From acclaimed Canadian comedy to an anticipated Kardashian return, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. American Idol – Sunday, March 22, 8 p.m., CTV2 & ABC
CTV2The auditions are over, the William Hungs have been briefly indulged and ruthlessly discarded—so now, it’s time to start getting serious with Hollywood Week. Here, our would-be Idols have the chance to convince Katy, Lionel and Luke that they deserve to compete in the live votes slated for the weeks to come.
In order to win over these discerning superstars, they’ll have to partner up and perform some show-stopping duets, which adds a whole new layer of intrigue to this iconic sing-off.
2. The Simpsons – Sunday, March 22, 8 p.m., City & Fox
CitytvIt’s taken 30 years, but Maggie is finally going to preschool, freeing up Marge’s days considerably. So she gets a job at a weed dispensary, which indirectly inspires Homer to start a rival canna-business.
3. Curb Your Enthusiasm – Sunday, March 22, 9 p.m. & 12:15 a.m., HBO Canada | Season Finale
HBO CanadaLarry David wraps up season 10 by putting the focus on this year’s recurring plot point: the coffee shop he started exclusively out of spite. Will tonight mark the ignominious end of the Spite Store. . . or perhaps, just the beginning?
4. Flatliners – Tuesday, March 24, 8 p.m., Starz 2
Obsessed with the afterlife, med student Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) talks four classmates (Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, William Baldwin, Julia Roberts) into a secret experiment: they’ll take turns stopping each other’s hearts to peek beyond the veil. Alas, when they come back, they’re not alone.
5. Schitt’s Creek – Tuesday, March 24, 9 p.m., CBC
CBCFor a show to garner four Emmy nominations in its fifth year—a nod for Best Comedy among them—is an event virtually unheard of in series television, but when it comes to Schitt’s Creek, the unexpected has become the norm.
Initially a fish-out-of-water sitcom about a rich family forced to retreat to the unfortunately named small town they purchased decades earlier as a joke, the Roses evolved from spoiled brats into valued community members, maturing into better, more emotionally aware (though still hilarious and infinitely quirky) people. As the Roses grew, and amassed an equally eclectic collective around them, their global popularity soared.
6. This Is Us – Tuesday, March 24, 9 p.m., CTV & NBC | Season Finale
CTVRelatable though it may often be, This Is Us is a show very much built on BIG twists. Which means that, as the seasons roll on, the ante must continually be upped.
That in mind, let us just say: “Kudos, writers, for that season-four premiere a couple months back!” titled “Strangers,” the episode took us into the future, slyly introducing Kate and Toby’s grown-up, rock star son (Blake Stadnik). Alas, as the season progressed, we didn’t actually spend all that much time with grown-up Jack. However, now that we know this week’s finale is called “Strangers: Part Two,” we can’t help but wonder: could he be due for an encore?
7. The Oland Murder – Wednesday, March 25, 9 p.m., CBC | Series Finale
CBCFrom the day that 69-year-old Canadian multimillionaire Richard Oland, vice president of family business Moosehead Brewery, was found violently murdered in his office, the Oland family spoke to no media. “That was a decision they made,” says documentary filmmaker Deborah Wainwright. “It was like they said, ‘Head down, we’re just going to get through this.’” Even as one of their own—Richard’s son Dennis—was charged and convicted of the murder, the family kept quiet. But now, for the first time in eight years, the Olands are opening up about their tragedy, in a documentary series that follows Dennis Oland through the 2019 retrial that would ultimately set him free. The program airs its fourth and final episode this week.
8. Keeping Up With the Kardashians – Thursday, March 26, 5 p.m., E! | Season Premiere
E!Sunday nights will never be the same now that the Kardashian dynasty is moving to a new timeslot for the first time in... well, forever. But as we all gear up for the 18th season, that’s the least of our worries.... given the recent promos.
This year seems like it could be the most dramatic to date, as Kim and Kourtney seemingly come to actual, physical blows—with Kourtney throwing a water bottle at Kim and Kim hitting her sister in the face. Whether it’s all just a put-on for the cameras or not remains to be seen, but the sisters have had a lot of public squabbles leading up to this season—which is also rumoured to be Kourtney’s last on the show. We can’t really blame her, given how much of her life she’s lived in the unforgiving scrutiny of the spotlight, or the fact that she’s supposedly had some squabbles with Khloé as well recently. Word has it, the ladies have since worked things out (don’t forget that these theatrics film months in advance)... but don’t let that stop you from being scintillated.
9. Making the Cut – Friday, March 27, Amazon Prime Video | Series Premiere
Amazon Prime VideoAfter years of working together, and creating the fashion phenomenon that is Project Runway, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn felt restless within their gilded cage. “To be honest, for many, many years, our hands were tied because our imagination was bigger than what we were allowed to do or could do,” says Klum. “And when everything kind of fell apart, and the show was going to a different owner again, I was like, ‘OK, either we’re going to go back there and it’s gonna be same old, same old, or this is the opportunity to jump ship.’ So I called Tim and I said, ‘Do you wanna jump with me?’” Gunn didn’t hesitate. “We jumped together,” he says.
Equating their new endeavour to a Ph.D. program for their previous show, Making the Cut takes what the duo does best—mentoring and judging 12 up-and-coming fashion designers—and elevates it to a global scale. With their producing partner Amazon, Klum and Gunn aren’t just making entertainment—the winner of each episode will be able to sell their collection on Amazon Fashion right after the show airs. “Finally our audience can shop. It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” says Klum. “That was never possible before. You see something, you want it, but you can’t have it. Here, you have a winning look every week and people can buy it around the world. It’s a real future for this winner.”
10. Uncorked – Friday, March 27, Netflix
NetflixIn this Netflix film, a young man (Mamoudou Athie) is torn between his dream of becoming a master sommelier and the expectations of his father (NCIS star Courtney B. Vance) that he’ll take over the family-run barbecue business. Niecy Nash (Claws) and Matt McGorry (Orange Is the New Black) also star.