Here at ET, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of Jan. 16-22, this is what we’re most excited about:
‘The Young Pope’
Ridiculous is just about everyone’s consensus (see: The New York Times and The AV Club) when it comes to HBO’s new miniseries, The Young Pope, starring Jude Law as Pope Pius XIII, who is not only the youngest leader of the Catholic Church, but also the first American. While director Paolo Sorrentino’s farce verges on camp and indulges a juvenile sense of humor (Diane Keaton’s Sister Mary owns a T-shirt that reads “I’m a Virgin, But This Is an Old Shirt”), Law keeps it balanced with a delicious performance -- and we’re still intrigued by the dancing Greenlanders that appear later in series.
The Young Pope airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT and full episodes are available on HBO Go and HBO Now.
Vanderpump Rules may have tricked us into watching this new Bravo reality series, but we’re not mad at it. The show, which follows nine people vacationing in Montauk for the summer, promises to heat up our cold winter nights with plenty of romance and drama. Will any of our nine newest friends find love over the summer or just party harder than the last? We’ll have to watch to find out.
Summer House airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
People’s Choice Awards
In the middle of all the pomp and circumstance of awards season -- ahem, the Academy Awards and Golden Globes -- comes the People’s Choice Awards, which brings together fans’ favorites among music, film and TV. Hosting this year’s ceremony is Joel McHale. And while we’re excited to see who wins, we’re most pumped about Fifth Harmony’s first performance as a quartet following the departure of Camila Cabello.
The People’s Choice Awards will air live on Wednesday, Jan. 18, starting at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
Director M. Night Shyamalan is back -- for real, he’s, like, really back -- with Split, a darkly funny psychological thriller about a man (James McAvoy) with 24 personalities who kidnaps three unsuspecting girls, including The Witch breakout Anya Taylor-Joy. The new film follows the director’s well-received horror movie The Visit, which saw him make a welcome return to the genre after a seven-year gap to direct decidedly un-Shyamalan projects.
Split hits theaters on Friday, Jan. 20.
No, we’re not entirely sure why Lifetime thought it would be a good idea to remake the Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey classic, Beaches, for a millennial TV audience, but they did and we can’t help but be intrigued. Idina Menzel and Nia Long take over the lead roles, with Menzel even rerecording Midler’s cover of “Wing Beneath My Wings.” Whatever happens, we’ll be watching because its Lifetime -- and you never truly know what you’re going to get.
Beaches premieres Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.