“Idol,” Ends, Andrew Rannells on “The Simpsons,” “Outlander,” “The Powerpuff Girls”: TV THIS WEEK

Plus: Robert Mapplethorpe, the GLAAD Media Awards, "Chasing Destiny," and more.

Let’s look at the week’s TV highlights.


At 6pm, Cartoon Network brings back The Powerpuff Girls. That’s right, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are back to protect Townsville from evildoers while still getting home for bedtime. New episodes debut every day at 6pm for the next two weeks, so adjust your calendar accordingly.



At 9pm, HBO explores the life and art of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe with Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Coming from Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Eyes of Tammy Fay, the film follows the out photographer’s career, including the praise and protest his work inspired. (The title is actually a quote from Jesse Helms about how “obscene” Mapplethorpe’s work was.)



At 9pm on Logo, its time for our favorite challenge on RuPaul’s Drag Race: Snatch Game!

Then at 10pm, it’s the GLAAD Media Awards, featuring Demi Lovato, Ruby Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Nick Jonas, Taylor Swift, Troye Sivan and others standing up for equality and LGBT artistry.

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Also at 10pm, Syfy’s Magicians follows up on Quentin’s intoxicated three-way with Eliot and Margot. Keep your fingers crossed Quentin knows enough to suppress any gay panic he may be feeling. (Then again, this is Quentin.)




At 8pm, as we ready for the final two episodes of American Idol EVER, Fox is airing American Idol: American Dream, a retrospective of the show’s impact on pop music, with interviews and clips of Idol’s most memorable moments.


At 9:30pm on ABC, Amy and Rosa go undercover at a women’s prison on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Expect at least one joke about Orange is the New Black.

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At 8pm, Jessica becomes addicted to Melrose Place on Fresh Off the Boat, and doesn’t know how to handle it when the series is canceled. (FOTB is set in 1995.) Maybe getting to meet Coutney Thorne-Smith will make her feel better?

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Then, at 8:30pm, Frances Conroy guest stars on The Real O’Neals as Kenny’s strict religious grandmother. Her visit has Eileen trying to cover up all of the family’s secrets, including asking Kenny to go back in the closet.


At 9pm, Freeform airs the Shadowhunters season finale, which sees Alec face the aftermath after his big kiss with Magnus last week.


At 8pm, BET which airs Black Girls Rock! , with Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross hosting and Gladys Knight, Shonda Rhimes and Rihanna playwright/Walking Dead star Danai Gurira all being honored.


After 10:30pm, its the debut of Chasing Destiny, a reality show where Kelly Rowland works at creating a new girl group.



At 8pm, it’s the season finale of Young & Hungry, and Elliot and Alan try again to have a honeymoon. One problem—they can’t afford it unless Yolanda joins them and splits the costs.



At 9pm on Fox, Jamal faces backlash from his gay fans on Empire and works to wrestle control of Empire Records away from Hakeem and Camilla.

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It’s a grown-ups’ day out at 9pm on ABC’sModern Family: While Manny and Luke babysit Lily, Mitch has a movie date with Phil and Jay and Cam catch a fight at a sports bar.

At 9pm on Bravo, it’s the return of The Real Housewives of New York City-with a new housewife joining the girls.

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Then, at 10pm on ABC, Will tries to keep his career going by producing his own record on Nashville and Alicia Witt arrives as a superstar singer who Layla hopes will help her career.


At 8pm, it’s time to say farewell to a show that once dominated television as American Idol crowns its final winner on Fox.

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At 9pm, the various presidential candidates Scandal have to deal with a leak that threatens all three campaigns. This should lead to another scene of Cyrus screaming into his cell phone gloriously.


At 11:30pm, Adult Swim debuts its latest bit of comedic weirdness with the Adult Swim Golf Classic, starring Adam Scott and John Daly as two rival golfers facing off in a tournament in 1996.


At 9pm, Starz kicks off the second season of Outlander. Jamie and Claire are now in France, experiencing court intrigue and working the Jacobite rising.


On HBO at 9pm, it’s Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper, in which the CNN anchor and his famous mom revisit her fascinating (and complicated) life.


At 10pm, Oprah: Where Are They Now? checks in with Audra McDonald, One Day at a Time star Mackenzie Phillips and Jose Conseco.



At 8pm, it’s time for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart hosting and an exclusive preview of Captain America: Civil War.


At 8pm, Andrew Rannells plays himself on The Simpsons, when the family takes a trip to Capital City to catch a musical.



At 9pm, AMC kicks off the second season of Fear the Walking Dead, and asks the question “Can you survive a zombie apocalypse on a boat?”


At 9pm, The Shahs of Sunset returns to Bravo. Last season, we saw Reza sabotage his wedding to Adam with a series of terrible choices. What’s next for his romantic life?

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