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ABC/DISNEY TELEVISION STUDIOS 8:04am - 8:25am

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel (Host/EP/Writer)

Rebel

Andy Garcia (Actor) Tamala Jones (Actor) Katey Sagal (Actor) Krista Vernoff (Creator/EP/Showrunner)

STARZ 8:25am - 8:46am

Power Book II: Ghost

Mary J. Blige (Actor) Michael Rainey Jr. (Actor) Cliff “Method Man” Smith (Actor)

The Girlfriend Experience

Anja Marquardt (Creator/Co-EP/Writer/Director) Julia Goldani Telles (Actor)

Lovecraft Country

Misha Green (EP/Showrunner/Director/Writer) Jonathan Majors (Actor) Jurnee Smollett (Actor)

The Undoing

Susanne Bier (EP/Director) Hugh Grant (Actor) Nicole Kidman (EP/Actor)

It’s a Sin

Russell T. Davies (Creator/EP/Showrunner/Writer) Lydia West (Actor)

The Flight Attendant

Kaley Cuoco (EP/Actor) Michelle Gomez (Actor) Zosia Mamet (Actor) Rosie Perez (Actor)

LIFETIME 9:31am - 9:41am

Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

Danielle Brooks (Co-EP/Actor)

NBC 9:41am - 10:03am

Kenan

Kenan Thompson (EP/Actor)

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Paul Feig (EP) Jane Levy (Actor) Austin Winsberg (Creator/EP)

HBO 8:46am - 9:10am

HBO MAX 9:10am - 9:31am

SCHEDULE AND SPEAKERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 10:04am - 10:14am

Genius: Aretha

Cynthia Erivo (Actor) Courtney B. Vance (Actor)

MORNING BREAK - 10 MINUTES

Bridgerton

Nicola Coughlan (Actor) Phoebe Dynevor (Actor) Chris Van Dusen (Creator/EP/Showrunner)

Halston

Ewan McGregor (EP/Actor) Daniel Minahan (EP/Director) Ryan Murphy (EP/Writer) Krysta Rodriguez (Actor) Christine Vachon (EP)

The Crown

Emma Corrin (Actor) Josh O’Connor (Actor)

The Kominsky Method

Michael Douglas (EP/Actor) Chuck Lorre (Showrunner) Kathleen Turner (Actor)

Master of None

Naomi Ackie (EP/Actor) Aziz Ansari (Co-Creator/EP/Writer/Actor) Lena Waithe (EP/Writer/Actor) Alan Yang (Co-Creator/EP)

The Queen’s Gambit

Bill Camp (Actor) Marielle Heller (Actor) William Horberg (EP) Anya Taylor-Joy (Actor)

COMEDY CENTRAL 11:38am - 11:48am

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Jennifer Flanz (EP/Showrunner) Zhubin Parang (Supervising Producer/Writer) Roy Wood Jr. (Correspondent)

HULU 11:48am - 11:58am

PEN15

Maya Erskine (Creator/EP/Actor) Anna Konkle (Creator/EP/Actor)

NETFLIX 10:26am - 11:37am

SCHEDULE AND SPEAKERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE


HULU 11:58am - 12:08pm

The Handmaid’s Tale

Warren Littlefield (EP) Bruce Miller (Creator/EP) Elisabeth Moss (EP/Director/Actor)

SHOWTIME 12:09pm - 12:30pm

City on a Hill

Kevin Bacon (Co-EP/Actor) Aldis Hodge (Co-EP/Actor)

The Chi

Justin Hillian (EP) Lena Waithe (Creator/EP)

The Late Late Show with James Corden

James Corden (Host/Producer)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert (Host/EP)

CBS STUDIOS 12:30pm - 12:53pm

LUNCH BREAK - 30 MINUTES

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO 1:26pm - 2:31pm

The Boys

Stephan Fleet (VFX Supervisor) Eric Kripke (EP/Showrunner/Writer) Laura Jean (LJ) Shannon (Supersuits Designer) Rebecca Sonnenshine (EP/Writer)

Them

Deborah Ayorinde (Actor) Little Marvin (Creator/EP/Showrunner/Writer) Ashley Thomas (Actor)

Sylvie’s Love

Eugene Ashe (Writer/Director/Producer) Tessa Thompson (EP/Actor)

The Underground Railroad

Joel Edgerton (Actor) Barry Jenkins (Showrunner/Director) Thuso Mbedu (Actor)

