12:00pm PT by Rick Porter
This Week in TV: A Guide to New and Returning Series
In a TV landscape littered with more than 500 scripted originals and another 700 reality and docuseries, figuring out what to watch can feel like a Herculean task.
In the week of July 30-Aug. 5 alone, more than 40 shows have their season or series premieres. The Hollywood Reporter is sorting through the lineup to highlight the most anticipated new and returning shows on broadcast, cable and streaming. Here's what to watch for the week of July 30 (You should also bookmark THR's handy guide for key premiere and finale dates.)
On broadcast …
After five seasons and 92 episodes, The Originals bids farewell on The CW. The series finale will feature "some really wonderful happy endings and there’re going to be some really beautiful, if not tragic, endings," showrunner Julie Plec said at Comic-Con. On the unscripted side, Parks and Recreation stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman reunite to host Making It, a competition show featuring eight highly skilled makers in a series of DIY challenges.
Airs: Tuesday, July 31 at 10 p.m. (Making It); Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. (The Originals)
On cable …
Season two of USA's anthology series The Sinner finds Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) heading home to rural upstate New York to find the "why" behind an 11-year-old's murder of his parents. Carrie Coon (The Leftovers, Fargo) also stars as an enigmatic woman who would prefer the town's secrets stay hidden.
Airs: Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 10 p.m.
On streaming …
The final season of Casual arrives on Hulu, skipping ahead in time from the events of season three, and has Val (Michaela Watkins) reuniting with her daughter (Tara Lynne Barr) after two years, Alex (Tommy Dewey) and Rae (Maya Erskine) raising their daughter and everyone still trying to figure things out. All eight episodes are available starting Tuesday, July 31.
In case you missed it …
Ever wanted to take a tour through a war zone or see the sights where infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar killed his rivals? Apparently it's a thing, as filmmaker David Farrier (Tickled) discovers in Dark Tourist, which began streaming July 20 on Netflix.