Ryan Murphy gives Nurse Ratched a story, and Kim Cattrall stars in her first network TV series as the matriarch of a televangelist empire.
Dispatches: weekly TV news
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade” will be held virtually this year due to public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Details on how the parade will be different from the live event have not been given, but more details will be announced closer to the holidays.
“Watchmen” was the grand winner of this year’s Television Critics Association Awards, which were handed out unceremoniously. The series won Program of the Year, New Program, Miniseries and Dramatic Direction for Regina King.
Contenders: shows to watch
The celebrity origin story series, “Becoming,” returns for the second season (September 18, Disney +). The 10-episode documentary-style show focuses on athletes, artists and musicians, with tours to their hometowns and interviews with family members, coaches, mentors and friends.
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman reunite for a new motorcycle adventure in “Long Way Up” (September 18, Apple TV +). Driving prototype electric Harley-Davidsons through South and Central America, their journey takes them 13,000 miles through 13 countries.
From Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan comes “Ratched” (September 18, Netflix). Inspired by “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, the story is set in 1947 and follows the infamous nurse Mildred Ratched (Sarah Paulson), as she begins working in a mental hospital. Spoiler alert: it’s not Florence Nightingale.
“The Emmys” go virtual (September 20, ABC, 8 p.m. ET). This year’s host is Jimmy Kimmel.
It’s Syd and Nancy, the detective version, in “LA’s Finest” (Sept. 21, Fox, 8 p.m. ET). Gabrielle Union plays Syd Burnett, an LAPD detective, who is paired with her new partner, Nancy McKenna, played by Jessica Alba. The series originates from the universe of Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Bad Boys” film franchise and Sony Pictures Television, so expect plenty of action as women take on the criminal underworld of LA.
Following “LA’s Finest” at 9 p.m. ET on Fox is “Filthy Rich.” The story follows the Monreaux, a very wealthy southern family whose fortune comes from a successful Christian television network. When the patriarch dies in a plane crash, it is discovered that he has fathered three illegitimate children who are written in his will. The family is not amused and the new heirs do not leave, adding to a family drama worthy of a soap opera. Kim Cattrall stars.
If the popularity of “The Masked Singer” is anything to say, musical guessing games are gold, which is why Fox has stepped up the new unscripted series, “I Can See Your Voice” (September 23, 9 p.m. ET). Cheryl Hines and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton join Ken Jeong, a rotating celebrity group and music star to help a contestant differentiate between good and bad singers. The catch is, they never sing.
Bulletin: winners and losers rankings
Winners: HBO has renewed John Oliver’s series “Last Week Tonight” until 2023.
Losers: The NFL season opener scored a smaller audience than last year, but still dominated overnight ratings.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin goes to Washington: shaping the president on “The West Wing” television. She holds a doctorate. in Media Studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment Stay tuned, email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @mcstaytuned.