12:00pm PT by Rick Porter
This Week in TV: 'The Crown,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' HBO's 'Industry'
The biggest set of broadcast premieres in this delayed fall season arrives in the week of Nov. 9. So do a host of streaming debuts, including a Netflix Emmy darling, and a couple of staples of the awards show calendar. It's about as "normal" a TV week as viewers have seen in some time.
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
As The Crown's timeline progresses, the series will introduce two key figures in recent British history: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana. The show moves into the 1970s and '80s for its fourth season, with Gillian Anderson playing Thatcher and Emma Corrin playing Prince Charles' future wife.
The season will chronicle Queen Elizabeth's (Olivia Colman) relationships with both women, with Colman noting that the queen and Thatcher didn't exactly hit it off: "The queen ... was excited for having a woman to pick her up and it didn't last, because it turns out not everybody gets on with everybody," she said. The Crown debuts Sunday, Nov. 15 on Netflix.
Also on streaming …
Tuesday brings limited series A Teacher (FX on Hulu) and YA rom-com Dash & Lily (Netflix). Hulu continues its expansion of food programming with Eater's Guide to the World (Wednesday). On Friday, teen spy drama Alex Rider (based on the popular book series) comes to IMDb TV, documentary I Am Greta, about climate activist Greta Thunberg, premieres on Hulu, and Apple TV+ released Becoming You, a docuseries about child development.
On broadcast …
Returning: The two-hour season premiere of Grey's Anatomy (9 p.m. Thursday, ABC) will tackle the coronavirus pandemic head-on. The opening of the show's 17th season is set a month into the virus' spread, forcing the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial to adapt. Spinoff Station 19 precedes Grey's at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Also returning: NBC's three Chicago dramas — Med, Fire, and PD — will also deal with current events from the pandemic to police reform when they start their seasons Wednesday (beginning at 8 p.m.). Law & Order: SVU (9 p.m. Thursday) takes on mistrust of the police in its season premiere. CBS rounds out its Thursday comedy block with The Unicorn (9:30 p.m.), and The Blacklist begins its eighth season at 8 p.m. Friday on NBC.
Awards: The 54th CMA Awards (8 p.m. Wednesday, ABC) will look more like a normal awards show than any others have in recent months. Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker host, and performers include Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Maren Morris, all taking the stage in Nashville amid strict safety protocols.
On cable …
New: HBO delves into the world of high finance in London with Industry (10 p.m. Monday), which follows a group of young trainees vying for jobs at a prestigious firm. THR critic Daniel Fienberg says the show provides "tawdry, infectious fun." Creators Mickey Down and Konrad Kay were guests on THR's TV's Top 5 podcast.
Also new: HBO's The Cost of Winning (9 p.m. Tuesday) follows a Maryland high school football team kicked out of its league for being "too good." Bravo's Real Housewives franchise expands to Salt Lake City (10 p.m. Wednesday). Nickelodeon debuts live-action series The Astronauts at 7 p.m. Friday. Showtime examines The Reagans in a docuseries premiering at 8 p.m. Nov. 15.
Awards: Demi Lovato hosts the 2020 People's Choice Awards, airing at 9 p.m. Nov. 15 on E!
In case you missed it …
Co-created by and starring Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly, Showtime's Moonbase 8 follows a trio of would-be astronauts training for a possible lunar mission at a base in the Arizona desert. THR's Daniel Fienberg notes the comedy is "subdued (or possibly 'subtle,' if you prefer)" but has moments where it breaks out. It airs at 11 p.m. Sundays and is on Showtime's digital platforms.