From a brand new Idol to a series swan song, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. The 2018 Billboard Music Awards – Sunday, May 20, 5 p.m., CTV & NBC
NBCThis week, Kelly Clarkson settles into a new role: that of host for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. The artists she’ll be sharing the stage with include top nomination-earners Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, who all racked up 15 nods each. Performers for the evening will include British synth-pop star Dua Lipa, former Fifth Harmony songstress Camila Cabello and Canada’s own velvet-voiced heartthrob Shawn Mendes, with more to be announced in the days leading up to showtime.
2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Sunday, May 20, 8:30 p.m., City & Fox | Season Finale
CityAfter a considerable amount of build-up, Jake and Amy’s wedding day has finally arrived... or has it? As always seems to be the case in both sitcoms and cop dramas, the couple’s nuptials are in danger
of interruption, but the other members of the 99 jump in to try and keep
the ceremony on track. Meanwhile, Terry suggests a new love interest for Rosa (played by Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez) and Holt can’t bring himself to open the email that will reveal whether he’s the new police commissioner or not.
3. Family Guy – Sunday, May 20, 9 p.m., City & Fox | Season Finale
CityPeter Griffin quite literally finds God in tonight’s season-16 finale, as the drunken oaf winds up in a coma, which leads to an enlightening Q&A with the Almighty, delving into “some of life’s tough questions.” Somehow, we don’t think Peter’s “tough questions” will rise to this heavenly occasion.
4. Dancing With the Stars – Monday, May 21, 8 p.m., City & ABC | Season Finale
CityAfter a few short weeks of two-stepping and twirling, the latest season comes to a close. Arguably it’s been the most fiercely contested yet, thanks to an incredible roster made up entirely of athletes, which should make tonight’s final battle for the Mirror Ball Trophy a sight to behold.
5. American Idol – Monday, May 21, 9 p.m., CTV2 & ABC | Season Finale
CTV2The jury may still be out on how this
revamped version of the show, with
judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel
Richie at the judges’ table, stacks up
against American Idol classic, but we
know one person who’ll call it a smashing
success—whoever is crowned winner in this week’s finale.
6. Frontline – Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m. & 12:30 a.m., WTVS; 10 p.m., KCTS
PBSFrontline teams up with the
BBC to explore the downfall of Harvey Weinstein, looking into the Hollywood producer’s history of sexual misconduct and how exactly he silenced his accusers.
7. Roseanne – Tuesday, May 22, 7:30 p.m., CTV; 8 p.m., ABC | Season Finale
CTVWe live in an era of reboots and revivals. It’s a phenomenon that’s touched cable channels and streaming services, but especially the major broadcast networks, which have been looking to stem the tide of falling ratings by bringing back proven hits of the past. Many of them—like The X-Files on Fox and Will & Grace on NBC—have been modest successes. But none hold a candle to Roseanne, which, upon its return this past March, instantly resumed its place as one of the most-watched shows on TV, 20 years after it first left the airwaves. Over the course of this new nine-part season, the gritty, politically engaged sitcom has maintained that impressive viewership, leading ABC to order 13 more episodes, set to air next year.
For now, we bid adieu to the Conner family in an episode that finds Darlene reigniting her passion for writing, while Dan is forced to make a tough decision in light of Roseanne’s worsening knee problems.
8. The Middle – Thursday, May 24, 8:30 p.m., City & ABC | Series Finale
ABCThe Middle has reached the end. The quirky family comedy that has been a staple of the ABC
lineup for nine seasons—thus tying
star Patricia Heaton’s earlier tenure on Everybody Loves Raymond—concludes its run with an hour-long finale this Tuesday. Though the show is destined to live on in repeats, it’s the end of an era for fans who have made the sitcom a quietly enduring hit.
9. Empire – Wednesday, May 23, 8 p.m., Chek & Fox | Season Finale
FoxLucious makes a big decision
that will affect the future of both
his family and his company in
this week’s fourth-season finale. Meanwhile, Cookie digs up a nugget from her past that could give her the upper hand in dealing with Eddie (Forest Whitaker).
10. Hollywood Game Night – Thursday, May 24, 9 p.m., NBC
NBCMultiple-Emmy-winning Glee alum Jane Lynch hosts a special edition of Hollywood Game Night during an NBC evening tied to the international Red Nose Day fundraising campaign Thursday, May 24th.
Eight celebrities—Kelly Clarkson, Jack Black, Chelsea Handler, Wedding Crashers star Isla Fisher, comedian Sarah Silverman, Saturday Night Live veteran Sasheer Zamata, Cedric the Entertainer and Will & Grace star/Hollywood Game Night producer Sean Hayes—are divided into two teams competing for winnings that will go to Red Nose Day-related charities.