From regal documentaries to country royalty, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song — Sunday, March 29, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m., WTVS; 9 p.m. KCTS
PBSAt age 58, country music superstar Garth Brooks is the youngest person in history to receive the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. In this ceremony, recorded in early March at Washington, D.C.’s Constitution Hall, Brooks not only performs some of his biggest hits, he invites a number of his contemporaries onstage to join him, and even perform solo. Artists include Trisha Yearwood (who is also his wife), Keith Urban, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Stapleton, Keb’ Mo’ and Lee Brice. “Now my name joins the likes of some of the greatest names in music history,” said Brooks when he accepted the award, “and it is my goal and my obligation to you who believe in me to live my life so that when it’s over people will look at this list of names and mine hopefully is not a surprise.”
2. The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty — Sunday, March 29, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., CNN
CNNThis docuseries about the most celebrated and documented family of the last century concludes. Having chronicled the Windsors’ journey from their Germanic roots to Queen Elizabeth II’s tentative early days on the throne to the PR fallout of Prince Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana, the final episode looks at the future of British royalty and all that entails.
3. Our Cartoon President — Sunday, March 29, 7:30 p.m., Crave1
CraveWith the Republican Party on the verge of dropping Cartoon Trump as their 2020 nominee, the Donald finds himself attempting the impossible: act like a normal president. Meanwhile, the opposition leadership—Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer—face a conundrum at the Democratic Convention.
4. Three Busy Debras — Sunday, March 29, 9 p.m. & Midnight, Adult Swim
Adult SwimThis quirky 15-minute comedy series chronicles the adventures of three busy suburban women, all of whom are named Debra. This is followed, at 9:15 p.m. and 12:15 a.m., by the premiere of fellow 15-minute series Beef House, the latest from Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
5. The Masked Singer — Wednesday, April 1, 8 p.m., CTV & Fox
CTVAs fans of this weird but addictive celebrity guessing game already know, season three has featured a bit of a format shift from the first two editions. This week's grand reveal of the "Super Nine" could well offer another shakeup as we hurtle toward the end game.
6. The Real Housewives of New York City — Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m., Slice | Season Premiere
SliceThe reality royalty of the Big Apple return for a 12th season, which means four things: binge-drinking, cat-fighting, inspiring moments of female friendship and... well, more binge-drinking. The cast looks a bit blonder this time around now that fan favourite Bethenny Frankel has oncet again departed (she’s heading over to forthcoming streamer HBO Max to host a reality competition, The Big Shot With Bethenny), but that shouldn’t detract from the watercooler-worthy dramatics. Indeed, the trailer is loaded with hot takes, from women falling off chairs, chugging oversized glasses of vodka, French-kissing their pooches and one explosive trip to Mexico. Oh, but that’s not all.
Peeing in a corn maze? Check. A heavy makeout session between two Housewives? Check. The ever-important new Housewife? Check, check and check! When the season debuts, Tinsley Mortimer’s pal Leah McSweeney joins the cast, and it doesn’t take long for her audacious personality to clash with Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan. Luann de Lesseps and Dorinda Medley round out the returning ensemble. Speaking of Dorinda? Like always, the other Housewives are quite worried about her—especially after she suffers a slew of breakdowns. No wonder Bethenny needed a little vacay.
7. Cursed Films — Thursday, April 2, Shudder | Series Premiere
ShudderSometimes the line between life and art gets blurred, as evidenced by this new series. Horror-centric streaming service Shudder delves into how shockers like Poltergeist and The Exorcist have been plagued by real-life “curses,” from on-set hauntings to actor fatalities.
8. How to Get Away With Murder — Thursday, April 2, 10 p.m., CTV2; 10:01 p.m., ABC
CTVThe Viola Davis-led legal potboiler comes to a close with its final batch of epitsodes. With Wes back in the mix, Connor and Michaela under arrest, and a flash-forward that rewrites the whole story, it should make for one heckuva ride.
9. Coffee & Kareem — Friday, April 3, Netflix
NetflixPolice officer James Coffee (Ed Helms) is dating Vanessa (Taraji P. Henson). Her 12-year-old son Kareem (Terrence Little Gardenhigh), however, tries to engineer their breakup by hiring some goons to take Coffee out. But when those crooks come after his family, kid and cop team up as reluctant partners.
10. Hawaii Five-0 — Friday, April 3, 9 p.m., Global & CBS | Series Finale
GlobalFor 10 years now, this colourful remake of the iconic 1968 series has become a Friday-night staple for CBS, anchored by explosive action, gorgeous Hawaiian scenery and classic buddy-cop repartee. Sadly, it’s case closed after tonight. The series was officially cancelled a few weeks ago, capping the total number of episodes at 240—just shy of the original’s 279. The move was a bit surprising, as Five-0 has been a consistent ratings performer and it seemed the network wanted to keep going, but both Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin’s contracts were up; more importantly, reports say that O’Loughlin just couldn’t physically do another season after suffering a back injury years ago on set, something that’s still causing him pain to this day.
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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness Netflix
Joseph Maldonado-Passage, known to customers of his Oklahoma roadside zoo as Joe Exotic, used to breed tigers. Carole Baskin, founder of the Big Cat Rescue Wildlife Sanctuary, regularly criticized Joe’s zoo for its treatment of animals. How did Joe allegedly try to remedy the situation? By paying a guy $3,000 to kill Baskin and promising to pay him more once she was dead. Again, this is allegedly... although it’s hard to call it that, really, when you add in the fact that this would-be hit man was actually working undercover for the FBI. If the Exotic name rings a bell, it’s because he also launched a presidential campaign in 2016, which may not have inspired change we can believe in, but did inspire a lot of chuckles amongst folks on YouTube.