From Leah Remini's new target to man's best friend, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown — Sunday, November 11, 6 p.m. & 9:15 p.m., CNN | Season Finale
This past June, the world lost a truly indelible presence, when Anthony Bourdain took his own life. To call Bourdain a celebrity chef doesn’t do justice to what he achieved with shows like No Reservations and Parts Unknown. Travelling the world, he immersed himself in both the food of a city and the culture to which it is inexorably linked. He was a modern-day explorer and a charismatic tour guide whose crusty exterior belied a genuine passion for new experiences and a willingness to have his own view of the world reshaped.
2. 2018 People’s Choice Awards — Sunday, November 11, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m., E!
The Waterford crystal has been polished, the votes have been cast and the winners have been tabulated for the 44th edition of this awards show. If it seems a little late in the year for such an affair, you’re not imagining things. Given the sheer number of galas these days—with the majority of them unrolling in January and February—the organizers behind this particular soirée (which includes finalists like Canada's own Sandra Oh) pushed their show from January to November in order to stand out from the crowd.
3. DNA Dinners — Monday, November 12, 7:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m., Gusto | Series Premiere
Recent breakthroughs in technology have allowed us to discover our DNA makeup with surprising precision. And we can often discover some mind-blowing surprises. That’s very much at the heart of DNA Dinners, premiering this week on Gusto. Hosted by etalk's Tyrone Edwards, the 30-minute series conducts Ancestry.com's DNA test on a guest, then uses food to help illuminate the exact nature of their cultural heritage.
4. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: The Jehovah’s Witnesses — Tuesday, November 13, 6 p.m. & 10:03 p.m., A&E
Since cutting ties with the Church of Scientology in 2013, Leah Remini has undergone a radical transformation from one of the controversial religion’s most prominent celebrity members to arguably its most vociferous opponent, in no small part due to her Emmy-winning A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. In advance of the show’s upcoming third season, A&E is airing a standalone two-hour special that shifts the spotlight from the followers of L. Ron Hubbard to an entirely different religion: the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
5. Origin – Wednesday, November 14, YouTube Premium | Series Premiere
It’s a Harry Potter reunion as Tom Felton and Natalia Tena join forces for a futuristic series in which a group of passengers awaken on a damaged ship abandoned deep in space. Each of them burdened by a dark past, they’re all eager for a fresh start, which is hindered by the paranoia that creeps into their increasingly dire situation.
6. The 52nd Annual CMA Awards – Wednesday, November 14, 8 p.m., CTV2 & ABC
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will team up to co-host the event for the 11th consecutive year, with the latter being in the same condition she was at the 2014 event, expecting a child (her second with retired NHL-er husband Mike Fisher). Keith Urban could add several more CMA Awards to the 11 that already grace his trophy case, as Graffiti U has made the superstar singer-songwriter-guitarist a nominee again in three of the top categories.
7. Taken – Thursday, November 15, 9:50 p.m., ENC2
IMDBWhen his daughter (Maggie Grace) and one of her friends are kidnapped by sex slavers while in Paris, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), realizing that time is of the essence, has no choice but to go on a one man rampage across Europe, utilizing the set of skills he honed as a government operative to save them.
8. Dogs – Friday, November 16, Netflix I Series Premiere
A new docuseries should set tales a-waggin’ for dog lovers, as Netflix and Oscar-nominated producer Amy Berg delve into humanity’s species-shaping bond with our canine sidekicks. It’s an exploration that spans the globe, with stops in Syria, Japan, Costa Rica, Italy and the U.S.
9. The Kominsky Method – Friday, November 16, Netflix I Series Premiere
At what point does aging become funny? For most of us, the answer is never, but in the newest comedy from prolific producer Chuck Lorre, the process of getting older becomes as hilarious as it often is heartbreaking. The Big Bang Theory creator teams up with Hollywood legends Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin for a half-hour single-camera series about the friendship between acting coach Sandy Kominsky (Douglas) and his agent Norman (Arkin) as they deal with dating, death and deliberation about the meaning of it all in the twilight of their lives.
10. Narcos: Mexico – Friday, November 16, Netflix I Season Premiere
After chronicling the rise and fall of infamous Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar in the first two seasons, and then the Cali cartel that rose after Escobar’s demise, the fourth season of this groundbreaking Netflix thriller shifts from South America to Mexico in season four. "Narcos: Mexico will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers,” declares the synopsis of the fourth season, which follows the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) takes over, unifying Mexican drug traffickers in order to create an empire.