With less than two months to go before the official end of the 2018-19 TV season, it’s probably time to start thinking about Emmy Awards. The TV landscape isn’t quite like the movies, where all the heavy hitters and critical faves wait for the last two months of the year to release their Oscar players. But there’s value to being fresh in the minds of voters as they fill out their ballots, so the April and May premieres should be a bit heavier on Emmy hopefuls (plus all those big season finales in May). And it looks like FX is getting right on top of that task.
SERIES PREMIERE: Hey, big spender! While the celebrity focus and all-star casting might lead people to think that Fosse/Verdon is a Ryan Murphy joint, it actually comes from producer Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Thomas Kail, i.e. the team behind Broadway’s Hamilton. It makes sense, considering that Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon are as much legends of the Broadway stage as they are in Hollywood. Fosse was a perless choreographer whose transition to directing yielded such masterpieces as 1972’s Cabaret (Fosse actually beat out The Godfather’s Francis Ford Coppola for Best Director that year). As its title suggests, Fosse/Verdonwill focus on the personal/professional marriage between Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and his muse and partner Gwen Verdon (a phenomenal Michelle Williams), a marriage that saw dizzying highs and cruel lows. It remains to be seen whether FX can score Murphy-like ratings (and awards) for their non-Murphy projects, but this would be a great start. 10:00 PM ET on FX
SEASON PREMIERE: Season 3 of The Bold Type picks up after the events of last season’s Paris-set finale. Look for a big shakeup in the power structure of Scarletmagazine, leaving Jacqueline laid low. As you can expect, there is media-world intrigue and romance in equal measure. 8:00 PM ET on Freeform
THE ROYALS: With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expecting a baby in the coming weeks, TLC is making sure that our Royals-crazy minds won’t have to find anything else to think about. Meghan and Harry: A Royal Baby Story looks ready to cover all the major gossip stories about the Duke and Duchess of Kensington, including Markle’s rumored feud with Kate Middleton, her sister-in-law and the Duchess of Cambridge. Royals! Like the Kardashians but no longer striving! 8:00 PM ET on TLC
SEASON FINALE: The second season of Splitting Up Together wraps up tonight. The Jenna Fischer/Oliver Hudson sitcom has been steadily entertaining all season, and it wraps up with a guest appearance by Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy). 9:30 PM ET on ABC
SEASON PREMIERE:Season fifteen (FIFTEEN!) of Discovery’s seafaring adventure show Deadliest Catch premieres tonight, with an episode — titled “Battle of Kings” — that seems designed to draw upon the current Game of Thrones-mania to draw in additional viewers. 9:00 PM ET on Discovery
Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.