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What to watch and listen to this week: NBC's 'Trial & Error,' With Friends Like These podcast

John Lithgow, right, stars in NBC's new crime comedy Trial & Error.

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John Lithgow, right, stars in NBC's new crime comedy Trial & Error.

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March

A few winter shows get their finales this week, along with fall favorite This Is Us. Luckily, past episodes of this season of The Bachelor, This Is Us and Star are available on Hulu so you can catch up before they bow for the season. Oh, and don't miss NBC's new comedy Trial & Error, which pokes fun at seedy crime documentaries.

Watch this week

MONDAY

SEASON FINALE: The Bachelor, 8 p.m., ABC: Bachelor Nick has to choose between the final two bachelorettes. And at 10 p.m., the After the Final Rose live show has Nick recapping the season.

TUESDAY

SEASON FINALE: This Is Us, 9 p.m., NBC: In the first season finale, Jack heads to Cleveland to make things right with Rebecca, and Randall, Kate and Kevin have to make big decisions about their futures.

SERIES PREMIERE: Trial & Error, 10 p.m., NBC: After playing a belligerent Winston Churchill in The Crown, John Lithgow returns to comedy, this time as a poetry professor accused of killing his wife. Lithgow's Larry Henderson is a lovable idiot with a hopeless defense team. Trial & Error spoofs crime documentaries, taking inspiration from Netflix's Making a Murderer and HBO's The Jinx.

Review: John Lithgow is a lovable doofus in Trial & Error

WEDNESDAY

SEASON PREMIERE: Greenleaf, 10 p.m., OWN: The second season premiere sees the Greenleaf family reeling from the aftermath of Mac's release and Lady Mae making a last ditch attempt to save the Bishop.

SEASON FINALE: Star, 9 p.m., Fox: In the first season finale, Star deals with the aftermath of Hunter's actions, while the girls fine-tune their routine for the Atlanta NextFest.

THURSDAY

Riverdale, 9 p.m., CW: In the seventh episode, the destruction of an important piece of evidence triggers new rumors about who killed Jason, and Cheryl makes an unexpected proposal to Betty.

Crooked Media

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With Friends Like These

Crooked Media is taking the podcast world by storm.

These three former Obama administration staffers - Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor - found their hook with Keepin' It 1600, which explored the 2016 election in an informative but engaging way.

But then Donald Trump won and became the 45th president.

The three left Keepin' It 1600 and formed Crooked Media, starting with Pod Save America and then Pod Save the World. The company's third podcast, With Friends Like These, premiered at the end of February.

Ana Marie Cox, senior political correspondent for MTV News, hosts the series that focuses on the country's political divide by asking uncomfortable questions and engaging in awkward but necessary conversations.

The podcast aims to be more about listening than arguing. It's not like watching CNN or Fox News, where two people are put in little TV boxes and yell at each other for 20 minutes. Rather than trying to get to the root of why someone voted for Trump or Clinton, the series explores the great political and cultural divide that is like a gaping wound in the United States.

Cox talks with liberals, conservatives, activists, writers and critics. In the first episode, she talks to Wisconsin's Pastor Christopher Jackson and tries to find out why his community voted for Obama - and then voted for Trump. With critic Ira Madison III, she has a "very meta conversation" about the cultural dynamic between the white community and black community. And the most recent episode is a conversation with a #NeverTrump diehard and his past as an attack ad maker.

The conversations are always civilized, intelligent and thoughtful with the occasional joke to lighten the mood. They may get uncomfortable, but they're needed.

Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and getcrookedmedia.com.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

 

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