What to Watch Tonight: POI Deals With Decima, Supernatural Tests Bloodlines, and Cobie Smulders Returns to S.H.I.E.L.D.

By Andy Daglas

Apr 29, 2014


What to watch on Tuesday, April 29...


8pm, CBS
NCIS
A Marine photog who is set to testify in an Army court-martial hearing vanishes in “Shooter,” which would be a fishy coincidence even if this weren’t a TV procedural. As the team investigates, Abby lends aid to a young homeless girl in search of her family.


8pm, ABC
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Kids, in the spring of 2014, your Aunt Robin’s regular TV gig had ended so she was free to resume her role as Maria Hill, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Cobie Smulders). Or whatever remains of S.H.I.E.L.D., anyway, as she and Coulson try to contain the continuing fallout in “Nothing Personal.”


8pm, PBS
Pioneers of Television
“Breaking Barriers” chronicles the progress made by people of color on American television. Profiles include Desi Arnaz, Bill Cosby, Diahann Carroll, Margaret Cho, Edward James Olmos, and George Takei.


8pm, Fox
Glee
Already seeking to move from stage to screen, Rachel auditions for a pilot in “The Back-Up Plan”—endangering her current Funny Girl gig in the process. Around the Big Apple, Blaine becomes buddies with a socialite (Shirley MacLaine) and Mercedes helps Santana with her recording deal.


8pm, The CW
The Originals
Klaus and Elijah rope Genevieve into helping them protect Hayley from a new threat in “A Closer Walk With Thee,” even as the ginger witch has her hands full wrangling Davina and company. Meanwhile, Cami fills Marcel in on Francesca’s plan to pursue a family secret, and Klaus’s slumber is disturbed by nightmares of Mikael.


9pm, The CW
Supernatural
“Bloodlines” slips a potential spinoff pilot right into the Winchesters’ backdoor, and no I haven’t been reading Tumblr fanfic lately why do you ask? A case in Chicago leads Sam and Dean to the shapeshifter and werewolf factions feuding for control of the city’s supernatural underworld—and to a would-be hunter named Ellis who has scores to settle with both sides.


9pm, El Rey
From Dusk Till Dawn
In “Pandemonium,” the Geckos and the Fullers are compelled to take in Santanico Pandemonium’s show. But the arrival of a vengeful Ranger Freddie Gonzalez retools this evening’s performance with a grisly final act.


9pm, ABC
The Goldbergs
Beverly and Murray have trouble raising Erica’s spirits after she’s dumped by her boyfriend in “The Age of Darkness.” Meanwhile, Barry becomes addicted to an arcade game, which soon spells trouble for Adam.


9pm, NBC
About a Boy
Marcus’s father (Tony Hale) drops by for a visit in “About a Boy’s Dad,” but his head seems to still be back in Antarctica with the penguins. As Will tries to help père et fils bond, Fiona struggles to contain her attraction to her ex.


9pm, Fox
New Girl
Tasked with organizing a middle school shindig in “Dance,” Jess turns to the gang for help after she suspects a saboteur is working against her.


9:30pm, Fox
The Mindy Project
Danny gives Mindy the chance to buy his spare condo in “Girl Next Door,” but his jealousy over her new policeman paramour may put the kibosh on the deal. Elsewhere, Peter’s newest squeeze is a brain surgeon who may be a bit above Peter's station, maturity-wise.


SEASON 7 FINALE, 10pm, BET
The Game
Tasha goes into labor, stealing the thunder from Jason and Chardonnay’s vow-renewal ceremony but ensuring the accuracy of the title “The Birth & Vows Episode.” In less title-inspiring business, Malik and Yana butt heads.


10pm, CBS
Person of Interest
While Decima deploys Samaritan in the hunt for Reese and Shaw in “Beta,” Greer strikes at Finch in a more personal way: by placing his ex-fiancée Grace in the line of fire.


10pm, NBC
Chicago Fire
In “A Dark Day,” Casey and Dawson’s day of charity-run volunteering hits a bit of a wrinkle when an explosion rips through Chicago Medical. It’s a crisis so enormous, it’ll take a crossover with tomorrow night’s Chicago P.D. to restore order in the Windy City.


10pm, PBS
Frontline
“Prison State” examines the cycle of mass incarceration in the U.S. prison system, as well as the mission of a Louisville housing project to help rehabilitate offenders.


10pm, MTV
Awkward.
The Adventures of Jenna and Matty’s Sex Life roll on in “Touched by an Angel” as the on-again, off-again, semi-on-again couple gives the whole friends-with benefits situation a shot. At this point, I’m half convinced the pair is just filling up some sort of bingo card of sexual relationship dynamics.


10pm, FX
Fargo
Malvo reverses the blackmail plot with skill not seen since the heyday of Bugs Bunny’s classic “Duck Season” gambit. Elsewhere in “A Muddy Road,” Molly baits a trap, Gus contemplates coming clean, and Lester hits some hurdles in his return to the office.


SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm & 10:30pm, USA
Playing House
Expectant mom Maggie (Lennon Parham) dumps her philandering husband and enlists the support of best friend Emma (Jessica St. Clair) in this new sitcom also featuring Keegan-Michael Key, Zach Woods, and Jane Kaczmarek. In the pilot, Emma trades a flourishing career in China to travel home and help Maggie. Then in “Bird Bones,” the two attend brunch with a friend’s wife.


LATE-NITE:
– Dermot Mulroney, Jimmie Walker, Kevin Taylor, and Selectress Iriela on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Kunal Nayyar, Max Brooks, and Hurray For The Riff Raff on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Hugh Dancy on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Author William D. Cohan on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Robert Rodriguez on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Diane Keaton, Dane DeHaan, David Byrne, and Daley on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Lucy Liu and Ziggy Marley on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Eric Stonestreet & Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Robin Roberts on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Matt Lauer & Savannah Guthrie, Matt Walsh, and Bill Nye on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35pm, NBC
– Valerie Bertinelli and Seth Gabel on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?

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