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Has Stephen King's The Stand Finally Met Its Match in Peak TV?

ALSO: Grey's Anatomy, The Flight Attendant, Mom, Homeschool Musical Class of 2020, and more.
  • Whoopi Goldberg stars as Mother Abagail in The Stand. (CBS All Access)
    Whoopi Goldberg stars as Mother Abagail in The Stand. (CBS All Access)

    Widely considered Stephen King's magnum opus, many have tried and failed to bring The Stand to the screen. Multiple film adaptations have been scraped over the years, owing in part to the sheer length of King's original work (the unabridged edition clocks in at a whopping 1,152 pages). A four-part 1994 ABC miniseries adaptation was generally well-received at the time, but is considered by many to have only brushed the surface of King's masterwork. Will the big budgets and unlimited running times of Peak TV finally give The Stand its due? With CBS All Access dropping the first episode of its ten part limited series adaptation today, we'll soon find out.

    Also today: The pandemic continues to take its toll on Grey's Anatomy, HBO Max is giving America's theater kids a place to shine, and The Flight Attendant reaches its final destination. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Thursday:

    LIMITED SERIES PREMIERE: Whoopi Goldberg leads a sprawling ensemble cast in The Stand, a new then-part TV adaptation of Stephen's King's epic post-apocalyptic fantasy. Read our review. Streaming on CBS All Access

    NEW EPSIODE: As Primetimer's Joe Reid writes today, leaning into the pandemic has given Grey's Anatomy its best season in years. In tonight's winter finale, the hospital enters surge capacity protocol, while Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) are faced with one of the most controversial surgeries of their careers. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on ABC

    LIMTED SERIES FINALE: It's won accolades for its refreshing mix of goofy escapism and melancholy, but can The Flight Attendant stick the landing? The Kaley Cuoco-led twisty murder mystery closes out its eight-episode run today. Streaming on HBO Max

    NEW EPISODE: Bonnie (Allison Janney) becomes concerned after Adam (William Fictner) decides to go skiing for the first time since his accident on Mom. Meanwhile, Tammy (Kristen Johnston) thinks Jill (Jaime Pressly) may be sending the wrong message to the girls they're mentoring. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Shepherded by Tony Award-wining Broadway star Laura Benanti (Supergirl), Homeschool Musical Class of 2020 shines a light on the personal experiences and incredible musical talent of teens across America who've been confronted with the many unique challenges of 2020. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner host Dogs of the Year 2020, which celebrates ten dogs who've gone above and beyond the call of duty to achieve the nearly impossible. 8:00 PM ET on The CW

    NEW EPISODE: Andy (Jaina Lee Ortiz) and Sullivan (Boris Kodjoe) find a way to stay connected on Station 19. Meanwhile, Ben (Jason George) deals with loss, and Jack (Grey Damon) and Inara's (Colleen Foy) bond grows stronger. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    HOLIDAY MOVIE: After making his family "disappear," young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is Home Alone, forced to do battle with the Wet Bandits while holding down the homestead in this holiday favorite. 6:00 PM ET on Freeform

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

    TOPICS: The Stand (2020), ABC, The Stand (1994 miniseries), Stephen King