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Showtime Bows Idiots in Space Comedy Moonbase 8

ALSO: More Mandalorian, Starz closes the book on NXIVM (for now), Dave Chappelle hosts SNL, and more.
  • John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker, and Fred Armisen in Moonbase 8. (Showtime)
    John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker, and Fred Armisen in Moonbase 8. (Showtime)

    As you might expect of three would-be astronauts played by Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly, they're not the sharpest tools in the shed, but they make up for it with blind faith and a can-do attitude. Co-created by Armisen and his Portlandia executive producer Jonathan Krisel, Moonbase 8 premieres Sunday on Showtime.

    Also this weekend: The Mandalorian continues his mission, Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult wraps its critically-acclaimed four-episode run on Starz, and — in what's fast-becoming a tradition — Dave Chappelle hosts SNL's post-election episode. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:


    SERIES PREMIERE: Netflix's latest addition to the celebrity couple reality show canon Country Ever After follows country singer Coffey Anderson and his hip-hop dancer wife Criscilla as they navigate their work and home lives in the face of a health crisis. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON FINALE: Following its pre-emption for election coverage Wednesday, the twelfth season of American Ninja Warrior is set to come to a close tonight, with the top eight Ninjas racing side by side on the Power Tower. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Social media travel maven Caroline Williams (Sara Canning) travels to Carte De Amor, New Mexico to report on the tiny town's annual holiday parade in The Christmas Yule Blog. Initially unenthused about her trip, she warms to the assignment when she runs into a handsome former classmate (Zak Santiago). Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    NEW EPISODE: The way grows increasingly uncertain as The Mandalorian continues on his mission to reunite The Child with his people. Streaming on Disney+

    NEW EPISODE: With just three episodes of The Right Stuff remaining, the Mercury Seven astronauts are hurtling toward their place in the history books, but following recent setbacks, just what they'll be remembered for remains to be seen. Streaming on Disney+

    NEW EPISODE: The team learns an important lesson on Warrior: When you gain new skills, be sure they're only employed under the proper circumstances. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on Cinemax

    ORIGINAL FILM: A Nigerian student reports her assault at the hands of a beloved professor in Citation, only to find the establishment coming after her in retaliation. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    NEW EPISODE: John Wilson again takes to the streets of New York in the latest episode of How To… With John Wilson, as he examines our ability and inability to remember. 11:00 PM ET on HBO


    NEW EPISODE: Dave Chappelle was the first to host Saturday Night Live after the 2016 election, earning the show season-high ratings and Chappelle an Emmy for his trouble. Four years later, he's back... hosting another post-election episode, with musical guest Foo Fighters. Airs live coast-to-coast at 11:30 PM ET /8:30 PM PT on NBC

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: HBO is giving music fans a front row seat to the virtual 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which this year will honor new inductees Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: In preparation for the Officer's Christmas Ball, Chloe (Jana Kramer) is paired with military vet Michael (Brandon Quinn) for a special assignment in A Welcome Home Christmas. This being a Lifetime holiday movie, soon the new acquaintances realize they may have been put together for a greater purpose. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    SERIES PREMIERE: Shining a light on the women behind some very big stars, Behind Every Man profiles Tammy and Kirk Franklin, Ne-Yo and his wife Crystal Smith, and Usher and his mother Jonnetta Patton. Watch the trailer. 10:00 PM ET on OWN


    SERIES PREMIERE: Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly, and Tim Heidecker star as three inept astronauts living together in the desert moonbase simulator Moonbase 8, where they train for life in a lunar colony. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Showtime

    SEASON PREMIERE: A Russian bomber goes missing on the season premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles, forcing Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) to locate the aircraft and lock down its weapons. 8:30 PM ET / 8:00 PM PT on CBS

    SEASON PREMIERE: As NCIS: New Orleans faces the onslaught of COVID-19, Tammy (Vanessa Ferlito) and Carter (Charles Michael Davis) are called out to a ship whose crew may be infected with the virus. 9:30 PM ET/9:00 PM PT on CBS

    NEW EPISODE: Peter (Hugh Laurie) is promoted to justice minister on the second episode of Roadkill, but his attention is divided between work duties, the fury of his outraged daughter, and a series of alarming messages from a stranger. 9:00 PM ET on PBS

    SERIES FINALE: The final installment of Starz's docuseries Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult details the fallout when the organization is exposed to the world. 9:00 PM ET on Starz

    SEASON FINALE: It's Election Day 2020, and Our Cartoon President is wondering if his days rage tweeting from the White House are finally over. Watch preview. 8:30 PM ET on Showtime

    SEASON PREMIERE: Oxygen casts an eye on one of the wealthiest, most-decadent communities in the country as The Real Murders of Orange County examines some of the most notorious cases in the coastal community's history. Watch the trailer. 7:00 PM ET on Oxygen

    SERIES PREMIERE: Inspired by the Epix drama series Godfather of Harlem, the docuseries By Whatever Means Necessary: Godfather of Harlem brings the history and music of 1960s Harlem to life like never before. 10:00 PM ET on EPIX

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

    TOPICS: Moonbase 8, Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker