From Nashville's brightest to a crossover crisis, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Our Cartoon President – Sunday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., Crave1 | Season Finale
CraveThis week brings the season finale of Stephen Colbert’s animated, Trump-skewering satire. Naturally, it’s wrapping up with an election, but since the real election will be over by then, will it be anticlimactic? Well, maybe—but it’ll probably still afford us a chuckle or two.
2. Bob’s Burgers – Sunday, November 8, 9 p.m., City & Fox
CityEver-eccentric Tina is honoured to be put in charge of the school’s time capsule project, but when she refuses to accept Tammy’s submission, she unwittingly ignites a ferocious battle of wills. Meanwhile, back at the burger shack, Bob has a little fun at the expense of his wife’s inability to whistle.
3. Family Guy – Sunday, November 8, 9:30 p.m., City & Fox
CityJoe asks Peter to be the godfather of his daughter, but—no surprise here—Peter completely misunderstands his duties and, in trying to do the best job possible, becomes an actual gangster.
4. I Am Patrick Swayze – Tuesday, November 10, 1:30 pm. & 2:05 a.m., HBO Canada
HBO CanadaThe same I Am series that’s covered such gone-too-soon icons as Steve McQueen, Chris Farley and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. here honours Patrick Swayze, tracking his rise from elite ballet dancer to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and most swooned-over heartthrobs. In addition to revisiting such works as Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Point Break and the immortal Road House, this doc also touches on Swayze’s complex relationship with his mother/dance teacher, the struggles with alcoholism after his father’s death and his own tragic passing from cancer at age 57. Offering insight are family, friends and co-stars such as Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore and Rob Lowe.
5. A Teacher – Tuesday, November 10, 7 p.m, 7:35 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. (repeating at 10 p.m., 10:35 p.m. & 11:15 p.m.), FX Canada | Series Premiere
FX CanadaA high school teacher (Kate Mara), dissatisfied in her marriage, begins to cross lines and make inappropriate decisions as she acts on her attraction to an ambitious student (Nick Robinson), leaving a wake of irreparable damage. Based on creator Hannah Fidell’s 2013 film of the same name.
6. The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City – Wednesday, November 11, 7 p.m. & 9:45 p.m., Slice | Series Premiere
SlicePerfection is attainable... so long as you have the money and connections to get you there. That’s the thesis statement for this latest addition to the ever-expanding Real Housewives franchise, which makes its splashy debut this week.
In a 75-minute premiere, we’ll meet Lisa Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose and Jen Shah—six women who live in the controversial city and are ready to offer us a bold new perspective on the Mormon lifestyle. That said, while some of the ladies do indeed count themselves as devout followers of the religion, Islamic, Jewish and Pentecostal faiths are also represented in their ranks.
7. The 54th Annual CMA Awards – Wednesday, November 11, 8 p.m., CTV2 & AMC
ABCCountry music’s biggest night is back, pandemic be damned. The show will be slightly different as a result of social-distancing mandates, but what isn’t these days, right? And after all, don’t people need a little musical pick-me-up now more than ever?
Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker are teaming to host the soirée, in which Miranda Lambert leads all nominees with seven nods, including the big one: Entertainer of the Year. That bolsters her record to 55 overall noms throughout her career, breaking McEntire’s previous record of 51 to become the most-nominated female artist in the gala’s history. Meanwhile, Luke Combs comes in second for the night, with six nominations.
One of the other noteworthy nominees is Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber, who picked up the first three CMA noms of his career—Single of the Year, Music Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year—courtesy of the genre-mashing collaboration “10,000 Hours” with country duo Dan + Shay.
8. Station 19 – Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m., CTV; 8 p.m., ABC | Season Premiere
CTVAhead of the Grey’s Anatomy season premiere (detailed on page 11), fans will want to watch the return of this spinoff, since it’s actually the start of a two-part “crossover event” that begins in Station 19 and then concludes on Grey’s. As Ellen Pompeo said, the two shows will tackle “the biggest medical crisis the world has ever seen.”
9. Grey's Anatomy – Thursday, November 12, 9 p.m., CTV & ABC | Season Premiere
CTVIt feels like forever-and-a-day since we last checked in with the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial. That’s because the medical drama was one of the first to close down production last March when the coronavirus hit, and the last few episodes of the season were cut as a result. While showrunner Krista Vernoff has promised that at least a few of those planned storylines will indeed play out when the series returns, COVID has thrown a big wrench in their plans. Now, some characters will head off in entirely new directions as the pandemic becomes a central plot point in the new season, which Vernoff and star Ellen Pompeo have publicly dedicated to health care workers.
10. The Blacklist – Friday, November 13, 8 p.m., Global & NBC | Season Premiere
GlobalAs Red Reddington schemes his way into season eight, the criminal mastermind and his FBI partner Elizabeth Keen are at odds like never before, following a season-seven finale in which Lizzy shocked everyone by siding with her long-lost mother, in direct opposition to her surrogate father.