Get ready for the season finales of ‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ and the possible series finale of ‘Fargo.’
Welcome to This Week in TV. In a bid to help you prioritize among all the events, premieres, big episodes and finales, The Hollywood Reporter‘s eagle-eyed TV team every Monday will take a closer look at what to expect from the week ahead — and provide helpful links and context for each. Here’s a handy primer for the events that will likely take over the headlines in the week ahead.
Finales Galore, Monday-Sunday
This week will see such critical darlings as Better Call Saul (AMC), Fargo (FX), Veep (HBO) and Silicon Valley (HB0) wrap their current seasons. For Fargo, the episode might also serve as a series finale given FX chief John Landgraf’s recent comments, and Silicon Valley‘s finale will serve as a farewell for departing series regular T.J. Miller. Check back to Live Feed throughout the week for extensive postmortem coverage from THR‘s TV team.
The Carmichael Show Goes Uncensored, Wednesday, 9 p.m.
Jerrod Carmichael is known for pushing the envelope season after season on his NBC sitcom, but Wednesday’s installment will once again test the boundaries of broadcast television when the critical darling airs the N-word uncensored six times. “Jerrod uses that word and has a real, I think, distinct attitude about it and about taking the power out of it and about why he uses it,” showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel recently told THR. “We knew that we wanted to explore that and bring different perspectives to that.” Check back to Live Feed for more on the episode from Carmichael.
Spike TV Enters The Mist, Thursday, 10 p.m.
The fortunes of the Viacom-owned cable channel have changed dramatically since the TV adaptation of the beloved Stephen King novella was first ordered. Fast-tracked to series in April 2016, the project is Spike’s first scripted series in a decade, and will also be its last, given that Spike TV is now set to be rebranded as Paramount Network in early 2018. In addition to exec producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, impressive talent on the show include Vikings alum Alyssa Sutherland, Six Feet Under‘s Frances Conroy and The Wire‘s Isiah Whitlock Jr. Keep an eye out for coverage from THR’s Josh Wigler.
Netflix Steps Into the GLOW Ring, Friday, midnight
Sure, everyone knows about the WWE, but Netflix’s latest dramedy takes a closer look at the ladies of wrestling, specifically the gorgeous ladies of wrestling. Based on the real-life 1980s syndicated women’s professional wrestling circuit, the Jenji Kohan-produced series stars Alison Brie as a struggling actress turned wrestler in the era of excess. The result? A series “worth stepping into the ring for,” according to THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg. Check back for more in-depth series coverage on Live Feed from THR‘s Jackie Strause.
Playing House Tackles the Big C, Friday, 11 p.m.
Nearly two years after wrapping its second season, the cult favorite USA comedy returns for season three with lots of new stories to tell. Co-creator and star Jessica St. Clair revealed her own recent battle with breast cancer in a heartfelt column on the Stand Up 2 Cancer website, and she and co-creator, star and her real-life BFF Lennon Parham also wrote about the experience in the upcoming season, in which St. Clair’s character receives the same diagnosis. After Friday’s linear premiere, USA Network will release the entire third season Saturday on VOD. St. Clair speaks to THR this week about writing her personal battle into the comedy.