The Why Watch That Talk: November TV Premieres
S.W.A.T. (s1, 1, total?, 10p, CBS)
Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, a Los Angeles S.W.A.T. lieutenant, is assigned to lead a highly skilled unit in the community where he grew up. Torn between loyalty to the streets, where the cops are sometimes the enemy, and allegiance to his brothers in blue, he strategically straddles the two worlds. Hondo encourages his team to rely on communication and respect over force and aggression, but when a crisis erupts, these unflinching men and women are prepared to put their tactical training to the test.
Damnation (Aden Young dropped out due to creative differences and was replaced by Killian Scott; s1, 1, total?, 10p, USA)
Seth Davenport is a man masquerading as a small-town Iowa preacher in hopes of starting a full-blown insurrection against the status quo. Focused on his mission, he is unaware that an industrialist tycoon has hired a professional strikebreaker named Creeley Turner to stop the uprising by any means necessary. But unbeknownst to those around them, these two men already share a secret, bloody past. This epic saga about the secret history of the 1930s American heartland centers on the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed, charlatans and prophets.
SMILF (s1, 2, total, 10p, Showtime)
Bridgette Bird is a smart, young single mom living in South Boston who is trying to navigate life with a very unconventional family. As she struggles to make ends meet, she strives to create a better life for her son, Larry, and often finds herself making impulsive and immature decisions. The program is a fresh, raw, and honest comedic look at co-parenting, motherhood and female sexuality. “SMILF” is adapted from Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Film Festival Jury award-winning short film.
No Activity (s1, 1, total, CBS All Access; from the Funny or Die team)
No Activity is an Australian comedy television series which screens on Stan. The series is about two detectives on a stakeout. The Australian series was the first commission produced for the Australian streaming service.
Ill Behavior (s1, 1, 6 total, Showtime)
Typical family man Charlie is young, healthy, and in the prime of his life. That is, until he’s diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Although the cancer is still in the early stages and the prognosis looks good, Charlie chooses to forego medical treatment in favor of natural remedies instead, much to the dismay of his friends, Joel, Tess and Nadia. Rather than allow their friend’s suspicion of modern medicine to sign his death certificate for him, Joel, Tess and Nadia opt to rent an old mansion, kidnap Charlie, and treat him with regular chemotherapy drugs against his will.
Future Man (s1, 1, all 13 total, Hulu)
Janitor Josh Futturman leads a pretty boring life, spending much of his time playing video games when he’s not working. Things change, though, when he beats a video game that the rest of the world has given up on, thinking it was unbeatable. After he defeats the game, mysterious visitors from the future appear. They put the world in danger, and Josh is the only person who can save it. He assembles a team to assist him as he travels through time, completing various missions as he does whatever he can to try to save Earth from the extraterrestrial visitors.
There’s … Johnny! (s1, 1, all 8 total, Hulu)
It’s 1972 and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” is in the midst of its three-decade run sitting atop the late-night TV world. When 19-year-old Nebraska native Andy Klavin leaves his home state for the first time and makes his way to Burbank, Calif,. the show’s famed home, he gets surprised upon stumbling his way into a job working on the show — and for the host, his hero. This coming-of-age comedy follows the young man from the Midwest as he gets caught up in the glamorous lifestyle that abounds in Hollywood — and the sex, drugs and rock `n’ roll that are all part of show business. Actor Paul Reiser, who made several real-life appearances on Carson’s “Tonight Show,” helped create the series and serves as an executive producer on it.
Marvel’s Runaways (s1, 1, 10 total, Hulu)
There are times when pretty much every teenager thinks his or her parents are evil — but what if it was actually true? That’s the situation six Los Angeles teenagers find themselves in when they stumble upon a terrible secret and realize that their parents have been lying to them for their entire lives. The offspring begin an investigation to try to figure out what their guardians are after, while the adults wonder if their kids are hiding secrets of their own. The unlikely crew of teens bands together — led by de facto leader and primary strategist Alex Wilder — to stop their parents before it is too late. The Marvel series is from executive producer Josh Schwartz, whose resume of young-adult fare includes “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl.”
Godless (miniseries from Steven Soderbergh; 1, 7 total, Netflix)
A notorious outlaw and his gang track his traitorous partner to an isolated mining town governed mainly by women.
She’s Gotta Have It (s1, 1, 10 total, Netflix)
Beautiful Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) can’t decide what kind of man she wants to date, so she decides to date three at the same time. The first is Greer Childs (John Canada Terrell), a rich, handsome narcissist. Then there’s Jamie Overstreet (Tommy Redmond Hicks), a stable, overprotective alpha male. Finally, there’s Mars Blackmon (Spike Lee), a timid geek with a heart of gold. Unfortunately, while each suitor has his virtues, Darling just can’t seem to make up her mind.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (s1, 1, total, Amazon; from creator of Gilmore Girls, already renewed for 2nd season)
A housewife living comfortably in the 1950s changes everything to pursue a newly discovered talent.