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What’s on TV This Week: Michelle Obama and ‘Billions’


Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is a vast one. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies coming to TV this week, Jan. 17-23. Details and times are subject to change.

BET HER PRESENTS … BECOMING: MICHELLE OBAMA IN CONVERSATION 7 p.m. on BET. Michelle Obama joins the stage to discuss some themes from her acclaimed 2018 memoir, “Becoming,” with students from about 20 colleges. Obama will speak on topical issues such as diversity and inclusion on college campuses and students’ mental wellness. The program will be moderated by Yara Shahidi.

STORAGE WARS 9:30 p.m. on A&E. To bid, buy or sell? That is the question. The unbridled auction battles of “Storage Wars” return in the show’s 300th episode. The married auctioneer hosts, Dan and Laura Dotson, lead buyers through unpredictable storage units in hopes of hitting the jackpot rather than uncovering abandoned junk.

PHILADELPHIA (1993) 8 p.m. on Showtime. If you’re looking for a quality classic, look no further. Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), a gay man with AIDS, is fired from his Philadelphia law firm because of his illness. He struggles to find a lawyer who will represent him in court. Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) is the only attorney willing to take on his case; the two team up to fight his wrongful dismissal. “Philadelphia” was one of the first Hollywood movies to take the AIDS epidemic seriously. The film “mostly succeeds in being forceful, impassioned and moving, sometimes even rising to the full range of emotion that its subject warrants,” Janet Maslin wrote in her review for The New York Times.

THE BLIND SIDE (2009) 7 p.m. on FX. This film, adapted from the nonfiction book “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” by Michael Lewis, is likely to pull at heartstrings. It’s an atypical Cinderella story that follows a young African American man named Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) who transcends a poverty-stricken childhood and becomes a N.F.L. lineman with the help of a wealthy, white evangelical couple (Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw). Bullock won her only Academy Award for best actress for her performance, as well as a Screen Actors Guild award and a Golden Globe. The movie “plays this story straight down the middle, shedding nuance and complication in favor of maximum uplift,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The Times.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT 8 p.m. on CBS. Drew Carey hosts CBS’s one-hour spinoff special of the extremely long-running game show “The Price Is Right.” The hosts of “The Talk” play alongside contestants for the hunger-relief charity Feeding America.

LET THE WORLD SEE: SAY HIS NAME 10:30 p.m. on ABC. This limited docuseries will follow the powerful quest for justice that Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, embarked on after her son’s vicious 1955 murder. Till Mobley’s activism, which included the decision to give her son an open-casket funeral, helped galvanize the civil rights movement. The series includes interviews with Till Mobley and Emmett Till’s cousins, along with the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Michelle Obama, the former F.B.I. agent Lent Rice, the activist and recording artist Common and more. Jay-Z and Will Smith are among the series’s executive producers.

STARS ON STAGE FROM WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE: BRANDON VICTOR DIXON 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-nominated Broadway star Brandon Victor Dixon is the performer for this final installment of a three-part PBS concert special, filmed at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut. Dixon sings both classic and contemporary songs. Previous installments of this series, including episodes with the singer-songwriter Shoshana Bean and the Tony-winning performer Gavin Creel, are available on the PBS website.

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER 10 p.m. on HBO. Bill Maher returns for his 20th season on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which makes him, according to HBO, the longest sitting late-night host currently on the air. (The series will air through 2024 at least — HBO has renewed it for two more seasons.) Expect a sharp opening monologue from Maher; one-on-one interviews with big-name guests; and, of course, Maher’s perspective on of-the-moment issues.

THE SUNSHINE BOYS (1975) 6 p.m. on TCM. This film adaptation of Neil Simon’s classic 1972 play of the same title follows two retired comedians (played by George Burns and Walter Matthau) who must come together 20 years after falling out to bring back their famous performance for a TV special. The film version was directed by Herbert Ross. In his 1975 review for The Times, the critic Vincent Canby wrote that a lot of the movie is “epically funny” — and all of it, he added, is cheerful.

BILLIONS 9 p. m. on Showtime. Paul Giamatti, Corey Stoll and Maggie Siff return for the Season 6 premiere of this hit drama series after a riveting Season 5 finale that ended with a high-stakes transfer of power. With the departure of Damian Lewis’s hedge-fund king, Axe, the show comes back with a new billionaire hedge honcho, Michael Prince (Stoll). New alliances form and old rivalries resurface — all for the sake of survival.

REFRAMED: MARILYN MONROE 9 p.m. on CNN. The face you know, the story you don’t. This new CNN docuseries re-evaluates the life and legacy of Marilyn Monroe. Kicking off with two episodes on Sunday, the four-part documentary explores issues of feminism, sexuality and power as Monroe navigated Hollywood and became a bombshell for the ages and one of the most recognizable women in the world. It includes stories from the actresses Ellen Burstyn, Amber Tamblyn and Mira Sorvino, all of whom Monroe heavily influenced. This series was inspired by the book “The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe,” by Sarah Churchwell, a professor at the University of London; it was made by an all-female editorial team. Jessica Chastain narrates.


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