Belushi

“Belushi” looks at the life of the iconic comedian. 

famous skier and her dog host a competition, an author’s moving letter to his son is dramatized and an iconic funnyman is the subject of a deeply personal documentary.

Dispatches:Weekly TV news

From West Philadelphia to Bel Air to HBO Max. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion” brings the Banks family together again, 30 years after the show’s debut. Will Smith announced that the special airs on Thursday, Nov. 19. 

The CW is developing an anthology series that reimagines the novels of Jane Austen. Called “Modern Austen,” the one-hour show will feature a different novel each season and give it a contemporary twist. It will begin with “Pride and Prejudice,” set in San Francisco. 

Contenders:Shows to keep on your radar

Oscar-winner Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) directs and co-writes an anthology series that features different aspects of Black British life. “Small Axe” (Nov. 20, Amazon), says McQueen, is a set of stories about how Black people have “changed the fabric of the U.K. within politics and within wider culture.” The first episode is called “Mangrove,” with others scheduled weekly. 

Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn and her dog Lucy host the canine-and-human competition show “The Pack” (Nov. 20, Amazon).

“Marvel’s 616” (Nov. 20, Disney+) is an anthology series that explores the characters, creators, storytelling and fandom within the Marvel universe. Topics cover Marvel’s global artists, the women trailblazers of Marvel Comics, the “forgotten” characters of Marvel and more. 

“Between the World and Me” (Nov. 21, HBO, 8 p.m. ET) is based on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book and a theatrical performance at the Apollo Theater in 2018. The special dramatizes Coates’ letter to his teenage son, where he tells him about his childhood and his fears about violence against the Black community. The cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Susan Kelechi Watson, Mahershala Ali and Angela Bassett. 

BTS, Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion, among others perform at the “American Music Awards” (Nov. 22, ABC, 8 p.m. ET). Taraji P. Henson hosts. 

From National Lampoon’s “Lemmings” and “Radio Hour” to a founding cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” John Belushi was a pioneering comedy legend who, by the age of 30, was on the number one television show in America, had the number one comedy in film history and the No. 1 record album in the world. His life, talent, fame and demons are remembered in “Belushi” (Nov. 22, Showtime, 9 p.m. ET). The documentary is told through previously unheard audiotapes and in the words of his friends and family. 

Set in Mopu, Himalayas, 1934, “Black Narcissus” (Nov. 23, FX, 8 p.m. ET) focuses on a remote clifftop palace once known as the “House of Women.” When the young nuns of St. Faith try to set up a mission there, the palace’s dark mysteries unleash desires that threaten to repeat a tragedy. The three-episode series, which is also available in full the following day on FX on Hulu, is based on the best-selling novel by Rumer Godden. 

Report Card: Ratings winners and losers

Winners: Netflix renewed “Space Force” for a second season. 

Losers:  Netflix canceled “The Order” after two seasons.

Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at staytuned@outlook.com or follow her on Twitter @mcstaytuned.

 

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