TV Premieres This Week

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (Documentary) – Written and Directed by Tracy Heather Strain (Premieres January 19 on PBS)

Award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain examines the activism and art of Lorraine Hansberry beyond her best-known play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” The film features interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, and Louis Gossett Jr., narration by award-winning actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and the voice of Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose as Hansberry. The result is a timely and revealing portrait of an activist and artist whose popular recognition has, until now, remained long overdue. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Tracy Heather Strain.

ABBA: When All Is Said and Done (Documentary Special) – Written and Co-Directed by Storm Theunissen (Premieres January 20 on Reelz)

In 1999 “Mamma Mia,” the smash hit stage musical based on ABBA’s music, opened in London. Benny and Bjorn, the Swedish super-group’s songwriters were back on top, but where were ABBA’s women? Agnetha Faltskog was one of the world’s best-known women but had turned her back on fame and Frida Lyngstad may have gone from orphan to princess but her life had fallen apart. This is the untold story of the two different women in the words of ABBA’s close circle and the women themselves. (Press materials)

Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story (TV Movie) (Premieres January 20 on Lifetime)

Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in “Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story,” a Lifetime feature based on the life of drug lord Griselda Blanco, a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade. In her lifetime, Griselda’s drug distribution network spanned across the United States and she was suspected of ordering over 200 murders. (Press materials)

The Resident –  Co-Created by Hayley Schore (Premieres January 21 on Fox)

“The Resident” centers on an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered. (Press materials)

Bellevue – Created by Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell (Premieres January 23 on WGN America)

Thrilling and eerie, “Bellevue” is a mystery set in a small blue-collar town with a lot of “good people” who “live right” and take it upon themselves to make sure the neighbors do too. Driving the series is Detective Annie Ryder (Anna Paquin), a cop whose intense and brazen personality has always been at odds with her hometown. When a transgender teen goes missing, Annie dives in to unravel the disappearance that suggests foul play, despite finding herself in a difficult position as she must cast suspicion on people she has known all her life. As the case pulls her further away from her family, she is also confronted by a mysterious person from her past with disturbing answers and a terrifying need to get inside her head. (Press materials)