TV THIS WEEK: Daredevil returns for Season 2, Colony's finale, and more!

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Mar 14, 2016

This is kind of an odd time for TV, because this week we kick of the NCAA basketball tournament, which means that huge chunks of broadcast and cable airtime will be turned over to March Madness. That doesn't mean we're without our events, though. Most of our shows are still churning right along, and there's one big TV event that stands above them all: the arrival of Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix.

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


Gotham (FOX) Monday, 8 p.m. - "Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness"


Another Joker? - Gotham, since its beginnings, has thrived (ratings-wise; critically, we could debate things) on putting its own spin on classic Batman villains ranging from the Riddler to the Penguin, but the most enigmatic subplot the show is trying to weave these days is whether it will actually give us the origins of The Joker. Last season, we thought we'd found our Clown Prince of Crime, and then he vanished, and now the show is teasing us with yet another potential iteration of the character. This time, our Proto-Joker is played by Tank Girl's Lori Petty, and she seems to be some kind of club performer sporting a look that blends Jared Leto's take on the character with Heath Ledger's. So, is this a Joker, or the Joker? We'll have to watch to found out. Check out a preview above.


Colony (USA)  Thursday, 10 p.m. - "Gateway"


Season finale! - Though other cable networks (TNT, FX, and so on) have long since embraced genre programming as a bulwark of their ratings efforts, USA had largely relied on more procedural fare until fairly recently. Now, they have Colony, and the investment in genre drama seems to be paying off. The series -- focusing on a family struggling in the midst of an alien occupation -- got the go-ahead for a second season just a few weeks ago, and has been averaging more than one million live viewers almost every week (a solid number for a Thursday night cable series airing in the final primetime slot of the night). So, we already know Colony will get a second year, and we know that USA is continuing to establish itself as another provider of genre TV on cable. What comes next? We'll just have to keep watching. Check out a preview below.


Daredevil (Netflix) Friday, 3 a.m. - Full Second Season


Season premiere! - It's finally here. Last year, Daredevil brought an entirely new dimension to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It gave us gritty storytelling that didn't seem to stretch the premise in order to feel dark. It just was dark, and that captured a lot of fans for the first in Netflix's massive plan for a series of Marvel properties. So, this year, the series is doubling, even tripling down, adding to the grit and the darkness with the inclusion of Elektra and The Punisher and pushing Matt Murdock farther than he's ever gone before. I find it pretty remarkable that, in a year when we get Iron Man and Captain America and Batman and Superman fighting each other, fans are also still very excited about this little streaming venture. The next chapter in the "Defenders" saga is about to begin. Check out a preview below.


Grimm (NBC) Friday, 9 p.m. - "Silence of the Slams"


I've often written before about how Grimm is a show that defies the odds and continues to succeed on Friday night, regardless of how often we treat that night as the place where shows go to die. So, let's take a minute and check in on it. Grimm has consitenly put up solid numbers for years now, despite airing on a night when people are supposedly not watching much TV, so is it continuing to do that? Well, yes and no. This season marks the first time the show has dipped below four million live viewers, and it's done it several times. That said, it doesn't do every week, and there are plenty of other variables to consider, including how many fans are watching the series on other platforms. At this point, the show might be edging a little closer to the cancellation line, but all aging shows do that, and though Grimm might be getting on in years, it certainly doesn't look like it's out of steam just yet.


Elementary (CBS) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "You've Got Me, Who's Got You?"

New time! - In order to accommodate some of its midseason replacements, which the network is hoping to garner an audience with in prime timeslots, Elementary is moving from its usual Thursday night slot to the same time on Sunday night. Now, what should we make of this? For the moment, nothing. Sundays are still good TV time, Elementary is still a hit show, and CBS is likely just making space for its new blood to leave an impression on viewers. The show has dipped in viewers as it's gone on, though, so we could see this as a changing of the guard at CBS. That remains to be seen. For now, we just have to see how the Sherlock Holmes series fares on the weekends. 



Supergirl (CBS) 8 p.m. - "Falling"


After being exposed to red kryptonite, Kara turns malicious and becomes a danger to her friends and to the people of National City; Cat discusses Supergirl on ``The Talk.''


Gotham (FOX) 9 p.m. - "Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness"

Read more in our Highlights section above.


Scorpion (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Ticker"

The team investigates after the Los Angeles blood supply is hacked and tainted, which leaves a young girl who is in need of a heart transplant in peril.


Lucifer (FOX) 9 p.m. - "Et tu, Doctor?"


