TV THIS WEEK: Bendis writes Powers, Game of Thrones continues, and more!

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Apr 20, 2015

We don't have any new premieres this week, but there's still plenty going on. We get our first Brian Michael Bendis-scripted episode of Powers, a fan-favorite return on Community, the season finales of Scorpion and Vikings, and more!

Check out the week in TV below. What's on your watchlist?

Highlights of the Week

Powers (PSN) Tuesday, Streaming - "Level 13"

Brian MIchael Bendis Alert! - It took a very, very long time for Powers to get to where it is now. The TV series based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming went through a number of incarnations and rewrites before finally arriving at the PlayStation Network as its first original series, and even now viewership is limited to people who are willing to pay for a PSN membership. That means we might not talk about it here as much as we talk about readily available network shows, or even basic cable shows with easy-to-access second-chance viewing platforms (like DVR or Hulu and so on), but it doesn't mean we've forgotten about it. Now, after a few weeks on the air, we wanted to give a special Powers heads-up once again, because this week's episode is the first one scripted by Bendis himself. That's right, the co-creator of the series, who's scripted every issue and played a key role in getting this TV series up and running, is finally writing an episode. So if you're a Powers fan, don't miss it.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) Tuesday, 9 p.m. - "Frenemy of My Enemy"

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. still hasn't received a renewal order from ABC, even amid rumors of a developing spinoff from the series, but we're not at the point where we need to count the series out just yet. Despite passionate fans who love the direction the show's taken for its second year, S.H.I.E.L.D. has seen a very clear decrease in live viewers, and most episodes this season have averaged fewer than 5 million live viewers. That said, the show's still one of broadcast TV's top DVR performers, picking up sizeable increases in viewers and ratings. Plus, Disney is clearly committed to the Marvel brand, and though Agent Carter might actually be the better show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the one drawing more viewers. So, for the moment, it seems we'll likely see a third season of the series. We just have to wait and see exactly what ABC has planned.

Forever (ABC) Tuesday, 10 p.m. - "The Night in Question"

Forever managed to defy the odds and get a full-season order from ABC, something many television pundits thought wouldn't happen after its lukewarm opening. Still, ABC decided to let the show stick out its entire first season to see if it paid off. Will it? It's still too soon to be sure, but Forever certainly isn't performing at hit levels, and it's also not performing like a show that could keep gaining viewers as time goes on. Viewership has more or less held steady at roughly 4.5 to 5 million viewers each week, sometimes lower, and while the show gets a decent DVR boost, it just doesn't feel like the kind of series that can sustain itself in key broadcast TV timeslots against stiff competition. We don't yet know the fate of Forever, but it looks more and more likely that the show won't live to see season two. 

Game of Thrones (HBO) Sunday, 9 p.m. - "High Sparrow"

Back when it debuted, Game of Thrones was a strong show for HBO, but it wasn't a runaway juggernaut. In those days, the HBO ratings crown belonged to True Blood, but as time went on Thrones surpassed True Blood in terms of viewers to become the network's ratings champion, and it just kept growing. As season five premiered, the question wasn't whether the show would live on for another season (season six has already been ordered), but whether it could continue the show's climb. As it turns out, it did. The season-five premiere of Game of Thrones drew 8 million live viewers, a 17 percent increase from season four's premiere and an increase of nearly 1 million viewers from the show's previous most-watched episode. That's not even counting the number of people who watched it on DVR, HBO Go or through illegal downloading (where the show has been a kind of champion in recent years), so it's pretty clear the audience is growing. How much will it grow as the season wears on? We'll find out. This week, Jon and Davos discuss the future of the kingdom, Cersei meets the High Sparrow, Arya grows impatient, and more. Check out a preview below.

Salem (WGN) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "Book of Shadows"

Last season, Salem had the distinction of being WGN's first-ever original series, and as a result plenty of viewers were curious. The series drew more than 1.5 million viewers with its premiere, earned a renewal, then dropped to fewer than half a million live viewers for each episode. So, as the second season premiered, the question was whether the series could sustain an audience to keep it going on a network still new to original content. As it turns out, Salem is still going pretty strong. The season-two premiere drew 0.51 million live viewers, more than any season episode except the premiere, and the second episode maintained season-one levels admirably. So, for the moment, it seems Salem is keeping a tight hold on its audience, and that's good news for WGN. 

Monday, April 20

Gotham (FOX) 8 p.m. - "Under the Knife"

The Ogre targets someone close to Gordon; Bruce and Selina expose a corrupt Wayne Enterprises employee; and Nygma comes to Kristin Kringle's defense.

The Originals (CW) 8 p.m. - "When the Levee Breaks"

Dahlia gives Klaus and Hayley a deadline for turning over baby Hope, and they each devise dangerous plans in their fight against her. Meanwhile, Freya gives Rebekah and Elijah an ultimatum; and Marcel considers how to best deal with Klaus' erratic behavior.

Star vs. The Forces of Evil (Disney XD) 8 p.m. - "Diaz Family Vacation" and "Brittney's Party"

Star and Marco try to save the Diazes from a multiple-headed serpent; Star battles Ludo and his army of monsters when they crash Brittney Wong's birthday party.

