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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.
Pretty Little Liars Says Goodbye, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Who is “A”? Longtime viewers have been trying to solve the mystery for seven seasons and 159 episodes and Tuesday, they’ll (hopefully) finally get an answer when Freeform says goodbye to its longest-running drama. The creative team has promised an “emotional, satisfying” two-hour finale that will also be followed by a one-hour retrospective with the cast and creators.
Big Brother Moves Back in, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Summer technically kicked off June 21, but things really get heated when season 19 of Big Brother premieres on CBS. Once again, producers have assembled a diverse group of 16 contestants for the summer staple, which returns with the theme of temptation. Before the series premiere, get to know the house guests and tour the new digs with longtime host Julie Chen. And check back throughout the week for more coverage from THR‘s Brian Porreca.
Younger Changes the Game in Season 4, Wednesday, 10 p.m.
The TV Land comedy is shaking things up in season four after the season-three finale, which saw Liza (Sutton Foster) tell Kelsey (Hilary Duff) just after she broke up with Josh (Nico Tortorella). “Liza is in a dark place,” creator Darren Star recently said about the fallout. Also look for the half-hour to tackle the Trump era via a KellyAnne Conway-esque Washington insider played by Kristin Chenoweth. In the meantime, catch up on the first three seasons.
Battle of the Network Stars Returns for Round 2, Thursday, 9 p.m.
After finding success with game show revivals like Match Game and $100,000 Pyramid, ABC is once again looking to the past for its latest summer series. The new format will once again pit groups of celebrities against each other (TV kids vs. TV sitcom stars, troublemakers vs. lifeguards) and more. The cast list includes some new faces (Joshua Malina, Mischa Barton) as well as some veterans from the original (Kim Fields, Lou Ferrigno), with Super Bowl 50 winner DeMarcus Ware and MMA fighter Ronda Rousey set as team captains.
Naomi Watts Seduces the Small Screen in Gypsy, Friday, midnight
In her first series regular role in 20 years (see: NBC’s short-lived sci-fi series Sleepwalkers), Watts headlines the psychological thriller as a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. The impressive creative team also includes Billy Crudup as Watts’ husband, Blythe Danner in an “inspired” piece of casting as her mom, according to THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg, and Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson as exec producer and director.
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