TV THIS WEEK: Penny Dreadful returns, Last Man on Earth's finale, and more!

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Dec 18, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

We still haven't seen the full force of the spring and summer series premiering, but we keep getting an intruiging trickle, and this week that trickle brings back Penny Dreadful. Plus, The Last Man on Earth gets it season finale, a look at Orphan Black's early season-three ratings, and more.

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

Highlights of the Week

Powers (PSN) Monday, Streaming - "F@#k the Big Chiller"

Season finale! - It takes quite a while for many TV series to make it to the screen, but Powers had a particularly hard road. It switched networks, went through plenty of rewrites that didn't actually led to production, and waited years to see the light of day. This year, the show based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming finally made it to the screen, though, and it did so in a somewhat historic way. Powers is the first original series to be broadcast on the PlayStation Network, streaming to subscribers every week, and like Netflix and other streaming services, PSN doesn't really gives us a week-to-week breakdown of how well the show is doing. So we're still waiting for word on just how successful the show was, and how viable PSN is as a venue for feature streaming content. For the moment, though, we can celebrate that this series -- which often felt like it would never really happen -- finally got a full season. 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) Tuesday, 8 p.m. - "The Dirty Half Dozen"

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in a very interesting place right now when you look at the overall Marvel Studios series landscape. Even as the show enters into the final episodes of its second season, rumors of a spinoff series are swirling, and many fans are more concerned about the future of Agent Carter than they are about the future of this show. On top of that, Marvel's relationship with Netflix just got a big boost with the news that, in addition to the four other shows the studio is develping with the streaming service, their inaugural partnership, Daredevil, will continue for a second season. Then there are all the movies, which only seem to be increasing in frequency. With all that in mind, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems less and less relevant, but if you're a fan of the show, have no fear. Live ratings have slipped a bit (again) in recent weeks, but the show remains a strong DVR contender, packing one of the biggest Live+7 gains on TV. Plus, this week the show offers a bit of a tie-in to Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check out a preview below.

Orphan Black (BBC) Saturday, 9 p.m. - "Formalized, Complex, and Costly"

The third season of Orphan Black is well underway now, so we thought we'd take a moment to look back at how it launched. This year, things went a little differently with the Orphan Black season premiere. Instead of just airing on BBC America, the episode was broadcast on sister networks AMC, IFC, WEtv and Sundance TV. If you look at just the BBC America numbers, the show dropped significantly, earning an audience 13 percent smaller than last season's premiere. If you look at the whole picture, though, things look great for Orphan Black. The show drew a total of 1.27 million live viewers across all of those networks, nearly double the best live premiere audience the show's ever had. So, for the moment, it seems the cross-network scheme worked its magic. Now we just have to see how many of those viewers will keep watching.

The Last Man on Earth (FOX) Sunday, 9:30 p.m. - "Screw the Moon"

Season finale! - You may remember that, when The Last Man on Earth premiered, I wondered if the show's premised could sustain itself as a long-term TV prospect. I wondered if things would get dull or if we'd grow tired of the characters. Well, we still might, but for the moment Last Man is going strong. FOX has already renewed the post-apocalyptic series about a man and his few survivor friends trying to make life out of what's left of the world for a second season, and after viewing most of the first, it's easy to see why. Last Man expertly takes the end-of-the-world dynamic of the series and mingles it with classic sitcom tropes, and so far the formula has worked. Now we just have to see where we'll be left while waiting for season two.

Penny Dreadful (SHO) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "Fresh Hell"

Season premiere! - Last year, as both Penny Dreadful and Salem debuted, I wondered whether there was an appetite among viewers for this many horror-inspired shows, especially when you consider other cable series like American Horror StoryThe StrainBates Motel and perennial powerhouse The Walking Dead. Clearly, though, audiences want more, because all of the shows I just named live on, including Penny Dreadful, which got a renewal for a second season a little more than a month after its debut. The Showtime series, which blends known Victorian horror characters with new ones, thrives on offering something other series of its genre don't, and we're hoping for even more of that in season two. Check out a trailer below.

Monday, April 27

Gotham (FOX) 8 p.m. - "The Anvil or the Hammer"

Gordon and Bullock track the Ogre, who manages to break down Barbara's emotions; Penguin leads a massacre that kick-starts an epic war; Bruce learns the truth about Wayne Enterprises; and Nygma deals with his recent actions.

The Originals (CW) 8 p.m. - "City Beneath the Sea"

Dahlia reveals to Klaus some startling details about baby Hope and makes him an enticing proposition. Meanwhile, Elijah and Freya come up with opposing ideas on how to handle Dahlia's looming deadline; Vincent approaches Davina with an intriguing offer; and Hayley makes a difficult decision about her and Hope's future.

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

Claire's secret is revealed; Lena returns home; police arrest the suspected killer who makes a full confession; Victor goes to extreme lengths to protect Julie; Camille learns the horrifying consequences of her attempt to help.

Tuesday, April 28

Community (Yahoo! Screen) Streaming - "Intro to Recycled Cinema"

Chang leaves Greendale to pursue fame in Hollywood. Abed agrees to complete his unfinished film with the support of Frankie, her movie producer friend Maury and Jeff. 

