‘Shade,’ ‘Scandal,’ Sam Smith Does ‘SNL’ and More TV this Week – Towleroad

Check out our weekly guide to TV this week, and make sure you’re catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won’t admit you watch when no one’s looking.

As far as trash TV goes, we’re partial to Bravo’s Real Housewives. This Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern the ladies (loose term) of New Jersey are back and poised to be better than ever. Table-flipping headline grabber Teresa Giudice is joined by a returning Danielle Staub, as well as fan-favorites Melissa Gorga, Siggy Flicker and Dolores Catania.

Pour yourself a full-bodied red and get ready for Scandal’s final season, premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

After weeks of making viewers seethe at the sight of twins Claire and Shawn on Project Runway, the sisters meet face-to-same-face Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern on Lifetime. It’s Fashion Thunderdome: Sibling Edition. Two will enter, only one will make it work.

Drag Race lovers take note: Fusion’s new docuseries Shade: Queens of NYC is a must-see. See what it looks like a for a drag queen to make it in the business without RuPaul’s crown as Shade follows incredible New York queens like Brita Filter, Marti Gould Cummings and Paige Turner. More than chronicling the sequins and lip syncs, Shade also dives into the performers’ lives off stage, exploring and their community, relationships and personal struggles. The series premieres Thursday at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.

The first openly gay man to win an Oscar, Sam Smith, is the musical guest on this week’s Saturday Night Live. Gal Gadot hosts 11:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC. See a clip of Smith’s last SNL performance in 2014.

What are you watching this week on TV?

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