From reality TV's royal family to new wave teen witches, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Call the Midwife – Sunday, March 31, 5 p.m. & 10 p.m. WTVS; 8 p.m., KCTS I Season Premiere
The Midwives are back for an eighth season of birth, death and historically significant happenings. We pick up in the spring of 1964, as anticipation builds for the new royal baby. Meanwhile, the nuns have a much anticipated arrival of their own, as Trixie (Helen George) is back in the fold following a stay in rehab, exorcizing her personal demons.
But while Nonnatus House is starting to feel like it’s back to normal following untimely deaths and painful goodbyes, the women, as ever, still face tribulations ahead; this season, they come in the form of an interracial adoption, a cleft palate, sickle cell anemia, and, in tonight’s premiere, a difficult “multiple birth” and a “shocking” case that shows up unexpectedly. Meanwhile, when Monica Joan’s (Judy Parfitt) dementia takes a turn for the worse, her fellow Sisters rally around her.
2. Keeping Up With the Kardashians – Sunday, March 31, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m., E! I Season Premiere
"It’s a full-time job warding off the negative people,” Kim Kardashian tells husband Kanye West in the trailer for this week’s premiere. “I’m not going to be nice.”
That quote pretty much sums up the entire 16th season of the reality show that took the genre in a bold/utterly harrowing new direction. The naughtiness to come includes everything from West’s unfailingly unpredictable antics and Kim’s latest brand-expanding ventures, to the oh-so-public strife involving Khloé Kardashian and her promiscuous Canadian boyfriend Tristan Thompson.
3. Canadian Screen Awards – Sunday, March 31, 8 p.m., CBC
In what feels like the longest awards season in history, Canada has once again saved the best for last with the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards, airing this weekend.
With a lengthy roster of nominees, which include numerous favourites and a few head-scratchers, one group of guys will be waiting calmly for their names to be announced. And that’s because the beloved, influential members of The Kids in the Hall are being given the Academy Icon Award.
4. Veep – Sunday, March 31, 9:30 p.m. & 1 a.m., HBO Canada I Season Premiere
Seven years after we first met Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), whose ascent on Capitol Hill often seemed more down to dumb (some might say idiotic) luck than skill, we see her take one last stab at the American presidency with the help of her trusty (if horribly dysfunctional) team. But can our protagonist finally break through the glass ceiling? “I’m just going to point out that I believe the quote is, ‘She took a dump on the glass ceiling,’” quips showrunner David Mandel.
Consider it noted.
5. The Walking Dead – Sunday, March 31, 6 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m. & Midnight, AMC I Season Finale
Season nine wraps with Alexandria, Hilltop and the rest of the anti-Whisperer coalition still recovering from an “overwhelming loss,” while also bracing for a nasty blizzard and contending with an enemy hidden amongst them.
6. The Twilight Zone – Monday, April 1, CBS All Access; Thursday 9 p.m. & 10 p.m., City I Series Premiere
One of the most enduring series from television’s “Golden Age” took viewers to “a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity... the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge.”
Those words, spoken by Rod Serling, opened each episode of The Twilight Zone, which will be revived (again!) by Get Out director Jordan Peele.
7. Top Chef Canada – Monday, April 1, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m., Food I Season Premiere
Canada’s hottest kitchen competition is back for another season of Quickfires and Eliminations, showcasing the best that our home and native culinary scene has to offer. 11 new competitors are entering the fray this year from all across the country, and a massive twist awaits them in the premiere: an “In-Cook” challenge. The task cedes the kitchen to three additional chefs who hope to enter the competition as the 12th contestant, but in order to do so they must first cook for their lives and impress the other 11 competitors, as the tables are turned and they become the judges. It very much sets the tone for a high-steaks season. (Wordplay!)
8. Steve Jobs: One Last Thing – Monday, April 1, 10 p.m., KCTS
He was already a legend before his death, and his rep has only continued to grow, but despite forever changing the way we work, play and communicate, Steve Jobs was a complicated man, one who wasn’t the easiest to get along with, whether you were friend, family or employee. In this 2011 doc, viewers are afforded a peek into Jobs’ life via interviews with the people closest to him, including Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne, and Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs to Steve Wozniak—the McCartney to his Lennon. Most intriguingly, the film includes a rarely seen interview with Jobs himself.
9. This Is Us – Tuesday, April 2, 9 p.m., CTV & NBC I Season Finale
We’ve had a rough few episodes heading into this week’s season ender, but if star Chrissy Metz is to be believed, this instalment may just be the one to break us. “There are a couple of things that happened that I was devastated reading,” she told Popsugar. “It will absolutely be shocking and heartbreaking.”
10. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Friday, April 5, Netflix I Season Premiere
Sabrina may have reluctantly signed her name in the Dark Lord’s book to save Greendale, but she’s far from ready to bow down to the Satanic patriarchy. In season two, our teen spell-caster quickly clashes with Father Blackwood by running for a historically male position at the Academy of Unseen Arts, before questioning a command from the devil himself.