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In a TV landscape littered with more than 500 scripted originals and another 700 reality and docuseries, figuring out what to watch can feel like a Herculean task.
The week of Aug. 20-26 is a relatively light week, and still about 20 shows have their season or series premieres. The Hollywood Reporter is sorting through the lineup to highlight the most anticipated new and returning shows on broadcast, cable and streaming. Here’s what to watch for the week (you should also bookmark THR‘s handy guide for key premiere and finale dates.)
On broadcast …
The Late Late Show‘s “Carpool Karaoke” segment with Paul McCartney did so well that CBS is expanding it into a primetime special. Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool will feature new footage from James Corden and Paul McCartney’s tour around McCartney’s hometown and his performance at a Liverpool pub.
Airs: Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT (CBS)
On cable …
Hoop Dreams and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail director Steve James spent a year with a group of suburban Chicago high school students filming America to Me, which begins a 10-episode run on Starz. The show deals with race and class — and also the goofiness that’s just part of being a teenager. After seeing it at Sundance, THR critic Daniel Fienberg called it “reality TV in the best sense of the term.”
Airs: Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT (Starz)
On streaming …
In Aussie import Safe Harbour, five friends on a yachting trip come across a broken-down fishing boat filled with asylum seekers and decide to try towing the boat to safety. But when they wake up the next day, the boat is gone. Cut to five years later, where the yachters and some of the refugees meet again and start to unravel the truth about what happened. The four-part drama begins streaming on Friday on Hulu.
In case you missed it …
England’s Premier League kicked off its 2018-19 season on Aug. 10. A week later, Amazon offered up the latest edition of its All or Nothing docuseries, this time following Manchester City as they rolled to the league’s 2017-18 title. It is streaming now on Amazon Prime.
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