TV’s recent docudrama craze continues today with The Girl From Plainville, a new limited series about the infamous “texting-suicide” case. The Hulu series explores Michelle Carter’s (Elle Fanning) relationship with Conrad Roy (Colton Ryan), the events that led to his death and, later, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter.
Also today: Name That Tune returns for a celebrity-centric Season 2, HBO looks at the race for a COVID vaccine in a new documentary, the teachers of Abbott Elementary combat TikTok trends, and more. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Tuesday:
The Girl From Plainville: Limited series premiere. Inspired by the true story of Michelle Carter’s “texting-suicide” case, this limited series explores Carter’s relationship with Conrad “Coco” Roy III and the events that led to his 2014 death. Elle Fanning delivers a standout performance as Carter, while Colton Ryan plays Conrad, and Chloë Sevigny plays his mothe. Three episodes drop today. Read our review. Streaming on Hulu
Name That Tune: Season 2 premiere. Celebrity singers, actors, Olympians, and NFL champions test their music knowledge while raising money for their favorite charities as the Fox game show returns for its sophomore season. The premiere features a matchup between Kelly Osbourne and JoJo, and Super Bowl champions Vernon Davis and Victor Cruz. With host Jane Krakowski. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on FOX
How to Survive a Pandemic: Original documentary. Filmmaker David France takes an inside look at the historic, multi-national race to develop, regulate, and roll out COVID-19 vaccines in a new documentary. Filming began in early 2020 and continued for 18 months, exploring in real time the hard work and collaboration required to get shots into arms. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on HBO
Abbott Elementary: New episode. When the students start participating in a new online trend that causes disruption to the school, the teachers band together to put an end to it. Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson (William Stanford Davis) provides comforting life advice to Gregory (Tyler James Williams), and the teachers finally meet Jacob’s (Chris Perfetti) boyfriend, who joins in to help stop the students “desking.” 9:00 PM ET on ABC
FBI: New episode. After an ICE agent is fatally shot, the team attempts to find the shooter, who they believe may also be targeting Congressman Curtis Grange (guest star Brett Cullen). Followed by new episodes of FBI: International and FBI: Most Wanted. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on CBS
This Is Us: New episode. Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) embark on a road trip and reflect on their past. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on NBC
Mike Epps: Indiana Mike: Comedy special. Indianapolis native Mike Epps riffs on his love for Indiana, his parents’ legacy, and more in his third hour-long Netflix special. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
Promised Land: Season 1 finale. The wine drama ends its 10-episode run after making the jump from ABC to Hulu halfway through the season. Streaming on Hulu
Johnny Hallyday: Beyond Rock: Complete docuseries. The king of French rock and roll opens up about his musical journey in a new docuseries. In French with English subtitles. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
This Is Joan Collins: Documentary premiere. Joan Collins, one of the last surviving actresses from the golden age of Hollywood, reflects on her rollercoaster life and career in this feature-length documentary. The film originally aired on BBC Two in January. Watch trailer. Streaming on BritBox
NHL Hockey: The Tampa Bay Lighting host the Carolina Hurricanes in a streaming-exclusive game. 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on Hulu and ESPN+
NBA Basketball: With just over 10 days to go in the regular season, every game matters. TNT broadcasts two marquee matchups tonight:
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.