Queers (October 14, BBC America)
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This eight-part series of short films highlighting pivotal moments in British gay culture is an impressive assembly of talent on- and off-camera. “Sherlock” actor/writer Mark Gatiss has served as the series’ curator, directing an ensemble headlined by Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Gemma Whelan, Russell Tovey, and Fionn Whitehead. All eight installments will be available throughout the day, to commemorate National Coming Out Day.
White Famous (October 15, Showtime)
Since (and even during) his “Saturday Night Live” tenure, Jay Pharoah has been a talent in search of the ideal venue. Showtime’s latest comedy (from executive producer Jamie Foxx, on whom the series is loosely based) might be that vehicle. With Pharoah starring as an up-and-coming stand-up working to preserve his credibility, he leads an ensemble that also includes Michael Rapaport, Jack Davenport, Stephen Tobolowsky, Natalie Zea, and Meagan Good.
Loudermilk (October 17, Audience Network)
The low-key comic stylings of Ron Livingston and the outsized past work of co-creator Peter Farrelly may not be an obvious match, but this tale of a recovering alcoholic might be the comedy series that Audience needs. Farrelly directed all 10 episodes of the debut season, which co-stars Will Sasso.
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“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (October 24, truTV)
“At Home” is one of those rare instances where not knowing exactly what this show will be only adds to the intrigue. The Martha Stewart comparisons are inevitable, but due to Sedaris’ substantial comedic pedigree and the show’s guest star potential, this could be anything and we’d still be hooked. Given truTV’s recent comedy success with “The Chris Gethard Show,” “I’m Sorry,” and “Adam Ruins Everything,” any additional creator-driven series has us interested.
“Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television*” (October 25, YouTube Red)
Ryan Hansen in a buddy cop comedy: good. Ryan Hansen in a buddy cop comedy starring as himself: great. Playing a heightened version of his on-screen persona as an actor researching a role in an upcoming series, Hansen stars alongside Samira Wiley. With a flurry of guest stars (also playing themselves) from Kristen Bell to Joel McHale to Donald Faison also getting on the cop drama-skewering tropes, this one is shaping up to be a blast.
“Drop the Mic” (October 26, TBS)
Over the past few years, James Corden has given celebrities a chance to throw down in rap battles, with participants ranging from Anne Hathaway to Samuel L. Jackson. Under the watchful hosting eyes of Method Man and Hailey Baldwin, and with oversight from creator (and rapper himself) Jensen Karp, this shouldn’t have any problem keeping the momentum of the popular late night segment up on its own. With the revamped, Snoop Dogg-led “Joker’s Wild” as a lead-in, this could be a fun night of TV all around.