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Finale Time for Hacks and Under the Banner of Heaven, The Orville Returns

ALSO: Borgen Power & Glory, CBS' Her Majesty special, This Is Going To Hurt, The Book of Queer, and more.
  • Photos: HBO Max, FX, Hulu.
    Photos: HBO Max, FX, Hulu.

    Hacks and Under the Banner of Heaven — two of this spring’s most acclaimed series — reach their finales today, while The Orville makes the move from broadcast to streaming for Season 3.

    Plus: Netflix revives Danish cult hit Borgen, Gayle King celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, Ben Whishaw brings This Is Going To Hurt to the small screen, and more. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Thursday:

    Hacks: Season 2 finale. As Deborah (Jean Smart) puts the finishing touches on her new hour, she turns to an old friend (guest star Susie Essman) for help. Meanwhile, Jimmy (Paul W. Downs) struggles to keep Deborah's critics at bay. Streaming on HBO Max

    Under the Banner of Heaven: Limited series finale. As the details of the murders become clear, Pyre (Andrew Garfield) and Taba (Gil Birmingham) embark on an interstate manhunt, hoping to catch the killers before they complete their list of those to be "blood atoned." Watch preview. Streaming on FX on Hulu

    The Orville: Season 3 premiere. More than three years after it last aired on Fox, Seth MacFarlane’s space adventure returns as a Hulu original. The new season, stylized as The Orville: New Horizons, is set 400 years in the future as the crew of the U.S.S. Orville continues their exploration mission while balancing their own interpersonal drama. Watch trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    Borgen - Power & Glory: Complete first season. Foreign Minister Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) finds her career in jeopardy when a dispute over oil in Greenland threatens to become an international crisis in this continuation of the acclaimed Danish drama. Read our review. Streaming on Netflix

    Her Majesty the Queen: A Gayle King Special: Special presentation. CBS News marks the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with an hour-long event reflecting on her unprecedented 70-year reign. Featuring interviews with those close to the Queen, including Sir Paul McCartney, and royal experts Tina Brown and Wesley Kerr. 10:00 PM ET on CBS

    This Is Going To Hurt: Limited series premiere. AMC brings Adam Kay’s award-winning memoir to the screen in this seven-episode series about life on a gynecology and obstetrics ward. The dramedy stars Ben Whishaw as Adam, a doctor who struggles to balance his personal life with the life-and-death decisions he makes at work. Read our review. Streaming on AMC+ and Sundance Now

    The Book of Queer: Docuseries premiere. Discovery+ tells the story of groundbreaking queer individuals, from Greek poet Sappho to Harvey Milk, in this five-episode series. Each episode features reenactments performed by an entirely queer ensemble cast, plus naration from Dominique Jackson, Leslie Jordan, Ross Matthews, Alex Newell, and Margaret Cho. Watch trailer. Streaming on Discovery+

    Top Chef: Season 19 finale. The remaining three chefs have one last chance to show off their skills in a Tucson-set challenge. The winner will go home with $250,000 and ultimate bragging rights. 8:00 PM ET on Bravo

    Scripps National Spelling Bee: The country’s best spellers face off in the Bee finals, airing live at 8:00 PM ET on ION and Bounce TV

    Masterchef Junior: New episode (special time). WWE superstars hit the kitchen and pair up with the four remaining junior chefs in an elimination challenge. 9:00 PM ET on FOX

    The Croods: Family Tree: Complete third season. Jealous of the Thunder Sisters, the men on the farm undergo a difficult initiation to join the exclusive tribe of women, while Eep and Dawn prepare for the ultimate skate-off with the Punch Monkeys to reclaim their skate spot. Watch trailer. Streaming on Hulu and Peacock

    NHL Playoffs: The Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers meet in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on TNT

    NBA Finals: The NBA Finals begin as the Golden State Warriors host the Boston Celtics. 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on ABC

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Hacks, The Book of Queer, Borgen – Power & Glory, The Orville, This Is Going to Hurt, Under the Banner of Heaven, Queen Elizabeth II