HBO’s series wraps up its first season; Doja Cat, Bad Bunny and others perform live; and the filmed version of David Byrne’s “American Utopia” debuts.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 Oct. 12-18.
Details and times are subject to change.SHREK (2001) 5 p.m. on Freeform. This modern fairy tale — which has since been spun into a full blown franchise with its own Broadway musical — stars Mike Myers as the voice of the title ogre. Shrek, a crabby and “onionlike” antihero, journeys out of his swamp to save Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz), a princess who’s trapped in a dragon-guarded tower. “It at once paid tribute to the fairy tale and deconstructed it,” Mr. Myers said in an interview with The New York Times. “It also did one great move, which is, the traditional villain of a fairy tale is now going to be the hero.”
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (2018) 8 p.m. on TNT. Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this movie stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang (who’s more commonly known as his tiny alter ego, Ant-Man). “An engaging goof that resists bludgeoning you with bigness and instead settles for good vibes and jokes,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The Times. “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! [Squints.] It’s a surprisingly enjoyable summer romp!”FINDING YOUR ROOTS 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The sixth season of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s acclaimed show takes viewers on a deep dive into the ancestors of the fashion world. This premiere features three style luminaries: Diane von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez and RuPaul Charles.WOMEN MAKE FILM: A NEW ROAD MOVIE THROUGH CINEMA 8 p.m. on TCM. The seventh installment of Mark Cousins’ 14-part documentary, which explores 100 movies from female filmmakers throughout history, focuses on sex and the body.2020 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 8 p.m. on NBC. Rescheduled from April, the Billboard Music Awards brings back Kelly Clarkson to host for a third year. Live performances will include ones by Doja Cat, Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, BTS, Luke Combs, En Vogue, Demi Lovato, Sia, Post Malone, Kane Brown, Swae Lee, Khalid and Saint Jhn.
THE AMAZING RACE 9 p.m. on CBS. Eleven new teams embark on a journey around the world in Season 32 of this Emmy Award-winning series, competing for a $1 million prize. Phil Keoghan returns to host.
THE CON 10 p.m. on ABC. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this new true-crime series pieces together scams and cons with interviews from victims, eyewitnesses, law enforcement and — at times — the criminals themselves. Each episode will piece together a new con, including the high-profile scammer Dr. Paolo Macchiarini and the infamous Fyre Festival.THE CRAFT (1996) 8:30 p.m. on Freeform. A horror classic, “The Craft” follows a coven of snarky teenage witches. But as Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Rochelle (Rachel True) and Laura (Christine Taylor) toy with the fabric of their lives, things begin to unravel. “As the witchcraft escalates,” Stephen Holden wrote in his review for The Times, “the movie exchanges its psychological acuity for garish special effects that hammer home a ponderous warning to once and future witches: Be good or else.”
MILEY CYRUS BACKYARD SESSIONS 7 p.m. on MTV. Miley Cyrus combines her popular, stripped down “Backyard Sessions” with MTV’s “Unplugged” for this special. Along with covers of Britney Spears’s “Gimme More” and songs by Pearl Jam and The Cardigans, Cyrus will be performing acoustic versions of her own songs, including her new single “Midnight Sky.”
SHARK TANK 8 p.m. on ABC. Entrepreneurs take to the pitching floor again in the 12th season of this reality show. Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec return to judge.