What’s On TV? – Sunday (11/17/2019) – Olivia Colman Reigns in ‘The Crown’


With the long-awaited third season of “The Crown” hitting Netflix today alongside highlights from both premium cable and traditional networks, this Sunday represents a well-rounded display of everything television has to offer. There should be something for everyone, although fans of period drama may be especially pleased with tonight’s lineup.


“The Crown” (Netflix)

The Crown

Anglophiles, rejoice! The third season of “The Crown,” a period drama revolving around the English royal family, is out today on Netflix. We’ve said goodbye to the effervescent Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, thanks to a time jump that brings us to the late 1960s and 1970s. Oscar winner Olivia Colman will take over the regal role, with Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies co-starring as Princess Margaret and Prince Philip. Josh O’Connor also appears as Prince Charles, but don’t worry. You’ll have time to emotionally prepare yourself before Princess Diana turns up — she isn’t slated to arrive until at least next season.


“Ray Donovan” (Showtime) at 8:00 PM EST

Although it may come as a surprise to viewers, “Ray Donovan” is not only still on the air, it’s about to enter its seventh season on Showtime. Ray (Liev Schreiber) has spent the majority of the show committing a variety of misdeeds, but it seems as though this season will see him attempt to atone and turn over a new leaf. Will it last? Too early to say. But probably not.


“Poldark” (PBS) at 9:00 PM EST

After five seasons, “Poldark” will be airing its last episode tonight. Presumably, Ross (Aidan Turner) and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) will at least get to take one last walk along the Cornish coast that has been featured so heavily that its atmospheric beauty is almost a character in its own right. The frothy period drama has been a reliable guilty pleasure for years now, a particularly successful example of the type of show that PBS’s Masterpiece Classic excels at like no one else. Turner’s brooding especially will be missed!


“The Wedding Singer” (Paramount) at 6:50 PM EST

With “Uncut Gems” hitting theaters next month after a festival season of almost unanimous praise, why not celebrate Adam Sandler’s long and bizarrely uneven filmography with one of his earliest, most likable performances? “The Wedding Singer” sees him as a charming but directionless entertainer who is crushed when his fiancee leaves him at the altar. It also features a sweet and sunny Drew Barrymore, who has always had surprisingly good chemistry with Sandler. Genuinely funny and good-hearted, this is the comedian at his softest and least over-the-top.


Still looking for something else to watch? Check out the rest of the new shows airing tonight!

  • “America in Color” (Smithsonian) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “Kids Say the Darndest Things” (ABC) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “The Simpsons” (FOX) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “Batwoman” (CW) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “Dublin Murders” (Starz) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “Bless the Harts” (FOX) at 8:30 PM EST
  • “Bob’s Burgers” (FOX) 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
  • “Shameless” (Showtime) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “Leavenworth” (Starz) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “Family Guy” (FOX) at 9:30 PM EST
  • “The Rookie” (ABC) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Silicon Valley” (HBO) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Back to Life” (Showtime) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Mr. Robot” (USA) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Mrs. Fletcher” (HBO) at 10:30 PM EST
  • “Last Week Tonight” (HBO) at 11:00 PM EST

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