Looking for something to binge this weekend while recovering from eating your body weight in fun-sized candy? There's a perfect mixed bag of options this week to suit everyone's taste. If you're still not ready to move on to Thanksgiving, hang on to Halloween by bingeing CBS All Access' Tell Me a Story. Also, House of Cards returns this weekend for its final season, and Robin Wright is in the starring role in the wake of Kevin Spacey's firing. And last but not least, America's Sweetheart, Julia Roberts, stars in her first TV show, an Amazon streamer called Homecoming. They're all here in this week's TV recommendations.
These recommendations come courtesy of TV Guide Senior Editor Krutika Mallikarjuna, and I'm here to help you through your weekend binge. And if you're looking for even more suggestions, head over to TV Guide's Watch This Now!, which has hand-picked recommendations for all the best shows you can start watching immediately.
1. Tell Me a Story
Fans of Scream, The Vampire Diaries, and The Following rejoice! Kevin Williamson's sick, twisted murder mysteries are returning to television, this time in a very familiar wrapping. Tell Me a Story reinvents beloved fairy tales by setting them all in one continuous universe — modern day NYC. The characters' lives are interwoven in a way that makes the series feel like an anthology but isn't quite. They all end up having secret connections and ties that would be easy to miss in what is an enthusiastically pulpy and dramatic show. Like every other Williamson project, watch this if you want high octane thrills over slow, dialogue-heavy character drama.
2. House of Cards
After Kevin Spacey's firing from House of Cards in the wake of allegations of sexual assault, the fate of the Netflix series was unknown. After all, there's way more to the story than Frank Underwood, but what is the show if it's not cataloging the rise and fall of the Underwoods? And so, returning for its final season, House of Cards takes on its biggest challenge without its biggest moneymaker. But like the other changes sweeping through Hollywood at the moment, centering the show around Robin Wright, who plays Claire Underwood, has only made it more complex, nuanced, and better than before. As Claire leads the country (and subsequently the show) into a new era, a lot of people won't be able to keep up with the change, but for those who want to move forward, the final season of House of Cards will be truly satisfying.
The line between A-lister and the rest of the peons is no longer drawn simply by who has the biggest movie in the box office. In fact, with the explosion of prestige TV shows, particularly from streaming networks, most of our best and brightest are turning to the character-driven storylines of series that are meant to be binged. Homecoming, starring the one and only Julia Roberts, certainly falls into that category. Originally a tense, tightly-plotted podcast, the TV adaptation takes that perfect pacing and blows it up into a full-scale thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Roberts plays a woman who used to be a caseworker at a facility that helped military personnel transition back into civilian life, but moved away abruptly to start fresh. But as we all know, you can't outrun your past.
If you're still looking for something to watch, we've got what you're looking for in TV Guide's Watch This Now! feature. It's full of hand-picked recommendations, from the talked-about shows to the gems you can't afford to pass up.