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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.
Bachelorette Wraps a Historic Run, Monday, 8 p.m.
After making history (finally) with its first-ever African-American contestant, ABC’s long-running dating competition wraps season 13 Monday with what promises to be another emotional finale. Just because Rachel can only accept one proposal doesn’t mean the other two finalists can’t walk away winners. Host Chris Harrison recently told THR, “More than likely the next Bachelor will come out of the final three because that’s what history tells us.” If that wasn’t enough for Bachelor Nation, Monday will see ABC release the full season trailer for the controversial upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise. Check back to Live Feed for extensive coverage on both shows from Jackie Strause and Christina Schoellkopf.
Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes Gets the TV Treatment, Wednesday, 9 p.m.
Emmy winner (and recent nominee for Big Little Lies) David E. Kelley and beloved Lost and Game of Thrones director Jack Bender team for this adaptation of King’s 2014 novel. The dark drama boasts an impressive cast including Brendan Gleeson, Holland Taylor, Mary Louise Parker and Penny Dreadful‘s Harry Treadaway. As THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg says, the result is a “gripping” and “effective Stephen King adaptation carried by strong performances and smart writing choices.”
“Weekend Update” Makes an Early Return, Thursday, 9 p.m.
Saturday Night Live may still be on hiatus, but “Weekend Update” anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che are back and ready to help America laugh (and at least try to keep up with the current fast-paced news cycle). This four-week trial marks the first summertime run for the SNL machine and as such, it remains to be seen who, if any, among their fellow SNL cohorts will be stopping by the desk.
Orphan Black Says Goodbye, Saturday, 10 p.m.
The clone drama that netted Tatiana Maslany an Emmy wraps its five-season run on BBC America. How will Sarah Manning — and the many other faces of Maslany’s character — wrap their complicated story? Check back to Live Feed Saturday night after the finale for a postmortem interview with showrunners Graeme Manson and John Fawcett from THR contributor Amber Dowling.
Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd Get Shorty, Sunday, 10 p.m.
The beloved Elmore Leonard novel (and the acclaimed 1995 John Travolta-Gene Hackman movie) gets the Fargo treatment with this darker series adaptation via movie channel EPIX. This marks the latest big scripted swing for the pay cabler following the 2016 debuts of Berlin Station and Graves. The series features Chris O’Dowd and Romano, fresh off his acclaimed turn in The Big Sick, in addition to behind-the-scenes talent such as director/executive producer Adam Arkin (Sons of Anarchy) and exec producer Allen Coulter (The Sopranos).
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