What’s On TV? – Sunday (11/10/2019) – Showtime Does Dysfunctional Dramedy with ‘Shameless’ and ‘Back to Life’

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Showtime takes center stage this evening, with the premiere of a new British dramedy from the producers of “Fleabag.” It also sees one of its biggest hits returning for a tenth season, making it the longest-running show in the network’s history. We’ve also got one of the lighter, sillier awards shows this evening, as well as a historical war epic for those who aren’t swayed by the glamour of the red carpet.

PICK OF THE DAY:

“Shameless” (Showtime) at 9:00 PM EST

The Gallaghers — possibly the most dysfunctional family in all of Chicago — return as “Shameless” begins its tenth season on Showtime. After Emmy Rossum’s departure from the show at the end of last season, the Gallagher kids will have to get used to life without Fiona, their eldest sister and surrogate mother. Of course, they’re still bound to get up to the same hijinks and low-level cons as always. After all, they are still the offspring of Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy), the man who elevated grifting to an Olympic sport.

WHAT’S PREMIERING?:

“Back to Life” (Showtime) at 10:00 PM EST

As a network, Showtime is on safest ground when sticking to the territory of dramedies about grimy yet lovable people doing reprehensible things. So “Back to Life,” an English show about a woman who has recently been released from prison after serving an 18-year stint, feels like it will fit right in. From co-writers Laura Solon and Daisy Haggard (who also stars) and the producers of “Fleabag,” “Back to Life” is brimming with potential.

LIVE EVENT:

“E! People’s Choice Awards” (E!) at 9:00 PM EST

The People’s Choice Awards are on tonight, one of the rare award ceremonies where everyday moviegoers don’t get to complain about voters being elitist and out of touch. While it’s certainly not the most prestigious and the fact they that hand out awards for “Best Movie Star” rather than “Best Actor” is telling, it serves as a reminder that awards season is about to begin in earnest. Also, this is your opportunity to reward all those blockbusters that would likely have been included in the Oscars’ ultimately doomed Best Popular Film category, so savor it.

MOVIES ON TV:

“Braveheart” (BBC America) at 8:00 PM EST

“The King” making its appearance on Netflix has a lot of people in the mood for a good old-fashioned pre-battle speech. And what better way to scratch that itch than with “Braveheart?” Sure, Mel Gibson’s reputation has been blighted since “Braveheart” was originally released, and the film takes more than its fair share of liberties with the narrative of Scottish national hero, William Wallace. But when it comes to period epics, “Braveheart” is pretty much the gold standard.

NEW TV EPISODES:

Still looking for something else to watch? Check out more of tonight’s lineup below!

  • “God Friended Me” (CBS) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “Kids Say the Darndest Things” (ABC) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “Batwoman” (CW) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “Dublin Murders” (Starz) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “Shark Tank” (ABC) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “Supergirl” (CW) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “The Walking Dead” (AMC) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “Watchmen” (HBO) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “Mr. Robot” (USA) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “Leavenworth” (Starz) at 9:30 PM EST
  • “Madam Secretary” (CBS) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “The Rookie” (ABC) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Star Wars Resistance” (Disney) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Silicon Valley” (HBO) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Mrs. Fletcher” (HBO) at 10:30 PM EST
  • “Last Week Tonight” (HBO) at 11:00 PM EST
  • “Rick and Morty” (Adult Swim) at 11:30 PM EST

What are you watching tonight? Let us know in the comments!