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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.
Bachelor in Paradise Launches in the Wake of Controversy, Monday, 8 p.m.
All eyes are on the ABC reality spinoff following a production shutdown, and an internal investigation into misconduct allegations surrounding two contestants. The result is a “very different season,” host Chris Harrison recently told THR. “We’ve never had to face such a thing before.” The two-night premiere will tackle the controversy head-on, including showing footage of what led up to the incident in question. As Harrison explained, “It is the 10,000-pound elephant in the room, and so you have to address it.” Check back to Live Feed for extensive premiere coverage.
The Defenders Join Forces, Friday, 12:01 a.m.
More than four years after the Marvel miniseries was first announced, Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) finally join forces for Netflix. In addition to the four main superheroes, the offshoot is filled with familiar faces from the various other series, in addition to guest cast like Sigourney Weaver — for once playing the antagonist and not the heroine — and a cameo from Marvel mastermind Stan Lee. Look for extensive post-show coverage from THR‘s Josh Wigler.
Halt and Catch Fire Enters the Internet Age, Saturday, 9 p.m.
The AMC tech drama heads into the early ‘90s — and the birth of the Internet — for its fourth and final season, which kicks off Saturday with a two-hour premiere. Additionally, five-time Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky joins the cast in what has been described as a “crucial role.”
Episodes Returns for One Last Lap, Sunday, 10 p.m.
Matt LeBlanc has already made the move back to network TV with the CBS sitcom Man With a Plan. However, the Friends alum reprises his Golden Globe-winning role for one final seven-episode season of the Showtime Hollywood satire, which picks up with the runaway success of the game show The Box, hosted by the fictional Matt LeBlanc, just as he tries to get a new series off the ground with creators Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig).
Survivor’s Remorse Moves Off the Bench, Sunday, 10 p.m.
The acclaimed basketball comedy executive produced by LeBron James kicks off season four. Which means it’s time to catch up on the series that, as THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg wrote at the top of season three, “continues to solidify its place as one of the cleverest, profane, most provocative comedies on TV.” Upcoming guest stars include Grey’s Anatomy grad Isaiah Washington and Arrow‘s Neal McDonough, as well as hit maker DJ Khaled.
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