From a Dixie Chicks doc to a Roswell revamp, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. American Style – Sunday, January 13, 6 p.m. & 7 p.m. (repeating at 8 p.m. & 9 p.m.), CNN I Series Premiere
Style is more than the clothes we wear on our backs. As this incoming four-part series proves with its back-to-back, two-episode premiere, it can also thread together a story of the world’s political, social and economic climates. Using archival footage and interviews with experts, this show looks at fashion’s influence on Americans over the decades and how that has ultimately shaped who they are today.
2. The 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards – Sunday, January 13, 8 p.m., The CW
The 24th annual awards feature a slew of celebrity presenters and winners as they congregate for the three-hour affair at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. There, The Favourite leads all film nominations with 14 nods including best picture, best acting ensemble and best director for Yorgos Lanthimos. Don’t count out Black Panther though, which scratched its way into having the second-most nominations at 12, or lunar drama First Man, which landed in critics hearts with 10 nods. Meanwhile, Mary Poppins Returns, A Star Is Born and Vice earned nine nods apiece. Meanwhile on the TV side of things it seems like the critics continue to be enamoured by HBO and Netflix, which walked away with 20 overall nominations each, while shows like The Americans, Atlanta and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story helped catapult FX into second place with 16 nominations.
3. True Detective – Sunday, January 13, 8 p.m. & 9 p.m. (repeating at 11 p.m. & Midnight), HBO Canada I Season Premiere
The unsolved murder of two schoolchildren rocks an Arkansas community and haunts a detective over the course of decades as HBO’s True Detective returns for a rather macabre third season this week. As the new season opens Sunday with back-to-back new episodes, it’s 2015 and retired state police detective Wayne Hays (Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, Moonlight) is asked to recall the details of the 1980 disappearance of two preteens for a true-crime documentary, a mystery that has deepened over the decades.
The action then flashes back to the investigation that Hays and fellow detective Roland West (Stephen Dorff, Blade) spearheaded with the help of local schoolteacher Amelia Reardon (Carmen Ejogo, Alien: Covenant).
As the story plays out over three separate timelines—the 1980 crime, new developments in the case in 1990 and Hays’ recollections in 2015—we learn that Reardon turns out to be a key player in the original investigation, having been the children’s teacher, and that she and Hays had become romantically involved.
4. The Passage – Monday, January 14, 9 p.m., Fox I Series Premiere
Based on the best-selling horror trilogy, The Passage tells the tale of an immune-boosting wonder drug that yields unintended (and apocalyptic) side effects. The television adaptation stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Federal Agent Brad Wolgast, who goes rogue when tasked with bringing 12-year-old test subject Amy (Saniyya Sidney) to researchers.
5. Roswell, New Mexico – Tuesday 6 p.m & 9 p.m., Showcase; 9 p.m., The CW I Series Premiere
Remakes and reboots continue to be all the craze, even with teen dramas. Hot on the heels of successful series like Dynasty, Charmed and Riverdale, the network welcomes a reimagined take on this New Mexico-based series, where aliens live undercover among humans. Jeanine Mason (Grey’s Anatomy), Nathan Parsons (The Originals) and Lily Cowles (BrainDead) star.
6. Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing – Tuesday, January 15, 9 p.m. & Midnight, Knowledge
In 2003, Natalie Maines, a member of the country music trio The Dixie Chicks, paused for a moment during a London concert and announced, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” Little did she or her bandmates (Martie Maguire and Emily Robison) realize just what sort of startling repercussions her words would have, ranging from protests to death threats. Jointly produced and directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck, this documentary follows the Dixie Chicks’ highs and lows over the subsequent few years.
7. Drunk History – Tuesday, January 15, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m, Much I Season Premiere
Borrowing the story-within-a-story structure of Are You Afraid of the Dark, the sixth-season premiere of this slurred history lesson recounts the creation of Frankenstein, casting Evan Rachel Wood as author Mary Shelley, Seth Rogen as her iconic character Dr. Frankenstein and Will Ferrell as Frankenstein’s Monster.
8. Little Dog – Thursday, January 17, 9:30 p.m. I Season Premiere
Facebook/Little Dog TVThe second season of CBC's black comedy returns with Tommy (Joel Thomas Hynes) on the run after winning the fight he was supposed to throw. Meanwhile, Tommy's mom Sylvia (Ger Ryan) tries to get everyone out of her house and sister Ginny (Vancouver's Katharine Isabelle) continues to deliver acerbic commentary on her family's struggles while trying to convince her son to give up the search for his father.
9. Grace and Frankie – Friday, January 18, Netflix I Season Premiere
It seems as if it were just yesterday we were first introduced to frenemies Grace Hanson (Jane Fonda) and Frankie Bergstein (Lily Tomlin), and now the Netflix comedy is returning for its fifth season.
In addition to reteaming the 9 to 5 co-stars–whose sublime comic chemistry is always a joy to behold–Grace and Frankie serves as a refutation of the network television notion that viewers have no interest in watching shows about people in their “golden years.”
10. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened – Friday, January 18, Netflix
On paper, it sounded like it was going to be the most amazing event in recent memory. Billy McFarland, creator of a new music-booking app called Fyre, decided during a conversation with rapper Ja Rule that the best way to promote this new business endeavour was to hold a music festival, a massive one which would be spread over the course of two weekends in April and May 2017.
Excitement was high, and the promotion of the event was even higher, with Fyre forking out dough to various social media influencers—Kendall Jenner being the most high-profile of the bunch—to talk it up by posting a link to a promotional video for the festival on their Instagram feeds.
But promises of “an immersive music festival, two transformative weekends, on the boundaries of the impossible” were, alas, left unfulfilled. Attendees arrived at the event to discover that it was being postponed, receiving promises of rescheduling which were hardly consolation for having paid for their flights to the Bahamas. So what happened to the Fyre Festival? How could McFarland’s epic promotional plans go so horribly wrong? This documentary delves into the whole sordid affair.