Powers (PSN) Streaming - F@#k the Big Chiller"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The Flash (CW) 8 p.m. - "The Trap"

Barry, Caitlin, Cisco and Joe set a trap for Wells, but it puts Cisco in grave danger. Meanwhile, Eddie makes a decision regarding Iris, which unsettles Joe.

iZombie (CW) 9 p.m. - "Maternity Liv"

A pregnant woman is murdered but her baby survives. After Liv consumes the victim's brain, a fierce maternal instinct kicks in. Meanwhile, Major makes a shocking discovery.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 9 p.m. - "The Dirty Half Dozen"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Person of Interest (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Asylum"

Reese and Fusco are caught in the war between crime lords Elias and Dominic; a clue to Shaw's whereabouts leads Finch and Root into a possible trap; and Control goes rogue to learn the truth about the Samaritan program.

Wednesday, April 29

Arrow (CW) 8 p.m. - "Ah Sah-Him"

Oliver goes through a rigorous transformation. Meanwhile, the League of Assassins come after Nyssa and she arms herself to face them alone, but Laurel asks Felicity and Diggle to help protect her.

Supernatural (CW) 9 p.m. - "Angel Heart"

Castiel tries to help Claire Novak find her mom who has been missing for years. He feels guilty for what he did to the Novak family and wants to make amends by reuniting Claire with her mother.

CSI: Cyber (CBS) 10 p.m. - "L0M1S"

Nine planes that departed from the same airport face a coordinated Wi-Fi attack while in flight.

Thursday, April 30

Steven Universe (TOON) 5:30 p.m. - "Reformed"

The gang chase a monster that's loose in the Temple.

Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Kicking a Ball and Pretending to be Hurt"

The magic of soccer is discovered by the Titans.

Adventure Time (TOON) 7:30 p.m. - "Chips & Ice Cream"

The tree house has new tenants.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) 8 p.m. - "I'd Leave My Happy Home For You"

Alaric and Jo reluctantly participate in their bachelor and bachelorette parties. Meanwhile, Elena turns to Bonnie and Jo for advice over Damon's impulsive offer; Enzo asks Stefan to help Lily who is on a dangerous downward spiral; and Matt gets fed up with the supernatural threats that plague the town and takes his frustration out on Tyler.

Elementary (CBS) 10 p.m. - "The Best Way Out Is Always Through"

Holmes and Watson embark on an interstate search for an escaped convict who may have murdered a judge. Meanwhile, Bell's new relationship hits a rough patch when Sherlock applies his deductive reasoning to it.

Olympus (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Blood Brothers"

Hero makes his way to Athens to confront King Aegeus, only to be arrested and turned over to Prince Lykos, who has discovered Hero's identity and is out for blood. Back at the Minoan camp, Daedalus unveils his plans for the ultimate war machine.

Dig (USA) 10 p.m. - "Jehoshaphat"

An ancient religious sect is ready to enact its plan; Peter partners with unlikely allies; Lynn realizes the depth of the conspiracy while investigating Ridell; Golan tries to crack more clues from the Donaldson case; and Avram moves to protect his valuable asset.

Friday, May 1

Animation Domination High-Def (FXX) 12 a.m. 

New episodes of Major Lazer and Axe Cop are included. 

Grimm (NBC) 8 p.m. - "You Don't Know Jack"

A string of homicides create a fear that a Jack the Ripper copycat has arrived in Portland. As Nick and Hank investigate, they must also respond to an unexpected situation; at the same time, Adalind and Rosalee must work together on a last-ditch attempt to fix Juliette's condition; and Juliette decides to help her new ally, even if it means hurting those around her.

Bitten (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Dead Meat"

Elena finds herself the subject of painful tests in an off-the-grid compound run by a maniacal and powerful cult leader. Back at Stonehaven, the witches resort to dark magic in hopes of locating their missing members.

Lost Girl (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Big In Japan"

Lauren deals with threats against her life; at the same time, Bo and Tamsin protect a Japanese warrior with a hit on his head.

Saturday, May 2

Orphan Black (BBC) 9 p.m. - "Formalized, Complex, and Costly"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Outlander (Starz) 9 p.m. - "The Watch"

Problems arise with the return of a redcoat deserter from Jamie's past, and Jamie and Ian join The Watch, while Claire tends to Jenny.

Sunday, May 3

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

No synopsis available. 

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9 p.m. - "The Sons of the Harpy"

Jaime and Bronn sneak into Dorne by sea, but their arrival isn't the secret they'd hoped it would be. Meanwhile, Sansa discusses her future with Littlefinger; Jon is tempted by Melisandre; and Tyrion has a new traveling companion on his way to Meereen.

The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 9:30 p.m. - "Screw the Moon"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Penny Dreadful (Showtime) 10 p.m. - "Fresh Hell"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Salem (WGN) 10 p.m. - "The Wine Dark Sea"

Mary comes face-to-face with her tormentor Countess Marburg.

(Episode synopses via TV Guide)

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