What to Watch This Weekend: The Series Finale of Merlin, the Season 1 Finale of Orphan Black, Game of Thrones Episode 9, and the Season Premieres of The Killing and The Venture Bros.

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What to watch on Friday, May 31...


9pm, Starz
Da Vinci’s Demons
In “The Hierophant,” Leo whips up some aquatic attire and traverses the Holy Sewers to access the Pope and the mysterious prisoner. If this sounds like a blast to you, be sure to check out the Da Vinci’s Demons Experience Thrill Ride™ opening at the Vatican in summer 2014.


9pm, Showtime
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
This new documentary from director Marina Zenovich spotlights the funnyman’s life, legacy, and comic craft. Comedy vets including Dave Chappelle, Mel Brooks, Mike Epps, and more also share their thoughts.


SERIES FINALE, 10pm, Syfy
Merlin
As Morgana surely knows, you come at the Once and Future King, you’d best not miss. Arthur, Merlin, and Camelot make their last stand to repel the sorceress's full-on assault as “The Diamond of the Day, Part 2” concludes the series.


10pm, IFC
Maron
Marc’s resolution to date women his own age gets off to a promising start after he meets a potential paramour (Gina Gershon) in “A Real Woman.” But their courtship takes a turn when she asks him to sit in on her son’s podcast. Perhaps he’ll bring along guest-star Mark Duplass for moral support.


11pm, Cinemax
Zane’s the Jump-Off
As Sabrina, Kenya, and Portia sort through their feelings for their respective gentlemen, Dmitri faces an elevated threat from the erratic Brenda. Elsewhere in “Ball Control,” Harris finally makes an overture toward his biological dad.


LATE-NITE:
– Kathy Griffin, Scott Adsit, and Bad Rabbits on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON FRIDAY?


What to watch on Saturday, June 1...


10:30am, Nickelodeon
Sanjay and Craig
“Maximum Denis” sends the boys to the Frycade incognito to defend their video game supremacy. Then in “Dog Wave,” their quest to acquire one pooch somehow lands them 100. Luckily, that leaves them a pup shy of infringing upon trademarks held by the Walt Disney Company.


SEASON 1 FINALE, 9pm, BBC America
Orphan Black
As “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” ends one of 2012-13’s most entertaining freshman seasons, Sarah and the other Orphans must decide who to trust and who to tussle with. Which questions will be answered? Which answers will be questioned? How many Tatiana Maslanys will die, and how many new ones will arise to take their places?


SEASON FINALE, 10pm, BBC America
The Nerdist
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Zach Galifianakis, and Natasha Leggero serve up the yuks for “Superstar Comedian Week.” In a behind-the-podcast-scenes segment, Jenna-Louise Coleman provides a shot of Saturday night-Doctor Who methadone.



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON SATURDAY?


What to watch on Sunday, June 2...


SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 8pm, AMC
The Killing
Every time Linden thinks she’s out, they pull her back in. “They” being both AMC, which surprised everyone when it revived this briefly canceled crime thriller, and Holder, whose latest unsettling case has ties to one from Linden’s past. While the two ex-partners reunite to track a new predator in “The Jungle” and “That You Fear the Most,” death-row prisoner Ray Seward (Peter Sarsgaard) exposes his true nature.


9pm, HBO
Game of Thrones
Jon confronts a grueling test, Bran discovers a new mystical power, and Jorah formulates siege strategies with Daario. Elsewhere in “The Rains of Castamere,” Robb and his coterie arrive at the Twins for Edmure’s wedding, which ought to be rip-roaring fun since nobody throws a reception like House Frey.


9pm, Lifetime
Army Wives
Latasha frets over Quincy’s military future, Tim’s recent behavior upsets Holly, and Denise joins a relief mission to a country recovering from an earthquake in “Damaged.” On the romantic front, Kat and Michael share a moment, while Patrick’s plea for a second chance complicates Gloria’s decision to go out with Hector.


9pm, Showtime
Nurse Jackie
Jackie and Frank’s evening is disrupted by Kevin in “Forget It,” and no doubt just when Jackie’s play of “quartz” on a triple-word score had catapulted her into the lead. Later, Jackie drops in on an AA meeting and also learns that Grace and Danny are splitsville.


10pm, AMC
Mad Men
Joan is taken by surprise in “A Tale of Two Cities,” and everyone at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Cutler Gleason Chaough Donner Blitzen Howard Fine Howard pulls together to keep from losing a client. In fake story developments, Bob Benson shakes up his routine by bringing someone tea.


10pm, Showtime
The Borgias
Rome readies for the Jubilee celebration, giving Catherine the chance to make mischief and me the chance to use this space to make a joke about ‘90s X-Men for the second week in a row. Meanwhile in “Tears of Blood,” a scheme to put one over on the Borgias comes to light, and Lucrezia feels like somebody (specifically, the royal guard) is always watching her.


10:30pm, HBO
Family Tree
Besides being the title of this episode, “The Austerity Games” was the nickname given to the 1948 London Olympics, in which Tom’s grandfather may have competed. William’s old training buddies shed some light on Tom’s potentially athletic lineage, while Bea and Monk play their first pro gig at a wedding reception. Hopefully not the one Walder Frey is throwing, though.


SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 12am, Cartoon Network
The Venture Bros.
“What Color Is Your Cleansuit?” finds Venture Industries landing a plum space station contract. If the project’s tight timeframe doesn’t push the team over the edge, perhaps Dean’s new rebellious phase will?



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON SUNDAY?


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