The murder of a therapist prompts Lucifer and Chloe to enlist the help of Dr. Linda in their search for a suspect; Chloe is confronted by Malcolm about the night he was shot; Lucifer becomes jealous.


Bates Motel (A&E) 9 p.m. - "Goodnight, Mother"


Norma and Norman each suspect the other of a terrible deed; Dylan contemplates his future with Emma; Romero makes a choice that dramatically impacts the Bates family.


The Magicians (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "The Writing Room"


Quentin, Alice, Eliot, and Penny travel to England in search of a missing magic button; Julia searches for real meaning in her magic.


Lost Girl (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "Let Them Burn"

Bo is forced to make a difficult decision.


Damien (A&E) 10 p.m. - "Second Death"


Damien becomes the target of several conspiracies after his secret is revealed; a mysterious benefactor intercedes when Damien is interrogated by Detective Shay.


Bitten (Syfy) 11 p.m. - "Of Sonders Weight"

Jeremy deals with fallout from the failed negotiations between Sasha and Roman; Elena attends to an injured Sasha; Clay and Alexei track down the victim of a young wolf's attack.



Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 9 p.m. - "The Inside Man"


Coulson and Gen. Talbot suspect Malick of having an inside man at the worldwide symposium on Inhumans; the team discovers a traitor.


Shadowhunters (Freeform) 10 p.m. - "This World Inverted"


The search for Valentine leads Clary to an alternate reality where the threat of demons no longer exists; Isabelle and Alec face the repercussions of the Downworlder attack


Limitless (CBS) 10 p.m. - "Bezgranichnyy"

With his closest relationships shattered, Brian goes rogue from the FBI to try to free himself from Sen. Eddie Morra's control; Brian searches for an adversary in Russia; Rebecca is one step closer to discovering Brian's connection to NZT.


Of Kings and Prophets (ABC) 10 p.m. - "Let the Wicked be Ashamed"

Saul confides in David after Samuel's prophecy; Ishbaal plans to assassinate the prophet; as the Philistines prepare to wage war, the Israelites realize they're outnumbered; Ahinoam proposes a marriage between her son and the daughter of Eitan.



Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD) 9 p.m. - "The Forgotten Droid"


When Chopper gets left behind at an Imperial outpost, he forms an unlikely friendship with an Imperial droid.


Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Keep One Eye Open"

The artists create unique Cyclops characters in the Focus Challenge; guest judge Douglas Smith.



Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Beast Boy's St. Patrick's Day Luck and It's Bad"

The Titans become cursed on St. Patrick's Day, with the exception of Beast Boy, and must retrieve the cure from the end of the rainbow.


You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Savior Day"

Ariel kidnaps Frankie; Layla and Jamie devise a plan to get Frankie back and catch Ariel at the same time; Jude and Celine must choose to remain loyal to each other or to the church.


Colony (USA) 10 p.m. - "Gateway"

Read more in our Highlights section above.



Daredevil (Netflix) 3 a.m. - Entire Second Season

Read more in our Highlights section above.


Sleepy Hollow (FOX) 8 p.m. - "Incommunicado"


Crane and Abbie need to cooperate with their most detested foes when a supernatural event shocks the witnesses; Joe and Jenny try to restore their relationship.


Second Chance (FOX) 9 p.m. - "Geworfenheit"

Pritchard and Duval try to uncover Albert Lin's true identity and his role in a string of murders; the investigation forces Otto to decide whether to betray Mary to align himself with Connor Graff; Gracie disappears.


Grimm (NBC) 9 p.m. - "Silence of the Slams"

Read more in our Highlights section above.



Beowulf (Esquire) 10 p.m. - "Episode 109"

The tribes are impacted by Rheda's new laws, forcing Abrecan to make a difficult choice; Abrecan works to ensure the people of Bregan have a successful harvest season of a dangerous but essential breed of fish.



Once Upon a Time (ABC) 8 p.m. - "Devil's Due"


No synopsis available.


The Walking Dead (AMC) 9 p.m. - "Twice As Far"

Two separate groups leave Alexandria for supplies, and while both worry over the future of the community, they will face immediate danger.


Elementary (CBS) 10 p.m. - "You've Got Me, Who's Got You?"

Read more in our Highlights section above.


The Venture Bros. (TOON) 12 a.m. (Technically Monday) - "Read Means Stop"

The Guild of Calamitous Intent and the O.S.I. join forces to eliminate a threat, using Dr. Venture as the bait.

(Episode synopses via Zap2It)


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