The week begins with a bit of a choice: what kind of TV are you into right now: Are you nursing a Game of Thrones hangover? Maybe the soothing tunes of American Idol and the low-stakes chicanery on Vanderpump Rules are in order? Of course, Idol has reached the finals, a time of high stakes; and at least half of the main cast on Vanderpump Rules are in the midst of some kind of crisis. So which will it be? Choose carefully.
NEW EPISODE: Of all the milestone moments on a season of American Idol, the top 10 reveal is one of the biggest. The seven top vote-getters will earn their spots by virtue of having won America’s favor, then the remaining seven will try to impress the judges enough to get a wild-card slot. 8:00 PM ET on ABC
SEASON PREMIERE: Back for its sixteenth season (!) is American Dad, with an episode titled “Fantasy Baseball.” The show, a Family Guy-esque romp for an ultra-patriotic C.I.A. dad and his deeply weird family, has aired on TBS since 2014. 10:00 PM ET on TBS
SEASON PREMIERE: The adventures of VH1’s most family-focused married couple resume tonight as T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle returns for its second season. T.I., Tiny, their seven kids, and their closest friends all live, laugh, love, and try to succeed, and while it might not sound like a lot, it’s awfully entertaining just to watch this obviously loving family cut up. 9:00 PM ET on VH1
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: This week’s episode of PBS’s Frontline is a documentary from filmmaker David Sutherland that tells a story of the current U.S. immigration conflict through the eyes of a married couple torn apart by deportation. Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore aiirs at 10:00 PM ET on PBS
Joe Reid is the Managing Editor at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, The Herald Sun, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.