What to Watch This Weekend: Hannibal, Orphan Black, and the Series Premiere of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

By Andy Daglas

Apr 25, 2014


What to watch on Friday, April 25...


SEASON 3 FINALE, 8pm, ABC
Last Man Standing
“Mutton Busting” is all about the mutton busting—specifically, Boyd’s competitive mutton busting at the rodeo. Am I just repeating the phrase “mutton busting” as much as I can because I may never have the chance again? Yes. Yes I am. In non-mutton-busting business, Eve’s boyfriend takes umbrage with her choice of promwear.


8pm, Fox
Kitchen Nightmares
An Italian restaurant in Colorado is in such dire straits that it needs a two-hour installment, “Mangia Mangia, Parts 1 & 2.” Will that be enough time for Gordon to whip the ineffectual head chef and unruly staff into shape?


8pm, The CW
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Shh! No one say anything, but when Aisha Tyler guest-starred on Modern Family a few weeks ago, it looks like she smuggled Nolan Gould out and over to Whose Line. Guest-comics Jeff Davis and Greg Proops swear they know nothing about a dossier labeled Operation: Sitcom Starnapping.


9pm, NBC
Grimm
A lethal newcomer is targeting Portland’s Wesen in “Nobody Knows the Trubel I’ve Seen,” possibly in hopes of headlining a Grimm spin-off. Meanwhile, Adalind contemplates a risky alliance.


9pm, CBS
Hawaii Five-0
In “Pe'epe'e Kānaka” (“Those Among Us”), the slaying of a pool cleaner leads the team to a cell of students-cum-terrorists. They plan to launch an attack, assuming they raise enough funds at the Campus Clubs & Activities Bake Sale.


9pm, The CW
Hart of Dixie
Zoe gets wrapped up in Wade and Vivian’s affairs, while all of BlueBell gets caught in Lavon and AnnaBeth’s crossfire. Elsewhere in “A Better Man,” Lemon has a cunning plan to boost her health inspection results, and George accepts a date with a Bible-school teacher.


9pm, Sundance
The Writers’ Room
The creators of The Walking Dead, Smallville, and other series discuss the process of adapting comic books to the small screen.


10pm, Syfy
Continuum
“A Minute Changes Everything” sends Kiera to the aid of a college student who’s enmeshed in a police cover-up. In other dirty departmental dealings, Carlos detects Liber8’s influence at work inside the VPD.


10pm, NBC
Hannibal
The killer of the week in “Shizakana” seems to be tearing apart his victims with the help of vicious beasts, and I am 75 percent certain this is a backdoor pilot for a gritty reboot of Manimal. Don’t disappoint me, NBC. Meanwhile, Will and Margot Verger chat about their mutual therapist, and Hannibal devises a test for Will.


LATE-NITE:
– Dick Gregory and Daniel Beaty on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Jamie Foxx, Alan Cumming, and Alicia Keys& Kendrick Lamar on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Michael J. Fox, Piedmont Bird Callers, and Naughty Boy on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Billy Bob Thornton and St. Paul & the Broken Bones on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


What to watch on Saturday, April 26...


10:30am, The Hub
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Rarity’s designing muse departs her in “Inspiration Manifestation” (title on loan from The Big Bang Theory), so Spike conjures up a spell to restore her creative spark, which of course goes entirely overboard.


9pm, BBC America
Orphan Black
In “Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion,” Sarah teams with Art to search for Kira and makes a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, Cosima’s mystery malady takes its toll, and Aynsley’s death continues to haunt Alison.


9pm, Starz
Da Vinci’s Demons
For Leonardo and Riario, getting into the Vault of Heaven is, as you might expect from the name, a bit tricky. But if The Legend of Zelda has taught them anything, they’ll push the right block or light the right torch to pop that door open soon enough. Elsewhere in “The Rope of the Dead,” Lucrezia bumps into the Turk en route to Constantinople.


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


What to watch on Sunday, April 27...


7pm, Fox
Bob’s Burgers
“The Kids Run Away,” announces this week’s episode, but don’t go updating any Soul Asylum music videos just yet. They’re just at Aunt Gail’s house, to which Louise flees in fear of having a cavity filled, and to which Linda schleps Tina and Gene to keep her company.


8pm, ABC
Once Upon a Time
In “A Curious Thing,” Zelena vows she’ll off Henry unless Hook locks lips with Emma. People, this is what happens when you take your 'shipping too far. I blame Tumblr. In less coerced romance, Regina and Robin Hood inspire all manner of jokes about shafts and quivers.


9pm, HBO
Game of Thrones
As Jon rallies the troops at Castle Black (sort of), Dany strikes a balance between the velvet glove and the iron fist at Meereen. Elsewhere in “Oathkeeper,” Bran and his retinue come across shelter, and Brienne and Jaime return to the subject of the Kingslayer’s honor.


9pm, CBS
The Good Wife
In “Tying the Knot,” Alicia pays a visit to Colin Sweeney’s home, where she greets his fiancé (Laura Benanti) and an enchanting evening is had by a—nope, wait, a corpse turns up in the house, now Alicia’s embroiled in a whole imbroglio. Oh Colin Sweeney, you cad.


9pm, Fox
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Marlee Matlin and Kirsten Dunst guest-star in “Sisters of the Sun” as Annie Jump Cannon and Cecilia Payne, early 20th century astronomers who uncovered a wealth of new knowledge about the stars.


9pm, Showtime
Nurse Jackie
Would-be sperm donor Coop is disheartened to learn he’s a few troops short of a brigade. Meanwhile in “Super Greens,” Carrie contributes to a TV medical segment, fortune smiles on Akalitus at the poker table, and Jackie tends to a patient with an autoimmune condition.


9:30pm, Showtime
Californication
Hank’s first episode assignment takes the wind out of Terry’s and Hugh’s sails in “Like Father Like Son.” On the personal front, Karen is at her wit’s end with Hank.


10pm, Comedy Central
Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed
The standup riffs on seafood, underwear, weddings, and B.O. in a performance at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre.


10pm, AMC
Mad Men
Don gets his motor running and heads out on the highway in “Field Trip,” while Betty is looking for adventure and whatever comes her way during a lunch date with a friend. At SC&P, the partners mull a controversial asset, and Harry tries to make his voice heard over the deafening din of everyone saying “Shut your piehole, Harry.”


10pm, PBS
The Bletchley Circle
Dabbling in a bit of illicit trade leads to Millie’s abduction by gangsters in “Uncustomed Goods.” The search for her takes the Circle to an especially nasty corner of organized crime.


10pm, WGN America
Salem
Witch-phobia is in full bloom in “The Stone Child,” and Alden is determined to get to the bottom of why. Is “people are dumb” too reductive an answer? I mean, it might save him a whole lot of trouble.


10pm, ABC
Revenge
With the Graysons marshaling their resources in “Revolution,” Emily must assume yet another new identity to counterattack. This one’s name is Gertrude, and she is a dimwitted yet industrious cabbage vendor. Won’t you buy one of Gertrude’s friendly cabbages, Mrs. Grayson?


10:30pm, HBO
Veep
In what does not appear to be a crossover with HBO’s other Sunday-night comedy, Selina heads to Silicon Valley to drum up some campaign cash in “Clovis.” Back in the Beltway, Dan tries to divert Jonah’s attention with a phony rumor about Danny Chung.


SERIES PREMIERE, 11pm, HBO
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The former Daily Show correspondent takes the helm of his own satirical spin on current events.


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?

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