TV THIS WEEK: Outlander returns, Olympus premieres, and more!

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Mar 30, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT (Updated)

Last week, we said goodbye to The Walking Dead until the fall, putting a hole in our TV schedule that can't be filled ... at least, not until Game of Thrones is back in a couple of weeks. That doesn't mean we're out of fun, though. In fact, this a particularly big week for premieres and finales. Syfy's rolling out its new show OlympusOutlander's finally back for the second half of its first season, Salem returns for season two, and Archer closes out season six.

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

Highlights of the Week

Star vs. The Forces of Evil (Disney XD) Monday, 8:30 p.m. - "Matchmaker" and "School Spirit"

New series! - Disney XD is becoming an increasingly interesting place if you're a fan of animation. Star Wars Rebels just wrapped up an acclaimed first season and has a second on the way, the network's lineup of Marvel Comics-based properties is getting more exciting with the addition of Guardians of the Galaxy later this year, and now we get the Disney XD premiere of Star vs. The Forces of Evil. After a two-episode series premiere on the Disney Channel back in January, the show makes its Disney XD debut this week. It's the first Disney XD series created by a woman (Daron Nefcy), and it looks to have a little something for everyone. First, there's Star herself, an awesome princess from another dimension who'd rather fight monsters than be prim and proper. Then there are the crazy adventures across the universe, the high-school hijinks, the diverse cast, the kid who does karate, the magic wand and the general vibe of fun. It feels like a show we didn't have before but perhaps need now, and since a second season has already been ordered, it's got a chance to really catch on. Check out a preview below, and note that if you didn't catch the series premiere back in January, it'll air again at 8 p.m., right before the new episodes.

Archer (FX) Thursday, 10 p.m. - "Drastic Voyage: Part II"

Season finale! - After an interesting fifth season in which the gang ceased to be spies and tried their hand at being cocaine dealers instead (well, except Cherlene), Archer returned for season six with an "unreboot," putting the whole team back in the spy game with a host of new missions to totally screw up. Though the parameters have changed (there's a baby now, and the organization isn't called ISIS anymore for ... obvious reasons), Archer feels like its old self, in a good way, and the season finale continues that vibe by carrying on the tradition of sending the team on a completely ridiculous adventure. Archer always has a bit of sci-fi flavor, but these finales often go the extra mile into genre territory. In the past the gang's been on space stations and in underwater bases, and last week for part one of "Drastic Voyage" they went super mad scientist, shrunk down to molecule size and got injected into a man's body, with the mission of zapping a blood clot in his very valuable brain. This week, they'll have to try not to screw that up as they journey through his various systems in the style of Fantastic Voyage. Check out a preview below, and then sit back and wait for the already-ordered season seven.

Olympus (Syfy) Thursday, 10 p.m. - "The Temple of Gaia"

Series premiere! - We've talked a lot lately about Syfy's ambitious plans to return to its hard sci-fi roots. Olympus is ... not that, but hey, there's a place for swashbuckling in genre TV too, and this series hopes to fill the crazy adventure void on the network left by stuff like Warehouse 13. Only, you know, with gods and cyclopses and swords and stuff. When I saw the first trailer for the show, it felt like a series willing to take every single crazy scrap of Greek mythology it could find, throw it in a blender and just take off, complete with basic cable special effects and a lead character name Hero. It's not subtle, to be sure, but hey, who said a TV show has to be subtle to be fun? We've seen more than one genre series lately blast off to success by embracing what it is and running with it, whether that be bonkers alternate history (Sleepy Hollow) or post-apocalyptic madness (Z Nation). Will Olympus find a similar place for itself? We'll see. This week, Hero must rescue the Oracle of Gaia in hopes that she can help him solve the riddle of his own past. Check out a preview of the series below.

Outlander (Starz) Saturday, 9 p.m. - "The Reckoning"

Midseason premiere! - Outlander was one of the most anticipated shows of 2014, and by almost any measure it delivered on that anticipation. Just a week after it premiered, Starz renewed it for a second season. Showrunner Ronald D. Moore is back at the top of his TV game -- it got plenty of critical acclaim, solid ratings and a devoted following hanging on every minute of romance, adventure, danger and drama. Then it went away, right in the middle of its first season, and it stayed away for a long, long time. You'd be forgiven for thinking this is the beginning of an entirely new season of Outlander, but technically, we're still in season one, with quite a few episodes still to go. It's been so long since we've seen Outlander that a DVD box set has already come out of the previous episodes, but now it's finally back, and the saga of Claire and Jamie can continue. The question is, will it continue with a whole host of new viewers who've fallen in love with the series in the intervening months? We'll find out soon enough. Check out a preview below.

