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The final season of Younger begins this week — though not on TV Land. It’s debuting on Paramount+ and will air on its long-time home later this year. The show leads a pretty extensive list of streaming premieres in the next seven days; elsewhere, HBO has a drama starring Kate Winslet, CBS airs its annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast and Freeform travels back to the 1990s with its latest series.
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
Younger begins its seventh and last season Thursday with four episodes debuting on Paramount+. Creator Darren Star made the decision to set the final season before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, both because the show’s internal timeline left off well before then and because, he told THR, “Younger is timeless. This a series you can watch years from now.”
The first batch of episodes will pick up after Charles (Peter Hermann) proposed to Liza (Sutton Foster) and will continue following the lives and careers of Liza and Kelsey (Hilary Duff).
Also on streaming …
Wahl Street (Thursday, HBO Max) follows Mark Wahlberg as he manages his various business interests. Cold War thriller Spy City (Thursday, AMC+) stars Dominic Cooper as a British intelligence agent in 1960s Berlin. John Stamos stars in Big Shot (Friday, Disney+) as a disgraced college basketball coach who takes a job at a high school. Apple TV+ debuts a Mythic Quest special and season two of nature series Earth at Night in Color on Friday. Comedy Frank of Ireland (Friday, Amazon) stars brothers Brian and Domhnall Gleeson. Two pot-adjacent shows debut Tuesday with Chopped 420 on Discovery+ and Hulu’s true(?) crime doc Sasquatch.
On cable …
New: Kate Winslet stars as the title character in Mare of Easttown (10 p.m. Sunday, HBO), playing a detective trying to solve a murder in her Pennsylvania town while her personal life is crumbling. The cast also includes Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart and Winslet’s Mildred Pierce co-star, Guy Pearce.
Also: The week’s other series debut is Cruel Summer (9 p.m. Tuesday, Freeform), a 1990s-set drama that tracks the fallout after a popular high school student is kidnapped. Season premieres include Van Helsing (10 p.m. Friday, Syfy), Godfather of Harlem (9 p.m. Sunday, Epix), Couples Therapy (10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime) and American Dad (9 p.m. Monday, TBS).
On broadcast …
Awards: It’s been just seven months since the pandemic-delayed last ceremony, but the ACM Awards are back in their usual spring berth on CBS. Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton will host the 56th awards, which air at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Also: President Joe Biden, Barack and Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez and others will take part in a special called Roll Up Your Sleeves (7 p.m. Sunday, NBC) that encourages COVID-19 vaccination. PBS’ Independent Lens docuseries Philly D.A. premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
In case you missed it …
Nasim Pedrad stars in Chad, a comedy in which the Saturday Night Live alum plays an awkward, obsessive 14-year-old enduring the daily humiliations of being a high school freshman. Laugh-out-loud moments are plentiful, says THR critic Robyn Bahr, but the show also “employs surprising depth and vulnerability, even if you sometimes want to wring this kid’s little neck.” It airs at 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays on TBS, with episodes also available on the network’s digital platforms.
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