of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor. The historic star did not disappoint when meeting her men on last week's premiere, a group who also makes up the franchise's most-diverse cast yet — finally addressing a common critique of the 15-year series. On Monday's episode, show critic Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (the NBA legend had accused the franchise of "killing romance in America" in a column for THR) appears as one of this season's celebrity guests to host a basketball-themed group date. For her part Lindsay, who has already revealed she's engaged, said race wasn't a factor when it came to picking her winner: "In my final decision, I just went with my heart and the person I found my forever with."

  • Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

    Monday, 9 p.m on A&E.

    Miller Mobley

    A&E is airing a two-hour special of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath to further delve into the relationship between the Church of Scientology and some of its most-vocal critics. Merchants of Fear will see a series of those critics  describing their experiences investigating controversial stories about the Church and how the Church has responded to their investigations, along with providing a sneak peek at the upcoming second season of the docuseries. Remini said she was initially reluctant to make a second but after the first prompted a "deluge of people emboldened to come forward," a second cycle — which will feature 10 episodes — seemed like a must. "We're sitting on some really damning and actionable material and can't wait to premiere," said producer Eli Holzman.

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