This Week in TV: 'WandaVision,' 'Batwoman,' 'One Night in Miami'


The first show in what's soon to be a flood Marvel series debuts on Disney+ in the week of Jan. 11. The week also brings a number of broadcast network premieres — including the return of NBC's latest late night show — the returns of a couple of long-running unscripted franchises on cable, and a well-reviewed movie from Regina King to streaming.

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 coronavirus pandemic delayed the production and premiere of what was to be the first Marvel show on Disney+, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. It's now set to premiere in the spring, with WandaVision instead kicking off the Marvel slate on the streamer.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles as Wanda Maximoff and Vision, who after the events of Avengers: Endgame are living an idyllic suburban sitcom existence — or so it seems, until they start jumping around in time and wonder if everything is in fact as hunky-dory as it seems. The first two episodes debut Friday, with weekly rollouts after that.

Also on streaming …

Directed by Regina King, One Night in Miami (Friday, Amazon) imagines the conversation between Cassius Clay (Eli Goree), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) at a Miami hotel after Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) knocked out Sonny Liston in February 1964. THR critic David Rooney says the film is anchored by a "towering performance" from Ben-Adir and deftly opens up the play by Kemp Powers (who adapted it for the film) on which it's based.

Also this week: crowdfunded comedy Everyone Is Doing Great (Wednesday, Hulu), starring James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti; season four of Search Party (Thursday, HBO Max); season two of the M. Night Shyamalan-produced Servant (Friday, Apple); and season two of Matt Groening's Disenchantment (Friday, Netflix).

On broadcast …

Returning: Batwoman begins its second season at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 on The CW — with a new person under the cowl. Javicia Leslie will take on the title role following the surprise exit of Ruby Rose after season one. Leslie plays Ryan Wilder, a former criminal who will now take on Gotham City's rogues and is "very much not your stereotypical All-American hero."

Also returning: New seasons of A Little Late With Lilly Singh (1:35 a.m. Monday, NBC); The Resident and Prodigal Son (8 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Fox); and Two Sentence Horror Stories (9 p.m. Tuesday, The CW).

New: Kyra Sedgwick stars in Call Your Mother (9:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC), a comedy about an empty nest mom who want so reconnect with her grown children — and does so pretty aggressively.

Also new: Supernatural drama Trickster, an import from Canada, premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday on The CW. Miss Scarlet and the Duke (8 p.m. Jan. 17, PBS) is an Agatha Christie-eque mystery airing as part of the Masterpiece banner.

On cable …

Returning: The sixth season of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (10:30 p.m. Wednesday, TBS) debuts a week before the end of the Trump administration. Bee joined THR's TV's Top 5 podcast to talk about recent news and how her show will adapt to a Biden administration.

Also returning: New seasons of Street Outlaws (8 p.m. Monday, Discovery), Straight Up Steve Austin (11 p.m. Monday, USA) and Married at First Sight (8 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime).

In case you missed it …

Pretend It's a City is the insult Fran Lebowitz hurls at tourists taking up space in her beloved New York. It's also the title of a docuseries, directed by her longtime friend Martin Scorsese, about Lebowitz's unique place in the culture of the city and the host of stories she has to tell. THR critic Daniel Fienberg notes that the show, now streaming on Netflix, "a tribute to two things Scorsese loves, Fran Lebowitz and New York City, and that affection is contagious."