Small Axe

Steve McQueen (EP/Co-Writer/Director/Co-Editor)

Solos

Zach Braff (Director) Tiffany Johnson (Director) Sam Taylor-Johnson (EP/Director) David Weil (EP/Showrunner/Director)

SCHEDULE AND SPEAKERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE


MTV ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS 2:32pm - 2:43pm

Younger

Sutton Foster (Actor) Darren Star (Creator/EP)

APPLE TV+ 2:43pm - 3:30pm

Ted Lasso

Bill Lawrence (EP/Showrunner) Juno Temple (Actor)

Dickinson

Alena Smith (Creator/Showrunner/Writer) Hailee Steinfeld (EP/Actor)

Mythic Quest

Megan Ganz (Co-Creator/EP) Rob McElhenney (Co-Creator/EP/Actor)

The Mosquito Coast

Neil Cross (Creator/EP/Showrunner/Writer) Melissa George (Actor) Justin Theroux (EP/Actor) Rupert Wyatt (EP/Director)

Cobra Kai

Ralph Macchio (Co-EP/Actor) William Zabka (Co-EP/Actor)

Woke

Keith Knight (Co-Creator/EP) Lamorne Morris (Actor)

SONY PICTURES TELEVISION 3:30pm - 3:51pm

AFTERNOON BREAK - 10 MINUTES

FX 4:03pm - 4:47pm

Breeders

Chris Addison (Co-Creator/EP) Simon Blackwell (Co-Creator/EP/Writer) Martin Freeman (Co-Creator/EP/Actor)

Pose

Billy Porter (Actor) MJ Rodriguez (Actor)

Fargo

Noah Hawley (Creator/EP/Writer/Director) Chris Rock (Actor) Glynn Turman (Actor)

Snowfall

Dave Andron (Co-Creator/EP/Showrunner/Writer) Damson Idris (Actor)

SCHEDULE AND SPEAKERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE


FX 4:47pm - 4:59pm

A Teacher

Hannah Fidell (Creator/EP/Writer/Director) Kate Mara (EP/Actor) Nick Robinson (Actor)

FREEFORM 4:59pm - 5:10pm

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay

Kayla Cromer (Actor) Adam Faison (Actor) Maeve Press (Actor) Josh Thomas (Creator/EP/Actor)

WARNER BROS. TELEVISION 5:11pm - 5:35pm

Prodigal Son

Catherine Zeta-Jones (Actor)

Queen Sugar

Omar Dorsey (Actor) Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Actor) Paul Garnes (EP) Rutina Wesley (Actor)

PARAMOUNT NETWORK 5:35pm - 5:46pm

Yellowstone

Gil Birmingham (Actor) Cole Hauser (Actor) Kelly Reilly (Actor)

DISNEY+ 5:46pm - 6:11pm

WandaVision

Kathryn Hahn (Actor) Elizabeth Olsen (Actor) Teyonah Parris (Actor)

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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CONTENDERS

The latest edition of Deadline’s supersized Contenders event celebrates the best of television BY P E T E H A M M O N D

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with an astonishing 129 creatives and

Meet the moderators

The Deadline staffers who’ll be guiding you through this year’s Contenders

YOUR EMCEE JOE UTICHI

YOUR MODERATORS NELLIE ANDREEVA

Joe oversees Deadline’s print magazine for the Oscar and Emmy seasons, as well as its special “Disruptors” edition for the Cannes Film Festival. He has been with Deadline since 2012 and serves as emcee for Deadline’s Contenders events. Prior to joining, his work regularly appeared in his native UK, for outlets including The Sunday Times and The Guardian. He has also worked extensively in film and television, producing EPK and production notes and serving as a unit publicist. He is a member of BAFTA and has sat on multiple juries for the BAFTA Film Awards.

Nellie’s insightful analysis and thorough coverage of TV deals, pilot season, markets and executives makes her one of the most respected journalists covering the television business today. Before joining Deadline in 2010, Nellie worked for 10 years at The Hollywood Reporter where she covered TV for the trade’s online and print editions. Before that, she worked as a journalist covering television and radio for Investor’s Business Daily. Nellie’s interest in the television industry extends back to her homeland of Bulgaria, where she first became a journalist and then a producer, writer and director for Bulgarian National Television.

