12:00pm PT by Rick Porter
This Week in TV: 'Homecoming,' 'House of Cards' and More
With Halloween in the middle of the week and every fall series now having premiered, it's a light week for new offerings on the broadcast networks. But a couple of big cable shows and some star-powered streaming series are on tap.
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: Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reunite to celebrate 15 years of Wicked on Broadway in A Very Wicked Halloween (10 p.m. Monday, NBC). The concert special also features Ariana Grande and the current Wicked cast. On Sunday, ABC celebrates nine decades of Disney's flagship character with Mickey's 90th Spectacular (8 p.m.), featuring musical performances and never-before-seen short films.
On cable …
New: Executive produced by LeBron James and taking its title from a derisive comment Fox News host Laura Ingraham directed at him, Shut Up and Dribble (10 p.m. Saturday, Showtime) looks at the role of athletes, and specifically NBA players, in the current social and political climate.
Returning: Outlander (8 p.m. Sunday, Starz) returns for its fourth season — and takes Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) to America; The Real Housewives of Atlanta returns for its 11th season (8 p.m. Sunday, Bravo); season three of Stan Against Evil (9 p.m. Wednesday, IFC) makes a Halloween-night debut.
On streaming …
New: Based on a podcast of the same title, Homecoming (Friday, Amazon) stars Julia Roberts in her first series-regular role as a counselor for veterans transitioning back to civilian life. Something goes terribly wrong, and the show moves back and forth in time to track what happened.
Also new: Tell Me a Story (Wednesday, CBS All Access), starring Vampire Diaries veteran Paul Wesley, reimagines fairy tales as twisted psychological thrillers with present-day New York as a backdrop.
Returning: The final season of House of Cards (Friday, Netflix) has Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) stepping up to the seat of power in Washington; season three of tech/crime drama StartUp arrives Thursday on Sony Crackle.
In case you missed it …
Bodyguard became the BBC's most popular series in a decade when it was broadcast in the U.K. in August. The thriller starring Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as a police officer assigned to protect a controversial politician (Keeley Hawes) — whose positions go against everything he stands for — is now streaming in the United States on Netflix.