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ET Obsessions: ‘This Is Us’ Return, Margo Martindale and ‘Hidden Figures’

by ETonline Staff 7:45 AM PST, January 09, 2017
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Here at ET, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of Jan. 9 to Jan. 15, this is what we’re most excited about:

‘This Is Us’

One of the most anticipated TV shows of the year is the return of This Is Us, which captivated with its unexpected plot twists and tear-jerking storylines in the fall and was nominated for three Golden Globes, for Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz and Best Drama Series. At the end of the fall finale, we were left with one major cliffhanger: What happened to Toby (Chris Sullivan) after he collapsed in Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) house? Is he alive or dead? "I think people will be very surprised, maybe a little on edge," Chrissy Metz tells ET.

Not only will the show answer that question early in the premiere, it will also dive deeper in the backstory of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Moore) Pearson. “There is a cold open with Milo and Mandy, and then the first thing back gives you basically an answer,” creator Dan Fogelman reveals.

MORE: 'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz on Toby's Fate: 'You'll Have a Little Closure'

This Is Us returns to NBC on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

‘Caraoke Showdown’ 

Spike is certainly hoping lightning will strike twice with the premiere of Caraoke Showdown, a new variety game show featuring contestants belting it out a la Carpool Karaoke for cash prizes. “It’s regular people getting in there, winning $2,000, $5,000,” host Craig Robinson tells ET. “It’s silly as hell because they’ve got to do these silly games.” While not associated with James Corden’s hit late-night segment, which is being spun off into a series for Apple Music, the show is on the same network that turned Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle a monster hit. “It’s just a fun time. Period,” Robinson says, promising plenty of surprises to come.

MORE: Craig Robinson Wants to Be Taken Seriously -- At Least, for Now

Caraoke Showdown premieres Thursday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Spike.

Margo Martindale 

While fans eagerly await the return of FX’s The Americans, which earned Margo Martindale an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series this past year, they can get their fill of the longtime character actress on Amazon’s new drama Sneaky Pete. Starring Giovanni Ribisi as Marius, who upon getting out of prison assumes the identity of his cellmate, Pete, in order to hide in plain sight, the show explores the lives of Pete’s colorful family and Marius’ attempt to escape the world that put him behind bars. Martindale, who earned rave reviews for her performance in The Hollars, tells ET she’s excited to return to TV full-time after recurring gigs on The Good Wife and The Americans, which has bumped her up to series regular for its final two seasons. “All I ever wanted to do is be a regular on a series,” she says. “TV is where it's happening.”

MORE: Margo Martindale Has Had Enough Dying for One Day

The first season of Sneaky Pete premieres in full Friday, Jan. 13 on Amazon Prime. 

Hidden Figures

Now that it’s officially in theaters, we can’t get enough of Hidden Figures, starring Empire favorite Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, who is pulling double duty this season with the indie hit Moonlight. The film, about the untold stories of three black women who worked for NASA and helped send a man to the moon, is shaping up to be an Oscar contender, thanks to standout performances by Spencer, who won an Oscar for The Help, and Monáe.

As John Boone writes in his review for ET, “Hidden Figures is done with a pop of fun and overpowering optimism, set to a Technicolor soundtrack from Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams. It may be the movie we need right now, with opportunities to laugh and cry and just feel good.”

MORE: 'Hidden Figures' Is a Feel-Good Civil Rights Film That Is Exactly What We Need Right Now

Hidden Figures is now in theaters. 

While these selections got us excited for the week, see what else is coming in 2017. Here’s a brief look at the biggest shows to come this year: 

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