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The Crown Returns With Olivia Colman in the Driver's Seat

ALSO: Ray Donovan, Football, Watchmen, Silicon Valley, Mr. Pickles, and more
  • Olivia Colman seizes control of The Crown. (Netflix)
    Olivia Colman seizes control of The Crown. (Netflix)
    Primetimer's editors break down what's new and noteworthy on television today.

    If The Favourite taught us one thing, it's that Olivia Colman is boss. Appropriately enough, she's playing one in The Crown, taking over for Claire Foy in the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II. Also today: Ray Donovan returns for Season 7, fresh episodes of Watchmen, Mrs Fletcher and more. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Sunday:

    SEASON PREMIERE: Olivia Colman is no stranger to TV, having cut her teeth in scores of under-the-radar roles across the pond before making it big. The Oscar winner leads the brand new cast of The Crown, alongside GoT's Tobias Menzies (as Prince Phillip) and Helena Bonham Carter (as Princess Margaret). Read our reviewStreaming on Netflix

    SEASON PREMIERE: After appearing in one episode in 2018, Alan Alda joins Ray Donovan for an extended run as Season 7 kicks off. Alda plays an analyst who is working with Liev Schreiber's troubled title character. Watch the preview. 8:00 PM ET on Showtime

    SPORTS: Sunday Night Football pits the Chicago Bears against the Los Angeles Rams at Memorial Coliseum. 8:20 PM ET / 5:20 PM PT on NBC

    NEW EPISODE: The origin story of Looking Glass is at last revealed on Watchmen, as is the truth behind the greatest hoax in American history. Watch the preview. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    NEW EPISODE: Tonight's Silicon Valley sees Richard (Thomas Middleditch) at the end of his rope after an employee (George Basil) repeatedly makes fun of him. Meanwhile, Jared (Zach Woods) meets his birth parents. Watch the preview10:00 PM ET on HBO

    NEW EPISODE: It's Parents Weekend on Mrs Fletcher as Brendan (Jackson White) reconnects with his dad (Josh Hamilton), and Eve (Kathryn Hahn) attends a wake with work colleague Amanda (Katie Kershaw). 10:30 PM ET on HBO

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Reporters Sydney (Erin Cahill) and Cole (Kevin McGarry) are investigating a series of Random Acts of Christmas, good deeds being performed by an unknown holiday helper. Before long, the heartwarming acts have the two journalist hot on the story, and warming to each other. Jaclyn Smith (Charlie's Angels) and Patrick Duffy (Dallas) co-star. Watch the preview8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: When newly dumped Jessica (Chicago Med's Torrey Devitto) sends Christmas cards to five of her loved ones in Write Before Christmas, her heartfelt messages inspire the recipients to pay the love forward. Watch the preview8:00 PM ET on Hallmark

    ALSO TONIGHT

    • Mr. Pickles, everyone's favorite Satanic dog, returns for a new season of disturbing pet tricks. Watch the previewMidnight on Adult Swim
    • Good Eats: Thanksgiving Special is here to give holiday cooks some inspiration ahead of next week's hectic preparations. 8:00 PM ET on Food
    • Macy's Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular's host Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch) mixes things up with a Thanksgiving cake competition. 10:00 PM ET on Food

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: The Crown, Netflix, Olivia Colman