8 November 2018 TV Shows That Will Make You Want To Cancel Thanksgiving
While we can no longer revel in the excitement of premiere season, November is still full of surprises, old and new. Promising new series (with big-screen talent) are coming to Showtime, Amazon, and AMC this month, while old standbys like House of Cards and Outlander are returning with hotly anticipated new seasons.
Scroll down below for the best of November 2018 TV.
My Brilliant Friend (Nov. 18, HBO)
Based on the first book in Elena Ferrante's best selling quadrilogy, My Brilliant Friend chronicles the lives of childhood friends Lila and Elena (Lenu) growing up in Naples in the 1950s. The series marks a major milestone for HBO as its first-ever non-English series. That's right, subtitles galore — no multitasking with this one!
The Little Drummer Girl (Nov. 19, AMC)
From the network that brought us serial classics like Mad Men and Breaking Bad comes six-part miniseries The Little Drummer Girl, based on John le Carré's '70s-set spy novel of the same name. Shown over the course of three nights, AMC's latest stars acclaimed actors Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Shannon, as well as BAFTA nominated newcomer Florence Purch (who is also set to star in Greta Gerwig's A-lister laden remake of Little Women).
Outlander (Nov. 4, Starz)
After nearly a year’s worth of anticipation, Starz’s period hit returns for its fourth season this November. This time around, Claire and Jamie are abandoning the rolling hills of Scotland for 18th-century America.
Escape at Dannemora (Nov. 18, Showtime)
From Director and Executive Producer Ben Stiller (yes, that Ben Stiller), comes this Showtime limited series about two convicted murderers' real-life 2015 prison break, and the employee who helped them escape. Starring Oscar winners Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, and Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora is sure to be the dark and expertly-acted drama we've been searching for since HBO's The Night Of.
Westside (Nov. 9, Netflix)
Netflix's new docuseries attempts to explore an intersection wherein many have failed before: music and reality TV. The show follows nine L.A. based musicians as they struggle to make it in the industry (though, aren't they already sort of doing that by virtue of starring on a buzzy new Netflix show? The answer remains unclear). More power to you, Westside. If you can give me a version of The Glee Project sans commercial breaks, I'm sold.
Homecoming (Nov. 2, Amazon Prime Video)
A true testament to the movie star shift to television, America's big screen sweetheart, Julia Roberts, is starring in the highly anticipated serial adaptation of a podcast of the same name from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. In addition to Roberts, Homecoming boasts the talents of Bobby Cannavale, Girls alum Alex Karpovsky, Shameless's Jeremy Allen White, Dermot Mulroney, and Oscar winner Sissy Spacek.
House of Cards (Nov. 2, Netflix)
HoC's final season comes with one important shift in its power play dynamics: the conniving Frank Underwood is dead. If we can call anything about the litany of sexual misconduct revelations that came to light this year lucky, it's that the Netflix Original was gifted the opportunity to allow Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) her moment in the spotlight. We're excited to watch Claire take on the power she deserves this season, free from the malicious plotting and guidance of her now deceased husband.
Dirty John (Nov. 25, Bravo)
Yet another scripted series based on a podcast, Dirty John's first season follows the romance of Debra (Connie Britton) and her deceptive Prince Charming, John (Eric Bana). Already renewed for its second season, the Bravo anthology series's second installment will have an entirely new storyline (so, yes, there's hope for Connie to return to 9-1-1!).