We have had a LOT of opportunities to think about Queen over the last year. Which is not bad for a band that hasn't been fully formed for about 30 years. Of course, not all of this attention has been positive. Bohemian Rhapsody was a massive hit movie, and probably came closer than most of us realize to winning Best Picture. At the very least it shot Rami Malek into the stratosphere. But the backlash was massive, and while a lot of said backlash was focuised on the filmmaking and the personal controversies of Bryan Singer, the remaining band members also took a hit for their creative apprval over a biopic that many saw as elevating themselves at the expense of Freddie Mercury’s legacy.
So it’s tough to imagine what kind of gambit the ABC documentary special with Queen and Adam Lambert is meant to be. While performing at the Oscars, Lambert was kind of an iPhone screen protector against charges that Bohemian Rhapsody’s flattening of the life of Freddie Mercury amounted to homophobia. Here, it seems like ABC is trying to cash-in on any residual BoRhap enthusiasm. Which makes total sense, actually; you just hope Lambert — who is nearing the 10-year anniversary of his runner-up finish on American Idol — can get more of out of it than he did at the Oscars.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: The two-hour documentary special The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story chronicles Adam Lambert's ten-year journey from the American Idol stage to a spot as Queen's regular frontman, performing at the Academy Awards. Exclusive concert footage and revealing interviews, the special tells a chapter in Recent Queen History and plays often as a continuation as the story in Bohemian Rhapsody. 8:00 PM ET on ABC
SEASON FINALE: The season finale of Vanderpump Rules (well, before the big, loud, squabbly reunion, where inevitably Tom Sandoval will get so angry about an argument that has nothing to do with him that his eyes will go all wide and he’ll start crying) takes us to the event we all thought would (and should) never come: Jax and Brittant’s engagement party. And while Stassi finds herself in the unlikely position of defending Jax, James remains at his wit’s end for how to work his way back into this group of people that he hates. 9:00 PM ET on Bravo
NEW EPISODE: And if you somehow haven’t gotten your fill of the SUR set after Vanderpump, loop back around for Watch What Happens Live, where host Andy Cohen welcomes the illustrious Stassi Schroeder and Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong. 11:00 PM ET on Bravo
NEW EPISODE: On tonight’s episode of The Voice, the top 24 perform live in front of judges Adam Levine (the hot one), Kelly Clarkson (the nice one), Blake Shelton (the problematic one), and John Legend (the one who’d be a lot cooler if his wife were in his chair instead). 8:00 PM ET on NBC
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.