Thursday, January 18, 2018
TV and Media

Top TV week of May 26: 'So You Think You Can Dance', 'MasterChef', 'Crossbones'

MONDAY

SEASON PREMIERE MasterChef, 8 p.m., Fox

Amateur chefs compete to become a culinary master in the fifth season of this competitive reality series hosted by chef Gordon Ramsay. That's great, but we're still pining for the return of MasterChef Junior. Nothing on the original is nearly as entertaining as watching an 8-year-old achieve stiff peaks on homemade whipped cream.

Petals on the Wind, 9 p.m., Lifetime

Lifetime's trying to cash in on its semi-interesting Flowers in the Attic movie with this sequel. Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn reprise their roles, but young Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) isn't coming back, so expect the quality level to drop immensely.

TUESDAY

SERIES PREMIERE The Night Shift, 10 p.m., NBC

This new Grey's Anatomy wannabe follows a bunch of hardworking doctors (one of them has a rebellious streak!) at San Antonio Memorial hospital. Sorry, but whenever we hear this show's title, it just makes us thing about how we'd rather be watching the obviously superior 1982 Michael Keaton movie instead.

WEDNESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE So You Think You Can Dance, 8 p.m., Fox

The plucky Cat Deeley presides over season 11 of our favorite reality show, and great news everyone! Just in time for summer, dozens of impossibly fit dancers will fill the screen to remind us we're not, uh, totally ready for bathing suit season.

THURSDAY

Hollywood Game Night, 8 p.m., NBC

Malin Akerman and Bradley Whitford, who played husband and wife on the recently canceled ABC sitcom Trophy Wife, are among the celebrities competing in this new episode. Wow, Hollywood Game Night, thanks a lot for rubbing it in; don't you know we're still totally and completely devastated by that Trophy Wife news?

The Sixties, 9 p.m., CNN

Tom Hanks is one of the executive producers for this 10-part series that revisits the turbulent decade. In the premiere, Hanks joins Sally Field, the Smothers Brothers, Carol Burnett and others to talk about how TV broke ground in the '60s. Fingers crossed for a smoldering Don Draper cameo.

FRIDAY

SERIES PREMIERE Crossbones, 10 p.m., NBC

This is going to sound like a fake show, but we promise it's real. Set in the 1700s, it's an adventure series starring John Malkovich of all people as the legendary pirate Blackbeard. He rules over an island of outlaws and covets an invention called the longitude chronometer, natch.

SATURDAY

SEASON PREMIERE Bet on Your Baby, 8 p.m., ABC

This game show back for a new season features families competing to see how well they can predict their toddlers' next moves. In a particularly cruel choice, the cash at stake goes toward the tots' college funds. "Hey honey, we don't have money to send you to Harvard because 15 years ago we guessed you'd hold on to that beach ball for a whole minute but you got distracted and let it go. Way to go!"

SERIES PREMIERE Sing Your Face Off, 9 p.m., ABC

Look, this show sounds preeetty silly. But its concept is so out-there it's worth catching the premiere, in which five D-list celebrities take turns performing as iconic musical artists, from the makeup to the mannerisms to the voice. Here's our favorite part: Sebastian Bach of Skid Row (no stranger to TV; he was a recurring character on Gilmore Girls!) transforms into Adam Levine. Will he adopt Levine's new Draco Malfoy-esque blond hair?

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