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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.
Premiere Week Kicks Off With Young Sheldon, Monday, 8:30 p.m.
The pint-size Big Bang Theory prequel premieres immediately following the mothership’s season 11 premiere. Speaking of Big Bang, will Amy say yes? Check back for full coverage of both comedies from THR‘s Lesley Goldberg. CBS also launches a rebooted Kevin Can Wait (with Leah Remini instead of Erinn Hayes) and the Bobby Moynihan Boyhood-type comedy Me, Myself and I. At 10:30 p.m., Jordan Klepper takes a stand for The Opposition with his new post-Daily Show Comedy Central series.
This Is Us Returns and Law & Order Tackles the Menendez Case, Tuesday, 9 p.m.
The beloved NBC family drama makes its highly anticipated return for season two as questions about, yup, just how Papa Pearson bit the bullet. At 10 p.m., Law & Order gets into the anthology business with the first season of True Crime, led by four-time Emmy winner Edie Falco. Will viewers dig into the Menendez brothers’ case the way they did O.J.’s? Check back to Live Feed after the premiere episodes for postmortems with the drama’s creative teams.
Tribal Council Reconvenes on Survivor 35, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
The long-running CBS reality series books a return trip to Fiji for Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. Before Wednesday’s premiere, get the lowdown on the new players here, and get host Jeff Probst’s skinny on what to expect. Over on Fox, Empire debuts in its new 8 p.m. time slot as part of a crossover with fellow Lee Daniels music drama Star. On NBC, Dick Wolf’s Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. return with new showrunners and a few cast additions. Return to Live Feed after their respective season premieres for postmortems with THR‘s Kate Stanhope.
Will & Grace (and Jack and Karen) Stage a Comeback, Thursday, 9 p.m.
Eleven years after going off the air, the beloved foursome (as well as series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan) return to NBC’s Thursday night lineup with a second season already greenlighted. Chicago Fire kicks off its sixth season on its new night at 10 p.m. to resolve that potentially fatal finale cliffhanger. Check back after for a postmortem on who made it out alive and what’s to come with THR‘s Kate Stanhope. ABC launches (part of its) TGIT lineup with the returns of Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder.
Larry David Strikes Again on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sunday, 10 p.m.
Will & Grace isn’t the only comedy making its long-awaited return. After a six-year break, Larry David & Co. return to HBO for season nine for a season that producers say viewers will “never expect where it ends.” In addition to returning faces like Richard Lewis and Ted Danson, look for new guest stars including Lauren Graham, Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel and, yes, Judge Judy herself, Judith Sheindlin. On ABC, Kyra Sedgwick stages her small-screen return as a TV showrunner whose daughter goes missing in dark ABC drama Ten Days in the Valley. Check back for postmortems on both.
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