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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 Late Show Goes Abroad, Monday-Friday, 11:35 p.m.
Stephen Colbert isn’t resting on his laurels fresh off those seven Emmy nominations. The late-night host will finally unveil footage from his trip to Russia last month with the aptly titled “Russia Week.” In addition to guests such as former Vice President Al Gore and Issa Rae, highlights include interviews with the locals, Colbert’s appearance on a Russian late-night television talk show and lessons he learned on how to live the oligarch lifestyle from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
Shooter Sets Its Sights on Season Two, Tuesday, 10 p.m.
After facing some bumps on the road to season one (see: multiple premiere delays, an on-set accident), USA Network’s adaptation of the Mark Wahlberg drama proved to be a solid performer for the network and precipitated the current military TV shows trend. Season two will add some new blood in the form of Entourage‘s Jerry Ferrara, Gilmore Girls’ Todd Lowe and star Ryan Phillippe’s Flags of Our Father brother-in-arms Jesse Bradford.
Comic-Con Blasts Off, Wednesday-Sunday
Thousands will migrate to San Diego for the annual comic book convention, and that includes the stars and exec producers behind the biggest TV shows both old (Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead) and new (Star Trek: Discovery, The Gifted). Brush up on THR‘s handy TV and party guides now and check back to Live Feed throughout the week for extensive coverage on the ground of the convention center.
Jason Bateman and Laura Linney Travel to Ozark, Friday, midnight
Ahead of Arrested Development‘s long-awaited confirmed fifth season, Jason Bateman returns to Netflix in a much darker role. The Golden Globe winner stars, directs and exec produces this money-laundering mystery drama, which also features Laura Linney in her first series-regular role since Showtime’s The Big C. In addition to that star power, THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg says to look out for the “fascinating” Julia Garner (The Americans).
A week after winter’s return, HBO’s Sunday originals lineup heats up with returns of The Rock’s football comedy and Issa Rae’s acclaimed half-hour. Ballers, which picks up in the wake of Spencer’s hip surgery, welcomes guest stars Steve Guttenberg, Steven Weber and Graceland‘s Serinda Swan. Insecure, meanwhile, returns fresh in the aftermath of Issa’s breakup with Lawrence and with a new set of raps via the show’s heroine.
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