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The Handmaid's Tale Season 3: Blessed Be the Fight

ALSO: Black Mirror, Grown-ish, The CMT Music Awards, Jane the Virgin, and more
  • Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
    Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)

    Who's ready to feel uneasy about the state of personal liberty in America? That's right, it's the return of Hulu's crown-jewel dramatic series The Handmaid's Tale, the TV drama about an imagined future where a religious right-wing regime strips women of all rights, forcing them into subjugation as servants and brood mares. Whether you see the show as a work of dystopian science fiction or an urgent cautionary tale likely comes down to your personal politics, but there's no denying that over just two short seasons the show has become a cultural touchpoint.

    SEASON PREMIERE: The third season of The Handmaid's Tale picks up after Season 2's controversial finale, in which June (Elisabeth Moss) once again opted not to escape Gilead, staying behind for her daughter, Hannah.  Producers promise that June will be "more outwardly rebelious" than in Seasons 1 and 2, and she may find an unlikely ally in Bradley Whitford's Commander Joseph Lawrence. Whitford joins the show full time this season. Streaming on Hulu

    NEW SEASON: A new batch of Black Mirror episodes also drop today, but don't expect another Bandersnatch-style choose-your-adventure episode. This set of three new episodes will feature the likes of Andrew Scott, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, and Miley CyrusStreaming on Netflix 

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: With Keith Urban, Brandi Carlisle, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Toby Keith all set to appear, The 2019 CMT Music Awards  seems poised to deliver on its promise of Country Music's Biggest Night.  8:00 PM ET on CMT

    MID-SEASON PREMIERE: The Season 2 summer return of Grown-ish sees Zoey (Yara Shahidi) dealing with the fallout of getting caught cheating on her exams. But it's not just her academic life that's falling all around her, as her family and relationship all take a hit. 8:00 PM ET on Freeform


    • Jane the Virgin has a lot of balls in the air storyline-wise, and it's not that we're not into Jane and Rafael co-parenting, but at the moment Rogelio is sharing scenes with Brooke Shields, so we're into THAT specifically. 9:00 PM ET on The CW
    • The Amazing Race hits Switzerland and the Racers are faced with the first ever public U-Turn vote. It'll pay to be popular. 8:00 PM ET on CBS
    • American Ninja Warrior takes its qualifying tour through Atlanta. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    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.

    TOPICS: The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu, Black Mirror, CMT Music Awards, Grown-ish