It’s PrestigeTValooza this Sunday night as we have three new big-ticket dramas with impressive casts–casts which include Colm Meaney, Susan Sarandon, John Bernthal, Rosie O’Donnell, Rupert Everett, Gretchen Mol, Screen Scholar fave Beth Ditto, and country music star Trace Adkins. And as we remember the Queen of England this weekend, for better or for worse, we’ve got a show titled a synonym for queen and one about an olden times queen. Obviously, we’re also remembering something else today, so if you are so inclined, remember to watch the reading of the names on the 21st anniversary (or a video of it giving this is published midday).
The Serpent Queen [Starz, 8p]
Starz’s newest period drama features Catherine de’ Medici, an Italian woman who joined the French court as an orphaned teen with plenty of money and no-strings-attached. Catherine will learn her husband is in love with someone else (isn’t that just the way) but perseveres and rules France for 30 years. She’s played by Samantha Morton.
American Gigolo [Showtime, 9p]
The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal takes the role of a male escort played by Richard Gere 42 years ago. Check out the nod to the original in the trailer with a quick blast of the movie’s hit which would become the number one hit of 1980, edging out Pink Floyd.
Monarch [Fox, 8p]
While a drama about the turmoil of a country music family is not something that would initially be on my radar, I’m a big fan of ex-Gossip singer turned actress Beth Ditto and would watch this for her, and for Susan Sarandon, whose bothsidesism politics in-the-age-of-Trump may have got on my nerves, but she’s still a terrific on-screen presence.
BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- The dirty dealings of Boston’s most corrupt fictional cop (and its most idealistic political wannabe) continue to play on midway through the third season of Showtime’s City on a Hill. If you’re looking for a good hatewatch starring a likeable actor as an absolute cad, this might be your program.
- We’re into the sixth season of Travel Channel visiting the homes of ordinary people who believe they have had supernatural encounters. Paranormal Caught on Camera returns tonight.
- Sister Wives starts its inexplicable seventeenth season today on TLC. Did you know that husband Kody Brown is now monogomous. Twist. We guess.
- Finally, we find ourselves, as we often do, in the Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex where UP is kinda one-upping the ol’ Gs with its title game. Finding Love in Big Sky meet-cutes two beautiful people in cowboy hats in the Big Sky State. For those of y’all who don’t know state nicknames, it’s set in Montana. Hallmark, not to be done, channels the 1967 British hit with the Lulu megahit for To Her, with Love. And we’ll leave you there with a somber song from an album released 21 years ago today which was eerily prescient to the sad events that would take place that day.