This Week in TV: 'My Brilliant Friend,' 'The Kominsky Method' and More

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The week of Nov. 12 has several high-profile cable and streaming premieres, ranging from adaptations of a best-selling novel to the latest from sitcom maestro Chuck Lorre. Consider it a pre-Thanksgiving table-setter for watching and bingeing over the holiday.

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…

Special: The 52nd annual CMA Awards (8 p.m. Wednesday, ABC) will feature performances by Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert (solo and with her group the Pistol Annies), Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks and more. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley return as hosts.

On cable…

New: My Brilliant Friend (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO), an adaptation of Elena Ferrante's best-selling novel, tracks the friendship of Elena and Lila beginning in 1950s Venice and tracking it across a lifetime. The first two hours are an "extraordinarily promising beginning," THR says. (The show is subtitled, incidentally, as the actors all speak Italian).

Also new: Starring Patricia Arquette, Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano, limited series Escape at Dannemora (10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime) chronicles the escape of two convicted murderers from a New York prison in 2015. Carl Weber's The Family Business (9 p.m. Tuesday, BET) is based on a series of novels by Weber and stars Ernie Hudson as an exotic-car dealer trying to keep his enterprise afloat. USA launches singing competition Real Country (think an updated Nashville Star) at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Returning: The week brings new seasons of History's hit The Curse of Oak Island (9 p.m. Tuesday), A&E's Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (9 p.m. Tuesday) and Nat Geo's Mars (9 p.m. Monday).

On streaming …

New: Lorre's The Kominsky Method (Friday, Netflix) teams Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in a comedy about an aging actor and teacher (Douglas) and his agent (Arkin), who provide a "matter-of-fact reflection on the absurdity and gravity of aging" that's both amusing and at times dramatic, per THR's review.

Also new: The Bisexual (Friday, Hulu), a U.K. import about a woman who begins dating both men and women after ending a long relationship; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Friday, Netflix) was intended to be the Coen brothers' first series but instead is a very long movie; Catherine Zeta-Jones plays a ruthless pageant coach in Queen America (Sunday, Facebook Watch).

Returning: Narcos (Friday, Netflix) shifts to Mexico for its fourth season, with Diego Luna and Michael Pena heading the cast.

In case you missed it …

German crime drama Beat is set in the club culture of Berlin and centers on a DJ named, yes, Beat (Jannis Niewohner). After two bodies are found in a club, law enforcement recruits Beat to help solve the case. It's streaming on Amazon.