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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.
Total Request Reboots for the Social Media Age, Monday, 3:30 p.m. ET
MTV is going “retro,” as the kids would say, and getting back to its music video roots with the return of TRL. Broadcasting live everyday from Times Square, original host Carson Daly will be replaced by social media stars and “influencers” from the YouTube and Vine era, including Liza Koshy and Amy Pham. But in the age of YouTube, how will MTV convince busy millennials to request a video when they can play it instantly on their phones?
Marvel Expands Its Primetime Empire, Monday, 8 p.m. ET/PT
After the less-than-stellar debut of Marvel’s InHumans, the company behind acclaimed Netflix fare like Daredevil and Jessica Jones takes a turn in the right direction with Fox’s The Gifted. With a pilot directed by X-Men helmer Bryan Singer and X-Men Days of Future Past producer Simon Kinberg also onboard as an executive producer, the Matt Nix-created series boasts strong auspices in addition to an impressive cast that includes sci-fi favorite Amy Acker. Speaking of superheros, Tom Welling returns in his first post-Smallville TV role on Lucifer.
Black-ish Moves to a New Night, Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET/PT
The two-time Emmy nominee for best comedy series loses its post-Modern Family slot to anchor ABC’s young Tuesday night comedy block. Following the final season of The Middle, and critical darling Fresh Off the Boat, ABC is hoping the Kenya Barris comedy will prove a solid lead-in for The Mayor, a new comedy about an aspiring rapper turned small-town mayor from The Mindy Project’s Jeremy Bronson and Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs.
Scandal Gets Ready to Hang Up the White Hat, Thursday, 9 p.m. ET/PT
After six seasons of jaw-dropping deaths (RIP James), intense monologues (looking at you, Papa Pope) and steamy Oval Office hookups (you know who you are), the Shonda Rhimes drama kicks off its 18-episode final season on ABC. Gone is President Grant and in is … President Grant — that is, President Mellie Grant, with Olivia finally calling the shots. Surely, now that everything is as it should be, something’s got to off the rails, right? Grab an Olivia Pope survival kit (red wine and popcorn, duh) and check back to Live Feed for extensive final season coverage from THR‘s Lesley Goldberg.
Once Upon a Time Opens a New Chapter, Friday, 8 p.m. ET/PT
Buh-bye, Snow White and Prince Charming! Hello, Cinderella! The ABC fairytale drama returns many years into the future with a largely new cast, with the exception of Lana Parrilla’s Evil Queen (because no story is complete without one). Also gone is Emma Swan, although Jennifer Morrison will return briefly, but in her place is a grown-up version of Henry. “What we’re trying to do is go in a new direction but stay true to the spirit of what the show has always been,” co-creator Adam Horowitz told THR in May at the end of season six. Check back throughout the week for more intel on the new season.
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