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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.
Freakish Strikes Again, Wednesday, 3:01 a.m.
The streamer teams with AwesomenessTV once again for season two of the younger-skewing series. The new batch of episodes, which will all be released Wednesday, center on the group of Kent High School students still trapped inside by the deadly explosion. This time around, relationships will be tested when new survivors arrive.
Hulu Revisits Brilliant but Canceled Dana Carvey Show, Saturday, 3:01 a.m.
Remember that time Dana Carvey, Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Bob Odenkirk all worked together on a TV show? No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Too Funny to Fail aims to change that by interviewing the stars and writers of Carvey’s self-titled sketch show, which ran on ABC for seven episodes in 1996 before it was pulled from the air and the talented group disbanded to find stardom and acclaim elsewhere. In this documentary, the team looks back at the show’s disastrous run and its continued standing as a cult favorite in the years since.
The Late George Michael Gets the Docu Treatment, Saturday, 9 p.m.
Showtime shines a spotlight on the “Freedom” singer with help from Michael himself. The two-time Grammy winner narrates the film, which looks at his entire music career and was filmed before his sudden death in December 2016. Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden and Tony Bennett are among those interviewed for the doc, which includes the reunion of the five supermodels featured in Michaels’ famed David Fincher-directed “Freedom” video talking about the experience for the first time.
Outlander Gets Supersized for Steamy Reunion, Sunday, 8 p.m.
After first bringing Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) back together two weeks ago, at which point the latter promptly fainted, Outlander goes all in on the Print Shop reunion made famous in the third book of the series. The 74-minute episode goes back in time to tell the reunion from Jamie’s perspective before moving into the, ahem, steamier material (at least if the first look photo is any indication). Check back after the episode to read what the stars and producers have to say about the eagerly anticipated installment and what comes next.
The Walking Dead Steps Up to the Plate for Season 8, Sunday, 9 p.m.
Following the season-three finale of spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, the flagship drama returns. Based the Robert Kirkman comics of the same name, the new episodes will see Rick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) go head-to-head in a “righteous battle,” as showrunner Scott M. Gimple told THR in April. As previously hinted in the season-eight trailer, look for a major time jump ahead to after the war with Negan. Behind the scenes, season eight also comes with three new series regulars and the highly anticipated 100th episode. Check back to THR for extensive series coverage.
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