What to Watch This Week | November 7–13
CableTV.com’s legit viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
The November edition of my semi-syndicated streaming TV column, Content Shifter, serves up six quality shows you can watch for free on YouTube, the most popular TV platform on the planet. You’re probably thinking, “Free on YouTube? How could they be any good?” Three letters, doubters: A-L-F.
This week’s What to Watch recs include the returns of Yellowstone and The Crown, Lindsay Lohan holiday rom-com Falling for Christmas, Sylvester Stallone crime drama Tulsa King, Emily Blunt Western The English, and the latest iteration of Mythic Quest. New TV awaits!
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What’s premiering this week
Yellowstone | Paramount Network | Drama
Season 5 premiere, Sunday, November 13: The biggest show on cable returns with Dutton patriarch John (Kevin Costner) being sworn in as the governor of Montana and naming malevolent daughter Beth (Kelly Reilly) as his chief of staff—what could go wrong? As usual with Yellowstone, anything and everything. Season 5 of the over-the-top ranch drama will air Sundays into December, take a holiday break, and then resume in 2023. The suspense!
NFL International Series | NFL Network | Sports, football
Coverage begins Sunday, November 13, 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT: What do they call American football in Europe? HandEgg? Nomenclature aside, the Seattle Seahawks take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Munich, Germany in the fourth of five NFL International Series games. This marks the first-ever NFL game in Germany, a country loaded with fans of American football, if not the former Mr. Giselle Bundchen of Tampa Bay. Next week: Mexico City, Mexico.
The Crown | Netflix | Drama
Season 5 premiere, Wednesday, November 9: The beloved British royals drama makes a time-jump into the 1990s, which means the inclusion of the life and death of Princess Diana (played by Elizabeth Debicki). This season of The Crown also introduces a new Prince Charles (Dominic West), Queen Elizabeth (Imelda Staunton), and Prime Minister John Major (Jonny Lee Miller), but not a disclaimer labeling the show as “fiction.” No one thinks this is a documentary, England.
Falling for Christmas | Netflix | Comedy, romance
Movie premiere, Thursday, November 10: In a plot ripped directly from the Hallmark/Lifetime holiday playbook, a snobby heiress (Lindsay Lohan) suffers amnesia from a pre-Christmas skiing accident and—of course—has to be taken care of by a handsome, flannel-shirted local (Chord Overstreet). Need it to be mentioned that he’s a single dad with a cute young daughter? Still, Lohan could do worse for a comeback movie than Falling for Christmas—remember I Know Who Killed Me?
What to watch on Apple TV+ this week
Mythic Quest | Apple TV+ | Comedy
Season 3 premiere, Friday, November 11: Have they finally dropped Raven’s Banquet from the title? About time. In the third season of game developer comedy Mythic Quest, Ian (Rob McElhenney) and Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) have split from MQ and started a rival company, GrimPop Studios. Meanwhile, those left at Mythic Quest (including David Hornsby and Danny Pudi) are struggling and tensions are rising—hence, hilarity. Two of 10 episodes drop on November 11.
Circuit Breakers | Apple TV+ | Family, sci-fi
Series premiere, Friday, November 11: In the near future, middle-schoolers have access to technology that can do and build anything—for the second time in this week’s W2W, I ask what could go wrong? Circuit Breakers is an anthology series about growing up and navigating life as a kid while taking the occasional shortcut using sci-fi tech (who wouldn’t create a self-replica android to use to skip school?). If you’re not careful, you just might learn something.
What to watch on Prime Video this week
The English | Prime Video | Drama, Western
Series premiere, Friday, November 11: In 1890s Wyoming, Lady Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt) sets out to avenge her murdered son with the help of a Pawnee scout (Chaske Spencer). The English is a gorgeously filmed, hyper-violent Western and dusty revenge thriller rolled into one, written and directed by a Brit (Hugo Blick) and filmed in Spain (not Wyoming). All six episodes of The English will be available to stream on November 11—no weekly rollout here.
Mammals | Prime Video | Comedy, drama
Series premiere, Friday, November 11: Irate diner James Corden stars, non-ironically, as an irate chef who accidentally learns some disturbing secrets about his pregnant wife (Melia Kreiling). When he enlists his brother-in-law (Colin Morgan) to help find answers, all they find are more marital betrayals and mysteries. Mammals also stars Sally Hawkins, she of The Shape of Water and Paddington, so there’s at least one delightful person in this darkly comic series.
W2W wildcards of the week
Tulsa King | Paramount+ | Drama
Series premiere, Sunday, November 13: Just released after a 25-year stint in prison, New York Mafia captain Dwight Manfredi (Sylvester Stallone) is shipped off by his boss to run an operation in Tulsa, Oklahoma—it’s a fish-out-of-water crime drama! Tulsa King is a joint collab between Terrance Winter (Boardwalk Empire) and Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone, everything else on Paramount+), so the gritty cred is in place for Stallone’s first-ever starring TV role.
Rogue Heroes | EPIX | Drama
Series premiere, Sunday, November 13: Speaking of gritty, Peaky Blinders creator Stephen Knight adapts the Ben Macintyre book about the WWII formation of the British Army’s Special Air Service, an unorthodox commando unit that sowed chaos behind enemy lines. The six-part Rogue Heroes stars Connor Swindells, Jack O’Connell, Sofia Boutella, Alfie Allen, and Dominic West (busy docudrama week for this guy); new episodes will stream weekly on EPIX.