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Fosse! Fosse! Fosse!: FX’s Latest Star-Studded Miniseries Event Debuts

ALSO: The Bold Type, The Deadliest Catch, Meghan and Harry, a must-see Kimmel and more
  • Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell in FX's Fosse/Verdon
    Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell in FX's Fosse/Verdon

    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


    • Reconstruction: America After the Civil War sees renowned historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. presenting this history of the United States in the pivotal and painful years following the Civil War.9:00 PM ET on PBS
    • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills faces the aftermath of last week’s big blowout fight between Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards. 9:00 PM ET on Bravo
    • Jimmy Kimmel Live welcomes both Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Danai Gurira (Avengers: EndgameThe Walking Dead), plus a performance from the Backstreet Boys. 11:30 PM ET on ABC
    • HBO2 will again be marathonning an entire season of Game of Thrones in the lead up to Sunday's final season premiere. Today it’s season 2, full of shadow-babies and battles of Blackwater and Brienne of Tarth. 1:00 PM ET on HBO2

    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.

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