What to watch on Wednesday, May 1...
8pm, The CW
“The Undertaking” looms as Malcolm gathers Robert Queen and Frank Chen to divulge his master plan for The Glades. Ollie, estranged from both civilian BFF Tommy and superhero BFF Diggle, works with Felicity to pursue another target on the list.
SERIES PREMIERE, 8:30pm, ABC
After health concerns force handyman Tony (J.K. Simmons) to step back from his business, his blundering son Jack (Kyle Bornheimer) must take the reins and prove his mettle. So picture Henry IV but with screwdriver gags and Leah Remini as wacky Aunt Falstaff, maybe?
It’s “Career Day” at Luke and Manny’s school, and Phil is exactly as gung-ho to extol the virtues of real estate to a group of kids as you would expect Phil to be... that is, until his rival Gil Thorpe arrives to muck things up. Meanwhile, playing toothfairy prompts Mitch and Cam’s latest parental botch-up, and Gloria calls B.S. on Jay’s alleged literary ambitions.
9pm, The CW
The Winchesters dive into the search for the Third Trial after they receive a troubling video message from Kevin Tran—which, honestly, would not be the first time a holy ordeal has been set into motion by Rickrolling. Elsewhere in “The Great Escapist,” Crowley enjoys a run of good luck, and Castiel tries to stay a step ahead of Naomi and the angels pursuing him.
SEASON 11 PREMIERE, 9pm, Discovery
The fellas commemorate their ten-year anniversary by revisiting their very first myth: Could a humble automobile, equipped with a rocket, break three bills on the speedometer and end up airborne? Join Adam and Jamie as they lard up a massive rolling bunker with contraptions a-plenty and blow crap up in the name of ACTION SCIENCE.
Two Rapid City men are found murdered in a ritualistic fashion. Since this episode’s called “Alchemy,” could the team’s investigation lead them to the legendary Philosopher’s Stone? It seems unlikely, but hey, sometimes a procedural that’s been on the air for nearly a decade starts tossing out some crazy juju.
Severide is accused of sexual misconduct in “Retaliation Hit,” while Casey reverts to old habits in his personal life. Elsewhere, Dawson, Hermann, and Otis prepare for the grand opening of their bar, just in time for Det. Voight to swoop back into town and cash in the favor Dawson owes him. Perhaps she could interest him in all-you-can-eat chicken wings and a bottomless pitcher of Old Style?
Liam offers to whisk Rayna away on a whirlwind album-completing excursion, and Deacon is taken aback by his own response to the news. Also in “Take These Chains From My Heart,” Jolene raises concerns about Dante’s fidelity, deepening her rift with Juliette; Tandy seeks to join forces with Coleman; and Gunnar tries out a new musical style which, let’s assume, is a pastiche of Scandinavian death metal and the Chrono Trigger soundtrack.
When the mayor meets his maker in an apparent surfing accident, Shawn investigates... and somehow stumbles into running for the newly vacated office. Chances that Shawn will don a top hat and oversized sash that says MAYOR at least once in “The Santa Barbarian Candidate”: 74 percent.
SEASON 1 FINALE, 10pm, FX
“The Colonel” sees Philip and Elizabeth ordered to attend a meeting that may be a trap, and the worst part is, they’re still two years away from being able to ease the tension with an Admiral Ackbar joke. Meanwhile, Stan and the feds move perilously close to unveiling the truth beneath the wigs.
– Jon Favreau, Bo Burnham, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Sarah Chalke on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Former senator Kay Bailey Hutchison on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Kathy Griffin, Eli Roth, and Cheap Trick on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Tobey Maguire and Tom Odell on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Pierce Brosnan, Greta Gerwig, and Alice Russell on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Sir Ben Kingsley, Kal Penn, and Johnny Marr on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Michael Ian Black and Lena Headey on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS