From a Big Bang goodbye to a new Bachelorette, we round up the top 10 shows to watch this week
1. The Simpsons – Sunday, May 12, 8 p.m., City & Fox I Season Finale
CityWhen the power plant cuts healthcare benefits for employees’ children, Marge tries buying healing crystals to help with Bart’s ADD, and she’s surprised when they actually seem to work. Sensing a market, she starts selling to the other mothers at Springfield Elementary.
2. Family Guy – Sunday, May 12, 9 p.m., City & Fox I Season Finale
FoxPolitics can be a tough business. In fact, some might say it’s dog eat dog. Why is this remark relevant? Because this week Brian runs against Quagmire for mayor, obviously.
3. Veep – Sunday, May 12, 9:50 p.m. & 2:20 a.m., HBO Canada I Series Finale
HBOBig Bang isn’t the only iconic comedy taking a bow this week. After seven seasons, 17 Emmys (more to come, no doubt) and way too much delightfully creative profanity to keep a proper tally of, Selina Meyer’s pursuit of the presidency is about to reach its tragicomic end.
HBO’s all-time-great satire has always painted Selina and her staff as a gaggle of selfish, foul-mouthed power-grubbers ever teetering on the edge of personal and political ruin. But the writers have never been much for channelling the goings-on in real-life Washington... until this year. In recent weeks, Selina’s colluded with China, Jonah’s gone full Trump and Amy, our long-suffering pillar of professionalism, has flat-out become Kellyanne Conway. Now, as they all tumble ever further down the rabbit hole, the teaser offered by star Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the start of this final season looms large: “I’m not going to say that Selina evolves, except to say that she’s... as true to herself as she can possibly be by the time this season ends. I’ll leave it to you to determine whether or not that’s a good thing.”
4. The Bachelorette – Monday, May 13, 8 p.m., City & ABC I Season Premiere
ABCGear up, Bachelor Nation, because it’s time for a little spring fling. Tonight, Hannah Brown, First of Her Name, 15th Bachelorette, Breaker of Hearts, sets off down the rose-strewn path to true and lasting amour. “Alabama Hannah,” a refugee from the last season of The Bachelor, caused quite the divide among fans thanks to her self-proclaimed status as a “hot mess” before Colton Underwood eventually sent her home. While she was devastated at the time, Hannah’s licked her wounds and come back stronger than ever—ready to show the world that a fun country girl who isn’t afraid to be herself deserves someone who loves her with all that he’s got.
Guesting on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this past March, the former beauty queen explained: “My journey on The Bachelor was interesting. I definitely grew but I had my ups and downs. There were moments I did not think this would happen. But I think the reason I’m here is I was real. I was myself and I showed every side of myself,” she said. “I can’t wait to unleash ‘The Beast.’ I know I’m young, but I would not have gone on this show if I hadn’t really thought of this. [I’m looking for] just a good human. Good heart, kind, strong... but ultimately I want, at the end of this, for them to know me and every part of me, and not just some version of myself that I packaged together. The good and the bad, and I want that [from them] in return.”
5. MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown – Wednesday, May 15, 8 p.m., Fox
FoxIf television networks were to hand out MVP trophies, Gordon Ramsay pretty much has a lock on the honour of being named Fox’s most valuable player. Not only does the potty-mouthed celebrity chef host no less than four Fox shows, this week sees him helming a celebrity version of one of his hits, MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown.
This two-week extravaganza, airing over the next couple of Wednesdays, features a celebrity pairing up with either another celeb or one of their own family members, with these two-person teams facing off against each other in a series of culinary challenges, the winners earning donations for their favourite charities. Naturally, there are themes at play as to which celebs are pitted against each other, such as Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth battling it out, their respective daughters acting as sous chefs, as they’re challenged to whip up a meal using only the random ingredients they find in their refrigerators.
Fans of figure skating may be interested to see Johnny Weir (joined by his brother) face off against Tara Lipinski, assisted by her husband, as they compete to craft a delicious fish dish. Another pairing offers a Real Housewives-Jersey Shore crossover, with Lisa Vanderpump (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and daughter Pandora taking on Jersey girls Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley to replicate a recipe. Finally, two boxing legends come out swinging when Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya are tasked with recreating one of Ramsay’s own signature dishes, with each fighter assisted by his daughter.
6. Riverdale – Wednesday, May 15, 8 p.m., The CW I Season Finale
NetflixWe can probably all agree that the third season of this Archie Comics-inspired series has been a bit of a journey. On-screen: cults, bear attacks, Gargoyle Kings and Chad Michael Murray’s illustrious return to The CW. Behind the scenes: utter tragedy, as co-star Luke Perry died suddenly of a stroke midway through production. The ride comes to a close with tonight’s finale, and we’re sure it will set the tone for new mysteries and nemeses to come in the already-ordered fourth season, but we have to admit: we’re feeling slightly nostalgic for the show’s earlier days. You know, when it didn’t feel like everyone’s parents were two steps away from murdering one another’s kids and bizarre drug plots didn’t completely control the narrative. Then again, where would half these characters be without jingle jangle and fizzle rocks?
7. Survivor – Wednesday, May 15, 8 p.m., Global & CBS I Season Finale
GlobalAfter 38 seasons, we’ve gotten used to blindsides, backstabs, power plays and, um, unique culinary experiences. But somehow, this season of the genre-defining reality smash has managed to surpass our expectations yet again with returning players, immunity-rule rewrites and an intriguing second-chance twist that have all breathed new life into the show. Considering we’ve been watching for nearly two decades now, that’s quite the feat. It all wraps with this week’s finale, in which the remaining contestants put forth their cases for a million bucks in front of a jury of their ousted (and in many cases, royally ticked-off) peers. As always, stay tuned for the reunion show immediately after, in which the winner is announced and host Jeff Probst gives us some details on what to expect in the next season.
8. The Big Bang Theory – Thursday, May 16, 8 p.m., CTV & CBS I Series Finale
CTVAt the mere mention of her hit show ending, Kaley Cuoco starts fighting back tears. “I’m already losing it,” she says, stroking her lashes with her index fingers, in an attempt to keep the mascara from running. “These last few episodes have been really heartbreaking.”
After an impressive 12-year run, The Big Bang Theory is about to say its final goodbye, which since its announcement, no one has been letting the actors forget. The end of an era feels predictably bittersweet, says Kunal Nayyar, who portrays the sometimes verbally challenged astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. But the actor has been surprised by another emotion entirely: “Yes, there’s a real sadness about saying goodbye, but there’s also a lightness this season amongst all of us. The pressure is off,” he says. “There’s a lightness to our work, a real lightness to the writing and the chemistry we have between each other. It doesn’t feel like dog days ahead. It feels like, you know, ‘We’re not there yet.’”
9. The Good Fight – Thursday, May 16, 9 p.m., W Network I Season Finale
W NetworkThe tumultuous political situation down south is seeping into a lot of TV shows. But none have taken such direct aim at the Trump administration as The Good Fight, with the legal drama’s writers going so far this season as to have Diane Lockhart join an all-female underground resistance movement, inserting “Schoolhouse Rock”-style shorts in the middle of episodes to explain issues like data mining and impeachment, and introducing morally bankrupt attorney Roland Blum—a character directly inspired by Trump cronies Roger Stone and Roy Cohn, played with scenery-devouring gusto by the great Michael Sheen.
10. Meghan and Harry Plus One – Friday, May 17, 8 p.m., Global & CBS
CBSIn honour of Harry and Meghan’s one-year anniversary, CBS News’ Gayle King enlists a few experts and insiders to explore how Meghan Markle’s life has changed since she said “I do,” while also pondering the couple’s forthcoming li’l bundle o’ royalty—“the first British-American child to be in line for the throne.”