TV best bets with Will Smith, ‘Tiger King 2,’ ‘Psych’ film, Alanis Morissette doc, ‘The Wheel of Time’

"King Richard" about Richard Williams and his two tennis superstar daughters, Serena and Venus, is coming out on HBO Max and movie theaters. HBO MAX
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"King Richard" about Richard Williams and his two tennis superstar daughters, Serena and Venus, is coming out on HBO Max and movie theaters. HBO MAX

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Seasons ends for ‘Queen Sugar,’ ‘The Morning Show’

WarnerMedia committed earlier this year to release all its theater movies simultaneously on HBO Max due to the pandemic. This Friday, the latest is “King Richard” starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, who helped turn his two daughters Venus and Serena into global tennis superstars.

Speaking of the pandemic, the first series that became buzzworthy after it all began last year was the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King.” Its crazy popularity has led to a second season out Wednesday.

HBO has two major music events this week: a controversial documentary about Alanis Morissette on Thursday, “Jagged,” which Morissette has denounced after originally agreeing to appear in it. On Saturday, HBO airs the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, as it does every year.

The biggest Amazon Prime release of the week is “The Wheel of Time,” a big-budget “Game of Thrones”-style fantasy series starring Rosamund Pike and a sprawling cast.

Two major series finish their seasons: OWN’s “Queen Sugar” Tuesday and Apple TV+’s “Morning Show” Friday.

Nicolas Cage stars in a “straight-to-video” film that AMC+ and Shudder are debuting Thursday called “Prisoners of the Ghostland,” where Cage plays a ruthless bank robber sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor, whose adopted granddaughter Bernice has gone missing.

Peacock on Thursday is releasing a third film featuring the characters from the old USA series “Psych.” Netflix on Tuesday releases a new Michael Che comedy special and ESPN+ on the same day debuts a docuseries featuring Tom Brady.

Three veteran shows are returning this week: TLC’s “7 Little Johnstons” (10th season), the CW’s “Flash” (eighth season) and the CW’s “Riverdale” (sixth season). Others coming back are Paramount+’s “Star Trek: Discovery” and Starz’s “Ghost Book II.”

This covers Monday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 21.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — It’s the semifinals and Atlanta’s Iman Shumpert is still dancing.

“9-1-1″ 8 p.m. Fox — Bobby and the 118 race to save lives after an explosion rocks the hospital where Dr. David Hale is performing surgery.

“The Big Leap” 9:01 p.m. Fox — With the future of Paula’s health staring them in the face, she and Mike decide to take a giant leap in their relationship.

“The Good Doctor” 10 p.m. ABC — Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Alex Park must grapple with a life-and-death decision and decide between saving one patient over another.

“Ordinary Joe” 10 p.m. NBC — Music Joe struggles to support Amy through a devastating loss; after Cop Joe and Amy’s decision to turn Bobby in, they both face unexpected blowback; Nurse Joe helps someone from his past; Jenny tries to impress her law professor.

“A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks” 10 p.m. HBO — Following Gordon Parks’ career, from staff photographer for Life magazine through his artistic development photographing everyday Americans and his evolution as a novelist and filmmaker.

TUESDAY

“Man in the Arena: Tom Brady” 3:01 a.m. ESPN+ (new series) — After 21 seasons in the NFL, Tom Brady will share a personal firsthand account of his 10 Super Bowl appearances.

“Michael Che: Shame the Devil” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Che returns to the stage in Oakland and tackles American patriotism, Black leadership, jealous exes, loose bears, mental health and more.

“7 Little Johnstons” 8 p.m. TLC (10th season debut) — The Johnstons have a lot to celebrate between Mother’s Day, Liz and Brice’s second anniversary, and Anna finally moving out on her own.

“The Flash” 8 p.m. the CW (8th season debut) — When a powerful alien threat arrives on Earth under mysterious circumstances, Barry, Iris and the rest of Team Flash are pushed to their limits in a desperate battle to save the world.

“FBI” 8 p.m. CBS — After a young girl is kidnapped from her day care, the team must help her parents navigate a debt owed to the deadly gang in their neighborhood.

“Queen Sugar” 8 p.m. OWN (sixth season finale) — Charley makes a decision about her future with Davis, Micah and Isaiah discuss their friendship, and Hollywood locates Theo.

