November 12: Lifetime unfurls Project Runway Junior
Kids’ reality shows aren’t exactly a safe bet; for every Master Chef Junior, there’s a Kid Nation waiting to happen. But that’s what makes them so fun to watch! Co-hosted by Tim Gunn and judged by a panel that includes Kelly Osbourne and Christian Siriano, PRJ is a pretty blatant attempt to jack MCJ‘s swag, but it’s also an intriguing premise (not to mention a test of the universal assumption that Tim Gunn can do no wrong).
November 13: Netflix teams up With Bob and David—and John Mulaney
Like HBO, Netflix was in the stand-up game long before it started cranking out Emmy winners, and its original comedy series thus far have included efforts from both talented newcomers (Bojack Horseman) and established talents in need of a platform (Arrested Development‘s Mitch Hurwitz). So it’s little surprise that the streaming service will debut two major comedy releases on the same day: the latest stand-up special from John Mulaney (it already hosts New in Town) and David Cross and Bob Odenkirk’s new sketch miniseries (don’t call it a Mr. Show revival). You’ll probably hear a *lot* about both on the podcast circuit in the next couple weeks.
November 20: Philip K. Dick adaptation The Man in the High Castle debuts on Amazon
Thanks to Amazon’s much-vaunted pilot season, we already have an idea of what Frank Spotnitz’s dystopian series will look like. Still, this “alternate history” of an America where the other side won World War II might be Amazon’s most intriguing show since Transparent—at least until Woody Allen’s first venture into TV drops. We’ll leave jokes about the irony of Amazon sponsoring a show about a dystopia when their workplace already is one to someone else, but just know that they’re inevitable.
November 20: The Marvel-Netflix alliance continues with Jessica Jones
Not that Netflix will ever tell, but from the looks of it, this spring’s Daredevil was a major success. Now it’s rolling out the second of its four superhero series, staring Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23‘s Krysten Ritter as a retired heroine with PTSD squaring off against the man who traumatized her. Ritter has some solid dramatic work behind her (see Breaking Bad and Listen Up Phillip), but Jessica Jones is her first, much-deserved showcase — and along with Supergirl, it makes up a mini-trend of female-led superhero shows. Let’s hope a full-blown trend is in the works.
November 22: J. Lo hosts the American Music Awards on ABC
They’re not the most prestigious of awards ceremonies (they’re voted on by fans) or the most buzzed-about (that’s the VMAs), but the AMAs still perform the essential function of such shows in 2015: putting a bunch of pop stars in a room together to make questionable decisions and subsequently be judged via social media. Plus, J. Lo as host can’t possibly be a bad thing.
November 24: Pretty Little Liars jumps Five Years Forward
In a tried-and-true attempt to reinvigorate a late-period show, Pretty Little Liars is kicking off the back off of its sixth season with a half-decade time jump. To tide viewers over until January, though, ABC Family — sorry, #FREEFORM — is airing a special covering just what happened over said five years. Just the dose of teen television your Thanksgiving week needs.