Wednesday: Sherlock Holmes’ Kid Sister

Millie Bobby Brown, the charismatic star of “Stranger Things” returns in a new film about Sherlock Holmes’ teenage sister, “Enola Holmes” (Netflix, streaming), based on the book series by Nancy Springer. Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin co-star as her brothers. 

Alex Gibney dips into Russian interference into the last election with a deep look at bots and hacking in the long first half of the wide-ranging documentary “Agents of Chaos” (HBO, 9 p.m.) which have benefitted from being a little more streamlined and succinct. It concludes Thursday. 

Practical hints on authoritarian hacks can be found on the second episode of “Hacking Your Mind” (PBS, 10 p.m.).

“The Masked Singer” (Fox, 8 p.m.) returns for its fourth season; the returning judges may be socially distanced, the performers have always worn masks. 

It’s followed by the new series “I Can See Your Voice” (Fox, 9 p.m.) in which contestants try to guess who would be a good singer by just looking at them. With Nick Lachey, Kelly Osbourne, Arsenio Hall and Cheryl Hines. 

A winner is named on the season finale of “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, p.m.). The winner gets $1 million and may be as famous as last year’s winner who was, er, Kodi Lee, the Korean-American singer and pianist. A preview at 8 makes it a three hour event. 

The Canadian import “Coroner” (CW, 9 p.m.) reaches its first season finale.

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Tuesday: ‘Time 100’ Listed but Can’t Meet

The big event for the movers and shakers named for the annual “Time 100” (ABC, 10 p.m.) was actually meeting in  a big summit. That was all canceled for this year, so the pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans will have to make do with this one hour special. Can they even fit all of their names in it? 

At any rate, Halsey, Jennifer Hudson and The Weeknd will perform at the event that will include appearances from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Trevor Noah, Sandra Oh, John Legend and Kumail Nanjani song others 

More series that have already shown on cable migrate to broadcast TV in lieu of an actual fall season. the latest is “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” (Fox, 8 p.m.) with Neil deGrasse Tyson that shows on National Geographic in spring. Unlike everything else, spring hasn’t changed that much since then. 

Successful coaches from a variety of sports are profiled on the new series “The Playbook” (Netflix, streaming). 

Each election year, “Frontline” (PBS, 9 p.m.) is known for creating deep, biographic works on each of the Presidential candidates. But there’s such an excess of politics this season, it’s hard to get excited about “The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden.”

There is a fresh spin on getting the young to vote, though, with the limited series “Kal Penn Approves This Message” (Freeform, 10:30 p.m.), featuring the actor who also worked at the White House. It’s not to be confused with the painfully timely new series also starting tonight, “Cal Fire: West Coast Fires” (Discovery, 10 p.m.) which may be hard to put out. 

The amiable British sitcom “Dead Pixels” (CW, 8 p.m.) has another British aspect: Its season is way too short, and it’s all over tonight.

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Monday TV: Holdbacks and Cable Revivals

The day after the Emmys is the traditional start of the new TV season, and here’s what we have to show for it in a pandemic year. 

The one new show to speak about is “Filthy Rich” (Fox, 9 p.m.), which was to have started airing in the spring but was saved to the fall just in case production halted during the lockdown, and boy did it ever. It seems an amiable enough soap about at the matriarch of a religious televangelist empire (not unlike “The Righteous Gemstones”) who tries to keep the enterprise going despite illegitimate children popping up to make their claim. It’s Kim Cattrell’s biggest role on network TV and she knows the precise degree of brassiness to play. 

Two other “new” fall network shows might be familiar to some from cable. One is a cop show that as made for the Spectrum cable subscribers last year, “L.A.’s Finest” (Fox, 8 p.m.), a spin-off from the “Bad Boys” movie franchise starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. Spectrum held up season two in light of police violence over the summer, but dropped the lot of it two weeks ago (and perhaps it too will come to network TV should the pandemic linger).

“Manhunt: Deadly Games” (CBS, 8 p.m.) also comes from Spectrum, telling the story of Richard Jewell and the Olympic bombing of 1996. Its cast includes Judith Light (in the mother role Kathy Bates had in last year’s Clint Eastwood movie “Richard Jewell”), Carla Gugino, Jack Huston and Cameron Britton. It’s the second installment of the “Manhunter” anthology; the first, about the Unabomber, ran on Discovery.

The life of a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy is chronicled in “In My Blood It Runs,” making its debut on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). 

The shooting death of a 15-year old Black girl, Latasha Harlins, in 1992 is the subject of the film “A Love Song for Latasha” (Netflix, streaming). 