EXECUTIVE AWARDS EDITOR

CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, TELEVISION


Meet the moderators MIKE FLEMING

CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, FILM

Mike joined Deadline in 2010 after working at Variety for 20 years as a reporter, writer and columnist. He was not only nationally recognized as Variety’s premiere film reporter but also for his “Dish” and “The Buzz” columns. Mike is known for his industry relationships and his ability to break news wherever it happens, including on the ground at festivals like Sundance, Cannes and Toronto. He also is an author: Doubleday published his book about The Three Stooges, From Amalgamated Morons to American Icons, which ABC turned into a telepic executive produced by Mel Gibson. One of Mike’s early jobs in journalism was editor of the well-known Media Industry Newsletter (MIN). He then joined New York Newsday as a columnist, reviewer and entertainment writer. During his career, he has written for numerous magazines including Playboy, Details, TV Guide and Esquire. PETE HAMMOND

AWARDS COLUMNIST/CHIEF FILM CRITIC

Pete, widely considered to be one of the preeminent awards analysts for both film and television, has for the past seven years been Deadline’s Awards Columnist covering what is seemingly now the year-round Oscar and Emmy seasons. He is also Deadline’s Chief Film Critic, having previously reviewed films for MovieLine, Boxoffice magazine, Backstage, Hollywood.com and Maxim. In addition to writing, Pete is also host of the year-round KCET Cinema Series, where he screens a selection of films prior to their theatrical release and interviews filmmakers. He previously held producing positions at Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Martin Short Show and AMC Network and is the recipient of five Emmy nominations for writing. ANTONIA BLYTH

DEPUTY EDITOR, AWARDSLINE

Antonia has contributed to Deadline and AwardsLine’s print magazines since 2014. A native Brit based in LA, prior to joining she covered West Coast entertainment for ELLE.com, and her work has been featured in The Guardian, UK Marie Claire and InStyle. She has written a New York Times bestselling non-fiction book and regularly appears on French television network TF1 as an entertainment expert. ANTHONY D’ALESSANDRO

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR/BOX OFFICE EDITOR

Anthony covers box office, breaking film news, awards-season features and festival news. His first job in the film industry was at Savoy Pictures’ headquarters in New York where he worked in film distribution. In the

summer of 1999, he was hired by Variety and moved to Los Angeles, and remained in the newsroom covering numerous parts of the industry, including box office, for about a decade. Prior to arriving at Deadline in the fall of 2011, where he co-edited the site’s sister publication AwardsLine, Anthony covered the box office beat for Indiewire’s Thompson on Hollywood. He also co-produced Matt Walsh’s film A Better You. MATT GROBAR

ASSOCIATE EDITOR, NIGHTS & WEEKENDS

Matt joined the editors’ desk in March 2021 after five years as AwardsLine’s Assistant Editor. In that role, he contributed to the coverage and editing of the magazines throughout the year, focusing on artist interviews revolving around awards season and its big nights including the Oscars and Emmys. Matt also manages the Production Value video series, which spotlights the premier craft talent working in film and TV. He also is part of Deadline’s festival studio team at the likes of Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto. Before Deadline he worked at UTA, 8thDay Pictures and Infinity Management International.

Deadline soon after landing in Los Angeles in 2014 and two years later became the site’s first homegrown full-time staffer. Since then, the Nigerian Texas-native has contributed to breaking news in both film and television and covered events from the Oscars to the Emmys, Golden Globes, Comic-Con, SXSW, the ATX Television Festival, and more. With Dino-Ray Ramos she co-hosts Deadline’s New Hollywood podcast, which champions people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented voices in film and television. DOMINIC PATTEN

SENIOR EDITOR, LEGAL & TV CRITIC

Dominic covers litigious Hollywood’s major lawsuits and weighs in on the current Golden Age of television with his video reviews and more. Before joining Deadline in 2012, he wrote for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, and the Toronto Globe and Mail. A frequent guest on NPR, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and CBS, he also has been a documentary director, TV producer, national news correspondent and a newspaper editor.

JAKE KANTER

DINO-RAY RAMOS

Jake joined Deadline in 2019 from Business Insider, where he was the UK Executive Editor, overseeing a 60-strong London bureau and serving tens of millions of readers every month. He also wrote about media and tech, breaking scoops on companies including Facebook, Amazon and the BBC. Prior to his time at Business Insider, he spent six years at Broadcast, where he rose from reporter to news editor and launched the popular Talking TV podcast. Jake is also chair of the Broadcasting Press Guild, a 45-year-old association of the UK’s top media journalists.