“Simple as Water” 9 p.m. HBO — A meditation on the elemental bonds between parent and child. It takes audiences into Syrian families’ quests for normalcy and through a whirlwind of obstacles — to building life anew — examining the impact of war, separation and displacement.

“La Brea” 9 p.m. NBC — The truth about Gavin’s visions will be revealed.

“Riverdale” 9 p.m. the CW (sixth season debut) — Veronica and Reggie are now the town’s power couple, while Jughead and Tabitha move in together.

“Addicted to Marriage” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — Four women who have been married collectively 20 times.

“Chucky” 10 p.m. Syfy, USA — Jake and his friends set a risky trap for Chucky that could have dire consequences if it backfires.

“New Amsterdam” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Max takes drastic measures to help several undocumented immigrants after a fire destroys the church where they had sought refuge.

“Queens” 10:01 a.m. ABC — Brianna deals with a painful reminder of Jeff’s infidelity while the group hopes a performance at the American Music Awards will solidify their comeback.

WEDNESDAY

“Christmas Flow” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — An unlikely Christmas romance blossoms between a famous rapper and a tenacious journalist. But can they make it work despite their differences?

“Kendra Sells Hollywood” 3:01 a.m. Discovery+ (new series) — Best known from “Girls Next Door,” Kendra Wilkinson is no stranger to iconic Hollywood homes; now, as a newly minted real estate agent, she must prove she has the hustle to make it in the intensely competitive Los Angeles real estate market.

“Tiger King 2” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — With Joe Exotic behind bars and Carole Baskin closing in on ownership of his disreputable zoo, the Emmy-nominated saga continues its twisted course as newfound revelations emerge on the motivations, backstories and secrets of America’s most notorious big cat owners.

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC — Beverly learns that Linda Schwartz will host Thanksgiving this year and becomes concerned that her role as family hostess and, more importantly, as Erica’s mom, is threatened.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — A castaway is singled out for their dishonest game, making a clear distinction where the line has been drawn.

“The Wonder Years” 8:30 p.m. ABC — After seeing Dean bullied by Michael after school Lillian goes to confront his parents and learns he needs more compassion than discipline.

“The Conners” 9 p.m. ABC — When Jackie devises an offbeat plan of how to serve the customers at the Lunch Box, it’s anything but smooth service.

“Flipping Showdown” 9 p.m. HGTV (new series) — Three teams of two vie for $100,000 and a spot on the real estate team of the Corsinis of Woodstock.

“CSI: Vegas” 10 p.m. CBS — An abandoned horse covered in blood leads the CSI team to a halfway house for convicted murderers.

“A Million Little Things” 10 p.m. ABC — Katherine goes on her first date with a woman.

“The Sinner” 10 p.m. USA — A shocking new crime further rattles the town of Clark Harbor. Ambrose and Meg team together.

THURSDAY

“The Curse of Von Dutch” 12:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) — In this epic character-driven saga, Venice Beach surfers, gangsters, European garmentos and Hollywood movers and shakers all vie for control of the infamous brand — pushing it from obscurity to one of the most recognizable labels on Earth.

“Dogs in Space” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — In the not-so-distant future, Earth’s scientists send a fleet of genetically enhanced dogs to explore the galaxy in search of a new planet to call home.

“Just Short of Perfect” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — A divorced lawyer falls for a charismatic cardiologist. But when their difference in size leads to family friction, is she ready to listen to her heart?

“Psych 3″ 3:01 a.m. Peacock — In preparation for a shotgun wedding before the birth of Baby Guster, Shawn and Groomzilla Gus go rogue in an attempt to track down Selene’s estranged husband.

“The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip” 3:01 a.m. Peacock (new series) — For the first time in “Real Housewives” history, iconic franchise members from coast to coast will unite on a luxurious getaway filled with unexpected friendships, fun in the sun and plenty of drama.

“The Sex Lives of College Girls” 3:01 a.m. HBO Max (new series) — This new series follows four college roommates as they arrive at New England’s prestigious Essex College. (Mindy Kaling is an executive producer.)

“The Princess Switch 3″ 3:01 a.m. Netflix — When a priceless Christmas relic is stolen, royal look-alikes Margaret and Stacy turn to audacious doppelgänger Fiona — and her dashing ex — for help.

“Star Trek: Discovery” 3:01 a.m. Paramount (fourth season debut) — The fourth season follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they face an invisible anomaly, more than 900 years after the events of original series.

