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What to Watch the Week of March 26: Riverdale’s Final Season, Florence Pugh’s Best Performance Yet, and More

Plus, Succession says goodbye, the Bachelor picks his partner, and Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler go to Paris.

Interesting how the weather is warming up, the days are getting longer, and yet all you’re going to want to do this week is stay home and watch TV or go to the movies. (Listen, I don’t make the schedule. I just tell you what’s worth your time.) 

To start, we have the final season of Succession kicking off tonight. The reviews are superb, and it’s all anyone’s going to want to talk about every Sunday night and Monday morning for the next 10 weeks.

Speaking of finales, Riverdale also starts its long road to goodbye, with the start of its seventh and final season on Wednesday night. I stopped watching the series after season two, but it’s getting a bit of a reset for its final run by going back to the ’50s, harkening back to the original comic book. That’s the Archie I’m interested in, and I think you will be too. (Plus, the costumes and hair and makeup are absolutely divine.)

As for movies, there’s something for everyone this week, whether you want to stay in (Murder Mystery 2, Tetris) or go to the theater (Dungeons & Dragons, A Thousand and One). But if there’s one film I hope you don’t pass up, it’s A Good Person, which opened in limited release on March 24 and goes wide this Friday. The film—about loss, grief, forgiveness, recovery, and purpose—is Florence Pugh’s finest performance to date (and that’s saying something). For more, see below.

If you want something lighter, there’s the Bachelor finale on ABC on Monday and Hallmark Channel’s Love in the Maldives on Saturday. But that’s just scratching the surface, so check out everything coming up. I’ll see you back here next Sunday.

Sunday, March 26

Succession (HBO/HBO Max): The 10-episode fourth and final season debuts tonight. A lot of questions need to be answered before the series wraps up, but what we do know, per HBO, is that the sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson moves closer, and the prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys. Naturally, a power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed. 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT

Rabbit Hole (Paramount+): Calling all Kiefer Sutherland fans. The 24 alum stars as John Weir in this new drama series, which has racked up nearly 10 million trailer views already. In Rabbit Hole, nothing is what it seems (I mean, is it ever?), but when Weir is framed for murder by powerful forces with the ability to influence and control populations, all hell breaks loose. Streaming

FX’s Great Expectations (Hulu): Steven Knight’s limited series adaptation of the Charles Dickens’s classic starts streaming today, exclusively on Hulu. Much like what you remember from your high school English class, Great Expectations is the coming-of-age story of Pip, an orphan who yearns for more in life until a twist of fate introduces him to the evil schemes of the mysterious and eccentric Miss Havisham (a deliciously wild Olivia Colman). Two episodes streaming at launch

The Way Home (Hallmark Channel): The finale airs tonight (make note, it’s an hour earlier than normal!) 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT 

Ride (Hallmark Channel): This new original series follows the intertwined lives of a rodeo family dynasty and stars Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing, The Kominsky Method), Tiera Skovbye (Riverdale, Nurses), Beau Mirchoff (Good Trouble, Hidden Gems), and more. They play the McMurrays, part of a rodeo dynasty as mentioned, as they struggle to keep their beloved ranch afloat. Per the press release, “After a tragic loss, each character embarks on an empowering journey of transformation and self-discovery while also uncovering a twisted web of secrets, threatening to tear the family and their small Colorado town apart at the seams.” 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT

Searching for Mexico (CNN): CNN Original Series will premiere Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico on Sunday, March 26, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN. Produced by Raw, the film and television company behind the two-time Emmy-winning travelogue  Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, the six-part series follows actor, producer, director, and activist  Eva Longoria across the many vibrant regions of Mexico. 