Dino-Ray joined Deadline in 2017 and writes about inclusion and diversity issues in the industry, genre film & TV, as well as pop culture and media. Based in Los Angeles, he also covers events and awards shows such as the Oscars, Emmys, Comic-Con and the TCA press tour. Additionally, he co-hosts the New Hollywood Podcast with Deadline’s Amanda N’Duka, which champions people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented voices in film and television. A Texas native, Dino-Ray worked as film and TV reporter for the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle before moving to Los Angeles. Prior to Deadline, he was chief film critic at the Tracking Board and has written for Vogue, Entertainment Tonight, Bustle, Paste Magazine, Queerty and NBC Asian America.

INTERNATIONAL TV EDITOR

DADE HAYES

FINANCE EDITOR

Dade joined Deadline as a New Yorkbased contributor in 2017. He leads business and Wall Street coverage as well as writing about film, TV, regulation, advertising and other East Coast happenings. Dade has spent two decades tracking the entertainment industry as a writer and editor for Variety, Entertainment Weekly and Broadcasting & Cable. His freelance work has appeared in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and he is the author of two books and an installment of the Wondery podcast Business Wars. AMANDA N’DUKA REPORTER

Amanda started as an intern with

NEW HOLLYWOOD CO-HOST

PETER WHITE

TELEVISION EDITOR

Peter, who joined Deadline in 2017, is a respected veteran TV journalist who previously worked at UK-based Broadcast, where after starting there in 2013, rose to News Editor, responsible for putting together the weekly magazine as well as breaking daily news. Before that he was deputy editor of Television Business International magazine. He covers the television industry from Deadline’s Los Angeles bureau.


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SHOWS ABC/DISNEY TELEVISION STUDIOS

Jimmy Kimmel Live! Following a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jimmy Kimmel is back in the studio with in-person guests for his late-night talk show. Known for segments like ‘Mean Tweets’ where celebrities read out reallife negative tweets directed towards them, Jimmy Kimmel Live! is the longest running late-night talk show on ABC. Rebel Inspired by the life of executive producer Erin Brockovich, the show follows renegade legal advocate Annie ‘Rebel’ Bello (Katey Sagal) as she fights for the causes and people she believes in. Though she may not have a law degree, Rebel will go to any length to win for the people she cares about. AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

Small Axe Created and directed by Steve McQueen, this five-part anthology series tells distinct stories about West Indian immigrants in London. Taking place from the 1960s to 1980s, these true stories focus on the experiences

of Black people in Britain as they fight to overcome adversity and a system entrenched in racism. Solos This sci-fi anthology series, created by David Weil, is an exploration of what it means to be human. In seven unique stories, different characters deal with isolation and the impact of being alone in uncertain times. They discover connections with each other in the shared human experience of searching for togetherness. Sylvie’s Love Sylvie Parker (Tessa Thompson) works at her father’s record shop in 1950s Harlem, where she meets Rob Halloway (Nnamdi Asomugha), an aspiring saxophonist, in this drama film written, directed, and produced by Eugene Ashe. Their initial romance lasts only a summer, but a chance meeting, many years later, reignites their feelings for one another. The Underground Railroad Barry Jenkins directs this limited series set in an alternate timeline of the 1800s, based on the Colston Whitehead novel of

the same name. Cora (Thuso Mbedu), an enslaved young Black woman in Georgia, attempts to escape and discovers an underground railway system that transports runaways to freedom. Her escape isn’t certain as she is pursued by slavecatchers attempting to recapture her. The Boys After the shocking conclusion of last season, Homelander and Vought hold more power than ever while Hughie (Jack Quaid), Butcher (Karl Urban), and the rest of the group are on the run. While still trying to expose Vought’s corrupt nature, a new sadistic superhero, Stormfront (Aya Cash), hits the scene and complicates their mission even further. Them Little Marvin created and executive produces this horror anthology series for Amazon Prime. The first season, dubbed Them: Covenant, takes place in 1953 and follows a Black family as they move to an all-white neighborhood in Los Angeles. Their new life seems ideal, until they start to notice not everything is as perfect as it seems.


