The Top 5 TV Stories for the Week of May 15

The five broadcast networks make their pitches to advertisers and 'Twin Peaks' (finally) returns.
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Welcome to This Week in TV. In a bid to help you prioritize among all the events, premieres, big episodes and finales, The Hollywood Reporter's eagle-eyed TV team every Monday will take a closer look at what to expect from the week ahead — and provide helpful links and context for each. Here's a handy primer for the events that will likely take over the headlines in the week ahead. 

Fox Enters the Marvel Universe, Monday

Fox is diving deeper into the comic book universe. After collaborating with DC Entertainment on Batman origins story Gotham as well as Lucifer, the network is getting into business with Marvel via the Matt Nix drama The Gifted, directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men). Other big pushes from the network include the Adam Scott-Craig Robinson comedy Ghosted, the Seth MacFarlane space series Orville and not one but two live musicals (Rent and A Christmas Story). Check back to Live Feed for Fox's fall schedule, new show trailers and more.

This...Is ABC, Tuesday

After winning the bidding war for the revival of American Idol, ABC will have all eyes on it when the network unveils its lineup (as well as potential judge Katy Perry). Other big projects include The Good Doctor, from House showrunner David Shore; the Shonda Rhimes-produced legal drama For the People; and the final season of Scandal. Watch teasers for their new shows, and check back for full schedule updates.

More Familiar Faces Head to CBS, Wednesday

After bringing sitcom stars Matt LeBlanc and Kevin James back to TV last year — and keeping NCIS star Michael Weatherly in-house with Bull — the network is largely employing the same strategy for the 2017-18 season. Returning network stars include Criminal Minds' Shemar Moore and Good Wife grad Alan Cumming, both starring in dramas. Also on deck is three-time Emmy winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage) and David Boreanaz, fresh off a 12-season run on Bones. And let's not forget the Young Sheldon prequel spinoff comedy. Check back for the network's fall schedule and trailers of the new fall shows.

The CW Mixes It Up, Thursday

The younger-skewing network ordered another DC superhero show with Black LightningAlso returning to the network fold are Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who are behind the Dynasty reboot. However, The CW also handed out series orders to the hourlong Bill Lawrence dramedy Life Sentence, starring PLL's Lucy Hale, and the military drama Valor. Return to Live Feed for a full schedule breakdown and footage from new shows.

Twin Peaks Officially Reopens for Business, Sunday, 9 p.m.

It's been more than 25 years since the beloved David Lynch mystery series went off the air, and it feels just as long since Showtime first announced it was teaming with the auteur to revive the property. However, in exchange for the three-year wait, the limited series revival has doubled in size from nine episodes to 18. The only number more impressive is the 217 castmembers, both new (Laura Dern, Naomi Watts) and returning (Kyle MacLachlan, Harry Dean Stanton). Ahead of Sunday's premiere, Live Feed will be celebrating Twin Peaks week with interviews, burning questions, rankings and much more.

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