Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Nov. 28, 2016

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Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter, offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch it. This week, Mariah Carey debuts her own docuseries and Leah Remini  takes on Scientology. Plus, HBO’s “Westworld” wraps up its first season.

“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” A&E, Tuesday, 10 p.m.

Scientology seems to be one of those topics that is constantly of interest to the masses. In Leah Remini’s new docuseries, the actress tells all about why she left and opens up about the mysterious church — and it’s bound to be both controversial and eye-opening.

Hollywood & Football,” E!, Wednesday, 9 p.m.

The network that brought us the Kardashians is now bringing us, yes, football. This new reality series will follow the L.A. Rams players both on and off the field, as they juggle the big move with their personal lives. Though E! is known largely for celebrity gossip and red carpets, perhaps this sports-centric series will lure a new variety of viewers.

“Mariah’s World,” E!, Sunday, 9 p.m.

As if you really need a reason to watch this? Two words: Mariah Carey. The songstress lets cameras follow her on her tour, while also giving a glimpse of her personal life (does she really survive on salmon alone?). Variety‘s critic Sonia Soraiya credits this show for putting a spotlight back on the beloved diva, writing, “Fortunately, a true diva has arrived on the scene, and she is here to be worshipped.” Our critic also points out that the eight-part docuseries has a “surprising sense of humor and humility.”

“Westworld” finale, HBO, Sunday, 9 p.m. (CRITICS PICK)

Love or hate it, “Westworld’s” puzzle-box storytelling attempt to come to a conclusion Sunday night will be must-watch television — if only to see where this tangled maze of traps and pitfalls has been leading all along. The first season of HBO’s drama about a particularly twisted amusement park has been more cerebral than showy, engaging with the nature of consciousness and the blurred line between artificial and human intelligence through fascinating, if a bit sterile, performances by Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, and Thandie Newton. It will be interesting to see how the show tries to bring its ever-expanding mysteries to the pause of this season finale — as “Lost” and “Game of Thrones” fans know already, it’s always easier to create a mystery than it is to solve it to a curious audience’s satisfaction.

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