From a supermodel holding court to a fond farewell for David and Alexis, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer – Sunday, April 5, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m, CNN
Magnolia PicturesThe National Enquirer built its rep on offering readers nonstop stories about the famous and the infamous, having broken many scandals over their 60-plus years of publication. Now director Mark Landsman reveals the rag's own scandalous story.
2. World on Fire on Masterpiece – Sunday, April 5, 6 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., WTVS; 9 p.m., KCTS | Series Premiere
PBSWe’re all used to seeing Helen Hunt make with the funny, thanks to her years on Mad About You. But the actress can do drama with the best of them, as you’ll see in PBS’s latest period piece. The seven-part series kicks off in 1939, at the start of the Second World War, exploring those iconic events from the perspective of various ordinary people faced with extraordinary choices. One of those average folks is Nancy Campbell (Hunt), an American journalist reporting from Berlin.
3. Chrissy's Court – Monday, April 6, Quibi | Series Premiere
QuibiNeed another reason to subscribe to this new snack-size streaming service? We’ve got two words for you: Chrissy Teigen. For years, the supermodel’s fans have appreciated her musings on social media, and now we can enjoy that wit and intellect in a new, very unexpected format.
Following in the footsteps of Judy Sheindlin before her, Teigen is ready to preside over an eclectic array of small-claims cases as a small-screen judge. Yup, someone gave this gal a gavel and the power to make actual, legally binding decisions, which she will do in each episode of this five-minute series. There’s no word on whether hubby John Legend will be making any guest appearances, but we can look forward to some repartee between Teigen and her mom, Pepper Thai, who serves as bailiff.
4. Schitt's Creek – Tuesday, April 7, 8 p.m., CBC | Series Finale
Facebook/Schitt's CreekThe journey of the once-wealthy Rose family concludes with tonight’s last-ever episode, which will be followed by the hour-long special Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell, offering fans an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the final season, including interviews with cast and the show’s celebrity fans.
5. Modern Family – Wednesday, April 8, 9 p.m., Global & ABC | Series Finale
GlobalEleven years ago, when producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd co-created a comedy about a complex clan consisting of a nuclear, step and same-sex family, Levitan’s greatest concern was that the premise would fall flat. “[I worried] that for whatever reason, what we thought was so funny, the world wouldn’t think was so funny,” he says.
It wasn’t that he didn’t love the idea of a father (Ed O’Neill) married to a much younger, immigrant wife (Sofía Vergara) with a son (Rico Rodriguez) from a previous marriage; his daughter (Julie Bowen) and her traditional just-trying-to-get-through-the-chaos-of-our-lives family with a dorky husband (Ty Burrell) and three children; and his gay son (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) about to become a first-time father with his partner (Eric Stonestreet). Rather, as the creator of a few shortlived sitcoms, Levitan was just bracing for the worst. “Part of the thing, when creating a show, is that in order to survive that horrific process—which it often is because you need to break hearts and you need to go through so many disappointments—you have to fall in love with whatever it is you are doing,” says Levitan. “You think it’s great. But man, you just don’t know.”
Not only did the mockumentary about the Pritchett clan’s hilarious antics work, it became an international success that Levitan now likens to capturing lightning in a bottle. “It so rarely happens that the right characters are created, the right actors come along to play those characters and then the right writers come along to help bring those characters to life and further deepen those relationships,” he says. “It’s an incredible alchemy of elements coming together.”
6. Transplant – Wednesday, April 8, 9:01 p.m., CTV
CTVThis week on CTV’s hit doctor drama, a language barrier with a patient puts Bash and Mags to the test, just as Bash and his little sis Amira are grappling with yet another harsh reality of refugee life. Elsewhere, June makes up her mind about Lou, and Theo gets a surprise visitor at home.
7. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Wednesday, April 8, 10:01 p.m., ABC
ABCWho Wants to Be a Millionaire returns to its roots while also updating itself as it begins a new ABC run. It has a notable new host: Jimmy Kimmel, who was a guest contestant earlier and now welcomes other celebrities to play for charity by giving a “final answer” to multiple-choice questions... and viewers can also play, via a newly added app that will let them try for the same amount of money won by the stars.
8. Total Bellas – Thursday, April 9, 6 p.m., E! | Season Premiere
E! CanadaSeason five of this wrestlin’ reality show is set to be a family affair (even more so than usual), as pile-driving sisters Nikki and Brie Bella have confirmed they’re both pregnant, and are on more or less the same timeline to give birth to the next generation of brawlin’ Bellas. But more than that, as we pick back up, the ladies are intent on reconnecting with their family, given that they’re penning a memoir. Yet as they attempt to learn more about their father and their Mexican-American heritage, they also fret over how these sorts of questions might affect their mother. Meanwhile, Nikki’s pro-dancer baby-daddy Artem finds out he won’t be returning for the new season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, prompting her to help him explore new career options.
As for Brie and Bryan, they’ll just soldier on, navigating relationship pitfalls while caring for their firstborn, Birdie, and balancing their busy careers.
Also in store over these next 10 episodes: a romantic Parisian proposal and mixed feelings about pregnancy from at least one of our two Divas.
9. Brews Brothers – Friday, April 10, Netflix | Series Premiere
NetflixBlood is thicker than water, or so the cliché goes, but is it thicker than beer? Well, that remains to be seen, but over the course of the first season of Brews Brothers, viewers may very well find out. The series stars Alan Aisenberg as Wilhelm Rodman, owner of XXXtreme Rodman’s Brewery, located in Van Nuys, California, and home to such signature brews as Rodman’s Stiff Stout, the Perfect Head Porter and the Rod Guzzler. (For some reason, there’s a bit of confusion when people first spot the sign as to what kind of establishment this is. Go figure!)
Wilhelm runs the place with the help of Chuy (Marques Ray), who’s constantly trying to get away with as much as possible behind his boss’ back, and Sarah (Carmen Flood), who’s constantly stopping Chuy from getting away with anything.
What neither Sarah nor Chuy knows, however, is that Wilhelm has a brother, Adam (Mike Castle), who’s been fascinated by beer and the making of it since childhood. Even though Wilhelm learned his trade from Adam, the two became estranged after jointly entering a beer-making contest as teens, where Wilhelm switched out Adam’s entry for his own. Now, however, Adam’s back in the pitcher (so to speak), and just in time, too, because XXXtreme Rodman’s is seriously struggling.
Will the two bros manage to put their personal problems aside to create a top-notch brew? As if we’d spoil it for you. After all, getting there is half the fun... and all of the funny! So go ahead—kick back and enjoy a few Brews.
10. Magnum, P.I. – Friday, April 10, 9 p.m., CTV & CBS
CTVIt’s been on hiatus since the end of January, but now that Hawaii Five-0 has vacated that 9 p.m. Friday timeslot, the titular P.I. and his crew of misfits are coming off the bench for the back half of their second season. Tune in this week for an episode somewhat ominously titled “Say Hello to Your Past.”