Executive produced by Stanley Tucci, Searching for Mexico invites audiences to journey with Longoria across the lands of her ancestors as she explores how Mexico’s rich culture, landscape, and history have helped shape its cuisine. This season Longoria surveys the cutting-edge gastronomic fare of Mexico City, discovers Mayan influences in Yucatan cuisine, and ventures to the home of Latin America’s chocolate trade, Oaxaca, where she samples the velvety chocolate mole. As Longoria enjoys a festive carne asada in Nuevo Leon, savors traditional birria stew in Jalisco, and walks in the footsteps of her own ancestor, Lorenzo Longoria, in the exact spot in Veracruz where he arrived 400 years ago, she unlocks the secrets behind Mexico’s most treasured and sometimes surprising dishes. Airs regularly on Sundays  at 9 p.m. ET/PT

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Monday, March 27

The Bachelor: Finale and After the Final Rose (ABC): By the end of tonight’s three-hour event, we’ll know what’s in store for Zach and Kaity or Zach and Gabi. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT

iHeartRadio Music Awards (Fox): The 10th annual iHeartRadio Music Awards air tonight (fun fact: we were at the first one!) and will include Taylor Swift (receiving the Innovator Award), Pink (receiving the Icon Award), Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Coldplay, and more live (in the ET and CT zones only) from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will also be heard on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app. For a list of nominees (which also include Harry Styles and Lizzo), click here. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT

The Young and the Restless 50th Anniversary Celebration (CBS): Entertainment Tonight’s Nischelle Turner hosts the special, which includes footage and interviews with Y&R cast members from the past 50 years, plus new interviews and never-before-seen moments. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Y&R studio, a look at the massive wardrobe collection, and special remembrances to beloved cast members Jeanne Cooper and Kristoff St. John. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and streaming live on Paramount+

Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden in the 10,000th episode of Y&R that aired on September 27, 2012

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Tuesday, March 28

Accused (Fox): Aisha Dee (The Bold Type) and Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens) star in tonight’s powerful installment (titled “Esme’s Story”), in which a white nationalist plows his car into a peaceful demonstration and gets away, prompting a survivor to take justice into her own hands. Check out an exclusive clip from the episode below. 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT

Mae Martin: SAP (Netflix): The comedian, who also starred in the second season of The Flight Attendant, makes their hour-long Netflix stand-up debut. The special was filmed last December at the Vogue Theater in Vancouver and is directed by Abbi Jacobson. Here, Martin reflects on a world off its axis, from a mythical moose encounter to the gender spectrum in Beauty and the Beast. Streaming

How I Met Your Father__ __(Hulu): The mid-season finale, which is actually two episodes, airs tonight and features Neil Patrick Harris reprising his role as Barney from How I Met Your Mother. Streaming

Hilary Duff and Neil Patrick Harris cross paths in tonight’s double episode mid-season finale of How I Met Your Father. 

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Wednesday, March 29

Riverdale (The CW): The seventh and final season of Riverdale debuts tonight by going back in time to the 1950s. The show picks up where last season left off, with Jughead trapped in the decade of malt shops, poodle skirts, and more. According to the official description, “He has no idea how he got there, nor how to get back to the present. His friends are no help, as they are living seemingly authentic lives, similar to their classic Archie Comics counterparts, unaware that they’ve ever been anywhere but the 1950s. Archie Andrews is the classic all-American teen, coming of age, getting into trouble, and learning life lessons; Betty Cooper is the girl next door, starting to question everything about her perfect life—including her controlling mother, Alice; Veronica Lodge is a Hollywood starlet who moved to Riverdale under mysterious circumstances; Cheryl Blossom is the Queen Bee with a withering wit and a secret longing; Toni Topaz is an activist fighting for the Black students of recently integrated Riverdale High; Kevin Keller is a “square” crooner wrestling with his sexual identity; Reggie Mantle is a basketball star from farm country; and Fangs Fogarty is a greaser who’s destined to be an Elvis-type star. It isn’t until Jughead is visited by Tabitha Tate—Riverdale’s Guardian Angel—that he learns the cosmic truth about their predicament. Will Jughead and the gang be able to return to the present? Or will our characters be trapped in the 1950s forever? And, if so…is that such a bad thing?” Honestly, no. I’m into it. 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT

Thursday, March 30

Unstable (Netflix): Real-life father and son Rob Lowe and John Owen Lowe star in this new eight-episode comedy series about a guy named Ellis Dragon (Rob Lowe) who is a universally admired eccentric, narcissist-adjacent biotech entrepreneur working to make the world a better place. On top of that, he’s also in emotional free-fall. Ironically, his son, Jackson Dragon (John Owen Lowe), is the exact opposite. So of course Jackson is tasked with saving Ellis and his company—as well as their estranged relationship. The series also stars Sian Clifford, Rachel Marsh, Emma Ferreira, and Aaron Branch.

