From Miranda Lambert's big night to Olivia Pope's big farewell, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Walking Dead – Sunday, April 15, 6:00 p.m., 9:17 p.m., 10:27 p.m. & 12:44 a.m., AMC | Season Finale
Whenever we hear the word “finale” in conjunction with this skull-splitting zombie drama, it’s hard not to conjure up images of death, viscera and utter carnage; it’s what the show has conditioned us for over the course of these last seven-plus seasons. We can’t say for certain that the eighth-season finale will serve up more of the same—after all, ever since the death of Carl, the writers have been teasing the possibility of a peaceful end to this “all-out war” with the Saviors.
But whether we’re in for a reconciliation or yet another barbed-wire bat bludgeoning, star Norman Reedus promises this episode will be a humdinger.
“There are four things that happen that could be the finale, and they all go off at once at the same time,” the actor told Entertainment Weekly. “They head in different directions, and they’re all individually
as good as the next,
and they’re all very, very satisfying. I like that about it. I like that it’s not just one person’s story. There are probably four, maybe five different directions that the show could’ve ended on and it went in all of them.”
2. Fear the Walking Dead – Sunday, April 15, 7:10 p.m. & 11:37 p.m., AMC | Season Premiere
AMCThe new season of this prequel to The Walking Dead finally brings fans the long-awaited character crossover they’ve been calling out for when Madison (Kim Dickens) and the rest of the survivors encounter The Walking Dead’s Morgan Jones (Lennie James), who offers some sage advice when he tells her, “You should leave now. It’s not gonna work out how you think.”
3. 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards – Sunday, April 15, 8 p.m., CBS
CBSSetting records at the Academy of Country Music Awards is a tradition for Miranda Lambert... and she may be about to do it again.
Named Female Vocalist of the Year at each of the past eight galas, the famously fiery singer-songwriter might make it nine with one of her four nominations in tonight’s event at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Reba McEntire will host the
show, in which Lambert could
add even more to her record ACM
take of 29 awards (tying her with Brooks & Dunn) if she wins
Song of the Year as both performer and a writer of “Tin Man” and/or Video of the Year for “We Should Be Friends.”
4. Chance – Monday, April 16, 7:00 p.m., Bravo | Series Finale
BravoFor two gripping seasons, this dark drama has followed troubled neuropsychiatrist Dr. Eldon Chance (Hugh Laurie, House) on a harrowing journey after his involvement with an even-more troubled patient (Gretchen Mol, Boardwalk Empire) leads to a downward spiral. In the series finale, Chance and D (Ethan Suplee) return to San Francisco to attend to some unfinished business.
5. The Honeymoon Stand-up Special – Tuesday, April 17, Netflix
NetflixYou know what’s funny? When two comedians get married. Double the sex jokes, double the shopping jokes, double the hilarity!
In the case of Natasha Leggero (best known for Downton Abbey spoof Another Period) and her fellow standup/life partner Moshe Kasher, there’s certainly no question that they’ve got the goods to bring lots of laughs, and they’re proving it with this trio of specials, wherein they discuss family, relationships and that sort of thing. As it happens, the couple got married back in late 2015, so the honeymoon’s technically over, right? Wrong.
“All you have to do is keep travelling and you can call it
a honeymoon,” Kasher told Splitsider in May 2016. “I think that’s what works. So we decided to go to our favourite destinations on the West Coast to see how long we can squeeze this thing.”
6. America's Next Top Model – Thursday, April 19, 7:00 p.m., Bravo | Season Finale
E!The illustrious return of host Tyra Banks has certainly added a spark to this second non-CW season of the venerable catwalk clash. Now it’s down to her and judges Drew Elliott, Law Roach and Ashley Graham to pick a winner, making the dream come true for one wannabe model.
7. Scandal – Thursday, April 19, 10:00 p.m., ABC | Series Finale
ABCEven after seven seasons of twists and turns, Scandal still has some tricks left up its sleeve.
But it had better play them fast. The ABC drama about the lives, loves and ... yes, scandals of power players in Washington, D.C., airs its last-ever episode this week.
After a relatively modest start in the ratings back in 2012, a legion of ravenous fans turned the series into a bona fide hit, powered largely by discussions of the show’s signature mind-blowing plot twists on social media; and though the viewership has ebbed and flowed in response to those aforementioned twists and turns (which have often proved quite polarizing), many of them are sure to tune in to see whether crisis-management expert Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington, in her career-launching role) gets to live happily ever after.
And that is no guarantee, given the exceedingly dark, high-stakes path she’s been on this last season.
8. Dude – Friday, April 20, Netflix
Writer/director Olivia Milch made Indiewire’s list of “Screenwriters to Watch” back in 2014, and a contributor at the site described the script for Dude as “a Fast Times at Ridgemont High-style comedy about four female friends.” Netflix’s official description adds that the girls “negotiate loss and major life changes in the last two weeks of high school.”
The friends in question are played by Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars), Kathryn Prescott (Finding Carter), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Awkwafina (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), and their relationship was inspired by the one Milch had with her own pals back in the day.
9. Kodachrome – Friday, April 20, Netflix
NetflixAs the era of developing rolls of film breathes its last gasp, a record company exec (Jason Sudeikis) must reunite with his estranged, terminally ill photographer father (Ed Harris) on a road trip in order to develop his final rolls of Kodachrome film. Elizabeth Olsen also stars in this bittersweet dramedy.
10. will.i.am – Landmarks Live in Concert – Friday, April 20, 8:00 p.m., WTVS & 10 p.m., KCTS
PBSwill.i.am is best known
for super group The Black Eyed Peas. But here he’s branching out for a special edition of this PBS’s Great Performances, live from Royal Albert Hall. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith serves as host.