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What to watch on TV this week: America preps for a royal wedding, Michael B. Jordan burns books and more

May 13, 2018 Updated: May 13, 2018 at 4:18 pm
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INSIDE THE ROYAL WEDDING -- Pictured: "Inside the Royal Wedding" Key Art -- (Photo by: NBC)

Sunday 
“Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife” (Netflix, Comedy Special) - Two years after giving birth to her daughter, a very pregnant Ali Wong returns to Netflix in her second original stand-up comedy special. The always unapologetic and nasty first time mom gets real on why having kids is not all it's cracked up to be, including the challenges of breastfeeding, balancing family and career post pregnancy, and why all women deserve three years of paid maternity leave.

“Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” (6 p.m., Lifetime, Wedding Special) - If you’re excited about the upcoming royal wedding, Lifetime has you covered. Starting with this film about the love story of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. After this is on Lifetime is “Harry & Meghan: Royal Rebels” followed by a Biography episode on Kate Middleton. It’s all royals on the time on Lifetime!

“Little Women” (7 p.m., PBS, Mini-Series Premiere) - With their father away at war, sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March come to terms with their new life, alongside their mother Marmee. 

“Barry” (8:45 p.m., HBO, Season Finale) - In the season one finale Barry vows to give up his life of crime once and for all. Yeah, right.

Monday 
“The Crossing” (9 p.m., ABC) - As tensions in camp rise, Craig agrees to allow a select group of refugees to take a trip into town, causing Jude to question the sudden show of goodwill. Enjoy “The Crossing” while you can, it was recently cancelled. 

“Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (9 p.m., NBC) - Keri Russell joins Bear on a journey to the Canary Islands. After battling the dangerous, rolling rocks of a massive volcano, the duo descend into a mysterious canyon where they source a meager dinner of undigested seeds from a pigeon carcass. Yum!

Tuesday
“Below Deck Mediterranean” (7 p.m., Bravo, Season Premiere) - Captain Sandy and the crew cruise the Italian coast in the season three premiere. 

“Hidden Potential” (8 p.m., HGTV, Series Premiere) - A couple unhappy with their hasty home renovations turn to an expert to fix the problem. 

Wednesday 
“SciJinks” (8 p.m., Science, Series Premiere) - Cutting edge science is used as the foundation for outrageous stunts and practical jokes. Johnny Galecki, star of “The Big Bang Theory,” hosts. 

“Inside the Royal Wedding” (9 p.m., NBC, Wedding Special) - An examination of the romance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as the couple prepare to be wed at Windsor Castle. 

Thursday 
“Gotham” (7 p.m., Fox, Season Finale) - In the season four finale, Jeremiah warns a skeptical Gordon of more destruction coming Gotham’s way, and Gordon is forced to make a potentially devastating decision. 

“The Carbonaro Effect” (8 p.m., TruTV, Season Premiere) - In the season four premiere Michael shocks a receptionist with a medical procedure that leaves both they jaws on the floor. Then at a party store, Michael reveals a regenerating piece of gum, likely from a recipe stolen from Willy Wonka. 

Friday 
“13 Reasons Why” (Netflix, Season Premiere) - Season two picks up in the aftermath of Hannah's death and the start of our characters' complicated journeys toward healing and recovery. Liberty High prepares to go on trial, but someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth surrounding Hannah's death concealed. 

“Cargo” (Netflix, Film Premiere) - Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father (Martin Freeman) desperately seeks a new home for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.

Saturday 
“The Royal Wedding” (7 a.m., BBC America, Wedding Special) - There are a few different places to watch the royal wedding, but if you’re an anglophile I’d go with BBC America’s multi-hour coverage. 

“Fahrenheit 451” (6 p.m., HBO, Film Premiere) - Adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian 1953 novel about a brutal totalitarian society in which books are not only banned, but burned. You can check out my Gazette review right here. 

“Royal Wedding with Cord and Tish” (7:45 p.m., HBO, Comedy/Wedding Special) - After a successful stint hosting the Rose Bowl Parade on Amazon, Cord Hosenbeck (Will Farrell) and Tish Cattigan (Molly Shannon) are back, this time giving commentary on the royal wedding. 

Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.

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