What to Watch This Weekend: The Premieres of Crossbones and Halt and Catch Fire, the Finales of Da Vinci's Demons and Silicon Valley, and Game of Thrones' Big Fight

By Andy Daglas

May 30, 2014

What to watch on Friday, May 30...

SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 12am, Netflix
All six episodes of the Ricky Gervais dramedy drop today. Set one year after the events of Season 1, this stretch opens with Derek welcoming his father as a roommate and things kicking up a notch for Tom and Hannah.

John Malkovich portrays Edward Teach, p/k/a Blackbeard, infamous scourge of the seas who rules a society of brigands, buccaneers, and other scurvy knaves in this pirate adventure from Luther creator Neil Cross. “The Devil’s Dominion” kicks off the swashbuckling with Blackbeard & Co. on the prowl for a miraculous new macguffin invention.

10pm, Syfy
“Minute of Silence” sends Kiera on the trail of some uber-brainy students who are committing crimes with high-tech gizmos. Meanwhile, Kellog tries to mend fences with Alec, who takes drastic measures to hone his new invention, and a mysterious stranger seeks Kiera’s help to recover his lost memories.

– William Shatner and Jessica St. Clair on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


What to watch on Saturday, May 31...

Sing Your Face Off
Celebrities adopt the personae of various pop stars in what appears to be a blend of karaoke, Face Off, and ABC having a summer programming budget of about three hundred bucks. Sebastian Bach, Jon Lovitz, and Lisa Rinna are among the competitors who will inhabit the wardrobe and musical stylings of artists such as Lady Gaga, Elton John, Tina Turner, and Dolly Parton. John Barrowman hosts, while Debbie Gibson and Darrell Hammond lead the judging panel.

9pm, HBO
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Inductees including The E Street Band, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, KISS, NirvanaLinda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens are honored in a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center that was taped in April.

SEASON 2 FINALE, 9pm, Starz
Da Vinci’s Demons
With the Ottoman threat looming, the cities of Italy must band together in “The Sins of Daedalus.” Meanwhile, Vanessa’s fate rests in Nico’s hands, and Riario finds himself in a perilous position.

9pm, BBC America
Orphan Black
After Vic crosses the line and places Alison in jeopardy, the Clone Club assembles to pull her back from the brink in “Knowledge of Causes and Secret Motion of Things.” Not for nothing, gang, but maybe if y’all had been more supportive of her theatrical ambitions a few weeks ago, none of you would be in this particular mess right now, eh?

10pm, BBC America
In the Flesh
Kieran struggles with his private lies and with his public image. Elsewhere, Maxine connives to defenestrate a Roarton council member who opposes her methods.


What to watch on Sunday, June 1...

7pm, Fox
The final four episodes of the axed-too-soon freshman comedy will air in this slot over the next four weeks, beginning with “Prank War.” Derrick and Randy must help Pete rebound after a volley of practical jokes exposes his secret weakness, while Cody applies his soldiering skills to his desk duties.

9pm, HBO
Game of Thrones
“The Mountain and the Viper” settles Tyrion’s fate in the arena, and casts an askance glance upon Littlefinger's true motives. Up north, Mole Town greets some surprise visitors and Ramsay strives to earn his father’s respect.

9pm, Fox
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
A voyage to Venus sparks an exploration of how the greenhouse effect may wreak havoc on Earth. Naturally, this episode is already drawing outraged protests from people who deny the existence of Venus.

9pm, NBC
While Winter and Channing tend to Channing's gunshot wound in “Revelation,” Bo and Tate get up in Skouras’s grill and tell him to quit chasing them. I don’t know of many past cases in TV drama where straight-up requesting that your antagonist cut it out has worked, but hey, there’s a first time for everything?

9pm, Lifetime
Drop Dead Diva
Jane handles a case involving a DUI accident while Kim represents a ventriloquist whose puppet has landed on a no-fly list, in what is hopefully a crossover with Soap’s Chuck and Bob. Elsewhere in “No Return,” Stacy prods Owen to adopt healthier habits.

9pm, Showtime
Nurse Jackie
While undergoing some at-home detox in “The Lady With the Lamp,” Jackie dreams of working at the hospital and meeting an enigmatic patient who knows too much. In the land of the awake, Frank’s concerns about Grace moving back home blow up in his face.

9:30pm, Showtime
Hashtag Black gives Hank headaches on his episode of Santa Monica Cop. Meanwhile in “30 Minutes or Less,” Levon receives an opportunity, and Stu’s offer sparks an altercation.

Halt and Catch Fire
Former IBM exec Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) assembles a team of misfits to develop a rogue PC project in this drama set at the dawn of the 1980s computing boom. “I/O” boots up the series with Joe enlisting engineer Gordon and whiz-kid Cameron to help bring his tech dreams to life.

10pm, NBC
As Meg testifies about her connection to the secret soldier program in “Found,” Finley and Dunn chase a lead involving a soldier from the Pakistani embassy. Gibson, knowing how to get things done on a TV drama, recruits that old stalwart Unlikely Ally in the search for the mansion.

10pm, Showtime
Penny Dreadful
In “Demimonde,” Vanessa falls deeper under Dorian Gray’s thrall while Malcolm pairs Van Helsing with Dr. Frankenstein to seek the cure for his daughter’s malady.

Silicon Valley
Gavin Belson’s bravura presentation at TechCrunch Disrupt knocks the boys back on their heels in “Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency.” But while Jared charts a new course for Pied Piper, Richard summons the motivation to make a few bold changes.

10:30pm, HBO
Selina prepares to square off with her primary rivals in “Debate,” and a newly serene Dan rejoins Team Veep. Meanwhile, Mike’s wife plans an article about Selina, but finds herself drawn to a juicier story instead.


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