This Week in TV: Election Night, John Leguizamo and More

Premieres take a back seat to real life during the week of Nov. 5.
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The first full week of November is a fairly quiet one for premieres. Nothing is new on the broadcast networks, and the volume on cable and streaming is lower than usual, too.

Likely the most-watched event of the week will be election night, which will take over cable news and several broadcast networks on Tuesday.

Below is The Hollywood Reporter's rundown of some of the coming week's highlights. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but THR can point the way to some worthy options. All times are ET/PT unless noted.

On broadcast …

Specials: ABC, CBS and NBC will all devote much of primetime on Tuesday to coverage of the midterm elections. After the local news, both The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (11:35 p.m., CBS) and Late Night With Seth Meyers (12:35 a.m., NBC) are going live. Colbert will have The Circus hosts John Heilemann and Alex Wagner on hand; MSNBC's Chris Hayes joins Meyers.

On cable …

New: Sally4Ever (10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO) comes from Julia Davis, the creator of the U.K. series Camping (whose American adaptation precedes it). You'll get more dark, dark comedy from Davis as a nightclub singer who works her way, virus-like, into the life of office worker Sally (Catherine Shepherd).

Also new: Pop imports British teen drama Clique (10 p.m. Wednesday).

Returning: It's not just Hallmark movies getting an early jump on the holidays. Food Network kicks off new runs of Holiday Baking Championship and Christmas Cookie Challenge at 9 and 10 p.m. Monday.

Also returning: New seasons of The Real Housewives of New Jersey (9 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo), Baroness von Sketch Show (9 p.m. Thursday, IFC) and Room 104 (11:30 p.m. Friday, HBO).

On streaming …

New: John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons, the performer's first one-man special since 2014's Ghetto Klown, debuts Monday on Netflix. The show, in which Leguizamo takes the audience on a crash course of 3,000 years of history, was nominated for best play at the 2018 Tonys.

Also new: British drama The Cry, starring Jenna Coleman, debuts Thursday on Sundance Now; German crime drama Beat, set in the Berlin club scene, comes to Amazon on Friday; and docuseries Medal of Honor hits Netflix on Friday.

Returning: A new season of Patriot (Amazon) and a new-to-Netflix season of The Great British Baking Show both arrive Friday.

In case you missed it …

Orson Welles never completed his final film, The Other Side of the Wind. But in the 33 years since his death, numerous people worked to edit, score and finish the movie, a pre-This Is Spinal Tap mockumentary about a director (John Huston) trying for a comeback. It is streaming on Netflix now.