If you wanted to, you could do a movie pairing with most of this week’s new TV offerings — in that a couple of them have notable movie antecedents. You can compare the climactic finale of Percy Jackson and the Olympians with that of the (much contested) film adaptation, or Prime Video’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith show with the (much beloved) movie of the same name. Even Feud’s latest Truman Capote season has the Capote film to pair it with (albeit about a different time of his life).
Then again, there’s quite a lot of notable TV to watch, and possibly even a backlog from last year (or beyond). And on top of that, it’s award show season, meaning there’s plenty of freshly Oscar-nominated movies to make your way through before the big ceremony, or even albums to listen to in advance of Sunday’s Grammy Awards! So let’s get right to it. Here’s the best new TV premieres and finales this week:
New shows on Netflix
The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse
Genre: Adventure fantasy
Release date: Jan. 31, with all episodes
Director: Maki Odaira
Percival’s peaceful life in a remote village is about to come to an end; an encounter with a mysterious knight reveals a startling secret, setting him on a long, long journey. The series is a sequel to The Seven Deadly Sins, but Netflix says this is a good place to jump in whether you’re familiar or not!
New shows on Disney Plus
Percy Jackson and the Olympians season 1 finale
Genre: YA fantasy adventure
Release date: Jan. 30
Showrunner/creator: Rick Riordan and Jonathan E. Steinberg
Cast: Walker Scobell, Leah Sava Jeffries, Aryan Simhadri, and more
The time has come — Percy (Walker Scobell), having been to Hades and back, is ready to square off against the lightning thief and try to clear his good name in the eyes of the gods. He’s brought his fight to Ares and still has to make good with Zeus (and maybe, if he has time, meet his dad?).
New shows on Hulu
Feud: Capote vs. The Swans
Genre: Period piece drama
Release date: Jan. 31, with two episodes
Showrunner/creator: Ryan Murphy
Cast: Naomi Watts, Diane Lane, Chloë Sevigny, and more
The long-awaited second installment of Ryan Murphy’s Feud series follows Truman Capote (Tom Hollander), an acclaimed writer who ingratiated himself among a flock of high-society women he dubbed “The Swans.” Then he wrote a thinly veiled fictionalization of their lives, exposing their secrets and basically blowing it all up.
The real-life Capote reportedly never recovered from the fallout of the project, which means Capote vs. The Swans should make for an interesting look at the fallout between these two warring factions.
New shows on Max
Curb Your Enthusiasm’s final season
Genre: Cringe comedy
Release date: Feb. 4
Showrunner/creator: Larry David
Cast: Larry David, his friends, and more
It’s all happening for Larry David — and by that I mean the end of this run. Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming to a close, but Larry, at least, is in good spirits about the whole thing. Just look at how he fares in this trailer (yelling, celebrating, getting denied dog pets) and the tagline for the season: “Don’t be mad he’s leaving, be mad he stayed so long.”
New shows on Prime Video
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Genre: Action comedy
Release date: Feb. 2 with all episodes
Showrunner/creator: Francesca Sloane and Donald Glover
Cast: Donald Glover, Maya Erskine, Parker Posey, and more
Meet Jane (Maya Erskine) and John Smith (Donald Glover). The two are happily employed and newly married, all before they met each other. Based (loosely) on the 2005 movie of the same name, these two are going to have to figure out their spy work and their “marriage” — and we’ll see how long those scare quotes last.
New shows on Paramount Plus
The Grammy Awards
Genre: Award show
Release date: Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. EST
Host: Trevor Noah
It’s the Grammys! The “biggest night in music”! They’re going to hand out awards, and Trevor Noah is going to host again. There are plenty of rumors of who might perform, but as of this writing, little is confirmed.
New shows on Peacock
Vanderpump Rules season 11
Genre: Rich people drama reality show
Release date: Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. EST, Feb. 1 on Peacock
The three #Scandoval principals: Rachel Leviss, Ariana Madix, and Tom Sandoval
Cast: Lisa Vanderpump, DJ James Kennedy, the three listed above, and more
You heard of #Scandoval — the world heard of Scandoval, the reality show drama of 2023, and the Red Wedding reveal of Vanderpump Rules. Season 11 will be picking up in A.S.E. (After Scandoval Era), with lines in the sand being drawn and — as you might expect — all sorts of new monetizations.