From all-new house guests to Hollywood's biggest night, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. The Oscars 2018 – Sunday, March 4, 5 p.m., CTV & ABC
ABCLast year’s Academy Awards ceremony turned into a showstopper for all the wrong reasons when La La Land was declared the Best Picture of the year by presenter Faye Dunaway, only for the award recipients to arrive on stage and discover that a huge mistake had been made—she and co-presenter Warren Beatty had been handed the wrong envelope. After a swift course correction, indie drama Moonlight took home the year’s top pop-culture accolade, and host Jimmy Kimmel was tasked with cracking an impromptu joke about the snafu. This year, Kimmel returns to host the Academy Award’s 90th-anniversary gala for the second time in a row, and he’s literally prepared for anything. This year’s Best Picture nominees feature a mix of veteran auteurs like Guillermo del Toro, Paul Thomas Anderson and Steven Spielberg, and intriguing newcomers like Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele.
2. Divorce – Sunday, March 4, 9 p.m. & 1 a.m., HBO Canada | Season Finale
HBO CanadaAs the HBO dramedy wraps season two, Frances deals with the aftermath of her successful gallery opening, while Robert and Jackie prepare to take the next step with their real estate business. In other news, after Frances returns a favour, Diane goes on a bender, which culminates with an “eventful” party.
3. The Good Fight – Sunday, March 4, 10 p.m., W Network | Season Premiere
CBSThe first season of this Good Wife spinoff did an admirable job of resetting the table around Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), as the embattled lawyer was forced to start over at a new firm after falling victim to a Ponzi scheme. The show’s best asset proved to be its ensemble—a mix of new and familiar faces. Sadly, we’ll be losing one of those faces in season two, as co-star Erica Tazel (a.k.a. partner Barbara Kolstad) leaves the firm. Replacing her is Audra McDonald, who reprises her Good Wife role as Liz Lawrence—Alicia Florrick’s old college nemesis and Adrian Boseman’s (Delroy Lindo) ex-wife. As a newly minted partner, she promises to cause more than a little friction at Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad.
In other news, Good Wife comic relief Howard Lyman (Jerry Adler) drops by, and FBI agent Madeline Starkey (Jane Lynch) continues her pursuit of Maia (Rose Leslie), trying to connect the recently arrested young attorney to her dad’s financial fraud.
Amidst all the courtroom theatrics, this new season will also engage with
life in Trump’s America, each episode being titled after how many days the controversial president has been in office.
4. The Bachelor – Monday, March 5, 7 p.m., City; 8 p.m., ABC | Season Finale
CityWhen ABC announced that they had recruited long-time Bachelorette suitor Arie Luyendyk, Jr. to head up the latest season of its venerable dating competition series, some fans had to dig into their date books just to remember who the guy was. We mean, he seemed like a nice enough guy, but Bachelor material?
Yet now, heading into this week’s finale, it’s safe to say he’s made a mark on the franchise that’s a little more memorable. Between some of the eccentric ladies he’s had to contend with (hello, season “villain” Krystal Neilson) and the stunning locales he’s taken them on dates, it’s been a tumultuous, highly watchable few months of romance and broken hearts.
It all comes to a head as Arie makes his selection this week, before baring all on the reliably epic After the Final Rose special at 10:01 p.m.
5. Mister Rogers: It's You I Like – Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m., KCTS
PBS KidsTo celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Michael Keaton hosts a look back
at star Fred Rogers’ long-lasting television legacy, talking to cast members, celebrity fans and Rogers’ widow, Joanne.
6. Big Brother Canada – Wednesday, March 7, 7 p.m.; Thursday, March 8, 8 p.m., Global | Season Premiere
The cameras are ready, the microphones are hot and the slop is on. We’ve only just survived the Celebrity edition of Big Brother U.S., with its rambunctious crew of C-listers vying for reality-TV infamy, but now it’s time for the friendlier, Canadian version of the show to return. The sixth season kicks off with a two-night premiere airing on Wednesday and Thursday before adding Monday nights to its slate starting next week.
Once again, host Arisa Cox is ready to emcee all of the action from a secret home in Ontario, where a new group of strangers from across our fair country are partaking in this never-ending, exquisitely trashy social experiment.
7. Heathers – Wednesday, March 7, 7 p.m., 8 p.m. & 10 p.m., Paramount | Series Premiere
Swatch-dogs and Diet Coke-heads beware: you’re in for a tongue-lashing. When the movie starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty was released in the ’80s, it was something of a groundbreaker, with its biting wit and savvy evisceration of the era’s teen-centric dramas, quickly establishing itself as a cult classic.
This small-screenification of the beloved film stars Grace Victoria Cox as “nice girl” Veronica, who winds up on the wrong side of her high school’s popular clique (the trendsetting, terrifying “Heathers”) after her new-kid-in-town boyfriend (James Scully) unexpectedly drags them all down a “path of destruction.”
Watch for Doherty in a
key guest-starring role, while Hellboy’s Selma Blair and Happy Endings’ Casey Wilson also appear.
8. Life Sentence – Wednesday, March 7, 9 p.m., The CW | Series Premiere
In resuming series work after her career-launching turn on Pretty Little Liars, Lucy Hale is tasked with the complex role of a doomed young woman who gets the ultimate reprieve.
Premiering Wednesday, this seriocomic CW show casts her as cancer patient Stella… who suddenly learns she’s cured, putting a very different spin on decisions she made and situations she experienced when she thought she had only a limited amount
of time left. She also discovers secrets her loved ones had kept from her, such as the marital discord between her parents (Dylan Walsh, Gillian Vigman) her sister’s (Hale look-a-like Brooke Lyons) self-sacrifice and her brother’s (Jayson Blair) drug dealing. Indeed, unexpectedly cheating certain death is a joyful but complicated proposition—one that can be mined for chuckles as well as poignancy.
9. Jessica Jones – Thursday, March 8, Netflix | Season Premiere
There’s no denying Krysten Ritter has had a pretty interesting career thus far, with roles of all shapes and sizes to bite into. From her earlier days as Jesse Pinkman’s drug-addicted girlfriend on Breaking Bad to heading her own comedy series alongside James Van Der Beek on Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt 23, Ritter has proven that she’s a force to be reckoned with on both the comedic and dramatic side of things.
Despite that well-established versatility, she still took audiences by surprise with her complex leading role on this Marvel series, which paved the way for more honest conversations surrounding abuse and sexual assault on television. It’s been three years since the character and her poignant backstory first premiered, and a lot has changed since then. In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the series’ return couldn’t come at a better time, furthering the conversation with another nuanced, realistically messy portrayal of a woman dealing with life-changing trauma. Over the course of 13 new episodes (all of which have been directed by women), the narrative will go deeper into Jessica’s personal history as she recalls more painful memories and grapples with the events that led her to her powers in the first place, all while kicking butt, taking names and downing a whiskey or two.
10. Will & Grace – Thursday, March 8, 9 p.m., Global & NBC
NBCJennifer Lopez reprises her role from the show’s original run—yes, she played herself—but she’s doubling up this time to also play her character from gritty NBC cop show Shades of Blue. It should make for a... peculiar crossover.