What to watch on Tuesday, May 6...
SEASON 4 FINALE, 8pm, PBS
Pioneers of Television
“Acting Funny” trains its focus on the studied zaniness of comic actors such as Robin Williams, Cloris Leachman, Dick Van Dyke, Tina Fey, and Chicken #2 in the Swedish Chef sketches. Not Chicken #1, mind you, that feather-brained hack.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In “Ragtag,” Coulson’s crew goes incognito in preparation for a clash with Hydra. The logline also promises that more “shocking secrets” are yet to be unfurled in the season’s penultimate episode, so prepare to find out that May is actually an android or Simmons is actually Welsh or who the heck knows what.
Dispatched to France on a clandestine mission in “The Admiral’s Daughter,” DiNozzo comes upon a crime scene that requires the resources of the whole squad.
8pm, The CW
The fates of Hayley and all her lupine brethren are on the line in “The Battle of New Orleans,” as Klaus and Elijah devise a cunning plan to gather the sacred stones for Genevieve. But since it spells doom for the vamps of the Quarter, Marcel marshals his troops for an anti-Original counterstrike. Meanwhile, Cami tries to decipher a critical code, and continues to not board the next train to Biloxi like any sane person in her shoes really ought to.
Hoping to restore her tarnished rep, Rachel enlists Santana as her publicist and starts a cuddly charitable endeavor in “Old Dog New Tricks.” Meanwhile, episode scribe Chris Colfer gives his character the classic “starring in a nursing home production of Peter Pan” storyline.
SEASON 3 FINALE, 9pm, Fox
They may no longer be an item, but that doesn’t mean Jess and Nick can’t enjoy a leisurely sea voyage in “Cruise.” And hey, why not bring along the whole gang, so that Winston can try to reunite the ex-lovers, Schmidt can make yet another play for Cece’s heart, and Coach can fight his boat-phobia? And hey, why not also invite guest-stars Kerri Kenney and Oscar Nunez?
At the behest of Murray and Pops, Barry lies to Beverly about joining the wrestling team in “A Wrestler Named Goldberg.” Naturally, this plan goes entirely smoothly and leads to no wacky reversals or comeuppances whatsoever. In this week’s sign that The Goldbergs inhabits every year of the 1980s simultaneously, Adam and Erica make plans to catch the premiere of Return of the Jedi.
About a Boy
Will’s best efforts to fête Marcus are bedeviled by scheduling snags in “About a Birthday Party.” Meanwhile, Fiona and Sam quarrel and Will gets roped into the middle.
9pm, The CW
Castiel enlists Sam and Dean’s help interrogating one of Metatron’s angels in “King of the Damned.” Elsewhere, Crowley spurns Abaddon’s demand that he help her kill the Winchesters, but she has a very persuasive card up her sleeve.
SEASON 2 FINALE, 9:30pm, Fox
The Mindy Project
In “Danny and Mindy,” Mindy is certain she’s struck rom-com gold after a dashing fellow pens a newspaper article about their chance encounter. Well, it’s less an article than an installment of “Mary Worth,” but still: so totally a sign, you guys.
Person of Interest
Its view of the world obfuscated by an unknown source, the Machine fires off five numbers to help the team suss out an impending disaster. Meanwhile in “A House Divided,” Root summons reinforcements to town.
As Dawson gears up for the fireman’s exam in “One More Shot,” Casey and Antonio (Jon Seda) have a heart-to-heart. Elsewhere, Shay receives an unexpected guest and the firehouse receives its newest member.
“Eating the Blame” finds Molly making headway on her investigation and Gus seeking to repair an error. On the criminal front, Malvo takes on a new role while Lester has a run-in with Messrs Numbers and Wrench.
When Bruce up and vanishes, Maggie and Mark are on the case in “Unfinished Business.” In less mysterious proceedings, Emma and her estranged mom reconnect.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10pm & 10:30pm, AMC
If you were fretting about AMC’s future as a destination for quality programming once Mad Men follows Breaking Bad out the door next year, Freakshow is back to set your mind at ease. And with self-explanatory episodes like “Freakshow Auditions” and “Boobzilla Comes to Town” first out of the Season 2 gate, who could dispute that story, indeed, does matter here?
“Sophomore Sluts” have their eyes on Matty and Jake—and maybe more than just their eyes, unless Jenna and Tamara can fend off the would-be usurpers.
A tech company donates to the school in “We Shall Overcompensate,” raising the ire and the social consciousness of the student body. On the personal front, Amy puts “find a boyfriend” on her to-do list.
10:30pm, Comedy Central
Inside Amy Schumer
In “Down for Whatever,” Amy dumps her beau, raises an objection at a wedding, and verbally assaults a turtle. And who among us can say we haven’t had a week like that, am I right, folks?
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 11pm, AMC
Small Town Security
“Someone’s Got the Meatball,” declares the title of the third (?!) season premiere, and I am just going to take your word for that one, Small Town Security. I’ll also trust that it connects to Captain Starr’s project to make a new training tape. No no, don’t explain how. I’m sure you’ve got this under control.
– Michael Emerson, Nicole Murphy, Jessica Canseco, and Ziggy Marley on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Christopher Meloni, Dave Franco, and Hamilton Leithauser on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Jane Lynch on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Author Peter Schuck on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Bette Midler on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Seth Rogen, Matt Bomer, and Coldplay on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Jon Cryer, Elizabeth Olsen, and Foster the People on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Jon Hamm, Emma Roberts, and Kid Ink featuring Travis Barker on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Ellen Page, Lewis Black, and Black Label Society on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35pm, NBC
– Colin Hanks and Richard Ayoade on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?