Here's what's new and returning the week of Feb. 29

By Shirley Li
Updated February 29, 2016 at 08:18 PM EST
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Welcome to This Week in TV, a weekly feature in which we spotlight the series debuting or returning to air. Set your DVRs and alarms: below are the highlights for the next seven days.

Monday, Feb. 29

DOCUSERIES PREMIERE

TruInside (TruTV, 10 p.m.)

The makers of iconic comedies like Airplane!, Election, and Bridesmaids take a look back on how they made the moments that made those films iconic. (That includes “Don’t call me Shirley” from Airplane!, a line I’ve heard only, oh I don’t know, a million times in my life.)

SEASON PREMIERE

The Voice (NBC, 10 p.m.)

With American Idol heading offstage, this show just has to deliver us this decade’s Kelly Clarkson soon. …Right?

MIDSEASON PREMIERES

Gotham (Fox, 8 p.m.)

Watch this as if it’s a strange prequel to the upcoming Batman vs. Superman. Why not?

Blindspot (NBC, 10 p.m.)

I would tell you what this drama’s about, but I just woke up in the middle of Times Square in a duffel bag covered in tattoos and can’t remember a thing. Strange!

SPECIAL

Mavis! (HBO, 9 p.m.)

The doc, featuring interviews with Bob Dylan, Prince, and Bonnie Raitt, covers soul music legend Mavis Staples’ career and civil rights work.

Tuesday, March 1

SERIES PREMIERES

The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition (Lifetime, 10 p.m.)

Six “celebrities” (hello, Heidi Pratt!) argue with their moms. Stars: They’re just like us!

Tour Group (Bravo, 10 p.m.)

Why tune in to Super Tuesday results when you can watch expert tour guides travel around the world to countries like Thailand and Rwanda?

DOCUSERIES PREMIERES

Noisey (Viceland, 10 p.m.)

Presenting Viceland, the new network where, in this show, host Zach Goldblum travels the U.S. interviewing music junkies.

Weediquette (Viceland, 11 p.m.)

Presenting Viceland, the new network where, in this show, you can learn about gardening. Just kidding, I know you know what “weed” means.

SEASON PREMIERE

Ink Master (Spike TV, 10 p.m.)

Think of it as Blindspot: Reality TV Edition.

Wednesday, March 2

SERIES PREMIERES

The Real O’Neals (ABC, 8:30 p.m.)

Because The Fake O’Nakes wouldn’t have made sense!

Hap & Leonard (Sundance, 10 p.m.)

The actress formerly known as Joan on Mad Men plays Hap’s former flame, who offers him and Leonard a risky chance to earn a fortune in this adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s novels.

DOCUSERIES PREMIERES

Gaycation (Viceland, 10 p.m.)

Presenting Viceland, the new network where, in this show, Ellen Page travels the world to learn about LGBT culture.

Balls Deep (Viceland, 11 p.m.)

Presenting Viceland, the new network where, in this show, host Thomas Morton travels to explore what it means to be Christian.

SPECIAL

Greatest Animal Commercials Countdown (The CW, 8 p.m.)

Do… do you really need me to explain this one?

Thursday, March 3

SERIES PREMIERES

The Family (ABC, 9 p.m.)

Joan Allen has secrets! And so does Andrew McCarthy! And Alison Pill! And Matt Saracen Zach Gilford!

Late Night Snack (TruTV, 11 p.m.)

This one’s an anthology of short-form comedy segments. If Ryan Murphy made it, it’d be called American Late Night Snack Story.

DOCUSERIES PREMIERES

F—, That’s Delicious (Viceland, 10 p.m.)

Presenting Viceland, the new network where, in this show, Action Bronson eats his way across America.

Flophouse (Viceland, 10:30 p.m.)

Presenting Viceland, the new network where, in this show, filmmaker Lance Bangs visits up-and-coming comedians in their shared homes.

Friday, March 4

SEASON PREMIERES

House of Cards (Netflix)

If you think thiselection year’s a mess, just watch this show — to truly understand how much of a mess this election year is.

Adam Devine’s House Party (Comedy Central, 12:30 a.m.)

The guy from Workaholics — no, not the tall one or the one with the massive hair — continues to hardly work.

Say Yes to the Dress (TLC, 9 p.m.)

Because Say No to the Bow wouldn’t have made sense!

Saturday, March 5

SERIES FINALE

Mythbusters (Discovery, 8 p.m.)

Don’t forget to watch the one-hour special presentation, “Mythbusters: The Reunion,” immediately afterwards.

Sunday, March 6

SERIES FINALE

Downton Abbey (PBS, 9 p.m.)

The upstairs-downstairs drama ends with a cameo from that water bottle.

SEASON PREMIERE

Bar Rescue (Spike TV, 9 p.m.)

This one’s fun because if you squint, it looks like the title reads “Bar Becue”! Sorry.

I Am Cait (E!, 9 p.m.)

Featuring the Jenner best known for being the only one in the family without a K initial.

MIDSEASON PREMIERES

Once Upon a Time (ABC, 8 p.m.)

Storybrooke’s heroes and villains still haven’t found their happy ending. Aw.

The Last Man on Earth (Fox, 9:30 p.m.)

Tandy’s life is friggin dandy. Just joshin’, of course it isn’t!

Quantico (ABC, 10 p.m.)

Sexy secrets and secretive sex return! Along with some henleys, of course.

Episode Recaps

Downton Abbey PS

Downton Abbey

The war is over, but intrigue, crisis, romance, and change still grip the beloved estate.

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