What to Watch the Week of September 11: The Emmys, The Great British Baking Show, and a Major Daytime TV Shakeup

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There’s never been a shortage of what to watch the week after Labor Day, and this one is no exception. It’ll be an especially newsworthy week for daytime TV, as Jennifer Hudson launches her new talk show, and Drew Barrymore returns for season three of hers. Then there’s Days of our Lives, which moves to Peacock on Monday, September 12 after nearly sixty years on NBC. 

In the place of Days of our Lives will be NBC’s new midday news show, NBC News Daily, which couldn’t come at a more monumental time. Given that there will be ongoing coverage of the life and memorial of Queen Elizabeth II (who passed away last Thursday, September 8), NBC will lean into its royal correspondents all over the United Kingdom. 

Speaking of NBC—and Peacock for that matter—they are also broadcasting this year’s Emmys, which move to Monday night as to not interfere with Sunday Night Football. While I’m still upset that the final season of This Is Us didn’t nab any show or acting nominations, there’s still a lot to root for, from Kaley Cuoco’s stunningly raw performance as Cassie Bowden in season two of The Flight Attendant to just about everything and everyone on The White Lotus. For more on the nominees and what to watch for, see below.

This week also sees the return of two critically-acclaimed shows: The Handmaid’s Tale and Atlanta. There’s also The Bachelorette, which has all of the sudden become the most dramatic show ever thanks to Jesse Palmer’s cryptic message at the end of last week’s episode. If you need something more lighthearted, rejoice at the news that The Great British Baking Show returns this week.

And on that note, I’ll see you back here next Sunday to tell you about my new favorite comedy of the year and a cool mini reunion for one of your all-time favorite TV shows. How’s that for a tease?

Sunday, September 11

US Open Tennis Championships: Men’s Final (ESPN): It’s been quite an eventful two weeks at the US Open. Tonight, a new men’s champion will be crowned. 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT

Serena Williams: On Her Terms (CNN): Upon completion of the men’s final at the US Open Tennis Championships, CNN will honor Serena Williams, who ended her storied career on September 2 after being eliminated in the third round of the tournament. Per the press release, “Serena Williams: On Her Terms chronicles her early beginnings in Compton, CA to her epic ascent to international prominence, exploring the key moments on and off the court that shaped the athlete, woman, and mother.” 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Monarch (TBEN): The multi-generational musical drama about country music’s first fictional family stars Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins. Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Little Big Town, and Tanya Tucker are set to guest-star throughout the season.

Per TBEN, “the Roman family is headed by the insanely talented, but tough-as-nails Queen of Country Music Dottie Cantrell Roman (Sarandon) and her beloved husband, “Texas Truthteller” Albie Roman(Adkins). Dottie and Albie have created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown Nicolette “Nicky” Roman (Friel) will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom.” 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT; episode two will air on Tuesday, September 20

The Serpent Queen (Starz): The new series stars two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Samantha Morton as the nefarious Catherine de Medici, who, against all odds, became one of the most powerful and longest-serving rulers in French history. A historical drama with an edge, The Serpent Queen puts a contemporary spin on conventional storytelling to tell the tale of Catherine de Medici’s (Morton) rise to power. In the series premiere, “Medici Bitch,” Catherine’s tale unfolds through flashbacks as she defends her actions and imparts the lessons she’s learned to her new servant confident, Rahima. At 14, the young, orphaned Catherine marries into the 16th-century French court. Despite her commoner status, her uncle Pope Clement has negotiated a large dowry and a geopolitical alliance in return for the union, and with it comes the expectation of many heirs. However, on her wedding night, Catherine learns that her new husband is in love with Diane de Poitiers, a beautiful lady-in-waiting twice his age. With her future suddenly uncertain and with little hope of conceiving, Catherine must quickly learn who she can trust—both within her personal entourage of courtiers and the members of the royal court—while outmaneuvering anyone who underestimates her determination to survive at any cost. 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Monday, September 12

Days of our Lives (Peacock): Starting today, Days of our Lives—NBC’s iconic soap opera—will only be available on their streaming site, Peacock. While it’s not ideal for those that are used to watching it for “free” on basic cable, the cost to watch it it monthly on Peacock is less than a cup of coffee. In other words, if you want to support one of the last remaining daytime dramas, do it. See below for more details or click here.

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NBC News Daily (NBC): In place of where Days of our Lives used to air is a new midday news show called NBC News Daily, which according to NBC, will provide “world-class reporting and breaking news coverage.” Anchors include NBC mainstays Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen, and Morgan Radford, with the option for NBC stations to add local news. Check local listings on NBC and stream simultaneously on NBC News NOW and Peacock

The Jennifer Hudson Show (syndicated): The daytime TV landscape welcomes EGOT Jennifer Hudson to the fold with her new talk show. Today is also her 41st birthday, and she’ll welcome former American Idol judge Simon Cowell, where the two will sit down for their first interview since Hudson placed seventh (!!) back in 2004. The guest lineup for Tuesday through Friday includes Magic Johnson, Mickey Guyton, Yvonne Orji, Hannah Waddingham, and Viola Davis. For more of what to expect, check out our everything we know guide here. Check local listings for time and station

