The Top 5 TV Stories for the Week of April 24

Celebrated books 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'American Gods' finally get the small-screen treatment, while Samantha Bee heads to Washington, D.C.
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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. 

Bates Motel Closes Up Shop, Monday, 10 p.m.

The combination of Rihanna's multi-episode arc as Marion Crane and the show's long-awaited, and modernized, take on that infamous Psycho shower scene has made the fifth and final season of the A&E drama its riskiest yet, according to THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg. Check back after the finale for postmortem coverage from THR's Amber Dowling.

The Handmaid's Tale Arrives Just in Time, Wednesday, midnight

Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel has suddenly re-emerged on best-seller lists thanks in no small part to the Trump administration, making it the perfect time for Hulu to finally unveil its adaptation. Hailed by THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg as "the spring's best new show and certainly its most important," the Elisabeth Moss-led drama appears positioned to become the streamer's first true breakout. Look for extensive coverage from THR's Amber Dowling.

Dear White People Moves to the Small Screen, Friday, midnight

Three years after the indie film became a Sundance breakout, writer-director Justin Simien brings his humorous and honest take on modern-day race relations to Netflix. While TV remakes of movies have become all the norm, THR singled out the small-screen adaptation "every bit as sharply witty — and more focused — than the 2014 feature" when it screened at SXSW earlier this year.

Samantha Bee Heads to Washington, D.C., Saturday, 10 p.m.

After years of A-list comedic hosts and epic mic drops, the first White House Correspondents' Dinner under President Trump looks to be a much more low-key affair, with most of the administration expected to skip the annual event. Coming in the midst of Full Frontal's banner second season, Bee hopes to capitalize on just that with her special Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which will toast the free press and no doubt tackle the current state of affairs.

American Gods Makes a Splash, Sunday, 10 p.m.

Neil Gaiman's award-winning book has had a bumpy road to the small screen, first landing at HBO before moving to Starz. In the hands of showrunners Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes) — and with Gaiman onboard as an exec producer — the series brings the fantasy tale to life in truly vibrant fashion. Led by 100 breakout Ricky Whittle and Deadwood's Ian McShane, the stellar cast also includes Gillian Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth. Stay tuned to Live Feed for full coverage from THR's Josh Wigler.

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