From comic curmudgeons to actors celebrating actors, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez — Netflix
NetflixAaron Hernandez was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2010, but he wasn’t what you’d call a top pick: he was a fourth-round selection, and one of the reasons the talented tight end was still up for grabs so late in the draft was thatper a 2018 Boston Globe article—many teams had deduced “he was a problem.” That’s putting it mildly, as viewers will discover over the course of this three-part documentary, which delves into Hernandez’s rise and fall, a journey during which the NFL-er was convicted and handed a life sentence for murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, and which came to a conclusion in 2017, when Hernandez committed suicide in his cell.
Before joining the Patriots, Hernandez suffered through an abusive upbringing, was fascinated by gang life and had been involved in some nasty incidents that foresaged a violent end, including a bar fight in Gainesville, Florida, as well as a double shooting in which he was a prime suspect.
Hernandez’s story has been told before on various other news programs, but this is by far the most in-depth look into the man, his career, his crimes and his death.
2. Batwoman — Sunday, January 18, 5 p.m., Showcase; 8 p.m., The CW
ShowcaseKate Kane has cultivated a taste for the darker side of superheroics, but following the Crisis crossovers, in which she met a chilling version of her cousin Bruce Wayne, we can only hope Gotham’s Paragon of Courage is ready to let the light back in, as season one resumes tonight.
3. 9-1-1: Lone Star — Sunday, January 18, 7 p.m. & Monday, January 19, 8 p.m., CTV & Fox | Series Premiere
CTVWhen Ryan Murphy, the man behind hits like Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story and American Crime Story, created an action drama following Los Angeles first responders, the producer always imagined it as a franchise that could be replicated in other settings around the United States. Now, two years after we got our first glimpse into the harrowing world of the police officers, paramedics, firefighters and dispatchers in L.A., the procedural is expanding to Austin, Texas, starting Sunday with a 90-minute premiere, before settling into its regular timeslot on Monday. Rob Lowe headlines the series as Owen Strand, a New York firefighter who is asked to come in and rebuild an Austin firehouse that’s suffered a cataclysmic loss.
4. Shameless — Sunday, January 18, 8 p.m., Crave1
CraveThe post-Fiona schemes and foibles of Chicago’s least functional family continue, as Debbie’s love triangle goes nuclear, Frank finds a “cushy” new place to call home, Ian sees his boyfriend in a different light and Lip gets panicky when Tami moves in, with big plans for their future.
5. Curb Your Enthusiasm — Sunday, January 18, 9:30 p.m. & 12:55 a.m., HBO Canada | Season Premiere
HBO CanadaThanks to a high-profile side gig playing Bernie Sanders on SNL, Larry David hasn’t been quite so out of the public eye as he usually is between seasons of this long-running HBO cringe comedy, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still ecstatic to have him back. As ever, we really don’t know anything about the new episodes except what we’ve seen in the trailer, but we can report the usual gang of narcissistic idiots are accounted for—Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Richard Lewis and JB Smoove—and there’s also an impressive roster of guests, including Jon Hamm, Fred Armisen and Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox.
6. 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards — Sunday, January 18, 8 p.m., Global
LionsgateWhile the Golden Globes and the Oscars get more headlines, the SAG Awards hold a lot of weight, with actors fêting their own fellow thespians. This year’s field of nominees is especially crowded, with Bombshell, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Once Upon a Time. . . in Hollywood and Parasite vying to win Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
7. The New Pope — Monday, January 19, 8 p.m. & 12:30 p.m., HBO Canada
HBO CanadaIn the finale of The Young Pope, the mysterious pontiff finally revealed his face for the first time, but then collapsed mid-homily. In the followup, The New Pope, Pius XIII is apparently in a coma from which he’s not expected to awaken. In the meantime, he’s become canonized as a saint, with thousands of Catholics idolizing him as he hovers between life and death.
As a result, a new pontiff has been elected: John Paul III, who proves to be a very different pope than his predecessor.
As we’ve seen in the trailer for The New Pope, everything changes in the blink of an eye, literally, when Pius XIII suddenly awakens from his coma, leading to the first time in Vatican history that two spiritual leaders are suddenly in charge of the Church.
8. Fortune Feimster: Sweet and Salty — Tuesday, January 21, Netflix
NetflixFortune Feimster burst onto the standup comedy scene—well, the televised portion of that scene—back in 2010 when she appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. A decade later, Feimster’s become a much more familiar face, thanks to her stint as a series regular on The Mindy Project and appearances on 2 Broke Girls, Workaholics, Glee, Drunk History and numerous other sitcoms.
For Sweet & Salty, Feimster gets quite intimate, talking about her childhood experiences as a debutante, a girl scout and a (disqualified) swim-meet champ.
9. Star Trek: Picard — Thursday, January 23, 6 p.m. & Midnight, CTV Sci-Fi | Series Premiere
CTV Sci-FiFans of Star Trek: The Next Generation will see their beloved Admiral Jean-Luc Picard broaching a new frontier this week.
The 10-episode Star Trek: Picard picks up 20 years after the events of 2002 feature Star Trek: Nemesis and finds the U.S.S. Enterprise commander played by Sir Patrick Stewart retired to his vineyard in the Burgundy region of France, where he’s churning out fine wines and licking his wounds from two events that derailed his career and changed his life: the destruction of the planet Romulus and the death of ex-comrade Data (Brent Spiner).
Unshaven and unkempt in the opening episode, the aging Picard is confronted by his original decision to pull away from Starfleet and forced to grapple with whether to re-engage and head back to the stars.
10. Grey's Anatomy — Thursday, January 23, 9 p.m., CTV & ABC
CTVThe venerable doctor drama entered the holidays on a stunningly dark note—with a car coming through the ceiling of the Emerald City Bar, where many of our series regulars were hanging out after a tough day.
When the show returns from hiatus this week, we pick up pretty much right after that surreal moment, and from what we hear it’s highly likely that at least one character (from either Grey’s or Station 19) won’t make it out alive.