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Oscar winner Steve McQueen helms his first TV series (or series of films on TV, as he’d put it), David E. Kelley returns to broadcast TV and The CW’s longest-running series comes to a close — and that’s just scratching the surface of maybe the busiest week of premieres and finales of the 2020-21 season so far.
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
Call Small Axe an anthology series, or call it a set of thematically related films that happen to be coming to your TV via Amazon. However it’s classified, the collection of stories — all directed and co-written by McQueen (12 Years a Slave) — aim to shine a light on Black British life.
“Our presence as Black people and what we’ve done has changed the fabric of the U.K. within politics and within wider culture,” McQueen told THR in the magazine’s Nov. 2 cover story. “For me, this needs to be recognized. I needed to see those stories.” The first installment, “Mangrove,” debuts Friday on Amazon, with the others following weekly.
Also on streaming …
The cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunites (Thursday, HBO Max). Disney+ has a laugh with an infamous bit of Star Wars lore in The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (Tuesday). Rainn Wilson narrates sports-ish docuseries We Are the Champions (Tuesday, Netflix). Drama No Man’s Land (Wednesday, Hulu) is set in Syria’s civil war. Netflix gives people a Holiday Home Makeover With Mr. Christmas (Wednesday).
Also, Billie Piper stars in dark comedy I Hate Suzie (Thursday, HBO Max). Marvel’s 616 (Friday, Disney+) delves into the storytelling, cultural impact and fandom surrounding Marvel characters. Olympian Lindsey Vonn and her dog headline animal series The Pack (Friday, Amazon). And for the kids, Disney+ has The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse (Wednesday), while Hulu brings a revival of Animaniacs (Friday).
On broadcast …
New: David E. Kelley last had a show on a broadcast network (The Crazy Ones at CBS) back in 2013-14. Now the Big Little Lies and The Undoing showrunner has Big Sky (10 p.m. Tuesday), his first show at ABC since Boston Legal. The highly anticipated mystery drama, set in Montana, stars Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury and Ryan Phillippe.
Series finale: Supernatural premiered before there was a CW, and it’s been part of the network for its entire existence — until Thursday, when the Winchester boys’ ride comes to an end after 15 seasons. The finale airs at 9 p.m. and is preceded by an hour-long retrospective special.
Returning: CBS’ Monday (The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, All Rise and Bull) and Tuesday (NCIS, FBI and FBI: Most Wanted) begin their seasons, starting at 8 each night. ABC’s For Life (10 p.m. Wednesday) and A Million Little Things (10 p.m. Thursday) also have their premieres.
Awards: Taraji P. Henson hosts the American Music Awards (8 p.m. Nov. 22, ABC), with performances expected from Jennifer Lopez and Maluma, Bad Bunny, BTS, Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion and others.
On cable …
Special: Based on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book and a 2018 theatrical performance at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, HBO’s Between the World and Me (8 p.m. Saturday) will dramatize the author’s letter to his teenage son, describing the author’s experience growing up and his fear of violence against the Black community. The all-star cast includes Angela Bassett, Mahershala Ali, Jharrel Jerome, Susan Kelechi Watson and Oprah Winfrey, among many others.
New: Vice explores the United States’ “shadow government” in docuseries While the Rest of Us Die (10 p.m. Monday). Showtime’s documentary Belushi (9 p.m. Nov. 22) examines the life and career of John Belushi.
Returning: Season two of His Dark Materials kicks off at 9 p.m. Monday on HBO. Jersey Shore Family Vacation makes its fourth trip down the shore at 8 p.m. Thursday on MTV.
In case you missed it …
Dash & Lily is a holiday confection. The eight-episode rom-com, based on the book Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, follows two teenagers (Austin Abrams and Midori Francis) who meet cute — or rather, don’t meet, for much of the show — as they write one another letters and issue challenges via a notebook in a Manhattan bookstore. “Like a medium-quality donut,” THR critic Robyn Bahr writes, “Dash & Lily goes down sweet and easy, but still ends up leaving a slick of unctuous film on the roof of your mouth.” It’s streaming on Netflix.
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