RuPaul Meets “The Muppets,” Kate McKinnon On “The Simpsons,” And More: TV THIS WEEK

Plus: Return to "Broad City," the Grammys, "Better Call Saul," and more.

Time once more to look at the week ahead in notable TV.

 

 

The week begins, of course, with the Grammys, starting at 8/7c on CBS.

L.L. Cool J makes his fifth consecutive appearance as host, with performances from Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, the cast of Hamilton and Adele’s first appearance on the Grammy stage in four years.

The ceremony will include tribute performances to B.B. King (by Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr and Bonnie Raitt), Lionel Richie (by John Legend, Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor and Luke Bryan) and Glenn Frey (by Jackson Browne and while the surviving members of The Eagles).

Lady Gaga’s tribute to the late David Bowie will undoubtedly garner much attention—especially since she’s been knocking it out of the park with performances at the Oscars and Super Bowl.

 

 

Monday also brings the return of Major Crimes, which is kicking off a special five-part story arc with a double murder that provides new insight on several unsolved cases.

Considering how well it does with crime-of-the-week stories, Major Crimes should be up to the challenge of unveiling a more complicated mystery. Major Crimes kicks off at 9pm on TNT.

 

 

Also on Monday, AMC is debuting the second season of Better Call Saul at 10pm. The Breaking Bad prequel beat the odds in its first season, capturing the elements that made Bad compelling.

Now that Jimmy McGill has reached his breaking point (pun intended) and is ready to become the amoral lawyer fans know, things should be picking up quite a bit.

Chris Hardwick Talking Dead

AMC is following up the season debut with a Talking Saul special, with nerd pin-up Chris Hardwick diving into the show.

RuPaul The Muppets
Andrea McCallin/ABC

Some of the best moments on ABC’s The Muppets have involved the comedy’s celebrity cameos. Tuesday at 8:30pm, RuPaul shows up at Miss Piggy’s talk show and from the looks of things, he gets to meet Sweetums, the Swedish Chef, Gozno and Bobo the bear.
 

 

Wednesday, Abbi and Ilana return as Broad City kicks off a third season on Comedy Central at 10pm. I hope this is the season Abbi finally gets a victory that doesn’t involve painkillers or 10% off at Bed Bath and Beyond.

 

 

Netflix is hoping you’ll still be in the mood for a romantic comedy (a cynical one, at least) when it debuts Love on Friday. The series follows a nerdy nice guy (Paul Rust, who co-created the series) and a wild child (Community alum Gillian Jacobs) as they work out their issues.

 

 

The modern television comedy wouldn’t be the same if not for director-producer James Burrows, who co-created Cheers, directed every episode of Will & Grace, and had a hand in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, Friends and The Big Bang Theory, among others.

Will and Grace
NBC

Sunday at 9pm, NBC is celebrating this legendary talent with Must See-TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows, which will see stars like Sean Hayes, Debra Messing, Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Shelly Long share their memories of working with Burrows.

Logo is joining the celebration with Will & Grace mini-marathons all week long.

At 8pm, Saturday Night Live scene-stealer Kate McKinnon make her Simpsons debut.

In the episode, Lisa befriends a homeless woman who turns out to be a promising folk singer (Natalie Maines provides the singing voice) despite some complicated personal issues.

 

 

Finally, HBO gets ready to say goodbye to Girls as the love-it-or-hate-it comedy begins its penultimate season on Sunday at 10pm.

The gang is starting to grow apart (though Hannah and Elijah seem closer than ever): Will they find time for each other or just continue to go their separate ways?

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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