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The Woman in the House, The Afterparty Headline a Weekend of Premieres

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  • (Photos: Lifetime, Showtime, Apple TV+, Netflix)
    (Photos: Lifetime, Showtime, Apple TV+, Netflix)

    Kristen Bell returns to Netflix in The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window, a limited series that satirizes mass-market psychological thriller fare, while a cast of comedy all-stars head up the new Apple TV+ whodunnit The Afterparty.

    Also this weekend: Janet Jackson tells alll in a two-night documentary event, Kevin James plays New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton in Home Team, and W. Kamau Bell brings his four-part We Need to Talk About Cosby docuseries to Showtime. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY JANUARY 28

    The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window: Complete limited series. Wine in hand, Anna (Kristen Bell) spends every day staring out the window and obsessing over her hot new neighbor (Tom Riley), but when she witnesses a gruesome murder, it sets her on a collision course with danger. The eight-episode series functions as a darkly comedic satire of hits like The Woman in the Window and The Girl on the Train. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Janet Jackson.: Parts 1 and 2. 40 years after the release of her first album, Lifetime and A&E aim to tell the definitive story of the pop icon in this fully-authorized docuseries, featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with Janet herself and those closest to her. Two episodes air tonight, followed by the final two tomorrow night. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime and A&E

    Home Team: Original film. Two years after a Super Bowl win, NFL head coach Sean Payton (Kevin James) is suspended for covering up cash payments to players. With few options left, he returns to his hometown and attempts to reconnect with his 12-year-old son by coaching his Pop Warner football team. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    The Afterparty: Series premiere. Chris Miller and Phil Lord (21 Jump Street) bring together a stellar cast for this comedy murder mystery set at a high school reunion afterparty. Each episode explores a different character’s account of the evening in question, told through the lens of popular film genres and conventions. Starring Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Dave Franco, and more. Read our review. Streaming on Apple TV+

    Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness: Complete Season 1. Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness lets his curiosity lead the way as he explores various topics including skyscrapers, gender identity, and snacks. The six-episode series is based on JVN’s popular podcast of the same name. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    In From the Cold: Complete Season 1. After her past as a Russian spy is exposed, an American single mom (Margarita Levieva) must juggle family life and her unique skill set in a battle against an insidious new enemy. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    The Legend of Vox Machina: Series premiere. Based on the popular role-playing game, this animated epic follows Vox Machina, a band of misfits with a fondness for boxing and brawling, as they fight to save the realm of Exandria from dark forces. Three episodes drop every Friday through February 18. Watch trailer. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    Angry Birds: Summer Madness: Complete Season 1. The Angry Birds hit Netflix in this new children’s series about teenage Red, Chuck, Bomb, and Stella’s wild summer at Camp Splinterwood. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    All of Us Are Dead: Complete first season. Hot on the heels of Squid Game comes Netflix's newest high-profile K-drama. When a high school becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak, the trapped students must fight their way out — or turn into one of the rabid infected creatures. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Doomlands: Complete first season. The infamous Danny Doom (voiced by Mark Little) and aspiring bartender Lhandi (Kayla Lorette) sling beers across a hellish wasteland in their mobile pub in Roku's first adult animated series. Streaming on The Roku Channel

    Nancy Drew: Season 3 finale. The fate of Horseshoe Bay rests in the hands of the Drew Crew as they attempt to defeat their most powerful nemesis yet. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on The CW

    SATURDAY JANUARY 29

    Janet Jackson.: Parts 3 and 4 (docuseries finale). Lifetime and A&E bring Jackson’s story into the present day in two hour-long episodes. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime and A&E

    Saturday Night Live: New episode. Actor Willem Dafoe makes his hosting debut alongside Katy Perry, who returns for the fourth time as a musical guest. 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT on NBC

    The Falls: Original film. Chung Mong-hong’s well-received Taiwanese film makes its way to Netflix just a few weeks after it was named the country’s submission to the 2022 Academy Awards. The drama follows a 17-year-old whose relationship with his mother takes an unexpected turn after they're forced to isolate in their apartment in the early days of the pandemic. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    WWE Royal Rumble: Special presentation. The WWE takes over The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri for its 35th annual wrestling event. Featured matchups include Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley, Roman Reigns and Seth “Freakin” Rollins, and Becky Lynch and Doudrop. 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on Peacock

    The Great Chocolate Showdown: Series premiere. Ten home bakers take on difficult chocolate-based challenges for a chance to win a grand prize in this competition series that originally aired on Food Network Canada. With judges Anna Olson, Cynthia Stroud, and Steve Hodge. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on The CW

    Butlers in Love: TV movie. Emma and Henry train to become royal butlers, but when sparks fly, the competition becomes even fiercer. Stars Stacey Farber, Corey Cott, and Maxwell Caulfield. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel

    NBA Basketball: It’s a battle of top-ranked teams as the Golden State Warriors host the Brooklyn Nets. 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT on ABC

    SUNDAY JANUARY 30

    We Need to Talk About Cosby: Docuseries premiere. W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America) explores Bill Cosby’s descent from “America’s Dad” to alleged sexual predator in a four-part series featuring candid interviews with comedians, journalists, and Cosby survivors. The docuseries arrives on Showtime after a critically lauded debut at this week's Sundance Film Festival. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on Showtime

    AFC Championship Game: Fresh off a thrilling victory over the Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs (2) host the Cincinnati Bengals (4). 3:05 PM ET/12:05 PM PT on CBS

    NFC Championship Game: After knocking off their higher-seeded opponents, the San Francisco 49ers (6) face the Los Angeles Rams (4) on the road. 6:40 PM ET/3:40 PM PT on FOX

    Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Season 2 finale. Von Miller, Ali Wentworth, and Laverne Cox play the iconic game show for a chance to win money for their favorite charities. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    Around the World in 80 Days: New episode. Passepartout’s (Ibrahim Koma) knowledge of Hong Kong proves useful when Fogg’s (David Tennant) finances are blocked. Elsewhere, Abigail’s (Leonie Benesch) latest article humiliates Phileas at a party in his honor. 8:00 PM ET on PBS

    Claws: New episode. With the crew in shambles and the threat of the DEA looming, Desna (Niecy Nash) plots an exit strategy, but her plans are accelerated after Bryce (Kevin Rankin) kills Tony (Anthony K. Hyatt) in a jealous rage. 9:00 PM ET on TNT

    Next Level Chef: Special night and time. The 11 remaining contestants prepare a Sunday brunch in a bonus episode of Gordon Ramsey's reality cooking competition. 10:00 PM ET on FOX

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window, The Afterparty, Janet Jackson., We Need to Talk About Cosby