What to Watch This Week: November 21 to 26

From an important docuseries to a celebrity roast, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

From an important docuseries to a celebrity roast, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week

1. 2021 American Music Awards – Sunday, November 21, 8 p.m., CTV & ABC

It’s been called music’s hottest night of the year, but in light of recent events, the AMAs might well prove to be one of the more controversial galas of this awards season. That’s because in October, when organizers first revealed their star-studded list of nominees, the roster included Morgan Wallen, who’s up for Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Album. His nominations came with a disclaimer, though. “Nominees are determined by performance on the Billboard Charts and are not chosen by a voting committee or membership organization,” the official statement began. “Morgan Wallen is a nominee this year based on charting. As his conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity (performing, presenting, accepting). We plan to evaluate his progress in doing meaningful work as an ally to the Black community and will consider his participation in future shows.”

While we won’t rehash the problematic comments Wallen made back in February 2021, it is worth noting that he has since gone on an apology tour, met with Black activist organizations and been reinstated by his own record label.

As for the rest of the gala? Well, it’s not like there’ll be a shortage of star power, even without the “Livin’ the Dream” singer. Olivia Rodrigo (pictured) leads the pack with the most nominations (seven), but Canada’s own The Weeknd is close behind with six, followed by Doja Cat and GIV?N with five nods apiece.

While the nominees are, as mentioned, determined by charting, the winners are chosen entirely by fan voting. And this year, those fans had a few all-new categories to weigh in on, including Favorite Trending Song, Favorite Gospel Artist and Favorite Latin Duo or Group.

2. Family Guy – Sunday, November 21, 9:30 p.m., Fox

Peter is bummed when his new boss puts the kibosh on office birthday celebrations. Meanwhile, Stewie’s stint in detention turns him into a hardened ruffian. Roots icon Leslie Uggams and creator Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville shipmate Peter Macon drop by as guest stars.

3. Black and Missing – Tuesday, November 23, 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. (repeating at 12:55 am & 1:55 a.m.), HBO Canada | Series Premiere

Three years in the making, this four-part series follows sisters-in-law Derrica and Natalie Wilson, founders of the Black and Missing Foundation, as they dive into specific cases of Black people who’ve vanished, breaking down how systemic behaviours and lax attitudes stem from centuries of deeply rooted racism.

The program also exposes the stark disparity in the media’s attention on white and Black missing persons, as recently seen in the outsized news coverage of the Gabby Petito case and the ensuing claims of “missing white woman syndrome.” By keeping these stories and the missing in the news media, Derrica and Natalie put increased pressure on police departments to keep cases open and active. The docuseries will feature testimony from the families and loved ones of missing women, activists, volunteers, law officers and historians with firsthand experience in this field. “Haunted by these stories of vanished loved ones and driven by the need for attention and assistance for these forgotten women, former law enforcement officer Derrica and public relations expert Natalie operate a grassroots organization that raises awareness in communities, alerts media outlets to the plight of thousands of women and children, and urges police departments to allocate more resources to this scourge,” notes HBO’s announcement for the series.

4. Jonas Brothers Family Roast – Tuesday, November 23, Netflix

Expect the insults to fly furiously as JoBros Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas star in their very first comedy roast special, hosted by SNL’s Kenan Thompson. Billed as a celebration of “the universal truth that no one can get under your skin quite like your own family,” the special also features celebrity guest roasters including Pete Davidson, Niall Horan, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, John Legend, Lilly Singh and Jack Whitehall.

5. Bruised – Wednesday, November 24, Netflix

Oscar-winner Halle Berry both headlines and makes her directorial debut in this feature film. Years after a humiliating defeat, a hard-luck MMA fighter chases redemption when the son she left behind unexpectedly reappears.

6. Hawkeye – Wednesday, November 24, Disney+ | Series Premiere

The Marvel Cinematic Universe just keeps on expandin’. This Wednesday, the comic-book franchise unleashes its fifth Disney+ television series, with a six-episode adventure starring one of the original Avengers: Hawkeye, a.k.a. master archer Clint Barton. Two-time Oscar-nominee Jeremy Renner (who, coincidentally, is also headlining Paramount+’s Mayor of Kingstown at the moment) returns in the title role, as Clint finds himself in New York City with one simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. But when a threat from the past emerges to muck things up, he’s saddled with a criminal conspiracy that he can’t hope to unravel by himself.

And so, reluctantly, our hero teams with a 22-year-old fellow archer—and Hawkeye super-fan—named Kate Bishop (True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld) to neutralize the threat and save the holidays.

Mum’s the word on what kind of Marvel cameos we can expect. However, we do know that Academy Award-nominee Florence Pugh will reprise her Black Widow role as Yelena Belova, sister of Clint’s late best friend Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). The pint-sized assassin blames Clint for her big sis’s death in Avengers: Endgame, and… well, Yelena’s not what you’d call the forgiving type.

Other cast members include The Conjuring‘s Vera Farmiga as Kate’s mom, along with Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as the first-ever live-action incarnation of Native American superhero Echo.

Meanwhile, Linda Cardellini, Ava Russo, Ben Sakamot and Cade Woodward are expected to be back as Clint’s wife and kids.

7. Selling Sunset – Wednesday, November 24, Netflix | Season Premiere

The Oppenheim Group is open for business again. Well, OK… the trendy real estate outfit never technically stopped moving and shaking hot properties with Hollywood’s elite. But us viewers haven’t gotten the scoop on the personal and professional travails of these realtors and brokers since summer 2020. And we’re itching for an update!

One of the biggest developments concerns Chrishell Strause, who hasn’t wasted any time moving on after her unexpected divorce from This Is Us star Justin Hartley. Following a fling with Dancing With the Stars pro Keo Motsepe, Strause and firm co-owner Jason Oppenheim revealed over the summer that they’re dating. As you’d expect, they made the announcement in style: amidst a luxurious Italian vacay. Meanwhile, Christine Quinn has also been busy, busy, busy. Since last we saw her, the woman has married Christian Richard and given birth to a baby boy named Christian Georges Dumontet. And then there’s Heather Rae Young, who is now hitched to HGTV star Tarek El Moussa.

Get all the juicy details (plus, you know, houses and stuff) when the 10-episode fourth season drops on Netflix this week.

8. True Story – Wednesday, November 24, Netflix

We’ve seen Kevin Hart demonstrate his comedy skills in numerous films and specials, but the funnyman will be making a rare foray into drama for this new limited-run series. Although the project has been shrouded in mystery, a recently unveiled trailer sees him star as a successful comedian, identified only as “Kid,” whose sweet life is turned upside down when his older brother (Wesley Snipes) reappears, kicking off a chain of events that threatens to destroy his career and possibly much worse. “This was an opportunity for me to step outside of my norm and partake in a genre of this craft that I never imagined that I would get to,” said Hart in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Describing True Story as “a thriller,” he added, the series features Hart “like you’ve never seen me before,” and poses a provocative question for viewers: “How far would you go to protect the things you’ve worked hardest for? Where would you go to make sure those things remain yours and are never taken from you?”

9. South Park: Post COVID – Thursday, November 25, Paramount+ (Stream)

In this new special, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman struggle to adjust to the new reality of living within an ongoing pandemic as they return to “normal” society. “We’re at where a lot of people are at,” explained South Park co-creator Matt Stone, “which is the future kind of sucks.”

10. The Harry Potter Collection – Friday, November 26, Crave (Stream)

The Boy Who Lived and his Hogwarts classmates are finally back on a Canadian streaming service. Tune in as all eight films in the blockbuster fantasy series magically appear on Crave this weekend, just in time to celebrate the franchise’s 20-year anniversary.