The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Here are the picks for the week beginning Monday, April 6th:
Better Call Saul Season Finale, “Marco” (AMC, 10 p.m.) – In the season finale, Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) is on the lookout for new opportunities far away from his brother (Michael McKean) and previous employers at HHM. Don’t expect much in the way of brotherly love as the path that leads Jimmy to become Saul feels all the more clearer.
Justified, “Collateral” (FX, 10 p.m.) – Boyd (Walton Goggins) is up and about again, and the hunt is now on for Ava (Joelle Carter) and Zachariah (Jeff Fahey) in the mountains. Raylan (Timothy Olyphant), and his hat, are on their trail, while Sam Elliott’s menacing Markham, newly single, finds himself in an unlikely partnership that will not, in any way, end in rampant bloodshed. There’s just no way.
Black-ish, “The Real World” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) – ABC’s most inviting and inventive sitcom in years continues its first-season hot streak, as Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) plans a dinner party for her college friends. One of her friends’ appearance in MTV’s The Real World spurs the kids to create their own show. Fingers crossed on avoiding a Puck cameo.
The Americans, “One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov” (FX, 10 p.m.) – Pins and needles are prepped and ready as the uncertainty of where Paige (Holly Taylor) will land in regards to finding out about her parents’ true professions presses on. Meanwhile, Oleg (Costa Ronin) and Tatiana (Vera Cherny) are sent on a dangerous mission for the motherland. Henry will also, almost certainly, continue to leer at women in bathing suits.
The Comedians Series Premiere, “Pilot” (FX, 10 p.m.) – Josh Gad and Billy Crystal team up for this half-hour series that follows a comedy team made up of a classical, vaudeville-esque entertainer and a more modern, dark comedian. The set-up is promising, as are the stars, as long as we’re talking a little more Book of Mormon and a little less Parental Guidance.
Louie Season Premiere, “Pot Luck” (FX, 10:30 p.m.) – The most radical comedy currently on television continues its sublime winning streak as our schlubby anti-hero (Louis C.K.) attempts to socialize with other parents, only to end up having to help deliver a baby. The existential insights remain as quietly profound and unexpected as the jokes in C.K.’s waking dream of Manhattan.
Marvel’s Daredevil, Premiere (Netflix, streaming) – Netflix’s first foray into the Marvel universe is marked by perhaps the most striking visual style to adorn this sort of subject matter since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Bryan Singer’s X-Men. The pulpy, crime-centric tone recalls Law & Order as much as Batman Begins, and Charlie Cox makes good on the promise he showed on Boardwalk Empire. The ass-kicking is also pretty stellar.
Game of Thrones Season Premiere, “The Wars to Come” (HBO, 9 p.m.) – To avoid any spoilers and the subsequent verbal hellfire of revealing anything about the storyline, let’s just say that…things…continue to happen…with dragons.
Silicon Valley Season Premiere, “Sand Hill Shuffle” (HBO, 10 p.m.) – Following the sudden death of their lead investor, the Pied Piper team start looking at other fiscal options for the future of their company. T.J. Miller continues to play the most humorously obnoxious character on premium cable.
Veep Season Premiere, “Joint Session” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.) – Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s second coming is still in full effect in the season 4 premiere, as Selina and her staff struggle to make a concise first speech to Congress. Armando Iannucci’s wicked sense of politically-tinged comedy is as biting as ever, and the great Diedrich Bader returns as political operative Bill Ericsson.