TV THIS WEEK: Preacher premieres, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s finale, and more!

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May 16, 2016

We're at the very tail end of the standard broadcast TV season, which means we have a number of finales this week, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Grimm and The Originals, but there's really only one star of the show this week: the premiere of Preacher. Yes, it's finally time for the iconic comic book series to hit the small screen. That happens Sunday, but there's plenty more to get excited about on TV this week.

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


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) Tuesday 9 p.m. - "Absolution/Ascension"

Season finale! - It's already been revealed that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return for a fourth season in the fall, which is very good news for many fans who didn't even think it would get a second. Over the past two years the show has evolved significantly from a kind of superspy procedural into a mesh of spying and superheroics, introducing the Inhumans to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and developing a plethora of enemies. This week, the team ends its season with a full-blown showdown with Hive. The question now is: Where does it go after that? Check out a preview below.


Genius by Stephen Hawking (PBS) Wednesday, 9 p.m. - "Can We Time Travel?" and "Are We Alone?"

Series premiere! - Stephen Hawking has long been known as one of the great scientific minds of our time, and this week he puts his knowledge to work in a brand-new series that challenges a group of volunteers to ponder the great questions of the universe. Hawking has, of course, pondered these questions for decades on his own, but now it's time for someone else to attempt to figure out if he's right. The first two episodes will focus on time travel and the possibility of alien life, and this looks to be a fascinating experiment.


Legends of Tomorrow (CW) Thursday, 8 p.m. - "Legendary"

Season finale! - Legends of Tomorrow entered this TV season as perhaps the most ambitious superhero show ever to hit television, a team-up sci-fi adventure starring a set of minor heroes who'd mostly played second fiddle on other shows. Like Arrow and The Flash before it, though, it turned out to be a hit, and The CW has already ordered Season 2. Now we get to see what happens as the group suffers a sort of semi-breakup in the aftermath of their recent tragedies. Check out a preview below.


The 100 (CW) Thursday, 9 p.m. - "Perverse Instantiation - Part 2"

Season finale! - The 100 has had a very controversial season thanks to a certain character death that sent shockwaves through its fandom and cost it more than a few viewers, but it nevertheless survives for another year. The show stirred up a massive discussion about the importance of character diversity and how diverse characters are treated on broadcast television, and it will get a chance to further explore those themes with another season next fall. For now, our heroes are set for a showdown. Check out a preview below.


Preacher (AMC) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "Pilot"

Series premiere! - And now, the moment you've all been waiting for. After successfully bringing The Walking Dead to the screen, AMC has turned its attention to the iconic Preacher, the acclaimed comics series by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon. Under the guidance of executive producers (and huge fans) Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, this series will document the travails of preacher-turned-outlaw Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) as he attempts to come to terms with godlike powers and a moral landscape that's far muddier than anyone could imagine. The early trailers look very promising, so hopefully we'll get all of the brutality and brilliance the comic had to offer in TV form. Check out a preview below.



Gotham (FOX) 8 p.m. - "Wrath of the Villains: A Legion of Horribles"

Hugo Strange manages to bring Fish Mooney back to life in Indian Hill; Bruce teams up with Gordon, Alfred and Lucius to help a friend who is in danger.


Houdini & Doyle (FOX) 9 p.m. - "In Manus Dei"

The team investigates whether a faith healer is really channeling God's power after a heckler is struck down at one of his shows.


Bates Motel (A&E) 9 p.m. - "Norman"

Norma and Norman's relationship is tested; Romero faces pressure from all directions; Dylan considers reaching out to Norman.

12 Monkeys (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Bodies of Water"

In the present, Cassie and Jennifer Goines run from the 12 Monkeys; in 2044, Cole and Ramse face off against Deacon.


Person of Interest (CBS) 10 p.m. - "6,741"

After Shaw escapes captivity, she begins acting paranoid and reckless, making the team question her mental state.


Hunters (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Bunker Soldier"

The ETU discovers the name and location of a valued target, dredging up memories for Jackson; Flynn, Regan and Briggs attempt a raid on a Turkish prison.



