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Welcome to This Week in TV. In a bid to help prioritize all the events, premieres, big episodes and finales, every Monday The Hollywood Reporter‘s eagle-eyed TV team 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 Walking Dead Finale Fallout, Monday
Following Sunday’s deadly season seven finale, THR‘s Lesley Goldberg and Josh Wigler will have analysis and predictions for season eight as well as interviews with showrunner Scott M. Gimple and [spoiler alert] whose character, well, died in the episode.
Major League Baseball’s Opening Day
TV executives couldn’t have orchestrated a more perfect 2016 postseason, which ended with the most-watched game in 25 years as the Chicago Cubs ended a 108-year championship drought. It will be hard to top, but MLB Central‘s co-hosts have a few ideas about the breakout players and teams to look out for. One name to know for Los Angeles Dodgers fans is Joe Davis, who is taking over for the beloved broadcasting vet Vin Scully.
New Girl Says Goodbye … for Good? 8 p.m., Tuesday
The half-hour comedy that brought “adorkable” into the zeitgeist wraps its sixth season Tuesday amid an unknown future. Creator Liz Meriwether is already hard at work on another comedy pilot for the network. The Zooey Deschanel-led series has already begun to tie up loose ends just in case, including revealing Schmidt’s first name in the penultimate episode. Look for an interview with Meriwether about the finale with THR‘s Michael O’Connell.
Prison Break Returns, 9 p.m., Tuesday
The prison drama was always known for its insane plot twists and turns, but the biggest surprise yet might be the show’s improbable nine-episode revival. Eight years after leaving the airwaves, Prison Break returns with creator Paul Scheuring and most of the gang back in tow. So how will the writers resurrect Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) from his apparent death in the season four finale? And will the revival leave things open for more episodes? Check out Wigler’s interview with the producers about what to expect as well as Robert Knepper about his return, in addition to full coverage on Live Feed.
Homeland Wraps Season 6, 9 p.m., Sunday
Once again, Homeland has managed to stay in step with the rapidly changing news cycle in season six. Ahead of the Emmy-winning best drama series’ sixth-season finale, O’Connell talked with showrunner Alex Gansa about fake news, other timely tweaks and the endgame as it heads into its already announced seasons seven and eight. “We’re trying to figure out how to bring this show in for a landing,” Gansa tells THR. Look for more finale coverage from THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg.
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