12:00pm PT by Rick Porter
This Week in TV: 'Power Book II,' 'The Boys,' 'Raised by Wolves'
One of the more anticipated shows of the fall gets underway in the week of Aug. 31, when Starz debuts the first of several Power spinoffs that aim to expand its most popular show. Amazon's The Boys also begins a new season, a former network show gets resurrected and two very different sci-fi series take viewers off the Earth.
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.
The Big Show
Power became one of the bigger shows on premium cable over its six seasons, and Starz is looking to keep the show's audience around with a multitude of spinoffs. First up is Power Book II: Ghost, which picks up soon after the events of the parent show.
It centers on Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.), who's attending an Ivy League university to earn his inheritance and hustling to pay for a defense lawyer (Method Man) for his mom, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), as she faces trial for a murder her son committed. He turns to the drug game and a powerful family headed by Mary J. Blige's Monet — realizing the only way to avoid his dad's fate is to become him, only better. It premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 6. (Hear creator Courtney A. Kemp discuss the franchise on THR's TV's Top 5 podcast.)
Also on cable …
A new season of Teen Mom 2 debuts at 8 p.m. Tuesday on MTV. Tyler Perry's sitcom House of Payne gets a revival at 8 p.m. Wednesday on BET, followed by a new show, Assisted Living, at 9 p.m.
On streaming …
Returning: The Boys proved to be one of Amazon's more popular series in its first season (at least based on the limited audience data available), and the gimlet-eyed take on the superhero show begins its second season Thursday with three episodes. New episodes follow weekly thereafter.
Also returning: Two years after it was canceled on NBC, cult comedy A.P. Bio lives again with a third season on Peacock. Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt, Paula Pell and the rest of the cast reprise their roles.
New: HBO Max's Raised by Wolves (Thursday) and Netflix's Away (Friday) are both science fiction, and both take place (mostly) in places that aren't Earth. But the similarities stop there. The former, executive produced by Ridley Scott, centers on androids tasked with repopulating humanity on a remote planet; Away, from Jason Katims and Matt Reeves, follows an American astronaut (Hilary Swank) who leaves her family behind to lead a three-year mission to Mars.
Also new: Netflix's food-porn series Chef's Table turns its attention to pitmasters in Chef's Table: BBQ (Wednesday); Young Wallander (Friday, Netflix) follows the Swedish detective on some of his first cases; and British drama Noughts + Crosses (Friday, Peacock) is set in a world where African nations are the colonial powers.
On broadcast …
New: Canadian drama Transplant (10 p.m. Tuesday) will help NBC bridge the early fall portion of its schedule. The medical show follows a Syrian doctor (Hamza Haq) who has left the war-torn country to build a new life in Canada.
Finales: The season ends for Tough as Nails (9 p.m. Wednesday, CBS) and To Tell the Truth (9 and 10 p.m. Thursday, ABC).
In case you missed it …
The Eco-Challenge was an inspiration for The Amazing Race, but it hasn't been on TV for more than a decade. That changed with World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji, which is airing for the first time since 2002 "and, in some ways, it's better than ever," writes THR critic Daniel Fienberg. It's streaming on Amazon.