There’s never been a shortage of what to watch the week after Labor Day, and this one is no exception. It’ll be an especially newsworthy week for daytime TV, as Jennifer Hudson launches her new talk show, and Drew Barrymore returns for season three of hers. Then there’s Days of Our Lives, which moves to Peacock on Monday, September 12, after nearly 60 years on NBC.
In the place of Days of Our Lives will be NBC’s new midday news show, NBC News Daily, which couldn’t come at a more monumental time. Given that there will be ongoing coverage of the life and memorial of Queen Elizabeth II (who passed away last Thursday, September 8), NBC will lean into its royal correspondents all over the United Kingdom.
Speaking of NBC—and Peacock for that matter—it’s also broadcasting this year’s Emmys, which move to Monday night as to not interfere with Sunday Night Football. While I’m still upset that the final season of This Is Us didn’t nab any show or acting nominations, there’s still a lot to root for, from Kaley Cuoco’s stunningly raw performance as Cassie Bowden in season two of The Flight Attendant to just about everything and everyone on The White Lotus. For more on the nominees and what to watch for, see below.
This week also sees the return of two critically acclaimed shows: The Handmaid’s Tale and Atlanta. There’s also The Bachelorette, which has all of a sudden become the most dramatic show ever thanks to Jesse Palmer’s cryptic message at the end of last week’s episode. If you need something more lighthearted, rejoice at the news that The Great British Baking Show returns this week.
And on that note, I’ll see you back here next Sunday to tell you about my new favorite comedy of the year and a cool mini reunion for one of your all-time favorite TV shows. How’s that for a tease?
Sunday, September 11
US Open Tennis Championships: Men’s Final (ESPN): It’s been quite an eventful two weeks at the US Open. Tonight a new men’s champion will be crowned. 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT
Serena Williams: On Her Terms (CNN): Upon completion of the men’s final at the US Open Tennis Championships, CNN will honor Serena Williams, who ended her storied career on September 2 after being eliminated in the third round of the tournament. Per the press release, “Serena Williams: On Her Terms chronicles her early beginnings in Compton, California, to her epic ascent to international prominence, exploring the key moments on and off the court that shaped the athlete, woman, and mother.” 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Monarch (Fox): The multigenerational musical drama about country music’s first fictional family stars Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins. Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Little Big Town, and Tanya Tucker are set to guest-star throughout the season.