While that concludes my sports reporting portion of this column, the AFC and NFC championship games are far from the only draws this week. Vanderpump Rules returns, and the fallout from Sandoval will no doubt be front and center. While the reality series will probably never reach the same fever pitch as it did last spring, it’s still hotly anticipated. Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval are set to return, but sadly for drama lovers, Rachel (formerly Raquel) Leviss will not. More on that below.
Then on Wednesday, the second installment of Ryan Murphy’s Feud returns after seven years (I know). This time, the subject is Truman Capote and the women he nicknamed “the swans” because they were some of the most glamorous, elite socialites of the time. Tom Hollander plays Capote, and while his performance of the larger than life writer is uncanny, it’s Naomi Watts, Diane Lane, Calista Flockhart, Chloë Sevigny, Demi Moore, and Molly Ringwald as “the swans” that makes this limited series so addictive and juicy.
Says Ryan Murphy: “We tried to show [the swans’] accomplishments, but also the time they were stuck in. They were victims and also successes of their times. Every episode has a monologue of how under-appreciated they were. So I think we did justice for them in that way.”
Then on Friday comes the premiere of Prime Video’s highly-anticipated TV adaptation of the 2005 film, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. If you remember, the film version starred Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as Jane and John Smith, and was the catalyst for their real-life romance. In this updated version, Donald Glover and Maya Erskine step into the lead roles. It’s a super fun ride, with lots of chemistry, intense action scenes, and humor. You can read about what else to expect from the series under Friday’s suggestions.
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