Abbott Elementary’s season 3 finale, Jeopardy! Masters, and more

There’s something new for just about every type of TV fan this week. Comedy-wise you can pick up with Mulligan season 2 on Netflix, or else usher in the summer season with the season 3 finale of Abbott Elementary. If you’re in for reality, there’s two flavors: The Kardashians, who are off to conquer fashion week, or the conclusion of Jeopardy! Masters, to see who’s the best Jeopardy of them all (I’m kidding, I know that’s now what you call the Jeopardy! champions).

For sweet and sappy (non-derogatory) there’s Trying season 4 on Apple TV Plus, while headier drama comes to a head in The Sympathizer’s finale on Sunday. Want some solid superhero action to fill the X-Men ’97 hole in your life? My Adventures with Superman is here with season 2! Halloween in May? Evil’s back!

And that’s just the new stuff! Here’s the details on the best new TV premieres and finales this week.

New shows on Netflix

Mulligan part 2

Genre: Animated comedy
Release date: May 24 with all episodes
Showrunner/creator: Sam Means and Robert Carlock
Cast: Nat Faxon, Sam Richardson, Ayo Edebiri, and more

Last season, Mulligan (Nat Faxon) became president after Earth was destroyed by an alien attack. This season, they’re still cleaning up the damage from both of those events, and the result is — well, hey, they grew an orange, that’s something.

New shows on Hulu

The Kardashians season 5

Genre: Rich people reality
Release date: May 23 with one episode
Cast: The Kardashians

The Kardashians are back, thinking about their time off (or, as some will have you believe “time off”), and questioning their responsibilities to each other. They are also attending fashion week and asking each other point blank on camera if they’re having sex. The Kardashians is back!

Abbott Elementary season 3 finale

janine in front of a white board. she wears a yellow top and is teaching kids slang words like hoagie

Image: ABC/Gilles Mingasson

Genre: Mockumentary
Release date: May 22 at 9 p.m. on ABC; next day on Hulu
Showrunner/creator: Quinta Brunson
Cast: Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, and more

Janine’s (Quinta Brunson) time at the district is over. But even back at Abbott there are still some complications. Last season’s finale gave us some Janine/Gregory (Tyler James Williams) action — we’ll have to wait and see what this season leaves us with.

Jeopardy! Masters finale

jeopardy game board

Photo: Sony Pictures Museum

Genre: Competition show
Release date: May 22 on ABC, next day on Hulu
Showrunner/creator: Ken Jennings

Six highest ranking Jeopardy! candidates entered. Now, only one will leave a champion. Wednesday’s big reveal. ([buzz] Who is the 2024 Jeopardy! Masters season 2 victor?)

New shows on Max

The Sympathizer season finale

Hopper Stone/SMPSP

Genre: Spy thriller
Release date: May 26
Showrunners: Park Chan-wook and Don McKellar
Cast: Hoa Xuande, Robert Downey Jr., Toan Le, and more

With The Captain (Hoa Xuande) back where he wants to be — and in a way he doesn’t want to be — The Sympathizer is drawing its adaptation to a close. What will happen to him and his covert agenda? Tune in to find out (or read that book, I guess).

My Adventures with Superman season 2

Genre: Superhero cartoon
Release date: May 25 with two episodes
Showrunner/creator: Jake Wyatt, Brendan Clougher, and Josie Campbell
Cast: Jack Quaid, Alice Lee, Ishmel Sahid, and more

There’s a lot of big cliffhangers to pick up with in My Adventures with Superman season 2: Clark (Jack Quaid) has fought off one invasion and nearly died in the process. Lois (Alice Lee) and Superman (Jack Quaid) have declared their love for each other. And a supervillain has sicced another Kryptonian warrior on Earth, who swears that humanity will kneel.

But most importantly: Jimmy Olson (Ishmel Sahid) is a millionaire now! Shout out to this media boy for making it happen.

Thirst with Shay Mitchell

Genre: Food Drink travel show
Release date: May 23 with one episode
Host: Shay Mitchell

You know how celebrities like to travel around and do food documentaries around the world? This is that, only this time it’s drinks. Hosted by the effervescent Shay Mitchell (of Dollface and Pretty Little Liars fame), Thirst with Shay Mitchell explores the globe via different cultures’ drinks, using that as the way into different locales, ingredients, traditions, and more.

New shows on Paramount Plus

Evil season 4

Genre: Spooky procedural
Release date: May 23 with one episode
Showrunner/creator: Michelle and Robert King
Cast: Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, and more

The final season of the Kings’ dastardly supernatural procedure starts this week, and you can expect plenty of surprisingly topical tie-ins, spooky things that go bump in the night, and, per the trailer, Wallace Shawn! But there’s also a baby on the way (the Antichrist, if Dr. Leland Townsend is to believed), and it sure seems like that’s more than he can handle. The baby part, that is — he’s totally chill with the Antichrist.

Elsbeth season finale

Elsbeth sits in the back of a taxi smiling out the window in a still from Elsbeth

Photo: Elizabeth Fisher/CBS

Genre: Columbo (procedural)
Release date: 10 p.m. on CBS, next day on Paramount
Showrunner/creator: Michelle and Robert King
Cast: Carrie Preston, Wendell Pierce, Carra Patterson, and more

It seems like just yesterday that Elsbeth Columbo’d her way into our hearts and took the Big Apple by storm. Now — with her surveillance coming to a head at the same time as she’s really started to find her groove, investigation-wise — she’s reached the end of season 1. But possibly the start of… season 2?

New shows on Apple TV Plus

Trying season 4

Genre: Parenting comedy
Release date: May 22
Showrunner/creator: Andy Wolton
Cast: Esther Smith, Rafe Spall, and more

After all those years of trying, Trying is finally to the “life with kids” part — which is to say, Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall) are enjoying the ups and downs of having children in the house. Their son isn’t getting picked for sports and their daughter is yearning to forge a connection with her birth mother. Still, six years after their adoption, this is a family that Nikki and Jason always wanted, so they’re game to roll with the punches.

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