THE BOYS

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

SMALL AXE

REBEL

SOLOS

SYLVIE’S LOVE

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD THEM


DICKINSON

TED LASSO

THE MOSQUITO COAST

MYTHIC QUEST

THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES COREN

APPLE TV+

Dickinson Hailee Steinfeld executive produces and stars in this historical comedy, depicting the comingof-age experience of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. A period tale crafted with modern perspective, the series finds Dickinson in Amherst, Massachusetts, rebelling against her father, and the constraints imposed upon women in her time, while writing some of her iconic works. Mythic Quest Creators Rob McElhenney, Megan Ganz, and Charlie Day give an insight into the high stress world of video game design in this workplace comedy. The show follows Ian Grimm (Rob McElhenney) and his staff as they face the challenges of keeping their popular online game, Mythic Quest, on top. Unfortunately, their biggest challenge seems to be working well together.

The Mosquito Coast Justin Theroux stars as Allie Fox in this drama series based on the novel of the same name by his uncle, Paul Theroux. Fox is an inventor who lives off the grid with his wife and two children, taking odd jobs for income as his inventions don’t sell much. When the government finds them and starts tracking them down for their murky past, Fox and his family must flee to Mexico. Ted Lasso Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) is a successful coach of a collegiate American football team. When he is unexpectedly recruited as a coach for an English Premier League football team, he takes the job and moves to England despite not knowing anything about English football. He tries to connect with his new team using his folksy American charm and positivity, but the team immediately dislikes him.

CBS STUDIOS

The Late Late Show with James Corden Known for his iconic original segments, like ‘Carpool Karaoke’, James Corden hosts this late-night talk show. As opposed to the traditional American talk-show style of interviews, Corden uses the British style of having guests appear together for a group discussion. COVID-19 restrictions left Corden to host via Zoom from his garage, but now he’s back in the studio with his musical director Reggie Watts. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Comedian Stephen Colbert hosts this late-night talk show with a focus on discussing and satirizing current events and U.S. politics. While the show was produced from Colbert’s home at the beginning of last year due to the pandemic, now Colbert is back in the Ed Sullivan Theater for in-


WANDAVISION

EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE OKAY

BREEDERS

A TEACHER

THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER

studio episodes to continue their run as the top late-night program in the United States for the past four seasons. COMEDY CENTRAL

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah South African comedian Trevor Noah executive produces, writes and hosts the third iteration of this iconic late-night series—the longest-running program on Comedy Central. The comedic news program sees Noah lampooning current events, both inside and outside of politics, from his unique perspective while engaging in interviews with an ever-growing roster of A-list celebrities and political figures. DISNEY+

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Taking place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the governments of the world are poorly handling the return of half the population, leading to the rise of a radical group of super-soldier ter-

rorists called the Flag-Smashers. With Captain America gone, Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) need to team up and travel the world to stop them. WandaVision Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) live through classic sitcom tropes together in an idealized suburban home in the first Marvel TV series on Disney+. As they try to conceal their superpowers from nosy neighbors, the couple starts to suspect that things aren’t as perfect as they may seem. FREEFORM

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay Australian comedian Josh Thomas plays Nicholas, a 25-year-old who comes to Los Angeles to visit family, only to be left in charge of his two half-sisters, played by Kayla Kromer and Maeve Press, when his father suddenly passes away. Season 2 follows the family as they wait out the pandemic lockdown together.

FX

A Teacher Claire Wilson (Kate Mara), a young high school teacher in Texas, falls in love with Eric Walker (Nick Robinson), one of her students, in this FX miniseries. Created and directed by Hannah Fidell, this show explores a predatory relationship between a teacher and a student, as well as the consequences for both of them, and those around them. Breeders Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard play Paul and Ally, two partners struggling with parenting their preteen children, in this comedy series created by Freeman, Chris Addison, and Simon Blackwell. Partially based on Freeman’s own experience as a parent, the series shows the trials and pains of parenting, rather than the easy and romanticized version social media may lead you to believe. Fargo Noah Hawley’s anthology series


returns with its fourth season, this time set in Kansas, Missouri in the 1950s. Cannon Limited, an African American crime syndicate led by Loy Cannon (Chris Rock), and the Sardinian Fadda Family, an Italian-American crime family led by Josto Fadda (Jason Schwartman), maintain a contentious relationship as both vie for control. Pose Winning Billy Porter his first Emmy, this series set in the late ’80s and early ’90s takes a look at New York’s underground ball culture in the African American and Latino communities. Season 3 finds Blanca (MJ Rodriguez) juggling motherhood, dating, and her new job as a nurse’s aide while the horrifying AIDS epidemic mercilessly rages throughout the LGBTQIA+ community. Snowfall Creators Eric Amadio, John Singleton, and Dave Andron take a look at 1980s Los Angeles during the start of the crack cocaine epidemic in this FX series. Damson Idris plays Franklin Saint, a drug dealer in his 20s trying to broker peace between two rival gangs while trying to keep his family safe. HBO

