12:00pm PT by Rick Porter
This Week in TV: 'The Mandalorian,' 'This Is Us,' 'City So Real'
One of the most anticipated series of the year makes its debut in the week of Oct. 26, when The Mandalorian begins its second season on Disney+. One of network TV's bigger shows also returns, as does a popular Netflix food show. The week also brings specials celebrating Latinx culture and encouraging people to vote.
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
The Mandalorian helped put Disney+ on the map when it debuted along with the service in November 2019 and created perhaps the breakout character of the last year in the Child — aka Baby Yoda. It also won the first Emmys for Disney+, winning seven awards in the Creative Arts categories.
The show's second season arrives Friday (just as yearly subscribers may be pondering whether to renew). Creator Jon Favreau and the rest of the show's team have been tight-lipped about where the series will go in season two, but it will include the likes of Timothy Olyphant, Temeura Morrision — who played Jango Fett in the Star Wars prequels — and Michael Biehn, as well as (reportedly) Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano.
Also on streaming …
Comedian — and the internet's favorite Trump lip-dubber — Sarah Cooper gets her first Netflix special, Everything's Fine (Tuesday). Richard Linklater executive produces and directs That Animal Rescue Show (Thursday, CBS All Access), a docuseries about (you guessed it) animal rescue organizations in Central Texas. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reteam for Truth Seekers (Friday, Amazon), about a crew of part-time paranormal investigators. Season four of Somebody Feed Phil (Friday, Netflix) follows Phil Rosenthal as he eats his way through the Mississippi delta and Rio de Janeiro, among other stops.
On broadcast …
Returning: The fifth season of This Is Us (9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC) opens with a two-hour premiere that finds the Pearson siblings and their families navigating the pandemic (a subject creator Dan Fogelman discussed on THR's TV's Top 5 podcast).
Also returning: The sixth season of Superstore (8 p.m. Thursday, NBC) will say goodbye to star America Ferrera in its first two episodes (her last one airs Nov. 5). Season five of American Housewife premieres at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.
Specials: Eva Longoria hosts and produces Essential Heroes: A Momento Latino Event (9 p.m. Monday, CBS), celebrating and bringing aid to Latinx communities that have been affected by and have played a key role in fighting COVID-19. Also on CBS, Every Vote Counts: A Celebraton of Democracy (9 p.m. Thursday) will use music, comedy and other art forms in a bipartisan effort to get out the vote.
New: Hugh Laurie stars in Roadkill (9 p.m. Nov. 1, PBS), a Masterpiece thriller about a British politician who's dogged by scandal but pushes ahead regardless.
On cable …
New: City So Real was a favorite at Sundance in January, with THR critic Daniel Fienberg calling it a "gripping topical smorgasbord" by filmmaker Steve James, who painted a portrait of Chicago through the lens of its 2019 mayoral election. National Geographic will air the five-hour documentary series (including a fifth episode shot earlier this year) commercial-free starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Also new: British drama Temple, about a surgeon who runs a (literally) underground clinic in London, debuts in its entirety Monday on Spectrum Originals.
Specials: Nickelodeon polls the not yet of voting age set in Kids Pick the President (7 p.m. Tuesday). 85 South host the BET Hip Hop Awards (9 p.m. Tuesday), where DaBaby is the leading nominee.
Returning: Deutschland 89 (11 p.m. Thursday, Sundance) follows up the acclaimed Deutschland 83 and Deutschland 86 and follows an East German spy (Jonas Nay) after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In case you missed it …
The stakes of How To With John Wilson aren't high — the docu-comedy is mostly about everyday things like making risotto and improving memory. But the show, executive produced by Nathan Fielder, "has the ability to make you snort with laughter, pause in contemplation and even swoon at the poetry of urban space," says THR's Daniel Fienberg. It airs Friday nights on HBO and streams on its digital platforms.