Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Watch this: TV week of Sept. 30

TUESDAY

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 8:30 p.m., Fox

Fox's Tuesday night comedy lineup is quickly becoming one of our favorite nights of TV (well, except for Dads), and this new Andy Samberg show fits in nicely right before New Girl and The Mindy Project. It's got the same wacky sensibility Samberg brought to his Saturday Night Live skits and Lonely Island gags, plus it makes terrific use of Andre Braugher (as Samberg's openly gay police captain) and his dry wit.

Lucky 7, 10 p.m., ABC

Not a lot of hype surrounding this show during premiere week, and we admit we accidentally stumbled onto it while channel surfing. But now we're hooked. The best thing about it is a concept free of serial killers or crime scene investigators: It's about a group of struggling convenience store workers who win the lottery together. It reminds us of Lost in the way it brings a bunch of different characters together (including The Wire's Isiah Whitlock Jr. as the store's boss, who will hopefully get more screen time as the show continues). Our favorite is Luis Antonio Ramos' character Antonio, the one member of the group who responsibly decided to save his money instead of buying a weekly lottery ticket and now has to watch the rest of them spend their riches. Our guess? Money won't make anyone's life easier, but it'll make for interesting TV.

THURSDAY

SEASON PREMIERE Scandal, 10 p.m., ABC

Saying that Scandal is the most insane show on TV isn't a slight, because this show does crazy better than most other shows do anything. From the beginning, Scandal has gone all in on its convoluted plot lines and cartoonish characters, and it's all the better for it. It helps that Kerry Washington (who plays Washington D.C. fixer Olivia Pope) is one of the most interesting actors working right now — we'd watch an entire show of her shopping for socks. The show heads into season 3 tonight crazier than ever: Olivia's long-simmering affair with President Grant is now out in the open. Need more incentive to watch? Lisa Kudrow (Friends) joins the show in a recurring role as a politician.

SATURDAY

Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m., NBC

We're going to come right out and say it: We like Miley Cyrus, who hosts SNL's second episode of the season tonight. Her songs are great (Party in the USA, anyone?). She's honest. And, most importantly for this show, she's funny. A totally game SNL host in the past, Miley is definitely self-aware enough to poke fun at her recent twerk-tastic shenanigans. But she's also doubling as musical guest, and we're crossing our fingers for an emotionally charged (though hopefully fully clothed) rendition of her latest, Wrecking Ball.

SUNDAY

The Good Wife, 9 p.m., CBS

Last season's weird Kalinda storyline aside, The Good Wife is consistently one of the best dramas left on network television. It's got such a deep bench of awesomeness — from Julianna Margulies as the titular wife to a rotating cast of excellent guest stars to its uncanny ability to weave in real-world situations — that even when it does misstep, there's plenty to enjoy. This season, we're looking forward to Cary (the criminally underused Matt Czuchry) and Alicia's new business taking a front seat to the played out political drama.

Revenge, 9 p.m., ABC

Oh, Revenge. What happened? This show went from a can't-miss debut year full of soapy goodness to, well, a train wreck. There's a reason we're having a hard time remembering anything that happened in season 2 (we vaguely recall lots of boats and death): We didn't care enough to follow the overly complicated plot. There is reason to hope season 3 will channel the guilty pleasure vibes of season 1: Show creator Mike Kelley is gone, and new showrunner Sunil Nayar is taking over, promising some simpler storytelling.

— Michelle Stark, Times staff writer

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