8 TV Shows and Movies to Catch This Week, Including the Inauguration Special

What TV specials, shows, and movies should you watch this week? Well, let’s start with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s inauguration on January 20—not a TV show but it is the big event to watch in the coming days. And it’s going to be  star-studded. Lady Gaga’s singing the national anthem. Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, and Justin Timberlake are performing. And the Celebrating America special airing that evening will feature appearances from Kerry Washington, John Legend, and Eva Longoria, among others. Celebs are showing up and out (virtually!) for this historic event. 

In addition to the inauguration, here are the other TV shows, specials, and movies to keep an eye out for this week. 

Sunday, January 17 

Batwoman: Javicia Leslie is stepping into Batwoman’s shoes in season two of this series. Watch the trailer, below.  8 p.m. ET on The CW

Monday, January 18 

Bob Hearts Abishola: The first of a special two-part event in which Abishola’s husband from Nigeria comes back into her life. (Meanwhile, she’s engaged to Bob.) The other episode airs January 25. 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS, then CBS All Access 

American Masters: How It Feels to Be Free: Per a press release, this documentary “illuminates the lives and careers of six trailblazing Black female entertainers: Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, and Pam Grier.” 9 p.m. ET on PBS 

Wednesday, January 20 

Celebrating America: Following Joe Biden and Kamala Harris‘s inauguration at noon ET, tune into this special toasting to a new chapter for America and featuring lots of celeb appearances. 8:30 p.m. ET across platforms 

Thursday, January 21 

Selena + Chef: Selena Gomez continues to hone her cooking skills in season two of this fun HBO Max series. Streaming on HBO Max 

Friday, January 22 

Losing Alice: Read the synopsis for this series, below, per an Apple TV+ press email. Streaming on Apple+ 

“Alice (Ayelet Zurer), a 48-year-old female film director, feels irrelevant since taking a step back to raise a family, while her husband, David (Gal Toren), is in the prime of his flourishing acting career. After a brief encounter on the train, Alice becomes obsessed with a young screenwriter femme fatale, Sophie (Lihi Kornowski), and her haunting film that David is set to star in. When Alice is asked to direct the project, she enters into an unconventional love triangle, eventually surrendering her moral integrity in order to achieve power, relevance, and success.” 

The White Tiger: Per Netflix, this movie centers on “the epic journey of a poor Indian driver (Adarsh Gourav) who uses his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters (Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra Jonas) and rise to the top of the heap.” Streaming on Netflix 

Saturday, January 23 

Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce): Netflix writes of this series, “Everything comes unraveling for three successful women who work on a radio show as twists, turns, and troubles plague their seemingly happy marriages.” Streaming on Netflix 

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