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Sunday TV: Winning Emmys from Home

It won’t be the most disrupted Emmys ever (that happened after 9/11 it was rescheduled twice and finally held in November). This year The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.) will try to bypass the pandemic by showing presenters, nominees and winners from home from 130 different feeds all coming into the empty Staples Center, where Jimmy Kimmel, who had been juggling the live show aspects for his late night show for months, will host. H.E.R. will sing in the in memoriam segment. 

A pair of Sunday night hits from HBO,, “Watchmen” and “Succession” lead with 11 and 10 nominations respectively; “Ozark” has nine; “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Schitt’s Creek” each have eight. “Mrs. America” and “The Crown” are each up for six.

The fourth season begins for the elder couple on “Last Tango in Halifax” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings). 

The 53rd season begins for “60 Minutes” (CBS, 7:30 p.m.) with a report on the imperiled post office. 

Sunday Night Football has New England at Seattle (NBC, 8:20 p.m.). Other games today include Denver at Pittsburgh (CBS, 1 p.m.), Washington at Arizona (Fox, 4 p.m.) and Baltimore at Houston (CBS, 4:25 p.m.). 

A tropical storm in Houston and twister in Arkansas are on the season premiere of “Storm Stories” (Weather, 8 p.m.).

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Saturday TV: Recalling the Life of ‘RBG’

The 2018 documentary “RBG” (CNN, 10 p.m.), about the remarkable life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, gets a replay. It’s the film where she she says she wants to be remembered “as someone who did whatever she could, with whatever limited talent she had, to move society along in the direction I would like it to be for my children and grandchildren’” 

Get a hint on how Sunday’s show might be created by watching the roster of winners for the “Creative Arts Emmy Awards” (FXX, 8 p.m.), taped earlier this week, where winners included first time wins for Maya Rudolph (for her voice on “Big Mouth”) and Trent Reznor (for his music for “Watchmen”). 

It’s Dallas vs. Tampa Bay (NBC, 7:30 p.m.) in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

It’s not the only sport in prime time; baseball has Atlanta at Mets (Fox, 7 p.m.). Other ballgames include San Francisco at Oakland (MLB, 4 p.m.) and San Diego at Seattle (MLB, 9 p.m.). 

And a rash of college football (listed below) culminates in the prime time Miami at Louisville (ABC7:30 p.m.). 

Water babies are a special breed on “Animal Babies” (BBC America, 8 p.m.). 

Elisabeth Moss stars in the horror film “The Invisible Man” (HBO, 9 p.m.) that came out in February, making its premium cable debut. 

“American Voices with Alicia Menendez” (MSNBC, 6 p.m.) and “The Week with Joshua Johnson” (8 p.m.) begin a new weekend prime time lineup for the news channel. 

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Friday TV: Nurse Ratched’s Early Days

Not sure that the backstory of the Big Nurse in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (that won Louise Fletcher an Oscar in 1975) needs to be told. But the new “Ratched” (Netflix, streaming), like the past Ryan Murphy productions for the service, is gussied up in set design, costumes and a big cast of seasoned actors including Sarah Paulson in the title role, Cynthia Nixon, Judy Davis and Sharon Stone. 

The there are questions all over the story, whipped up with strange violence, unusual coastal California setting (though the movie took place in Oregon), neo-Herrmann music swelling and basic inconsistencies like a sleek mental hospital that’s unaccountable big and gleaming. Meant to rise to Hitchcock, it more often is a costume drama designed to shock. 

One of the best cringe comedies these days is the adolescent recreation of “Pen15” (Hulu, streaming), in which Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play themselves half a lifetime ago, in middle school, among a bunch of actual middle schoolers. As the second season starts, the awkward age has never been so painfully amusing.

What’s really scary us the undercutting of voting rights. The new documentary “All In: The Fight for Democracy” (Amazon Prime, streaming), examines voter suppression, with Stacey Abrams. 

After being pulled prematurely from Comedy Central, Larry Wilmore returns for a new weekly topical series in “Wilmore” (Peacock, streaming). 

Nice work if you can get it: Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman take their motorcycles through South and Central America and a camera crew follows them for the new series “Long Way Up” (Apple TV+, streaming).

In the new childrens’ series “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” (Netflix, streaming), the dinosaurs chasing the kids are all cartoons. 

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Thursday TV: Drama Seeks Vanished Plane

Archie Panjabi of “The Good Wife” stars alongside Christopher Plummer as investigators trying to figure out the disappearance of an air liner over the Atlantic in the drama series “Departure” (Peacock, streaming), imported from Canada.

