Welcome back to Tune In, the new weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.
Each week, Variety’s TV team will be combing through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks. We’ll tell readers what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, more new series are making their fall debuts.
“Supergirl,” CBS, Monday, 8 p.m.
“Supergirl” is flying at a new network for its second season. The CW picked up the former CBS show, which returns not only at a new home, but also with a new familiar face — Superman, played by “Teen Wolf’s” Tyler Hoechlin.
“Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After,” Freeform, Tuesday, 9 p.m.
“The Bachelor” doesn’t return until January, but to help Bachelor nation with withdrawals from the reality show, ABC’s little sister net Freeform is introducing an all-new reality show: a docuseries following former “Bachelor” Ben Higgins and winner Lauren Bushnell, as the newly-engaged couple embarks on their road to the altar.
“American Housewife,” ABC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.
Katy Mixon is the best part of ABC’s new family comedy, which follows an overweight mother, who lives in a Stepford-type surburb filled with skinny moms galore — and she’s laugh-out-loud funny. Though the series has some shortcomings (Variety critic Sonia Saraiya writes, “’American Housewife’ runs the risk of being exactly what it means to parody”), its “sourness is deliciously appealing.” See Variety’s review here.
“Haters Back Off,” Netflix, Friday
Colleen Ballinger broke the internet with her YouTube phenomenon Miranda Sings, but can she break into a new TV series? The online sensation is the first-ever digitally-native star to headline her very own scripted show — fittingly, on Netflix.
“Goliath,” Amazon, Friday (CRITICS PICK)
“Goliath” is the product of the merging of David E. Kelley’s savvy commercial instincts and the tonal and thematic possibilities of the streaming arena, and as hybrids go, this entertaining drama has quite a bit to offer. Star Billy Bob Thornton, who plays a feisty lawyer who is down but not fully out, imbues the legal drama with a great deal of texture, specificity, and energy, and the cast around the brilliant Thornton, which includes William Hurt, Maria Bello, Molly Parker and Nina Arianda, is simply terrific. See Variety’s review here.