The Drew Barrymore Show (syndicated): The third season premiere and your daily dose of yellow is here! Premiere week guests include Justin Long, Katy Perry, Selma Blair, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, and Idris and Sabrina Elba. This season will also see appearances from Lea Michele, George Clooney, Serena Williams, Tyler Perry, Jon Hamm, and more. Check local listings for time and channel

Emmy Awards (NBC and Peacock): The 74th Emmy Awards air live coast-to-coast on Monday night this year—not Sunday—as to not compete with NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Sydney Sweeney has two nominations (for Euphoria and The White Lotus), and Quinta Brunson has three (for best actress in a comedy, best comedy series, and best writing in a comedy series). Meanwhile, I’ll be making my return to the Emmys red carpet (which has heavily limited press over the last two years due to the pandemic), so follow along on Instagram at @jessicaradloff14 and @glamourmag for all the live coverage and my attempt at remembering how to do this. 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT  

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Tuesday, September 13

Honey Cake and Latkes: Recipes from the Old World by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Survivors (book): A perfect gift for anyone who loves the traditions and food in the Jewish religion. Over 110 recipes (for blintzes, kugel, matzo ball soup, goulash, rugelach and more) are included from the survivors of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The book is from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation. The book also includes a special recipe from Holocaust survivor, celebrated author, political activist, Nobel laureate, and professor Elie Wiesel. There’s also a special chapter devoted to classic dishes for the Jewish holidays (latkes, charoset, gefilte fish, knishes, challah, etc.). All proceed go to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation. And next week, on September 18, Ken Burns’s newest series, The U.S. and the Holocaust, airs on PBS, which tells the story of how the American people grappled with one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century, and how this struggle tested the ideals of our democracy. 

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The Bachelorette (TBEN): Part one of the two-hour finale airs live tonight (part two airs next Tuesday), in which we’ll finally get answers about what really went down between Zach and Rachel in the fantasy suite. 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT and streaming the next day on Hulu

Wednesday, September 14

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu): In season five, which stars Elisabeth Moss, Bradley Whitford, Yvonne Strahovski, Max Mingella, O-T Fagbenle, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Madeline Brewer, and more, June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. Meanwhile, Serena tries to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada, and Commander Lawrence works with Aunt Lydia in his attempt to reform Gilead and rise in power. Streaming

Thursday, September 15

Atlanta (FX): The fourth and final season premieres tonight with two episodes in the 10-episode season. Per FX, “Earn” (Donald Glover), “Alfred ‘Paper Boi’ Miles” (Brian Tyree Henry), “Darius” (LaKeith Stanfield) and “Van” (Zazie Beetz) are back in their hometown, but the question is, has Atlanta changed, or have they? 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX and streaming the next day on Hulu

Friday, September 16

The Great British Baking Show: A new batch of contestants bring us comfort and cravings while whipping up cakes, biscuits, breads, and more. One contestant is eliminated each week, and the winner is selected from the contestants who reach the finals. New episodes premiere weekly (10 in total at an hour each); streaming

Fate: The Winx Saga (Netflix):  Season two premieres today with seven action-packed episodes, which sees the introduction of earth fairy Flora, played by Paulina Chávez. Abigail Cowen returns as Bloom, Hannah van der Westhuysen plays Stella, Precious Mustapha stars as Aisha, Eliot Salt as Terra and Elisha Applebaum as Musa. Oscar nominated Miranda Richardson (Good Omens) will join the show in the role as Headmistress Rosalind, alongside Daniel Betts who will play Professor Harvey. 

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Per Netflix, “School’s back in session under the militant authority of Alfea’s former Headmistress Rosalind. With the Burned Ones gone, Dowling “disappeared” and Silva imprisoned for treason, the Alfea of last year has grown up with new magic, new romances and new faces. But when fairies start to go missing in the night, Bloom and her Suitemates discover a dangerous threat lurking in the shadows. One they’ll have to stop before it wreaks havoc on the entire Otherworld.” Streaming

Do Revenge (Netflix): Jenn Kaytin Robinson (Someone Great, Sweet/Vicious) directed, co-wrote and produced the film about two young women, Drea and Eleanor, who team up to go after each other’s bullies. The film is loosely inspired by Strangers on a Train and stars Camila Mendes (Riverdale) and Maya Hawke (Stranger Things). Streaming

The Silent Twins (Focus Features): The film, based on the best-selling book of the same name, centers on the astounding true story of twin sisters (played by Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance) who only communicate with one another. In theaters

Saturday, September 17

Girl in Room 13 (Lifetime Original Movie): One of Anne Heche’s final roles, this film is directed by Elisabeth Rohm and inspired by actual events. Per Lifetime, the film “examines the story of a woman named Grace who was addicted to opioids after her doctor prescribed them for a sports injury at a very young age. After three stints in rehab, she is finally ready to turn her life around.  Under the watchful eye of her mother, Janie (Heche), Grace takes on a job at her family’s restaurant.” 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT

Jessica Radloff is the Glamour senior West Coast editor and author of the upcoming book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series (October 11, 2022), which is available for pre-order here.

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