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RuPaul's Drag Race Crowns Its 11th Queen Tonight

ALSO: The NBA Finals, The Twilight Zone, A.P. Bio, Cloak & Dagger, and more
  • RuPaul hosts RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
    RuPaul hosts RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)

    If you'd checked in with a RuPaul's Drag Race fan at around mid-season, they'd have probably told you that Season 11 was well on its way to being one of the series' worst. With a higher percentage than normal of filler queens who had no real shot of making the finals, the first several episodes were a sloggy mixture of shaky challenge performances from the masses and constant bickering between top contenders like Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Yvie Oddly, and Vanessa Vanjie Matteo. It's a testament to Drag Race as a concept and what winnowing a field of competitors down to the true contenders will do for a season, though, because now that we've reached the home stretch, we're in for a very exciting finale. (Even if last week's reunion, with its baffling focus on the early-eliminated queens, was pretty much unbearable.)

    Tonight's finale pits the Canadian precision of Brooke Lynn Hytes against the bull-in-a-china-shop personality of Silky Nutmeg Ganache against the weird-girl creativity of Yvie Oddly against the pageant bona fides of A'Keria C. Davenport. As has been the case the last two seasons, they will take part in a Lip Sync for Your Life tournament in order to determine the champion, which has been a mixed bag in recent years — the Season 10 lip syncs were lousy, but the Season 9 lip syncs were legendary.

    SEASON FINALE: In addition to the Lip Sync Tournament and (if history is any indication) a bunch of celebrity guests, tonight's season finale of RuPaul's Drag Race will see this season's Miss Congeniality crowned (our money is on Nina West). Also, not for nothing, but when we predicted the elimination order of the Top 8 last month, we were almost entirely correct. Let's see if we can stick that landing! 9:00 PM ET on VH1

    SEASON FINALE: In what may well be the series finale for AP Bio, Jack has to help Mary break up with her scumbag boyfriend. So: about the cancelled/not cancelled situation: late last week NBC gave the chop to the Mike O'Brien-created sitcom after two seasons, but stars Glen Howerton and Patton Oswalt are trying their best to save it. At the moment, it's just a hashtag petition with some high-profile sponsors, but in this day and age, we've seen weirder. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    SEASON FINALE: In the 10th and final episode of the first season of Jordan Peele's revived The Twilight Zone, called "Blurryman," Seth Rogen and Zazie Beetz star as two people being stalked by a blurry-faced apparition. Certainly it won't get even creepier from there! Streaming on CBS All Access

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: For the 12th year in a row, Jimmy Kimmel will host a special 30-minute primetime Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Day edition each night of the NBA Finals. He kicks things off tonight with special guests Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler  8:00 PM ET (following the game in the West) on ABC


    • Marvel's Cloak & Dagger ends its second season of superheroes and romance. This week, Tyrone and Tandy go dimension-hopping in pursuit of whatever danger is facing their people that day 8:00 PM ET on Freeform
    • 2019 NBA Finals: Game 1. Just in case you're not only in this for the Jimmy Kimmel comedy, the actual NBA finals are also tonight, so you can either cheer for the dominant Golden State Warriors or the huggable and unexpected first-time finalists the Toronto Raptors. 9:00 PM ET/6:00pm PT on ABC
    • Lip Sync Battle airs a special episode that is all Muppet inflected. If you've ever wanted to see Jason Schwartzman challenge Big Bird to a lip-sync-off, this is your night. 10:00 PM ET on Paramount Network
    • Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party will be following the Drag Race finale this week, making it the best VH1 lead-out of the season. 10:30 PM ET on VH1

    Joe Reid is the senior writer 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, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: RuPaul’s Drag Race, A.P. Bio, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, The Twilight Zone (2019 series)