Mark your calendar: Fall specials include JonBenet Ramsey miniseries, 'Hamilton' and 'Rocky Horror'
9 p.m., PBS, Oct. 21
No, this is not the television premiere of the Broadway hit. We’re still waiting in the wings for that. Part of PBS’s Great Performances, Hamilton’s America follows Lin-Manuel Miranda, above — the mind at work behind the Alexander Hamilton revolution — and his colleagues over two years leading up to the premiere of the play. Viewers will get to see Miranda compose songs in Aaron Burr’s Manhattan bedroom and watch Christopher Jackson lay a wreath on George Washington’s grave. Hamilton obsessives like us can’t wait to raise a glass to this documentary.
The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey
8:30 p.m., CBS, Sept. 18
Fans of Netflix’s smash docuseries Making a Murderer and the Serial podcast should add this to their must-watch list. It’s been 20 years since the death of a 6-year-old Colorado pageant queen gripped the nation. The case of who killed JonBenét Ramsey was never solved, but CBS’s six-hour, three-night limited thriller aims to shed light on what really happened the night of Dec. 26, 1996. They even go so far as to re-create the Ramsey home to scale. CBS isn’t the only network showcasing the anniversary of the tragic case. A&E premiered its two-hour documentary, The Killing of JonBenét: The Truth Uncovered, on Sept. 5. Lifetime has an original movie tentatively titled Who Killed JonBenét set to premiere in November, and Investigation Discovery has a three-night series, JonBenét: An American Murder Mystery, that starts on Monday.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again
8 p.m., Fox, Oct. 20
As fans of the original film from 1975, it was hard to critique Fox’s new take without bias. Diehard fans of the cult classic will go over this remake with a fine-tooth comb, looking for any reason to snub it. Luckily, this isn’t a live taping like last year’s Fox production of Grease, and the story remains the same. But in the first half-hour, we saw some good (audience participation), some bad (new take on Time Warp) and great performances by Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex) as Columbia and Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.