Rachel Marsh tells Glamour that the comedy is for everyone. “There’s also something so comforting about these characters that Victor Fresco, Rob, and Johnny created. They’re relatable in their struggles but also so fun to laugh along with because the situations they find themselves in are so silly.” Streaming

Rapcaviar Presents (Hulu): This new series puts female rappers the City Girls and Coi Leray into the spotlight by examining how they’ve overcome harassment over their music, bodies, and style to become some of the most influential artists today. Per Hulu, the six-episode series is based on the influential Spotify playlist first launched in 2015. Streaming

Friday, March 31

Tetris (Apple TV+): Starring Taron Egerton and based on the true story of American video game salesman Henk Rogers (Egerton) and his discovery of Tetris in 1988, this is a wild, heart-pounding ride, especially if you were (and still are…ahem, me) obsessed with the iconic video game. When Rogers sets out to bring the game to the rest of the world, he enters a dangerous web of lies and corruption in the former Soviet Union that will make you wonder how on earth the game ever made its way to our shores. Also starring Nikita Efremov, Sofia Lebedeva, and Anthony Boyle. Streaming

Murder Mystery 2 (Netflix): The perfect film if your Friday night plans include ordering takeout and camping out on the couch. In this sequel, which takes place four years after the first movie, Nick and Audrey Spitz (Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston) are now full-time detectives struggling to get their private eye agency off the ground when they’re invited to celebrate the wedding of their friend on his private island. Naturally, trouble follows the Spitzes when the groom is kidnapped for ransom soon after the festivities begin. But hey, the good news is they get to go to Paris! The film also stars Mark Strong, Mélanie Laurent, Jodie Turner-Smith, and more. Streaming

A Good Person (MGM): Daniel’s (Morgan Freeman) and Allison’s (Florence Pugh) lives cross paths after an unimaginable tragedy involving his daughter. Director-writer Zach Braff delivers a stunning, emotional film thanks to extraordinary performances from Pugh, Freeman, Molly Shannon, Chinaza Uche, Celeste O’Connor, and more. In theaters

The Power (Prime Video): The thriller is based on British author Naomi Alderman’s award-winning novel and stars Toni Collette, John Leguizamo, Auli’i Cravalho, Toheeb Jimoh, Josh Charles, and more. Here’s the official synopsis: “Suddenly, and without warning, teenage girls develop the power to electrocute people at will. The series features a cast of remarkable characters from London to Seattle, Nigeria to Eastern Europe, as the Power evolves from a tingle in teenagers’ collarbones to a complete reversal of the power balance of the world.” New episodes streaming every Friday until the season finale on May 12

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (Paramount Pictures): Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head, and Hugh Grant star in the highly anticipated film about a charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers who undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic. Of course, things don’t go as planned because why would they? In theaters

A Thousand and One (Focus Features): A standout at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the movie is about an unapologetic and free-spirited woman (Teyana Taylor) in New York City who kidnaps her six-year-old son from the foster care system hoping to reclaim their sense of home, identity, and stability. In theaters only

Love Is Blind (Netflix): The fourth season continues with episodes six, seven, and eight. Streaming

Saturday, April 1

Love in the Maldives (Hallmark Channel): I’m already hooked on this movie thanks to the title alone. But okay, just in case you want to know what actually happens, here’s the synopsis courtesy of Hallmark: “Rae Parker (Jocelyn Hudon) has a very fabulous, single life that attracts thousands of readers to her monthly travel column, ‘Reservation for One.’ Rae is surprised when her editor wants to send her to the world’s most romantic vacation destination—the Conrad Maldives. She’s an adventurous spirit, and staying at the luxurious Muraka makes it difficult for her to find the type of experiences she needs to write an article worthy of her column. It doesn’t help that Rae is terribly afraid of the open ocean and is staying at a hotel that floats in the middle of it. After a few failed solo attempts, Rae realizes she needs some guidance and support to undertake some of the challenges outside of her comfort zone. The Conrad’s guest experience expert, Jared Joseph (Jake Manley), steps in and makes it his personal mission to give Rae the adventure she’s looking for.” 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT

Jessica Radloff is the Glamour senior West Coast editor and author of the New York Times best-selling book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series.