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Ryan Murphy's Ratched Gives the Legendary Nurse an Origin Story

ALSO: PEN15, Wilmore, Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, American BBQ Showdown, and more.
  • Sarah Paulson stars in Ratched. (Netflix)
    Sarah Paulson stars in Ratched. (Netflix)

    Forty-five years after R.P. McMurphy locked horns with Louise Fletcher's iconic nurse in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ryan Murphy and his go-to collaborator Sarah Paulsen are bringing the character back to life in a new star-studded Netflix series that follows the rigid medical worker at the start of her no nonsense career. Also today: PEN15 returns with another season of middle school horrors, Ewan McGregor hits the road again, and the Jurassic Park franchise gets a new TV series. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Friday:

    SERIES PREMIERE: Four decades after Louise Fletcher won the Academy Award for her portrayal of tough-as-nails nurse Mildred Ratched, Sarah Paulson slips on her nurse's shoes in Ratched. Judy Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Amanda Plummer, Rosanna Arquette, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Sharon Stone costar. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON PREMIERE: Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine return to the traumatizing world of middle school for PEN15's second season, where the year is the year 2000, and life is more awkward than ever. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    SERIES PREMIERE: Larry Wilmore returns to late night talk with Wilmore, a new weekly Peacock series that will see the former Daily Show correspondent and Nightly Show host engaging with guests on the important conversations of the week. Watch a preview. Streaming on Peacock

    SEASON PREMIERE: From executive producer LeBron James, Becoming tells the stories of some of the top stars in entertainment, music, and sports, and lets them share the unexpected challenges they faced along the way. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    NEW EPISODE: Four eliminations shook up the Love Island villa, including that of original girl Mackenzie, leaving us with just five couples remaining. But three new guys promise to make the current men sweat — and fight for their spots in the game. 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    SERIES PREMIERE: The country's best backyard smokers and barbecue champs compete for top honors in Netflix's new eight-episode reality competition, American BBQ Showdown. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: Dreamworks Animation presents Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, the first television series in the Jurassic Park franchise's 27-year history. When a group of kids get an exclusive tour of Isla Nublar, things go… well, about as well as you'd expect. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    DOCUMENTARY: In the new Amazon original film All In: The Fight for Democracy, Stacey Abrams examines the role of voter suppression in America, and the barriers that have been placed in the way of voters in order to prevent full and fair elections. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Prime Video

    SERIES PREMIERE: Following in the tire tracks of Long Way Round and Long Way Down, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman return for Long Way Up, which follows the friends on a 13,000 mile motorcycle journey through Central and South America. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

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

    TOPICS: Ratched, Ryan Murphy, Sarah Paulson