Lovecraft Country In the search for his missing father, Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) travels through 1950s Jim Crow America with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) in this horror drama series written and directed by Misha Green. The search becomes more complicated as they arrive in Devon County, Massa-

chusetts where they uncover dark occult secrets plaguing the town. The Undoing Director Susanne Bier puts a modern twist on a classic “whodunnit” tale in this HBO original miniseries. Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star as Grace and Jonathan Fraser, a wealthy couple living in New York, whose lives are turned upside down after their family becomes involved with a murder case.

SNOWFALL

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

HBO MAX

It’s a Sin Created by Russell T. Davies, this British miniseries follows a group of gay men living in London between 1981 and 1991, during the HIV/AIDS crisis. They become friends and attempt to live their lives to the fullest in the face of the threat that HIV poses to them and their community. The Flight Attendant Kaley Cuoco executive produces and stars in this HBO Max series based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian. Cuoco plays Cassie Bowden, a flight attendant with a drinking problem, who wakes up in a strange hotel room in Bangkok next to a dead body. With no memory of the night, she tries to piece together what happened.

IT’S A SIN

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THE UNDOING

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY


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HULU

PEN15 Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle created and star in this cringe comedy series on Hulu, where they play 13-year-old versions of themselves in 7th grade. Taking place in the year 2000, and surrounded by actual 13-yearold actors, the girls navigate the terrifying awkwardness of being teenagers and social outcasts in middle school. The Handmaid’s Tale This acclaimed, dystopian drama adapts Margaret Atwood’s portentous 1985 novel of the same name. Created by Bruce Miller, it centers on Elisabeth Moss’s June, a woman living in a dark age who sees her family and her former life stripped away. She strikes back and becomes a fierce leader of a rebellion, but her quest for justice endangers herself and those around her.

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Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia Danielle Brooks stars as the titular Mahalia Jackson in this bio-pic of one of the most revered gospel singers in U.S. history. She begins singing at a young age and skyrockets to fame with her hit song, “Move on Up a Little Higher.” An active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, Mahalia uses her fame and music to encourage and inspire racial equality. MTV ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS

Younger Based on the 2005 novel by Pamela Redmond Satran, the series stars Sutton Foster as Liza Miller, a fortysomething mother who finds herself back on the job market after a failed marriage to a gambling addict. To land a job as a publisher’s assistant, Liza reinvents herself as a millennial, soon finding out that reliving her

twenties is both fun and occasionally terrifying. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Genius: Aretha After Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, this eight-part series turns its focus to music with the story of R&B legend Aretha Franklin. Starring Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner Cynthia Erivo, with newcomer Shaian Jordan as the young Franklin, the series explores the the singer’s private and public life, revealing the sacrifices she made to become the undisputed Queen Of Soul. NBC

Kenan Starring Kenan Thompson, this comedy show follows a single father who’s trying to get his life in order after the death of his wife. Raising two daughters while holding down a high-profile job as the host of an Atlanta morn-


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ing TV show, Kenan is helped and hindered by his interfering fatherin-law Rick (Don Johnson) and his brother Gary (Chris Redd).

eldest daughter of the influential Bridgerton family, as she makes her debut on London’s competitive marriage scene.

character Denise and explores the ups and downs of her romantic relationship with her partner Alicia (Naomi Ackie).

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Staring Jane Levy, this comedy series is a superhero movie with a twist: after an earthquake interrupts her MRI scan, computer coder Zoey Clarke realizes that she has the ability to read people’s minds—which they reveal to her in the form of pop music. Featuring an all-singing, all-dancing cast, Zoey learns to embrace this unwanted gift.

