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The Personal Becomes Political in The Glorias and The Boys in the Band

ALSO: NBA Finals, Shepard Smith moves to CNBC, and The 100 airs its series finale.
  • Julianne Moore in The Glorias, Jim Parsons in The Boys in the Band. (Photos: Amazon/Netflix)
    Julianne Moore in The Glorias, Jim Parsons in The Boys in the Band. (Photos: Amazon/Netflix)

    Game-changers rule the day this Wednesday as two icons of the late 20th century take center stage on the small screen. First up, Julianne Moore lends her star power to The Glorias, Julie Taymor's new biopic looking at the life of legendary feminist Gloria Steinem. Next, Ryan Murphy prsents the filmed adaptation of 2018's all-star Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band, the groundbreaking gay drama that helped spark a cultural revolution. Also today: The NBA Finals tip-off om ABC, the new Netflix documentary American Murder revisits a horrifying crime, and former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith takes up residence on CNBC. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Wednesday:

    MOVIE PREMIERE: Originally scheduled to premiere in theaters this month, The Glorias bows today on Amazon instead. Written and directed by Julie Taymor (Frida), the film stars Juilianne Moore as the feminist icon Gloria Steinem.. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Prime Video

    MOVIE PREMIERE: Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells are among the A-list players starring in The Boys in the Band, a filmed adaptation of the groundbreaking play's Tony Award-winning 50th anniversary Broadway revival. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    BASKETBALL: Capping off a tumultuous season that was resumed under Mission Impossible-style logistical challenges, The NBA Finals are finally here, with Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat set to take on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando. Game 1 tips off at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT on ABC

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: For the 13th year in a row, Jimmy Kimmel is bringing his act to primetime for Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night. This week's guests are set to include Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey and Adam Sandler. Airs at 8:00 PM ET and following the NBA Finals on the West Coast on ABC

    SERIES PREMIERE: Jaws dropped last year when longtime Fox News anchor Shepard Smith concluded an episoxde of his show with the surprise announcement that he was leaving the network, effective immediately. Almost one year later, he's back with a new nightly news show on another network, as The News with Shepard Smith makes its debut on CNBC. Primetimer's Aaron Barnhart has this preview. 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT on CNBC

    DOCUMENTARY: Executive producer James Marsh (Man on Wire) and director Jenny Popplewell present American Murder: The Family Next Door, which looks at the chilling case of Shanann Watts and her two daughters. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON FINALE: It's time to crown this season's winning couple of Love Island USA. Will Caleb and Justine, Cely and Johnny, or another of the final couples take home the $100,000 grand prize? Find out at 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    SERIES FINALE: After seven seasons, The 100 is coming to a close, as Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and her cohorts face their final battle. 8:00 PM ET on The CW

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

    TOPICS: The Boys in the Band, The Glorias, Gloria Steinem, Jim Parsons, Julianne Moore, Ryan Murphy