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“Kimmy Schmit,” “Orphan Black” Return, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hosts “SNL”: TV THIS WEEK

Plus: TV Land Icon Awards, "The Detour," and "Real Housewives" goes to the Big D.

Time to look at this week’s TV highlights.

Monday



After RuPaul’s Drag Race goes to the Wonderful World of Oz, it’s time to come on down for the debut of Logo’s The Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul. The super-campy game show sees Mama Ru asking Michelle Visage, Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews, Cheyenne Jackson, Amber Rose and more questions in hopes of winning prizes for the contestants. Catch back-to-back episodes at 10pm.


At 8pm, The CW brings Crazy Ex-Girlfriend back for the season’s penultimate episode. Rebecca and Greg are finally in a relationship where Josh Chan is never mentioned. Only they’re keeping the affair a secret.


At 9pm, TBS debuts The Detour, starring Daily Show vet Jason Jones as a dad who takes his family on vacation that would make Clark Griswold go postal.

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At 9pm, this week’s installment of LMN’s The Haunting of… sees Morgan Fairchild recount the Dallas home she fled some 40 years ago after some eerie incidents.

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At 10pm, Bravo introduces a new city to its popular franchise with The Real Housewives of Dallas. Bless their hearts.


Syfy switches up its Monday lineup with the season finale of The Magicians at 9pm. Quentin has finally found his way to Fillory, but will he find his classmates, who are on their way to the magical land, too—only 70 years later. At 10pm, it’s the debut of Hunters, where an FBI agent (Nathan Phillips) who discovers that there’s a Men in Black-style secret government agency handling alien threats.

Tuesday


The Mindy Project resume its fourth season on Hulu, as Mindy continues to balance motherhood, Danny’s repressive nature, and her desire to have a glamorous life.


At 10pm, NBC’s Game of Silence follows a group of friends who were all locked up in a juvenile detention facility. Twenty-five years later, one of them is in trouble after an encounter with a former tormentor.

Wednesday



At 9pm, it’s the season finale of Syfy’s Face Off, as the three finalists create short horror films and the champion is crowned.


At 9pm, Empire, Tiana and Laura are fighting for the spotlight so Hakeem steps in to mediate.

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On ABC’s Modern Family at 9pm, Cam and Mitch’s latest tenant is a Christian rock band.

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Then, at 10pm, Kyle Dean Massey returns to Nashville as Will finds himself writing music with his ex.

Thursday

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It’s back to back episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, starting at 8pm, when lesbian surgeon Arizona Robbins faces a major decision that could impact her relationship with ex-wife Callie.


At 8pm, Legends of Tomorrow the team decides to go into hiding in the Wild Wild West and teams up with Jonah Hex (Johnathon Schaech), the bounty hunter with a distinctive scar and a strict code of ethics.



At 10pm, Orphan Black returns for a fourth season, with the marvelous and chameleonic Tatiana Maslany playing a multitude of roles, including Krystal, a clone who’s been living in America.

Friday


Amazon revives Thunderbirds Are Go, a kitschy British sci-fi series from the 1960s made entirely with marionettes. Only this time, they’ve swapped puppets with CGI (though they’ve kept the awkward feel of the original). The first two episodes drop today, with the remaining 11 episodes arriving next week.



The second season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back on Netflix, as Kimmy gets a job as a department store Christmas elf, and Anna Camp joining the cast as New York housewife Deirdre Robespierre. Fred Armisen, Jeff Goldblum, David Cross, Zosia Mamet and Tina Fey, all appear as well.

Saturday



At 8pm, HBO revisits the Clarence Thomas hearings with Confirmation, with Wendell Pierce as the Supreme Court nominee and Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, who accused him of sexual harassment. Greg Kinnear, Grace Gummer, Dylan Baker and Jennifer Hudson round on this very topical drama.

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At 11:3pm on NBC, former cast member Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to Saturday Night Live as host, with Nick Jonas as musical guest.

Sunday

At 9pm, George Lopez hosts TV Land Icon Awards honoring John Stamos, Debbie Allen and All in the Family creator Norman Lear. Helping to pay tribute are Rita Moreno (who stars in the upcoming remake of One Day At a Time) and Amber Riley, who will perform some of Lears’ most recognizable theme songs.

Lyle Masaki is a fan of obscure superheroes, video games, adorkable guys and that show you loved that got cancelled way too soon.
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