What to watch this first full week of June, you ask? Well, blockbuster movie season is in full swing with Top Gun: Maverick and Downton Abbey: A New Era ruling the box office. It continues this week with the long-awaited arrival of Jurassic World Dominion, which brings back original stars Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum.
Meanwhile, MTV celebrates the best of scripted and unscripted TV and film with their annual awards ceremony live from Los Angeles on Sunday, June 5. And if you’re looking to escape, the Hallmark Channel heads to the Caribbean for a summer romance movie called—wait for it—Caribbean Summer. It’s as if the programming folks knew travel would be crazy expensive this summer and planned accordingly for those of us who won’t be planning vacations.
What else should be on your radar? Check out the list below, and I’ll see you back here next week to tell you all about the new Starz period drama Becoming Elizabeth, J. Lo’s documentary, and the Father of the Bride movie.
Sunday, June 5
MTV Movie & TV Awards, and MTV Unscripted Awards (MTV): MTV honors the best in TV, movies, and reality shows with two award shows in one night. Here’s the nominees which include Euphoria, Inventing Anna, Squid Game, and more. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT
Tuesday, June 7
The Mutual Friend (book release): Carter Bays, co-creator of the hit CBS series How I Met Your Mother, has written his debut novel, The Mutual Friend, which he calls the “spiritual successor” to HIMYM. The book is described as “a big-hearted modern-day comedy that follows a sprawling cast of characters as they navigate life, loss, ambition, and spirituality—without ever looking up from their phones.” Available in book stores and online.
Wednesday, June 8
The Janes (HBO): It doesn’t get more timely than this: The Janes is the story of an underground network in Chicago in the late ‘60s and early ’70s who provided safe, affordable, illegal abortions to women in need. Per HBO, “The Janes tells the story of a group of unlikely outlaws. Defying the state legislature that outlawed abortion, the Catholic Church that condemned it, and the Chicago Mob that was profiting from it, the members of Jane risked their personal and professional lives to help women in need. In the pre-Roe v. Wade era—a time when abortion was a crime in most states and even circulating information about abortion was a felony in Illinois—the Janes provided low-cost and free abortions to an estimated 11,000 women.” 9 p.m. ET/PT