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FX’s critically acclaimed, groundbreaking drama Pose begins its final season this week. The NFL Draft takes up a sizable portion of TV real estate over the next several days, networks’ and streamers’ spring schedules start to click into place with premieres across the spectrum, while CBS’ MacGyver solves its last problem.
Below is The Hollywood Reporter‘s rundown of premieres, returns and specials over the next seven days. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but let THR point the way to worthy options for the coming week. All times are ET/PT unless noted.
The Big Show
Pose has been a landmark series for transgender representation on TV, both in front of and behind the camera, in addition to earning rave reviews and a devoted audience. The show’s third and final season (10 p.m. Sunday, FX) — an arc that creator Steven Canals has said was the plan from the start — will jump ahead to 1994 and follow its characters into Giuliani-era New York City.
The seven-episode season will begin with two episodes on Sunday, with a series finale slated for early June.
Also on cable …
The third season of The Girlfriend Experience (8 p.m. Sunday, Starz) centers on an American woman (Julia Goldani Telles) in London. Tuesday brings new seasons of The Real Housewives of New York City (9 p.m., Bravo) and Catfish: The TV Show (9 p.m., MTV). Prank-call show Crank Yankers resurfaces at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on Comedy Central.
On broadcast …
NFL Draft: The first round of last year’s draft — the first major sports-related event of the pandemic — set ratings records. This year’s draft, featuring a host of top quarterbacks likely to go early in round one, has drawn huge interest ahead of time as well. ABC, ESPN and NFL Network will have live coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT; all three will air later rounds in primetime Friday and Saturday afternoon as well.
Also: Fox and Robert Smigel air their second Let’s Be Real puppetry-and-politics special (9:30 p.m. Thursday). The series finale of CBS’ MacGyver reboot airs at 8 p.m. Friday, capping a five-season run. The Kentucky Derby (approximately 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT Saturday, NBC) returns to its traditional early May post time. Legends of Tomorrow begins its sixth season at 8 p.m. Sunday on The CW (with Batwoman moving back an hour to 9 p.m.). CBS revives Kids Say the Darndest Things with Tiffany Haddish (8 p.m. Wednesday) a year after ABC dropped it.
On streaming …
New: Justin Theroux stars in Apple TV+’s adaptation of The Mosquito Coast (Friday) — based on a novel by the actor’s uncle, Paul Theroux. THR critic Daniel Fienberg notes that the adaptation is a very loose one, and “it’s also a show whose very existence is itself a cautionary tale — mirroring the themes the story tackles — about how the American marketplace reshapes anything with a maverick spirit into a more commercially recognizable form.”
Also: Duff Goldman makes cakes with puppets in Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time (Thursday, Discovery+). Bethenny Frankel is in search of an apprentice in The Big Shot With Bethenny (Thursday, HBO Max). Anime series Yasuke debuts Friday on Netflix. Part two of Selena: The Series (Netflix) and animated show Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Disney+) both premiere Tuesday.
In case you missed it …
Rutherford Falls is a comedy with “an extremely low joke density” and sluggish pacing in its early episodes, writes THR critic Inkoo Kang. What the series from creators Mike Schur, Ed Helms and Sierra Teller Ornelas does have is a well-rounded portrait of a Native American community (courtesy of a writers room where half the staff are Indigenous). It also has a “big, searching heart” as it deals with the relationship between a descendant (Helms) of a Northeastern town’s founders, his Native American friend (Jana Schmieding) and the tribe. All 10 episodes are streaming on Peacock.
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