What to Watch: 05/13/2018

What a diff’rence two days makes! The saga of the 99th Precinct came to a close that has filled our editors with endless delight as NBC has picked up the smart and hilarious half-hour comedy starring Andy Samberg (and an ensemble nonpareil) and there will be a sixth season–could fictional peacock head of programming Kenneth the [Former] Page be involved to avenge Night Court‘s open ending. Meanwhile, HBO comedies are going into hibernation, PBS has a new Masterpiece, and our favorite family continues to struggle to find new stories, but in fairness, as of last month, it has had more episodes than any scripted series in history (take that, Gunsmoke!). There’s so much TV tonight, we’ve got five picks coming atcha.

NAVANI’S PICK:
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance [Lifetime, 8p]
The story of how Harry met Meghan. I’m selfishly watching to learn how single Americans can meet lads from across the pond with great accents. And yeah, the whole Prince thing is a little bit cool. Okay, Okay! I am a sucker for a romance tale that involves royalty. Also, I already finished season two of The Crown so this will have to hold me over. Don’t mess this up for me, Lifetime!

JASON’S PICK:
Barry [HBO, 10:30p]
This was close to a toss-up for me between the two HBO comedy finales. But where as its fifth season ends, Silicon Valley‘s leads supposed heroes are mostly revealing themselves to be noxious people, HBO’s newest magnum opus Barry features leads who are at first glance seemingly either sociopaths, psychopaths, or simply pathetic, who prove compelling, even as they break bad. In the debut season finale, Barry has to deal with the notion that his most depraved act led to an acting breakthrough.

FIONA’S PICK:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine [Fox, 8:30p]
Wow a lot has happened for Brooklyn 99 in the last few days, but I’ll be putting that aside for just a second to say that tonight is wedding planning night! I am ready to see Amy in all her type A planning glory. We already got a glimpse when she planned Rosa’s almost wedding in 24 hours and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Bob’s Burgers [Fox, 9:30p]
The Belchers–in a new time slot (I miss you already, Tandy)–attend open houses for Mother’s Day (Linda wants the free food), but Linda get sucked into a real estate pitch.

BRAD’S PICK:
Westworld [HBO, 9p]
The rebellion continues. Delores gets tougher, Bernard gets weirder… and hopefully we learn more about the woman from Indian World (not an official name) that washed up on the shore.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • About that pre-mentioned Silicon Valley on HBO, the new Pied Piper Five (now including Monica–the only character we still harbor hope of basic goodness for) deal with the fallout from their decision to reject VC Series B funding for a dependence on a cryptocurrency launch (don’t lose that thumb drive). Hopefully, as the image above implies there’s more Monica-Guilfoyle interaction, because their rapport is … interesting.
  • John Dorie has to come to terms with his morality–along with his mortality–on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.
  • Caustically brilliant standup Ali Wong debuts her second Netflix comedy special, Hard Knock Wife.
  • The Simpsons are going to Denmark!! The latest trip is fueled by the latest surprise windfall. We’re going to write about our feelings on this soon. It may be about that time. On the other hand, they are addressing our healthcare mess, so hopefully that goes better than how they handled their own problematic character.
  • Meanwhile, PBS’ Masterpiece is airing the latest adaptation of Moe Szyslak’s favorite 19th Century novel, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.
  • The Screen Scholars editors have yet to really be snagged by BBC’s crime thriller, Killing Eve, starring Sandra Oh, but it’s the rare program that has added viewers since its opening episode.

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