The Flash (CW) 8 p.m. - "Invincible"

Zoom unleashes an army of Earth-2 meta-humans, the leader of which is Black Canary's doppelganger, Black Siren; Joe worries when Wally goes out to help The Flash.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 9 p.m. - "Absolution/Ascension"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Containment (CW) 9 p.m. - "Like a Sheep Among Wolves"

Lex and Dr. Lommers butt heads over how to pull off a food drop within the cordon; a group of thugs rattles Jake as he tries to control a desperate crowd; noticing the timeline leading up to the outbreak doesn't make sense, Katie looks for answers.


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

Reese comes to the aid of an NYPD analyst who has drawn the attention of Samaritan; an ally of Elias's threatens Reese and Fusco.

Stitchers (Freeform) 10 p.m. - "The Guest"

Kirsten is ordered to stop the search for her father just as she finally makes contact with a helpful source; the team investigates a series of murders tied to a popular new app.


Arrow (CW) 8 p.m. - "Lost in the Flood"

Oliver and Diggle work to save Thea; Felicity, Curtis and Noah team up to stop Darhk (Neal McDonough).


Supernatural (CW) 9 p.m. - "We Happy Few"

Sam and Dean come up against the biggest challenge they have ever faced; Rowena decides to make her move.


Genius by Stephen Hawking (PBS) 9 p.m. - "Can We Time Travel?" and "Are We Alone?"

Read more in our Highlights section above.


Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Wally T" and "Obinray"

No synopsis available.

The Powerpuff Girls (TOON) 6:30 p.m. - "Frenemy"

No synopsis available.

Steven Universe (TOON) 7 p.m. - "Same Old World"

No synopsis available.

Adventure Time (TOON) 7:45 p.m. - "Elemental"

No synopsis available.

Legends of Tomorrow (CW) 8 p.m. - "Legendary"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

The 100 (CW) 9 p.m. - "Perverse Instantiation - Part Two"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Orphan Black (BBC) 10 p.m. - "The Scandal of Altruism"

Sarah forges a dangerous deal that puts her family at risk; Art and Felix team up to protect naïve clone Krystal Goderitch.


Archer (FX) 10 p.m. - "Liquid Lunch"

Archer and Slater's on-again, off-again relationship causes a problem in Archer and Lana's on-again, off-again relationship.


Grimm (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Beginning of the End, Parts One and Two"

Season finale! - Black Claw makes a shocking move against Hank, which sends Nick on a warpath; Hadrian's Wall seeks an enigmatic man named Bonaparte; Adalind and Renard try to adjust to their new reality.


The Originals (CW) 9 p.m. - "The Bloody Crown"

Season finale! - With the Mikaelson compound overrun by an army of enemies, Klaus must face judgment for centuries of cruelty; an unexpected arrival stuns Marcel; Elijah, Freya and Kol search for a way to save their family.


Wynonna Earp (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Two-Faced Jack"

Henry and Deputy Marshall Dolls infiltrate a Revenant hive; Wynonna tries to avoid being a serial killer's next victim.


Outlander (Starz) 9 p.m. - "Faith"

Doctors at L'Hopital des Anges attempt to save the lives of Claire and her unborn baby; King Louis asks Claire to judge two men accused of engaging in the dark arts.


Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Shiva"

The family faces their biggest test yet; Nick, Madison, Travis and others try to stay close to each other.


Good Witch (Hallmark) 9 p.m. - "Risk"

Cassie could be ready to take a chance on her feelings for Sam; Grace decides to goes on a magical mission.

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9 p.m. - "The Door"

Tyrion seeks a strange ally; Bran learns a great deal; Brienne goes on a mission; Arya gets a chance to prove herself.


Preacher (AMC) 10 p.m. - "Pilot"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Penny Dreadful (Showtime) 10 p.m. - "A Blade of Grass"

Vanessa convinces Dr. Seward to use hypnosis.


(Episode synopses via Zap2It)



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