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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.
The Long Road Home Kicks Off on NatGeo, Tuesday, 9 p.m.
After first getting into scripted original programming with Mars and acclaimed anthology Genius, the cable network now looks to ABC News chief correspondent Martha Raddatz‘s 2008 best-seller for TV’s latest military drama. The eight-part miniseries, starring Kate Bosworth, House of Cards‘ Michael Kelly and Sarah Wayne Callies, centers on the real-life events of April 4, 2004, i.e., “Black Sunday,” when American forces were ambushed in Sadr City, Baghdad.
USA Heads Into Damnation, Tuesday, 10 p.m.
Two years into the network’s programming shift away from blue skies and toward edgier fare a la Mr. Robot, the network attempts its latest hat trick: a period drama set in Depression-era Iowa. Headlined by Quarry star Logan Marshall-Green, the hourlong’s impressive auspices include director David MacKenzie (Hell or High Water) and exec producers including James Mangold (Logan) and Game of Thrones’ Guymon Casady.
Grey’s Anatomy Celebrates a Big Milestone, Thursday, 8 p.m.
The Shonda Rhimes medical drama celebrates its 300th episode by borrowing from the Hamilton soundtrack (no, it’s not another musical episode). Titled “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story,” the hour sees the doctors at Grey Sloan deal with memories about ghosts from their past via patients from a dangerous roller-coaster accident. The episode hails from series vets, showrunner and writer Krista Vernoff and frequent director Debbie Allen, who also makes a return appearance.
Lady Dynamite Sets Off Season Two, Friday, 12:01 a.m.
Maria Bamford’s semi-autobiographical comedy returns for its sophomore run on Netflix. THR calls the new installments “lighter” while still featuring “razor-sharp send-ups of the industry,” such as when Maria attempts to star in her own TV comedy called Maria Bamford Is Nuts airing on fake rival streamer “MuskVision,” launched by Elon Musk. Once again, the guest-star list is stacked with returning favorites like Ana Gasteyer and Mo Collins, as well as new faces like Andy Samberg, Jenny Slate, Judd Apatow and Judy Greer, among others.
CBS All Access Heads Into New Territory, Sunday, 12:01 a.m.
The young streamer has found success with splashy serialized dramas with familiar IP (see: The Good Wife spinoff, Star Trek: Discovery). But what about a comedy? CBS All Access asks just that with buddy cop comedy No Activity, launching the same day as Star Trek’s midseason finale. While it may not boast familiar IP, viewers will recognize a few names attached, including executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Funny or Die. Look for some funny faces to join star and SNL grad Tim Meadows onscreen, as well as Jake Johnson, Jesse Plemons, Amy Sedaris, J.K. Simmons, Michaela Watkins and even Ferrell himself.
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