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When They See Us' Exonerated Five Sit Down with Oprah Winfrey

ALSO: Bob Dylan by Scorsese, Queen Sugar, Younger, Krypton, the Stanley Cup Finals, and more
  • Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise with Oprah Winfrey in Oprah Winfrey Presents When They See Us Now (Photo: Netflix)
    Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise with Oprah Winfrey in Oprah Winfrey Presents When They See Us Now (Photo: Netflix)

    If you weren't familiar with the notorious case of "The Central Park Five" before the release of the four-part Netflix docudrama When They See Us, you almost certainly are now. Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, the miniseries tells the harrowing story of five black teenagers who were convicted and jailed for a rape they did not commit.  Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series spans 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

    Hailed by critics, and likened to Roots by none other than LaVar Burton himself, to say the series has made an impact in the two weeks since its release would be an understatement (just ask former prosecutor Linda Fairstein). As DuVernay recently revealed, it had always been a dream for the five men to be on stage with Oprah. Tonight, that dream comes true as Winfrey interviews the five men, now known as "The Exonerated Five."  

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Oprah Winfrey Presents When They See Us Now will see Winfrey sit down with Ava DuVernay, the cast of When They See Us and the real-life Exonerated Five: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. 10:00 PM ET on Netflix and OWN

    SEASON PREMIERE: It's an all-Ava DuVernay night on OWN, as DuVernay's underrated family drama Queen Sugar returns for Season 4 with the Bordelons continuing to fight battles inside and outside their own family in order to preserve the land and the business that was their father's legacy.  9:00 PM ET on OWN

    WORLD PREMIERE: Part-documentary and part-concert film, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese hits the road with Dylan on a tour that seems one part bizarre circus and one part search for the soul of post-Watergate America. Leave it to Martin Scorsese to depict one of the most loudly and widely praised artists in America in a way that feels fresh and exciting. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON PREMIERE: For something a bit frothier, you could stop in on Younger as they embark upon Season 6. The Sutton Foster/Hillary Duff dramady is set in the New York City publishing industry, which may be why the caliber of guest stars on this show are among the best in the business. It helps that theater veteran Sutton Foster brings in the Broadway faves. This season promises guest stars like Laura Benanti, Becky Ann Baker, Beth Leavel, and Michael Urie. 10:00 PM ET on TV LAND

    SERIES PREMIERE: A brand new TV show about superheroes? You don't say! Krypton is a prequel set on Superman's home planet a full two generations before the Man of Steel was ever born. Now, what we know of Krypton is that Kal-El only ever made it to Earth in the first place because Krypton was destroyed and his parents sent him fleeing from the wreckage. So, yeah, should be an eventful last few generations there. Cameron Cuffe stars as Seg-El, Superman's grandfather. 10:00 PM on SYFY


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    • Catfish kicks off its 8th season, which will see host Nev Schulman joined by a rotating chair of guest co-hosts, including Kamie Crawford, Tallulah Willis, Slick Woods, Elle King, Kimiko Glenn, Laura Perlongo, and Justin Combs. 8:00 PM ET on MTV
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    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: When They See Us, Netflix, Krypton, Queen Sugar, Younger, Ava DuVernay