Not to be confused with the Amanda Seyfried movie of the same name, the imported German series “The Last Word” (Netflix, streaming) stars Anke Engelke as a woman who loses her husband and becomes a funeral home eulogist to make money. It runs six episodes. 

The longtime illustrator and cartoonist brings 15 of his short films from 2006 to 2009 as “Mo Willems Storytime Shorts” (HBO Max, streaming). The service’s artist-in-residence also has a new show with a long title, “Mo Willems and the Storytime All-Stars Present: Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime!” (HBO Max, streaming) using the voices of Anthony Anderson, Rachel Dratch, Tony Hale and Natalie Morales, among others, doing readings on stage at the Kennedy Center.  

The new anime series “Dragon’s Dogma” (Netflix, streaming) follows a dragon slayer, based on the role playing video game. 

Not sure what the interest is in Terry Bradshaw and his blonde family but here’s “The Bradshaw Bunch” (E!, 9 p.m.), which is reminiscent of that old reality series “Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs.”

It’s Joe Biden’s turn for a Presidential Town Hall (CNN, 8 p.m.) moderated by Anderson Cooper from Scranton, Penn. 

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Wednesday TV: ACM Awards Tries Again

Postponed from April, The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS, 8 p.m.) is finally presented — from Nashville for the first time — with live and taped performances from its most iconic venues, the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe — all still minus an audience.

Performers include Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, host Keith Urban alongside Pink and all five nominees for entertainer of the year — Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood.  

Tom Holland stars in an adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s psychological thriller “The Devil All the Time” (Netflix, streaming), set in postwar Ohio. Robert Pattinson, Riley Keogh and Bill Skarsgard also star.

A new four-part documentary series “Challenger: The Final Flight” (Netflix, streaming), looks into the 1986 space shuttle disaster. 

The three episode nature series kicks off, “Islands of Wonder” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), looking at three different islands and their unique traits — Madagascar, Borneo and Hawaii.

The 11th season of “Archer” (FXX, 10 p.m.) is set into the future, where the title star is just emerging from a three year coma. 

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Tuesday TV: Freezing the Tyke for Later

It sounds like a science fiction movie, but the documentary “Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice” (Netflix, streaming) follows a family from Thailand who decide to cryogenically freeze the brain of their adorable two-year-old daughter through an Arizona company in an effort to give her a chance of a later life.  

“Frontline” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) examines race and policing in an episode from New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb.

Such issues are not likely to come up with “The Presidential Town Hall” (ABC, 9 p.m.) in which Trump faces someone other than a Fox host for once; to wit, George Stephanopoulos, and a group of undecided voters, whoever those people can possibly be. 

Emilio Esteves has a new movie, “The Public” (Peacock, streaming) about civil disobedience that turns into a standoff with police. It also features Alec baldwin, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union and Jeffrey Wright. 

“Mike McIntyre: Showman” (Netflix, streaming) is the latest stand up comedy special. 

Eleven more semi-finalists perform on “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.). 

“Windy City Rehab” (HGTV, 9 p.m.) returns for a new season. The food series “Taco Chronicles” (Netflix, streaming) is also back for a second season. 

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‘Watchmen’ Sweeps Invisible TCA Awards

Alas, no dress-up this year for the TCA Awards, the annual event from the TV Critics Association, where winners (and strangely, no losers) show up in a California hotel ballroom to accept their plexiglass kudos safe in the knowledge that nothing they say will be either broadcast or otherwise held against them.

That has led to some fun, freewheeling nights, but also ones bereft of the widely televised attention bestowed by other more questionable aggregations (Critics Choice? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association?). 

At the risk of holding off the lede any longer, I should tell you that HBO’s “Watchmen” won a slew of 2020 TCA Awards announced Monday, including both Program of the Year and Outstanding New Program, as well as Outstanding Miniseries and Individual Achievement in Drama for star Regina King. We are happy to pile on the awards before the Emmys get there.

“My heart is just jumping!” King said in a taped acceptance speech to critics (also not to be shared publicly!).

Creator Damon Lindelof, who gave the longest taped acceptance this year, said he was fond of the TCA traditions of not clapping when casts and creators come on stage for their panel press conferences.

“Your invalidation validates my belief that I am human garbage,” he said drolly, adding, “I suppose one of the only upsides of this global pandemic is that this format also deprives me of the applause I so unhealthily crave.” (That’s before turning serious and thanking critics for thoughtfully considering his shows).

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