From a Broadway classic to reality rabble-rousers, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. The Real Housewives of Atlanta – Sunday, November 3, 6 p.m., Slice | Season Premiere
SliceThings are anything but peachy-keen for the Georgia branch of the Real Housewives empire, as we enter season 12. NeNe, Cynthia, Kandi, Porsha and Eva welcome back Kenya—who quit in season 10—into their wine-soaked little clique, but no one is feeling all that friendly following the divisive events of the last finale. NeNe is on the outs with practically everyone after Kandi and Cynthia invited Kenya to that wine cooler release party last season without clearing it with her first, and we all know NeNe isn’t one to let go of grudges easily. In particular, the drama between NeNe and Cynthia ratchets up after someone records Cynthia speaking negatively about her frenemy.
Their trademark infighting won’t be this season’s only draw, though. Thanks to some early previews, we also know that a newly married Eva is going to go through her third pregnancy journey this year and that Porsha, who welcomed a baby girl last March, is going to have a rough go of things with her fiancé, former NFL fullback Dennis McKinley, the two of them starting the season off fighting for their relationship in couples counselling. “I’d like to work it out but some stuff is not forgivable,” she says in the trailer. “You know, I made a mistake.”
On the opposite end of the relationship spectrum, Cynthia is in bride mode following a proposal from her boyfriend, Mike Hill. But will she and NeNe be able to squash their beef before the big day?
2. The Simpsons – Sunday, November 3, 8 p.m., City & Fox
CityHorrified after a visit to Aquatraz Water Park, Lisa decides to set free the attraction’s animals (even the most vicious ones) providing a perfect opportunity to have Jane Goodall guest star! In the episode’s B-story, Homer buys a boat, and quickly comes to regret it.
3. The Affair – Sunday, November 3, 8 p.m., Crave1 | Series Finale
Crave1When this award-winning series about extramarital liaisons kicked off five years ago, it presented us with a whole new way to watch TV—one in which any and all narrators should be considered unreliable. As the seasons unfolded, the writers have played that notion up to the fullest, making us question whose version of events were actually the closest to the truth... whatever that truth may be.
That’s never rung truer than in this final season, which comes to a close tonight. Indeed, thanks to the addition of Anna Paquin as the late Cole and Alison’s adult daughter Joanie, we’ve seen how the effects of that long-ago affair and the crimes that accompanied it can ripple through the ages and come full circle.
Here’s hoping everything pans out for Joanie, Noah, Helen et al. in the big finish. As creator Sarah Treem told Deadline: “The theme of this season is, people just coming home to themselves, learning, accepting and just making peace with who they actually are and what they really want. That is a hard thing to do in your life without real trials, and really going through difficult things that force you to ask, in the end, who do you want to be?”
4. His Dark Materials – Monday, November 4, 8 p.m. & 11 p.m., HBO Canada | Series Premiere
HBO CanadaFollowing the demise of their pop-culture juggernaut Game of Thrones, HBO is opening the gates to another popular series of literary fantasy, in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. It’s a world not entirely dissimilar to ours, albeit one where every human has an animal companion called a daemon that is the manifestation of their soul. In what resembles the Victorian era, young Oxford resident Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen, of Logan fame) comes across a conspiracy involving her adventurer uncle Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and charming socialite Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson), who has recently adopted her. When Lyra discovers Mrs. Coulter is the leader of a church-funded project that is abducting children, her quest to save a friend uncovers a bigger mystery in a vast universe, full of parallel worlds and marvelous creatures (including, but not limited to, an armoured polar bear).
5. Running Wild with Bear Grylls – Tuesday, November 5, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., National Geographic | Season Premiere
National GeographicAfter four seasons of pushing celebrity guests to their limit (and beyond) on Running Wild With Bear Grylls, the British survivalist moves the show from NBC to National Geographic for more death-defying adventures in the world’s most extreme environments.
6. The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live! – Tuesday, November 5, 8 p.m., ABC
ABCWhen ABC revives their Wonderful World of Disney banner for The Little Mermaid Live! this Tuesday, sequences from the Disney film will be part of the proceedings marking its 30th anniversary. So will performances literally bringing to life the Oscar-winning score by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, including such immortal tunes as “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.”
7. The Real Housewives of New Jersey – Wednesday, November 6, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. Slice | Season Premiere
SliceIf you thought the highlight of this series was when Teresa Giudice flipped a table, you haven’t seen anything yet. As the 10th season unrolls this week, it promises to bring more drama than ever from the Giudice household as a result of myriad legal problems the family continues to face. As if jail time for Teresa and her husband Joe for tax evasion weren’t enough, Joe has now been deported to Italy and spent most of the season in ICE custody. It’s a good thing Teresa has her fellow Housewives to rely on... or not.
8. Will & Grace – Thursday, November 7, 8 p.m., Global; 9:30 p.m., NBC
GlobalIt’s hard to take Will & Grace seriously when we hear that this is its final season because... well, they’ve pulled that trick already. As it is, the series returned to the schedule sooner than anticipated (debuting October 24) and the predominant plotline for the season revolves around Grace being pregnant, a situation which scares her to death for many reasons, not least of which is because she’s “old.” (Her word, not ours.) So who’s the daddy? Is it Noah (David Schwimmer) or Marcus (Reid Scott)? We don’t know, but we’re presuming a revelation is nigh.
9. Great Performances: The King and I – Friday, November 8, 7 p.m., WTVS; 9 p.m., KCTS
PBSTony winner Kelli O’Hara (13 Reasons Why) and Ken Watanabe (Inception) star in the acclaimed Broadway revival of the beloved musical about a British schoolteacher instructing the royal children of the King of Siam, and featuring such musical theatre classics as “Hello, Young Lovers” and “Shall We Dance.”
10. Green Eggs and Ham – Friday, November 8, Netflix | Series Premiere
NetflixBack in the late 1950s, children’s author Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) made a bet with his publisher, who wagered the author couldn’t write an entire book using just 50 words.
He did, and the result was the now-classic Green Eggs and Ham, which went on to sell more than eight million copies while teaching countless children how to read.
And while the book’s plot is pretty thin—a dude named Sam attempts all sorts of rhyming enticements to get an unnamed grouch to sample a plate of the titular meal—that hasn’t prevented Netflix from adapting Green Eggs and Ham into a full-blown animated series with a star-studded voice cast headed by Adam DeVine as food-pushing Sam and Michael Douglas as cranky Guy.