TV This Weekend

A Homebound Viewer's Guide to What's New and Noteworthy on TV This Weekend

A new Dolly Christmas flick, Animaniacs revived, HBO's all star Between the World and Me, and more.
  • (Photos: Netflix, Hulu, HBO)
    (Photos: Netflix, Hulu, HBO)

    With coronavirus cases spiking across the country and local officials asking those who can to stay at home, TV is doing its part this weekend by offering up a full menu of programming to suit your every mood, including a new Netflix holiday musical starring Dolly Parton, the return of a beloved 90s cartoon series, and an all-star filmed adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me.

    Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:

    FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20

    SERIES REVIVAL 22 years after the original Animaniacs went off the air, executive producer Steven Spielberg is bringing the off-the-wall animated trio back to wreak more havoc on the Warner Brothers backlot. Watch trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    SERIES PREMIERE: From comics to the movies, the eight-part series Marvel's 616 offers viewers an in-depth look at the history, influence, and worldwide reach of the Marvel universe. Watch trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    MINISERIES PREMIERE: Academy Award winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) presents Small Axe, a weekly anthology series of five feature-length films set within London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early 80s. The first installment, "Mangrove," tells the true story of The Mangrove Nine, who clashed with London police in 1970. Watch trailer. Streaming on Prime Video

    DOCUMENTARY: The true life stories that inspired The Right Stuff are revisited in the documentary The Real Right Stuff, which uses news and archival footage to capture the excitement and danger of the Cold War race to space. Watch trailer. Streaming on Disney+

    SERIES PREMIERE: Lindsey Vonn hosts The Pack, a new reality competition in which twelve dogs are accompanied by their humans on the globe-trotting adventure of a lifetime. The complete series drops today. Watch trailer. Streaming on Prime Video

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: Originally scheduled for a theatrical release in May, horror flick Run stars Sarah Paulson as a mother who's hiding a chilling secret from her homeschooled teen Kiera Allen). Watch the trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    SERIES PREMIERE: Multi-platinum recording artist and producer Pharrell Williams is behind the uplifting docuseries Voices of Fire, in which he helps his uncle Bishop Ezekiel Williams assemble the best gospel choir their hometown of Hampton Roads, Virginia has ever seen. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: HBO plays host to an all-star filmed adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me. Mahershala Ali, Angela Bassett, Angela Davis, Alicia Garza, Clifford "Ti" Harris, Jharrel Jerome, Mimi Jones, Wendell Pierce and Phylicia Rashad are among the many actors participating. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Mario Lopez produced and stars in the holiday rom-com Feliz NaviDAD as a single dad who's lost the spirit of the season -- that is, until his daughter (Paulina Chavez) and sister (Marycarmen Lopez) match him with a witty musician, played by AnnaLynne McCord. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    MADE FOR TV MOVIE: A TV producer is forced to work on a Christmas special with the man who broke her heart in A Nashville Christmas Carol, but things take an unexpected turn when she is paid a visited by three spirits. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark

    SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: After sparking an outcry from angry Peanuts fans, Apple TV+ announced earlier this week that had struck a deal with PBS to bring the classic Charlie Brown holiday specials back to broadcast TV, beginning with tonight's A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. (The special will also be available for free streaming on Apple TV+ from Nov 25-27.) Watch the classic CBS preview7:30 PM ET on PBS 

    AWARDS SHOW: Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa and BTS are among the chart toppers set to perform at the 2020 American Music Awards. Taraji P. Henson hosts, live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    DOCUMENTARY: Filmmaker R.J. Cutler was provided unprecedented access to John Belushi's personal photos, letters and home movies for his new Showtime documentary, Belushi. As Primetimer's Aaron Barnhart writes in his review, the end result is an intimate portrait of a tragic (and tragically fading) comedy legend. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: The holidays are nearly upon us, and that can only mean one thing: it's time for Dolly Parton's annual TV takeover. Kicking things off is the Netflix original holiday musical Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, in which a bitter woman (played by Christine Baranski) plans to sell her small town without concern for the people who live there. Enter Dolly Parton, playing a Christmas angel. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES FINALE: With the prime minister in trouble on Roadkill, Peter (Hugh Laurie) makes a shocking announcement to the nation. 9:00 PM ET on PBS

    MILESTONE EPISODE: In a special 90-minute 500th episode, Snapped digs into the murder of Randy Sheridan as new information comes to light 30 years after he was shot and killed. Watch preview. 6:00 PM ET on Oxygen (Preceded by the series' never-aired original pilot)

    NEW EPISODE: The second episode of Showtime's four-part docuseries The Reagans takes a closer look at President Reagan's record on race, the strategies he used to win elections, and how Nancy Reagan came to be a political force all her own. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on Showtime

    NEW EPISODE: When Cap (John C. Reilly) and Skip (Fred Armisen) both get sick, it leads to vastly different quarantine experiences for each of them on Moonbase 8. Meanwhile, Rook (Tim Heidecker) is left alone with a new female member of the team. Watch preview. 10:50 PM ET on Showtime

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

    TOPICS: Coronavirus, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Animaniacs, Between the World and Me, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square