Sunday, May 11th
Rosemary’s Baby, 2-hour miniseries premiere at 9pm on NBC
– Based on the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, this new adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple who escapes New York and moves to Paris with hopes of leaving their sad past behind. After a series of unfortunate events, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are presented with an offer they can’t refuse – an apartment at the most prestigious address in the city. Problem is, it comes with a haunted past and an immeasurable price. In this new four-hour, two-part psychological thriller, Rosemary quickly finds herself surrounded by peculiar people and startling occurrences. Isolated in her apartment in a city where she doesn’t speak the language, she begins to fear the worst: Guy may have made a pact with their neighbors, promising their newborn as a human sacrifice in occult rituals in exchange for a writing career. To what lengths would someone be willing to go for success and fortune?
Oprah’s Master Class, season premiere at 10pm on OWN
– This Mother’s Day marks the beginning of an all-new season of masters sharing the greatest lessons they’ve learned, from triumphs and failures to disappointments and heartbreaks. Tune in to the season premiere featuring Justin Timberlake tonight. One of this generation’s most celebrated entertainers, Justin sits down for a candid conversation and shares stories he’s never told before about his musical influences and most valuable life lessons.
Penny Dreadful, series premiere at 10pm on Showtime
– Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.
Tuesday, May 13th
Riot, series premiere at 9pm on FOX
– This hilarious thrill ride will knock you off your feet as Australian comedian Rove McManus and seven accomplished comics join Riot. Executive produced by Steve Carell, Riot features a group of regular players – including John Ross Bowie, Jamie Denbo, Brian Palermo, Jordan Black, Jessica McKenna, Meryl Hathaway and Rob Gleeson – improvising a series of showdowns designed to test mind and body. Throughout the show, the players must think on their feet as they face unpredictable song, dance and sketch challenges, often while navigating the show’s trademark one-of-a-kind set, tilted at a 22-degree angle. Each week, special celebrity guest stars also will be featured, including Cheryl Hines, David Arquette, Tom Green, and Mayim Bialik.
Friday, May 16th
Barbara Walters: Her Story, special at 9pm on ABC
– The retiring journalist and host of The View caps her last day of work with a reflective special. Maybe she’ll make herself cry?
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself, documentary premiere at 9pm on PBS
– Famed participatory journalist George Plimpton (1927–2003) was a writer, editor, amateur sportsman, actor, and friend to many. Plimpton co-founded and worked as the editor of influential literary magazine The Paris Review for 50 years (1953-2003). Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself offers a charming introduction to the man who inspired a generation of ”extreme” first-person reporting. The documentary is both a chronicle of one of the last century’s most intriguing characters, as well as a cinematic adaption of his nuanced and funny literary style. Using Plimpton’s own narration, new interviews with friends, family and contemporaries, and extensive archival material, the film creates a compelling portrait of a one-of-a-kind person who lived fully, strangely and incredibly.