Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.
Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, NBC presents its latest live musical event, plus much more.
“Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” CBS, Monday, 10 p.m.
Models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid will spread their embellished wings for the annual runway glamfest, which this year welcomes Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd as musical guests.
“Shut Eye,” Hulu, Wednesday
Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland, Isabella Rossellini, and Emmanuelle Chriqui star in the streaming service’s latest original series, which centers around Donovan’s Charlie Haverford, a failed magician who now works as a psychic and begins to experience real visions of the future. Chatting with Variety at the 10-episode show’s L.A. premiere last week, Strickland says her character is very complex: “She blows my mind. She is someone I would never want to know as a friend, but someone I want to know more as an actor.”
“Hairspray Live!” NBC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. (CRITICS PICK)
NBC continues its live musical tradition this Wednesday with “Hairspray Live!,” a television adaptation of the ’60s musical starring Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, and — believe it or not — Ariana Grande. The lead role of wannabe star Tracy Turnblad will be played by newcomer Maddie Baillio. NBC has been upping the stakes with each successive live production, and this time, they’re adding a live audience and expanding the production to the backlot at Universal Studios. “We couldn’t even contemplate doing ‘Hairspray’ without a live audience,” said executive producer Craig Zadan, in the most recent “Remote Controlled” podcast.
“Mozart In the Jungle,” Friday, Amazon
The low-profile series may not get much buzz, but it did dominate last year’s Golden Globes awards, beating out major shows to win best comedy and best actor for star Gael García Bernal. Variety‘s critic has called the comedy “breezy” with “impeccable casting” — and a new face is set to appear in Season 3, which debuts this week: Monica Bellucci will guest star as an iconic opera singer.
“Fuller House,” Friday, Netflix
The gang’s all back! Say what you’d like about Netflix’s revival of the beloved 1980’s and ’90s sitcom, but it is one of the streaming giant’s most-watched shows. Our critic Maureen Ryan didn’t love the first season, but she did praise the reboot for its family-friendly themes. For more on what to expect in Season 2, check back on Variety later this week for an interview with “Full House” and “Fuller House” creator Jeff Franklin.