The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of June 25, 2018

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.

 

The Expanse: S3E13

The Expanse
(Season Finale)

Wedneday at 10 pm on Syfy

Why: The Expanse - based on the bestselling books about a colonized solar system where Earth and Mars are fighting for control - is one of the best reviewed Syfy series on TV, and one that often appears on lists of "the best shows you're not watching". And it was canceled. Until it wasn't. Last month, Amazon closed a deal to rescue the series (#SaveTheExpanse) after Syfy had canceled it. So thankfully, this 2 part season finale is *just* a season finale, and not a series finale, particularly since there are more books in the series to cover. The second half of this season (based on the third book of the series), has focused on The Ring, a structure orbiting beyond Uranus that seemingly is a threat to all. In these final 2 episodes, Ashford convinces Earth and Mars that The Ring must be destroyed, but Holden, with the help of his allies, must stop Ashford from destroying the Ring to once again save civilization.

Prepare to talk about: Any characters getting killed off?; what's in store for season 4; how long we'll have to wait until season 4 premieres.

 

GLOW: S2E1

GLOW
(Season Premiere)

Friday at 3 am on Netflix

Why: GLOW was definitely one of last summer's highlights. Another female-focused series from Netflix (sharing some of the producing talent from Orange is the New Black), GLOW is based on the creation of the real 1986 women’s wrestling TV show of the same title (which stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). The first season ended with the big TV showdown between rivals and former besties Ruth (Allison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin), with the show turning out to be a surprise success. This means the the women have earned an official time slot for their show (albeit a crappy one), which they have to figure out how to fill. Additionally, in another timely storyline, there - as might be expected - are issues of harassment coming from both a male network executive and from fans. The entire talented ensemble cast of women returns, as well as the hilarious Marc Maron as the director of the show.

Prepare to talk about: If Ruth and Debbie bury the hatchet (or would that be boring); which GLOW lady is your favorite; which characters we'd like to see more of.

 

Power: S5E1

Power
(Season Premiere)

Sunday at 9 pm on Starz

Why: Power - one of Starz's biggest successes (it's their most-watched drama and the second most-watched drama on all of pay cable, beaten only by Game of Thrones) - returns for Season 5 this Sunday already having been renewed for Season 6. Season 4 concluded with (and stop reading if you are not up to date) the death of Ghost's daughter Raina (shot by a dirty cop), which set off a chain of additional events that will certainly come back this season, including another murder (of the cop by Ghost's son Tariq) and cover-up. This season as a whole will focus on "grief, revenge, family, and faith", with Ghost (Omari Hardwick), 50 Cent’s Kanan and Joseph Sikora’s Tommy teaming up to take down Dre.

Prepare to talk about: What will happen with Tariq (and Tasha) - can they both avoid getting arrested for murder?; the unlikely team of frenemies; if Starz can avoid distribution problems with various cable networks this season.

 

Rachel is the product manager of SideReel, and she's eagerly awaiting the day that gyms start doing GLOW-inspired workouts.

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Jun 29, 2018 5:37AM EDT

I think you meant that Debbie from GLOW is played by BETTY Gilpin, NOT Peri. (: That would have been an interesting twist.

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Jun 29, 2018 6:20AM EDT

Also, GLOW is on Netflix not Showtime

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Jun 29, 2018 1:14PM EDT

To be sure, those who remember the 1980s are doomed to repeat it. ;-)

I’m glad that The “syfy” [sic?] Channel failed in its malicious attempt to kill off The Expanse. I already have a few of the novels and plan to read them in the interim. (From the titles these first 3 look to be the basis for the first 3 seasons.)

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Jun 29, 2018 3:14PM EDT

The Expanse was a fantastically somewhat semi-realistic syfi show that dreams of the possible future. Power another great show leaving you thinking "whats next hehe".Can't wait to see the new series.

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RachelLEditor
Jun 29, 2018 10:08PM EDT

@spiffyjen05 @traydub Right you are! Whoops! Both have been corrected.

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Jul 4, 2018 3:00PM EDT

AmberWalsh and MelissaParkin take your con job elsewhere.

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