Time to look at the TV highlights this week.
Monday night at 9/8, its the arrival of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 on Logo. The show is celebrating 100 episodes and 100 queens with a “queen-sized” hour-and-a-half-long episode. Season 8 includes a Britney impersonator, America’s Got Talent’s Derrick Barry, cosplay nerd Dax Exclamationpoint and Drag Race’s first Korean queen, Kim Chi.
Meanwhile, A&E kicks off a Monday-night horror lineup at 9pm with the fourth-season premiere of Bates Motel. We’ve been watching Norman’s battle with reality get more dangerous for the women of White Pine Bay. Things won’t get any easier, especially as Norma starts to realize her son is a major threat.
Following Bates Motel at 10pm its the debut of Damien, a spinoff of 1976’s horror classic The Omen.
Merlin’s Bradley James taking up the role of Damien Thorn, the reluctant Antichrist who finds himself the pawn of an apocalyptic conspiracy. Barbara Hershey co-stars as Ann Rutledge, who tries to get Damien to accept his destiny.
Wednesday at 10pm, Syfy gets into the true-crime genre with The Internet Ruined My Life. Case files include Gamergate, the Glee extra who made Gleeks furious with her tweets, and a Brit who got detained by Homeland Security for using British slang.
Wednesday also brings the return of NBC’s The Carmichael Show at 10pm. When it debuted last summer, the show was a welcome throwback to the kind of socially relevant comedy Norman Lear made in the 1970s, and tackled issues like trans visibility, guns, #BlackLivesMatter and religion.
Jerrod Carmichael stars as a version of himself, with David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine as his offbeat parents.
After tonight’s episode, which deals with infidelity, the show moves to its regular 9pm time slot on Sunday.
On Thursday at 9pm, Project Runway All Stars channels the Emperor’s New Clothes, with a challenge involving nudists who need to get fitted for winter wear. (Watch those scissors, designers.)
WE debuts a new season of David Tutera’s CELEBrations Friday at 9pm, as Tori Spelling asks to join the party-planner extraordinaire’s team.
If Tori can handle David’s inability to get a “Donna Martin graduates” reference, she’ll still have to face scheming coworkers and Gary Busey as a client.
HBO heads to Broadway on Saturday at 9pm, with Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, which sees Audra McDonald bringing her Tony winning performance as jazz icon Billie Holiday to the small screen.
Fox tries once more to compete with Saturday Night Live with the debut of Party Over Here, Saturdays at 11pm. Oddly, the net turns to the Lonely Island, the trio who gave SNL hits like “Lazy Sunday” and “D*ck in a Box” and “3-Way”
Lifetime debuts And Then There Were None Sunday at 8pm, an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery about ten strangers murdered one by one.
The novel was a tightly plotted tale of suspense, and this adaptation has an amazing cast, including Miranda Richardson, Aidan Turner, Burn Gorman (Torchwood) and Toby Stephens (Black Sails). The second half of And Then There Were None airs Monday at 9pm.
That’s the week in TV. What are you watching?