This Week in TV: Election Night, 'Young Sheldon'

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There's really only one big show set for the week of Nov. 2: Election night, which will be covered across the TV spectrum. Otherwise, it's a fairly light week for premieres, with a handful of broadcast and cable series beginning their seasons and only a couple of streaming shows set to debut.

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

One other note: By the time this story publishes, daylight saving time will have ended. Make sure your clocks are set back an hour.

The Big Show

Not every ballot will be counted by the time the clock hits midnight on election night (because that literally never happens). But TV will be awash in coverage of the vote and reactions from across the country as President Trump vies for a second term and Democratic nominee Joe Biden hopes to win the White House.

The Big Four broadcast networks, cable news channels, PBS, C-SPAN and WGN America will offer coverage of the election all night long, most beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. PBS starts its coverage at 6 p.m. ET. Stephen Colbert will do a live special at 11 p.m. ET on Showtime, and The Daily Show is also going live on Comedy Central.

Also on broadcast …

CBS' top-rated comedy, Young Sheldon, premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday, kicking off a 90-minute block of shows produced by Chuck Lorre. It's followed by newcomer B Positive, starring Thomas Middleditch and Annaleigh Ashford, at 8:30 and Mom (sans Anna Faris) at 9 p.m. ABC's The Good Doctor begins its fourth season at 10 p.m. Monday. On Sunday, Nov. 8, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans premiere on CBS, starting around 8:30 p.m. ET after an NFL doubleheader and 60 Minutes. (They'll run at 8 and 9 p.m. PT.) A teaser for B Positive is below.

On cable …

New: Despite its title, Showtime's comedy Moonbase 8 (11 p.m. Nov. 8) does not take place in space. Instead it follows three astronauts (Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly) attempt to prove their worthiness for a moon mission at a simulator in the Arizona desert. It does not all go to plan.

Returning: Bravo's Below Deck boards a new season at 8 p.m. Monday; after a long absence, season three of The A Word debuts at 11 p.m. Wednesday on Sundance.

Special: The 2020 class of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame — Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex — are spotlighted in HBO's annual special, airing at 8 p.m. Saturday.

On streaming …

New: An unusually quiet week for premieres on the big streaming platforms features several imports. Swedish dramedy Love & Anarchy debuts Wednesday on Netflix, and Thursday brings Two Weeks to Live (HBO Max) stars Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams as a woman out for revenge, and Save Me Too (Peacock) is a continuation of Lennie James' Save Me. See the Two Weeks to Live trailer below.

In case you missed it …

That Animal Rescue Show, executive produced and directed in part by Richard Linklater, profiles the humans and animals involved in several rescue organizations in Central Texas. The simple premise is a gateway to 10 warmly human, touching but not sappy stories of how people help animals, and vice versa. "I found it kind of uplifting," Linklater told THR. "I was moved by the spirit of it all, just being there." All 10 episodes are streaming on CBS All Access.