5 fantastic things

5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Week

By Zach Johnson

It’s never too late to find love, as Bachelor in Paradise aims to prove Monday on ABC. Wednesday is a busy day, as Disney+ will debut the 10-episode second season of the scripted original series Diary of a Future President and premiere a new original series, Growing Up Animal, from National Geographic. A new episode of Good Trouble airs on Freeform, while Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers welcomes viewers to Tranquillum House.

Bachelor in Paradise

Bachelor in Paradise—Monday, August 16, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC
It’s time to return to Bachelor Nation’s favorite beach as a new group of singles heads to paradise hoping for a second—or third—chance at love. Former fan-favorite bachelors and bachelorettes are ready to find their match while living together in a tropical resort in Mexico. Returning bartender Wells Adams adds master of rose ceremonies to his duties, and he will be joined by a rotating roster of celebrity guest hosts. David Spade is the first of the season, and he welcomes 13 lovely ladies (Serena Chew, Jessenia Cruz, Maurissa Gunn, Tahzjuan Hawkins, Abigail Heringer, Deandra Kanu, Victoria Larson, Tammy Ly, Natasha Parker, Victoria Paul, Mari Pepin-Solis, Serena Pitt, and Kelsey Weier) and 10 gorgeous guys (Joe Amabile, James Bonsall, Kenny Braasch, Connor Brennan, Aaron Clancy, Tre Cooper, Noah Erb, Ivan Hall, Brendan Morais, and Karl Smith). Throughout the season, additional eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will join the search to find love in Paradise.

Diary of a Future President

Diary of a Future President—Wednesday, August 18, on Disney+
Season two continues the origin story of Cuban American and future leader Elena Cañero-Reed (Tess Romero) as she enters the seventh grade. This coming-of-age series and family comedy follows Elena through the ups and downs of middle school which set her on the path to becoming the president of the United States. In season two, Elena bounces back from the “summer reset”; Bobby (Charlie Bushnell) comes to term with his sexuality; and Gabi (Selenis Leyva) and Sam (Michael Weaver) take their relationship to the next level.

Growing Up Animal

Growing Up Animal—Wednesday, August 18, on Disney+
Narrated by Emmy® Award-nominated actress Tracee Ellis Ross, this Disney+ original series from National Geographic offers an intimate and extraordinary look at baby animals, from the safety of the womb to the uncertainty of birth and their tentative first steps. Each adventurous episode sees the incredible transformation of a different baby animal—chimps, sea lions, elephants, African wild dogs, lions, and grizzlies—full of wonder and emotion. This is the magical story of a mother’s instinct to nurture and her infant’s drive to survive.

Good Trouble

Good Trouble—Wednesday, August 18, at 10 p.m. ET on Freeform
In “Opening Statements,” Callie (Maia Mitchell) sees Jamie (Beau Mirchoff) in a new light as trial begins. After running into old colleagues, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) wonders if she can ever make amends. Meanwhile, Malika (Zuri Adelee) must learn to set boundaries, and a new relationship between Alice (Sherry Cola) and Ruby (Shannon Chan-Kent) is revealed.

Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers—Wednesday, August 18, on Hulu
Based on Liane Moriarty’s New York Times bestselling book, the eight-episode series stars Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Bobby Cannavale, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving, Melvin Gregg, Asher Keddie, Grace Van Patten, Tiffany Boone, and Manny Jacinto. Promised total transformation, nine very different people arrive at Tranquillum House, a private retreat run by the enigmatic wellness guru Masha (Kidman).