Halston Roy Halston Frowick remains one of fashion’s most enduring enigmas. Small wonder that Ryan Murphy was attracted to this story of a man that had it all and gave it away, casting Ewan McGregor as the ambitious designer who ruled Fifth Avenue and Studio 54 with a stellar circle of friends that included Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol.

The Crown Now in its fourth season, Peter Morgan’s series about the British monarchy turns to the election of controversial Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), and introduces Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer, whose ill-fated 1981 marriage to Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) almost brought the Royal Family to its knees.

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Master of None Created by comic Aziz Ansari and writer Alan Yang, this Netflixoriginal comedy has so far been loosely based on Ansari’s real-life experiences but takes something of a departure for its third season. Directed by Ansari, this season focuses on Lena Waithe’s

The Kominsky Method This comedy series takes an affectionate look at showbusiness through the rear-view mirror. Created by Chuck Lorre, it stars Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, a former actor turned acting coach who previously navigated the challenges of growing older with

Bridgerton Adapted for Netflix by Shonda Rhimes from the novels of Julie Quinn, Bridgerton presents itself as a more female-fronted, Regency-set alternative to Downton Abbey. The story follows Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), the


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his best friend Norman (Alan Arkin) but now has to manage without him. The Queen’s Gambit A left-field hit for Netflix, this adaptation of Walter Tevis’ novel cemented Anya Taylor-Joy’s status as a talent to watch and even raised mainstream interest in championship chess. Set in the 1950s and ’60s, the story charts the life of Beth Harmon, a young orphan whose instinctive mastery of the board game takes her to the top of the chess world, despite her inner demons. PARAMOUNT NETWORK

Yellowstone This rural drama stars Kevin Costner as John Dutton, the head of a powerful family of ranchers. A sixth-generation homesteader, he controls a major ranch in the U.S., dealing with a corrupt world in which politicians are compromised by influential oil and lumber corporations and land-grabs make developers billions. SHOWTIME

City on a Hill The city of Boston has inspired a slew of crime movies, and this one is based on an original idea by Ben Affleck, who exec-produced the first episode. City on a Hill takes place in early 1990s Boston, where Assistant DA DeCourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge) forms an unlikely connection with corrupt FBI veteran Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon) in his fight against organized crime. The Chi Created by Emmy winner Lena

Waithe, The Chi is a contemporary coming-of-age drama series that takes place on Chicago’s South Side, exploring the important issues of our times, but prioritizing the day-to-day lives of its residents. Set in a neighborhood where real dangers hide among the shadows, the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences. STARZ

Power Book II: Ghost Power Book II: Ghost kicks off just a few days after its predecessor, Power’s finale. Where Power told the story of ruthless drug dealer Ghost (Omari Hardwick), the focus this time is his son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.), who is navigating a new life. But his desire to step away his father’s legacy is at odds with his determination to protect his family. The Girlfriend Experience Inspired by Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 film of the same name, the show takes a new turn for its third series. Helmed by Anja Marquard, it stars Julia Goldani Telles as a neuroscience major who moves to London to join a tech start-up and finds that her experiences with clients in the escort world perfectly complement the set of skills she’s gathering in her regular working life. SONY PICTURES TELEVISION

Cobra Kai Over three decades after the Karate Kid franchise, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka return to their roots for this surprise hit series. The story begins with Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) at

rock-bottom as an unemployed handyman. When he restarts the Cobra Kai dojo, Daniel LaRousso (Macchio), now a happily married, successful businessman, re-enters the scene. Woke The weight of social responsibility is the subject of this surreal sitcom, which stars Lamorne Morris as Keef, a cartoonist whose Toast & Butter strip is getting rave reviews. Keef wants to keep his work light-hearted, but after being harassed by a cop he begins to sees inanimate objects coming to life, lecturing him on political issues. WARNER BROS. TELEVISION

Prodigal Son This series stars Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright, a disgraced former FBI profiler who now works for the NYPD. Bright, the son of notorious serial killer The Surgeon, has the unique ability to view crimes from the perspective of the killer, but this insight is also a burden that haunts him, causing him to live in a perpetual state of paranoia. Queen Sugar Produced by Oprah Winfrey and directed by Ava DuVernay from Natalie Baszile’s novel, Queen Sugar is an ongoing family drama in which three estranged siblings—Charley, an NBA wife and business mogul; Ralph Angel, a single-father parolee with a murky past; and Nova, a journalist and dedicated activist with a complicated personal life—are reunited at their family home in Louisiana.


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