Scorpion (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Postcards From the Edge"

Season finale! - Season one ends with Team Scorpion torn apart and uncertain about their future as a unit, but they are forced to come together to save Walter's life when his car teeters on the side of a cliff.

The Returned (A&E) 10 p.m. - "Rowan"

Camille opens up to the parents of the support group and tries to help them; Victor comes between Julie and Nikki; Rowan lashes out at Simon and makes a surprising choice.

Tuesday, April 21

Community (Yahoo! Screen) Streaming - "Advanced Safety Features"

A former boyfriend lures Britta into joining Honda’s guerrilla marketing campaign. Jeff looks to get Elroy to like him.

Powers (PSN) Streaming - "Level 13"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Flash (CW) 8 p.m. - "Who Is Harrison Wells?"

Joe and Cisco head to Starling City to continue their investigation of Dr. Wells. While in town, Cisco meets the Black Canary, who asks him for a favor. Meanwhile, Barry races to catch a meta-human who can transform himself into any person he touches, including the Flash.

iZombie (CW) 9 p.m. - "Virtual Reality Bites"

A computer hacker's murder is investigated. Liv inherits intense agoraphobia and mad skills at computer gaming when she consumes his brains. Meanwhile, Blaine becomes acquainted with someone close to Liv.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 9 p.m. - "Frenemy of My Enemy"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Forever (ABC) 10 p.m. - "The Night In Question"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

CSI: Cyber (CBS) 10 p.m. - "URL, Interrupted"

The cyber team investigate when a high-school victim of intense cyber bullying by her classmates promises to retaliate.

Wednesday, April 22

Arrow (CW) 8 p.m. - "The Fallen"

Ra's al Ghul makes Oliver an offer he can't refuse. The team join Oliver on his journey to Nanda Parbat, where a heartbroken Felicity decides to take matters into her own hands.

Supernatural (CW) 9 p.m. - "The Werther Project"

Sam searches for a magical box built by a former Men of Letters that may be able to cure Dean of the Mark of Cain. But the box contains a deadly alarm system that puts the brothers' lives in danger.

CSI: Cyber (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Selfie 2.0"

The cyber team investigate the abductions of young women whose social network pages are being kept up to date. Meanwhile, Ryan helps Trish McCarthy cope with the death of her sister, who was Ryan's former psych patient.

Thursday, April 23

Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Cool School"

The gang go to Cool School to become immune to Rose's insults.

Adventure Time (TOON) 7:30 p.m. - "Jermaine"

The guys want to reconnect with their brother.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8 p.m. - "Because"

Damon struggles with whether to tell Elena about the cure and talks to her about what life would be like if they weren't vampires. Meanwhile, Bonnie discovers Damon betrayed her trust; and Enzo learns the truth about the day he was turned into a vampire.

Elementary (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Under My Skin"

Two New York City paramedics are killed during a kidnapping. Holmes and Watson join the manhunt to find the murderer and the woman he abducted. Meanwhile, Sherlock learns some important information about his recovery sponsor that strains their relationship.

Vikings (History) 10 p.m. - "The Dead"

Season finale! - In the season-three finale, Viking troops make one more daring effort to take Paris, and Ragnar requests a favor of Bjorn, one that could alter the course of Viking history.

Olympus (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Minos"

Hero, Oracle and Daedalus are kidnapped by ruthless Minoans and brought before King Minos and his sadistic daughter Ariadne, who subjects the trio to vicious torture. Meanwhile, the situation in Athens grows more dire, compelling Medea to arrange for a mercenary to pull off a rescue mission.

Dig (USA) 10 p.m. - "Sisters of Dinah"

Lynn suspects that there may be a mole at the consulate; Margrove and Peter both head to a convent, but they have different goals; and Debbie returns to the compound seeking vengeance.

Friday, April 24

Grimm (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Iron Hans"

Nick and Hank investigate a homicide, which they discover is connected to an age-old Wesen rite of passage; Juliette makes a surprising new ally; Nick finds a reason for hope in an unexpected person; and Capt. Renard continues to battle a darkness within.

The Messengers (CW) 9 p.m. - "Strange Magic"

The five angels gather and meet Rose, who explains to them their mission: Halt the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Meanwhile, the Man's true identity is exposed, and he entices Vera with info about her missing son.

Bitten (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Hell's Teeth"

A new threat proves more powerful than anticipated; and the pack and coven suffer heavy losses.

Lost Girl (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Like Hell, Part 2"

In the conclusion of the two-part season five premiere, Bo turns to an estranged family member for help; at the same time, Lauren finds herself haunted by a mysterious spirit.

Saturday, April 25

Orphan Black (BBC America) 9 p.m. - "Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis"

Castor pursues the Leda clones for original tissue samples. Meanwhile, Helena, who is pregnant and imprisoned, is examined by a mysterious villain.

Sunday, April 26

Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Lily"

Lily and Emma reunite in Storybrooke.

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9 p.m. - "High Sparrow"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 9:30 p.m. - "The Tandyman Can"

A re-election is held by the cul-de-sac to choose a new U.S. president.

Salem (WGN) 10 p.m. - "Book of Shadows"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

(Episode synopses via TV Guide)

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