“Music Box: Jagged” 8 p.m. HBO — An exploration of Alanis Morissette’s beginnings as a young Canadian pop star, the rocky path she faced navigating the male-dominated music industry, and the glass ceiling she shattered on her journey to becoming the international icon and empowered artist she is today.

“Station 19″ 8 p.m. ABC — Station 19 and Station 23 each attempt to celebrate Thanksgiving following the fallout from the neighborhood explosion.

“Young Sheldon” 8 p.m. CBS — Sheldon takes his first engineering class with Professor Boucher.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — The Task Force races to locate a blacklister who uses any means necessary to return what has been unjustly stolen.

“Walker″ 8 p.m. the CW — Walker tells his family about the surveillance cameras in their home and partners with Denise to lure out whoever is watching them.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — It’s Thanksgiving and while Meredith faces travel complications due to the weather, Nick steps in to help in more ways than one.

“Ghosts” 9:01 p.m. CBS —After Jay is kicked out of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign with his city friends, Sam agrees to facilitate a new one between him and the ghosts.

FRIDAY

“The Line” 12:01 a.m. Apple TV+ (new series) — A 2018 case in which a U.S. Navy SEAL platoon accused its chief, Eddie Gallagher, of war crimes.

“The Morning Show” 12:01 a.m. Apple TV+ (second season finale) — Alex gets COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic.

“The Shrink Next Door” 12:01 a.m. Apple TV+ — Dr. Ike persuades Marty to start a charity with him. Marty sparks with a female employee at the frame store.

“Swagger” 12:01 a.m. Apple TV+ — Jace and his teammates deal with the aftermath of their actions. Musa finds out his grandfather has COVID-19.

“The Wheel of Time” 12:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of the incredibly powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, arrives in the small town of Two Rivers.

“Prisoners of the Ghostland” 3:01 a.m. AMC+ and Shudder — Nicolas Cage plays a violent criminal clad in a leather suit filled with explosives armed to go off if he doesn’t properly complete his mission of rescuing a runaway woman trapped in the Ghostland, a wasteland of outlaws, mutants and, of course, ghosts.

“Cowboy Bebop” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — A ragtag crew of bounty hunters chases down the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll save the world ... for the right price. A live-action series.

“Blown Away: Christmas” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — ‘Tis the season for five returning artists to fill the hot shop with festive designs. One will win cash for the stocking — a merry Christmas indeed!

“King Richard” 3:01 a.m. HBO Max — Venus and Serena Williams came from an unlikely background to dominate the world of tennis. This film takes a look at these tennis superstars and how they became who they are after the coaching from their father, Richard Williams (Will Smith).

“The Mind, Explained” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — Ever wonder what’s happening inside your head? From dreaming to anxiety disorders, discover how your brain works.

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC — Daniel Lubetzky, executive chairman of KIND, returns to the Tank in an all-new episode.

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS — When Rick is asked to assist with a federal investigation of his childhood friend Robbie, Magnum launches his own investigation to see what the feds really have on him

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny and Baez’s attempts to find the culprit who assaulted a shop owner are hindered by the close-knit community’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation.

WEEKEND

“2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony” 8 p.m. Saturday HBO — The inductees are Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and Todd Rundgren.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Simu Liu hosts.

“The American Music Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Cardi B hosts.

“The Equalizer” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Mel’s past military expertise proves critical when McCall is hired by District Attorney Grafton to find a sniper on a killing spree, seemingly selecting victims at random.

“Power Book II: Ghost” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz (second season debut) — The ramifications of Cane Tejada’s shooting of Professor Jabari Reynolds, who was blackmailing Tariq, will play out.

“Yellowstone” 8 p.m. Sunday Paramount — Jamie receives some surprising news, and Beth receives an offer. Jimmy settles in on the road. Tensions boil over in the bunkhouse.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Morgan and Grace help Al find someone important to her.

“Dexter: New Blood” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — The investigation that Dexter has caused is making it difficult for him to make things right with Harrison, who has made a name for himself at school as a member of the wrestling team.

“Succession” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Logan and team head to Virginia for a conservative political conference, where Roman finds out surprising news about his mother.

“Insecure” 10:03 p.m. Sunday HBO — A family emergency finds Molly stretched thin. Issa and her new man grow closer than ever.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” 10:33 p.m. Sunday HBO — While he and his date swap secrets, Larry runs afoul of the rules and regulations at a sushi restaurant. No good deed goes unpunished for Freddy Funkhouser.

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