5:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Here's What's Happening in TV This Week
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.
NBC Takes a Bite Out of Midnight, Texas, Monday, 10 p.m.
Charlaine Harris' novels have laid the groundwork for hit TV series before (see: HBO's long-running vampire drama True Blood), and NBC is hoping they'll find similar success with one of her other vampire trilogies. Leading Midnight, Texas' charge to the small screen is showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen, herself an alum of genre favorites like Alias, Lost and Fringe, among others. But can an effects-heavy genre series be done successfully on a budget?
Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour Kicks Off, Tuesday, 9 a.m.
The "death march with cocktails," as THR chief TV critic Tim Goodman has dubbed it in years past, begins Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton with cable programming including Jordan Klepper's forthcoming Comedy Central late-night show, the return of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Hulu's new Marvel drama Runaways.
Amazon Goes Back in Time for The Last Tycoon, Friday, midnight
Following The Man in the High Castle and Z: The Beginning of Everything, Amazon once again dives into the history books for this '30s period drama based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name. The visually rich hourlong boasts an impressive cast list led by Matt Bomer, Lily Collins, Kelsey Grammer and Jennifer Beals.
HBO Checks Into Room 104, Friday, 11:30 p.m.
Brothers and acclaimed filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass reteam with the pay cabler for the ambitious anthology. Ranging in genres from comedy to drama (and yes, even horror), each half-hour episode follows different characters who happen to check into the same room at a generic motel chain at different times. As THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg put it, "it's a series with few rules and few real restrictions" — a rarity even in the Peak TV era. Guest stars include James Van Der Beek, Mae Whitman, Orlando Jones and, yes, even the Duplass brothers themselves.
Teen Wolf Roars Into Its Final Season, Sunday, 10 p.m.
By far MTV's longest-running scripted series currently on the air, the dark adaptation of the Michael J. Fox comedy comes to a close beginning Sunday. Dylan O'Brien, Colton Haynes, Tyler Hoechlin and Ian Bohen are among those set to return for the final 10 episodes, which the creative team previewed at Comic-Con with a new action-packed trailer for the final run. But don't shed too many tears. MTV and creator Jeff Davis are already at work on another extension of the popular franchise.