5:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Here's What's Happening in TV This Week
Welcome to This Week in TV. In a bid to help you prioritize among all the events, premieres, big episodes and finales, The Hollywood Reporter's eagle-eyed TV team every Monday will take a closer look at what to expect from the week ahead — and provide helpful links and context for each. Here's a handy primer for the events that will likely take over the headlines in the week ahead.
The CW Gets Into the Fall TV Fray, Monday-Friday, 8 p.m.
Several weeks after the Big Four burst back onto the scene, the younger-skewing network launches its fall schedule. In addition to the returns of buzzy breakout Riverdale, the Arrow-verse and critical darlings Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW will debut its two new fall entries: a glossy, present-day Dynasty remake from the duo behind Gossip Girl and, in something of a stretch for the net, military drama Valor.
Mr. Robot Boots Back Up for Season 3, Wednesday, 10 p.m.
After an extra-long hiatus and a divisive second season, the buzzy USA hacker drama returns for its third season. As per usual, upcoming plot points are being kept under tight wraps except to say that season three will pick up immediately after the season two cliff-hanger and explore "the disintegration between Elliot (Rami Malek) and Mr. Robot (Christian Slater)." Two-time Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale also joins the series-regular cast as Irving, a "laconic, no-nonsense used car salesman."
Hulu Makes Its First Foray Into Talk Shows, Thursday, evening
After becoming the first streamer to take home a best- series Emmy (sorry, Netflix and Amazon), the company will expand its originals slate with its first talk show. Hosted by Sarah Silverman, I Love You, America will see the sometimes controversial comedian travel across the country to connect with "un-like-minded-people," as Hulu puts it, during a particularly divided time in American culture. The 10-episode first season boasts an impressive creative team that includes Funny or Die's Adam McKay and Will Ferrell as exec producers, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon vet Gavin Purcell as showrunner.
David Fincher and Netflix Reteam, Friday, 12:01 a.m.
After helping launch the streaming giant into series originals with House of Cards, the acclaimed director steps behind the camera for the company once again for several episodes of the freshman drama Mindhunter. Boasting Charlize Theron as an executive producer, the 1979-set series follows two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) who interview imprisoned serial killers to understand their psyche and help solve open cases.
Jamie Foxx and Jay Pharoah Show a New Side of Fame, Sunday, 10 p.m.
Oscar-winner Foxx (loosely) pulls from his own life in Hollywood for this new Showtime comedy White Famous. The half-hour also marks Pharoah's first TV role since his sudden departure from Saturday Night Live after six seasons (and lots of President Obama and Jay-Z impersonations). The Studio 8H veteran turns in a "versatile and charismatic lead performance," according to THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg, that is only second to Foxx's own recurring role — his first since his Jamie Foxx Show days.