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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.
NBC Books a Return Trip to The Good Place, Wednesday, 10 p.m.
The acclaimed Ted Danson-Kristen Bell comedy about the afterlife returns for season two with an hourlong premiere. Following that jaw-dropping season-one finale revelation, Bell says the second season will feature “a complete reset of Eleanor.” But what else should viewers expect? Get caught up on season one with THR‘s biggest burning questions.
The Sinner Wraps Season One, Wednesday, 10 p.m.
USA Network’s hit summer drama wraps its first season Wednesday with the season finale of the Jessica Biel-starrer, in which Cora’s fate is finally unveiled. But like all good limited series (see: Big Little Lies, The Night Of) the question now becomes about a potential second season. Stay tuned for a season-one postmortem with showrunner Derek Simonds after Wednesday’s finale.
Batman Swings Into Action on Gotham, Thursday, 8 p.m.
The DC origins story finally turns the focus from a pint-size Bruce Wayne’s famed alter-ego Batman when season four kicks off. Subtitled “A Dark Knight,” the upcoming season will also introduce the Caped Crusader’s famed nemesis The Scarecrow, who promises to show the city “what it means to fear” in recent season-four promos. Check back to Live Feed every Friday for weekly breakdowns of Gotham and all the DC TV shows.
Transparent Explores New Territory, Friday, 12:01 a.m.
The award-winning Amazon comedy goes where its never gone before for its upcoming fourth season: Israel, where the Pfeffermans will travel to as Maura uncovers a big secret. The acclaimed hourlong also returns for the first time since Donald Trump’s shocking election victory. “There’s no doubt that season four takes place after the election. It’s part of the fabric of the show and you can feel it,” star Jeffrey Tambor told THR in August. Check back to Live Feed for more series coverage.
Star Trek Returns to TV With Discovery, Sunday, 8:30 p.m.
All aboard the U.S.S. Discovery! After nearly two years (and a few delays), CBS finally unveils the sci-fi reboot, which takes place 10 years before the original series and features the franchise’s first openly gay character. After watching a one-night-only preview on the linear channel, Trekkies will have to subscribe to CBS All Access for the other 14 episodes (as well as the after show). Check back for extensive series coverage on Live Feed.
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