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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.
Shondaland Goes Back in Time for Still Star-Crossed, Monday, 10 p.m.
Sure, this ABC period drama is just one of six series the prolific Shonda Rhimes has at the network (including fellow rookie entries For the People and the Grey’s firefighter spinoff), but Still Star-Crossed might mark her biggest departure. The series takes place thousands of miles away from Seattle Grace in Verona, Italy, and instead of scalpels, the weapons of choice are quills. Picking up immediately after the events of Romeo & Juliet, the drama combines elements from all of William Shakespeare’s work but showrunner Heather Mitchell promises to go light on the “thou art.”
House of Cards Takes Back the White House, Tuesday, midnight
The real presidential election is long over, but on the Netflix political thriller, things are just heating up for Frank and Claire Underwood. Nearly a year and a half after the fourth-season launch, the series returns in a starkly different political climate (goodbye Obama, hello Trump!) and with new showrunners Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson replacing departing series creator Beau Willimon. Check back to Live Feed for extensive season five coverage from Brian Porreca and Jackie Strause.
Jennifer Lopez Opens World of Dance, Tuesday, 10 p.m.
No, it’s not American Idol 2.0 that is bringing J. Lo back to the judges table. It’s the NBC dance competition series that she is also exec producing. And the former Fly Girl isn’t the only impressive talent onboard: judges also include longtime DWTS pro Derek Hough, Ne-Yo and host and mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum of Step Up fame. While Fox and ABC have long had a toehold in the dance space with So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars, respectively, World of Dance‘s $1 million prize for the best dancer or group ought to draw some eyeballs.
Fear the Walking Dead Returns With a Vengeance, Sunday, 9 p.m.
The third season of The Walking Dead spinoff will mark the final run for showrunner Dave Erickson. But the lead executive producer on the zombie offshoot is going out with a bang, and more notably with the most politically charged season yet. Erickson opened up to THR about his upcoming departure and his final season in a lengthy chat.
I’m Dying Up Here Grabs the Mic, Sunday, 10 p.m.
Two weeks after getting the beloved behemoth Twin Peaks back up and running, Showtime launches the ‘70s-set stand-up series. From exec producer Jim Carrey and based on the book of the same name, the dark comedy-drama hybrid boasts an impressive ensemble of actors (Ari Graynor, Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Jake Lacey) as well as stand-ups (Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin). Just don’t expect Carrey to step in front of the camera, or onto the stand-up stage, anytime soon. Read THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg’s review here.
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