Stay Tuned column: Secrets and lies in suspenseful thriller ‘The Sister’
This week’s debuts include an Israeli psychological drama, a painter who meditates on life, and an anxiety-filled thriller about how far a man will go to keep a secret.
Dispatches: Weekly TV news
The multimillion-dollar Super Bowl ad war between Coca-Cola and Pepsi will not happen during this year’s broadcast of the big game. Coke announced that it will not run any advertisements during Super Bowl LV, a decision that follows a similar one made by Pepsi, which has stated that it will focus on its yearly halftime show instead. (PepsiCo will run a commercial for Mountain Dew soda, however).
Disney+ announced its lead for the upcoming “Doogie Howser” reboot. Former “Andi Mack” star, Peyton Elizabeth Lee, will star in the remake as Lahela “Doogie” Kamealoha. Set in Hawaii, “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” follows Lahela, a mixed-race 16-year-old girl who is balancing a medical career and teen life. The series is scheduled for release this year.
Hasbro/eOne is looking to create a television series based on the fantasy role-playing game, “Dungeons & Dragons,” and has tapped Derek Kolstad, the creator and writer of the “John Wick” franchise to write and develop a pitch for a live-action show.
Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar
Israeli series, “Losing Alice” (Jan. 22, Apple TV+), focuses on Alice (Ayelet Zurer), a 48-year-old filmmaker who is feeling irrelevant until she meets Sophie (Lihi Kornowski), a young female screenwriter with a provocative script. Obsession and a dangerous desire for power and success soon lead Alice down a dark path.
Past and present secrets threaten to destroy a married man in the U.S. debut of British thriller, “The Sister” (Jan. 22, Hulu). When an old acquaintance shows up on Nathan’s (Russell Tovey) doorstep, he is forced to confront the worst night of his life - a long ago party that led to the death of a young woman and decide how far he will go to keep a secret.
In “Painting With John” (Jan. 22, HBO, 11 p.m. ET) John Lurie, the co-founder of music group The Lounge Lizards, practices his watercolor skills while sharing his thoughts on life. Think of it as an unscripted meditative painting class.
The NFL’s conference championship games are split between two networks on Jan. 24, with Fox airing the NFC game at 2 p.m. ET and CBS broadcasting the AFC game at 5:40 p.m. ET.
Edward Burns’ new half-hour dramedy series, “Bridge and Tunnel” (Jan. 24, Epix, 8 p.m. ET) is set in Long Island in the early 1980s and follows a group of long-time friends on the verge of adulthood.
The train that never stops is back for a second season. “Snowpiercer” (Jan. 25, TNT, 9 p.m. ET) picks up the action with a post-revolution Layton (Daveed Diggs) struggling to maintain a shaky peace as the train’s new leader. Meanwhile, Melanie (Jennifer Connelly) is dealing with Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean), who is not only not dead but heading straight for them on a rival train, the shocking news that her daughter (also suddenly not dead) has become Wilfred’s loyal protegee, and a surprising discovery that could change humanity’s fate.
Report Card: Ratings winners and losers
Winners: Disney Channel ordered a third season of animated comedy series, “Big City Greens.”
Losers: “Star Trek: Discovery” drew its second-smallest broadcast audience.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @mcstaytuned.