Gentlemen, start your engines. The new season of Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars is returning and reuniting favorites from past seasons. Drag performers Aja, BenDeLaCreme, Chi Chi DeVayne, Kennedy Davenport, Milk, Morgan McMichaels, Shangela, Thorgy Thor and Trixie Mattel will vie for the coveted space in RuPaul’s Hall of Fame. The VH1 reality show boasts a star-studded list of guest judges, including Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. There’s also Vanessa Hudgens, Tituss Burgess, Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Jacobs, Shay Mitchell, Chris Colfer, Vanessa Williams, Adam Lambert, and more. Watch it Thursday, 8 p.m. on VH1.
The Women's March
Break out the resistance boots because the Women’s March is back for a second year this and right in the midst of the #MeToo and “Times Up” movements. While there will likely be plenty of attention paid to stopping sexual predators in their tracks, the official Women’s March slogans are “Look Back, March Forward,” and “Power to the Polls,” in an effort to empower people to vote. The Women’s March will step off in dozens of major cities around the country on Saturday, so be sure to check in with the one closest to you. Find the march closest to you at the official Women's March site.
Directed by Jennifer Gerber and based on the play by Samuel Brett Williams, The Revival shows the forbidden love of a Southern Baptist preacher (David Rysdahl), who falls for a drifter (Zachary Booth). It’s a timely tale of the tension between desire and devotion in small-town America. See it in select theaters this weekend.
Take a break from current events and get recharged for further resistance with a performance by Well Strung, a singing string quartet performing a mashup of classical favorites and pop hits, including songs made famous by Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and more. Well Strung appears Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre. Order tickets here.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards Hosted By Kristen Bell
Attendees at the Golden Globes wore black and sported Time’s Up pins in solidarity with survivors of sexual harassment and assault earlier this month and this Sunday the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards will go a step further with only women doling out the trophies for achievements in acting, although a few men have been added to the slate to introduce films nominated for their acting ensembles. Additionally, the SAG Awards have named The Good Place star Kristen Bell as its first-ever host. The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies, and Orange Is the New Black are among some of the TV shows whose actors are nominated, while Call Me By Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet and TheShape of Water’s Richard Jenkins are nominated for playing gay characters.
If you’re worried about the fate of our democracy under Donald Trump, you’re justified, say Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt in their new book, How Democracies Die. They warn that democracies often die not with a bang but with a whimper. “Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies have collapsed elsewhere — not just through violent coups, but more commonly (and insidiously) through a gradual slide into authoritarianism,” writes New York Times critic Jennifer Szalai. The good news is that they not only demonstrate how American democracy is threatened but offer steps we can take to save it. Order here or visit your local bookseller.
Based on the popular novel by Caleb Carr, The Alienist follows a criminal psychologist (known then as an "alienist"), Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), who employs scientific methods to track the murderer of several young male sex workers in the late 19th century. Assiting him in the investigation is newspaper illustrator John Moore (out actor Luke Evans) and police secretary Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning). Watch it Monday, 9 p.m. Eastern on TNT.