‘Defending Jacob,’ the series finales of ‘Empire,’ and ‘Will & Grace’ and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week.

Netflix Deep Dive of the Week:

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Learn about the Australian continent through a reality show contest that pits Homeshare landlords from across Down Under to determine who has the best rental.

You’ll learn more about the home share business than you thought possible, and learn more than you could imagine about Australian geography and culture.

— Catherine McDonald

And let me just add, this is a very entertaining series that becomes cattier and cattier as the season goes on. The set-up is in each episode four pairs of landlords stay in the fifth pair’s property and rate it as an experience. The landlords then rate the four others as guests as well, and at the end of the season, one team’s property wins as best rental property, or something. While some of the teams are nightmares, others are lovely people — until the knives come out. Cannot recommend this series enough.


Cooking with Cannabis: 1. Happy 4/20 2. Great job scheduling this one, Netflix. Series premiere. Netflix

The Midnight Gospel: A “space caster” traverses “trippy worlds” inside his universe simulator in this new animated series from the creator of Adventure Time and what I’m saying is that maybe you watch Cooking with Cannabis first … Series premiere. Netflix

Better Call Saul: Jimmy and Kim make a “sideways turn” in the season finale. 8 p.m., AMC

The Plot Against America: Rots and conspiracies erupt across the country as Election Day nears. Series finale. 8 p.m., HBO


Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince: A whole bunch of inferior artists perform Prince’s music. LOOK, IT’S A NICE GESTURE, BUT NONE OF THEM ARE THE PURPLE ONE, SO.  8 p.m., CBS

Empire: Lucious realizes that family is more important than anything (for the one-thousandth time) in the series finale. 8 p.m., Fox

Middleditch & Schwartz: Hey, like improv? Series premiere. Netflix

Accused: Guilty or Innocent?: A docuseries that follows an individual’s journey through the justice system from the moment they are charged to their trial. Series premiere. 9 p.m., A&E


Ghost Nation: The two-hour premiere focuses on a haunted tree. 7 p.m., Travel

Little Fires Everywhere: Season finale. Hulu

Circus of Books: This documentary follows the story of a mom-and-pop gay adult book store in Santa Monica, California. Netflix


Will & Grace: Series finale (again), followed by a half-hour special.  8 p.m., NBC

We’re Here: Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara, and Shangela Laquifa travel the country and dragifiy it in this new series. Series premiere. 8 p.m., HBO

Superstore: Dina tries to help Amy keep a secret from Jonah in the season finale.  7 p.m., NBC

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: A massive blackout hits Brooklyn in the season finale. 7:30 p.m., NBC

Law & Order: SVU: The SVU faces setbacks in a number of cases in the season finale. 9 p.m., NBC

NFL Draft: Hahahaha, it’s sweet to pretend there is going to be an NFL season. 7 p.m., ABC


After Life: Grumpy Ricky Gervais is back. Season premiere. Netflix

Defending Jacob: In this adaptation of the crime novel, Chris Evans plays a district attorney discovers his teenage son is a suspect in a murder. Series premiere. Apple TV+

Beastie Boys Story: Spike Jones directed this documentary about the iconic rap group. Apple TV+

Making the Cut: Season finale of Time Gunn and Heidi Klum’s new fashion competition series. Amazon

RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race: Celebrities get their drag on. BUT WHO? Series premiere. 8:30 p.m., VH1


Bad Education: Hugh Jackman stars in this HBO film based on the true story of corruption in a Long Island school district. Premiere.  7 p.m., HBO

My Paranormal Nightmare: People confront the scary things that happened to them when they were kids in this new paranormal series. Series premiere. 9 p.m., Travel


Homeland: Series finale. That’s all the information I’ve got, y’all. 8 p.m., Showtime

God Friended Me: Series finale. 8 p.m., CBS

Vida: A figure from the sisters’ past returns in the season premiere. 8 p.m., Starz

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels: This new spinoff of Penny Dreadful is set in late 1930s Los Angeles and Natalie Dormer stars. Series premiere. 9:10 p.m., Showtime

One thought on “‘Defending Jacob,’ the series finales of ‘Empire,’ and ‘Will & Grace’ and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week.

  1. OK, I’ll watch the bitter end of Empire, only because I named our new cat Cookie. And we call her “Cooks” for short on account of Taraji’s role. We always watched this, till chit happened.

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