Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Watch this: TV week of May 27

Monday .

The Voice, NBC, 8 p.m.: Ah, The Voice. The one bright beacon in the dark wormhole that is televised talent competitions. Tonight, the remaining eight contestants face off for a place in the Top Six. Or, more accurately, the seven contestants who aren't former-Michael Jackson-backup-singer Judith Hill try their hardest to beat her. Not that we watch the show for the singers. On The Voice, it's all about the coaches. Frenemies Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are still solid (we're Team Adam all the way), but the best decision the show made after a lackluster Season 3 was bringing on one-name superstars Usher and Shakira. They're sort of like the bizarro Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, in that they actually seem sincere and helpful. Shakira in particular is a joy, so we're not thrilled by news that she's leaving next season, and Aguilera and Green are likely to be back. But for this season at least — despite perpetually awkward host Carson Daly — we can't stop watching.

Tuesday

Chopped, 10 p.m., Food Network: Is Chopped the best cooking show ever? The mystery! The time limit! The exotic ingredients! It never gets old. In this episode, chefs who have served in the military compete to see who can make best use of a freeze-dried surprise and a tough candy. Intrigue!

Wednesday

The American Baking Competition, 8 p.m., CBS: This show is hosted by skilled baker and qualified cooking expert Jeff Foxworthy — wait, what? At least he'll have culinary help from judges we've never heard of, Marcela Valladolid and Paul Hollywood, in this new series featuring American amateurs competing in baking challenges. Hence the title.

Thursday

Hannibal, 10 p.m., NBC: We're conflicted about this show. On the one hand, we love a good, gritty drama. On the other hand, gross. The final straw was a particularly gory throat mutilation a few weeks back, but hey, if that's your thing, this week's episode should hit the spot. There's an investigation into a pair of murders in which the victims' faces are also mutilated, and Will (Hugh Dancy) thinks he's the killer. We do have one request, if the show comes back next season: Can we drop the food-related episode titles? After such gems as "Amuse-Bouche" and "Potage," this week's "Buffet Froid'' doesn't sound as bad, but still. We get it. Hannibal eats people.

Friday

What Would You Do?, 9 p.m., ABC: Now this is the sort of voyeuristic summer programming we can get behind. John Quinones hosts another season in which actors do controversial things and hidden cameras see whether people intervene or not. Scenarios can get as cringe-worthy as an episode of Hannibal, like when one of the actors forced her "son" to stand on the street with a sandwich board telling everyone he had bad grades. That kid is probably still standing there.

Michelle Stark, Times Staff Writer

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