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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 Bachelorette Makes History, Monday, 9 p.m.
After 33 seasons — but who’s counting? — ABC’s Bachelor franchise will finally welcome its first-ever African-American star. But it’s not just Rachel Lindsay making history, as this season also plays host to the most diverse cast of contestants vying for that final rose. But just as in years past, it looks like a happy ending is in the cards for Lindsay, who recently revealed she’s engaged to one of said contestants. Check back to Live Feed on Monday for THR‘s one-on-one interview with Lindsay and more coverage of the season premiere from Jackie Strause and Christina Schoellkopf.
Casual Kicks Off Season Three, Tuesday, midnight
One of Hulu’s first critical darlings returns for its third season with a big change (Valerie moving out of Alex’s house) and a slew of new faces. The impressive list of recurring guest stars for the new season include John Cho, Jamie Chung, Judy Greer and Chace Crawford, among others. This season will also see stars Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey take on new roles: as co-writers on an upcoming season-three episode.
Dirty Dancing Gets Remixed, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
ABC already announced two live musical events for the 2017-18 season — The Little Mermaid and a tribute to Rolling Stone magazine — but the network first gets its feet wet with this pretaped remake of the beloved 1987 film. Abigail Breslin takes over the role originated by Jennifer Grey, while newcomer Colt Prattes steps into Patrick Swayze’s role, with other notable names including Debra Messing and Katey Sagal.
Empire Wraps Season Three With a Bang, Wednesday, 9 p.m.
The penultimate episode of season three already saw the gruesome death of one series regular, so all eyes are on the series as the Fox hip-hop drama heads into summer hiatus. In addition to welcoming A-list guest star Demi Moore for the first of a multi-episode arc, showrunner Ilene Chaiken recently told THR that the final episode of the season will set up a “total reset” for season four.
Bloodline Says Goodbye, Friday, midnight
As first reported by THR, the third season of the Kyle Chandler family drama will be its last Coming off season two’s shocking conclusion — as confirmed by the season-three trailer — the Emmy-winning series has lots of loose ends to tie up, and lots of burning questions left to answer in its final 10 episodes. Check back to Live Feed for more final-season coverage from THR‘s Hilary Lewis.
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