Salem (WGN) Sunday, 10 p.m. - "Cry Havoc"

Season premiere! - Last year, WGN decided to join the bevy of cable networks generating their own original programming, and Salem was their opening gambit. Like Sleepy Hollow, it dipped into American colonial history and turned it into often crazy fantasy, and like Penny Dreadful, it's period horror, but it's also emerged as a show all its own, a sexy, scary re-imagining of one of America's darkest hours that's now heading into its second season. Its premiere was a big moment for WGN. Its renewal was a bigger one, and now it gets to try and do another first for its network: Be the first original series on WGN America to prove it has some staying power. Check out a preview for season two below.

Monday, March 30

Star Vs. The Forces of Evil (Disney XD) 8:30 p.m. - "Matchmaker" and "School Spirit"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Scorpion (CBS) 9 p.m. - "Crossroads"

Team Scorpion try to protect a key witness set to testify against a deadly drug cartel by taking her on the run, with the cartel hot on their trail.

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

Camille is accused of hurting Lena, who is rushed to the hospital because of her scar; Rowan grows closer to Simon and discovers Tommy has an obsessive secret; Julie has reason to believe Victor was possibly involved in a horrific death.

Tuesday, March 31

Community (Yahoo! Screen) Streaming - "Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing"

Dean Pelton is asked to stretch the truth to be appointed the community college board’s first gay director. Chang’s audition for a stage adaption of The Karate Kid produces surprising results. 

Powers (PSN) Streaming - "The Raconteur of the Funeral Circuit"

No synopsis available.

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

Mark Hamill Alert! - A copycat killer known as the Trickster sets off bombs in Central City. In an effort to stop him, Barry and Joe seek help from the original Trickster, a criminal mastermind who has been imprisoned for 20 years. Meanwhile, Iris asks Eddie to help with a case. In flashbacks, Harrison Wells is shown coming up with the idea for the particle accelerator.

Face Off (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Deadly Dolls"

The artists face major obstacles when they bring to life creepy dolls in hopes of securing a spot in the semifinals. Don Mancini, known for creating the character of Chucky, appears as a guest judge.

iZombie (CW) 9 p.m. - "The Exterminator"

Liv and Babineaux investigate a hit-and-run case and discover the victim was a hit man responsible for the murder of a tech entrepreneur, a case that Peyton is prosecuting. Meanwhile, Liv makes a surprising discovery about someone from her past; and Peyton is shocked by Liv's reaction when Major moves on with his life.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 9 p.m. - "One Door Closes"

Skye wrestles with her new powers and makes a life-altering decision. Meanwhile, unexpected revelations bring surprising conflict to Agent Coulson and the team.

Forever (ABC) 10 p.m. - "Punk Is Dead"

A woman's mummified body is found in the wall at a punk-rock club—where Jo and Isaac are on a date—where she may have died of a drug overdose in the 1980s, though her then-boyfriend, rocker Eddie Warsaw, was convicted of killing her.

Wednesday, April 1

Arrow (CW) 8 p.m. - "Public Enemy"

Ray is critically injured during an attack on the mayor's office. Felicity is pleasantly surprised when her mother shows up at the hospital to offer her support. Meanwhile, Oliver and his team search for the culprit, but things turn even darker when Ra's al Ghul kidnaps Capt. Lance.

Supernatural (CW) 9 p.m. - "Inside Man"

Sam and Castiel check out a lead about the Mark of Cain; Dean and Rowena meet.

Thursday, April 2

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

Steven's uncle comes to town.

Teen Titans Go! (TOON) 6 p.m. - "Two Bumble Bees and a Wasp"

When Robin tries to teach the others to have more respect for money, he ends up learning a lesson.

Archer (FX) 10 p.m. - "Drastic Voyage: Part II"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Olympus (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "The Temple of Gaia"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Dig (USA) 10 p.m. - "Emma Wilson's Father"

Peter delves into Emma's past, which leads to the discovery of a long-hidden, ancient symbol; someone from Debbie's past attempts to rescue her; and Lynn's life is put in jeopardy.

Vikings (History) 10 p.m. - "Paris"

The populace of Paris is in a panic after the appearance of the Viking fleet, and Emperor Charles, at the behest of his daughter, announces he'll remain in the city.

Elementary (CBS) 10 p.m. - "The View From Olympus"

A driver for a ridesharing company is killed when he is intentionally run over by a city cab. Holmes and Watson investigate and wonder if the death is a case of professional jealousy. Meanwhile, a casual romance Sherlock has with one of his longtime "irregular" consultants gets complicated when the woman makes a shocking request.

Friday, April 3

Grimm (NBC) 8 p.m. - "Heartbreaker"

The investigation into the death of a cyclist introduces Nick and Hank to a Wesen with a tragic fatal touch; another member of the Royal family shows up; at the same time, Capt. Renard and Adalind learn that efforts to find the missing child have intensified; and Juliette toys with the idea of embracing what she has become instead of fighting it.

12 Monkeys (Syfy) 9 p.m. - "Paradox"

Railly searches for the one person who can save Cole as the effects of time travel take a deadly toll on his body.

Helix (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "The Ascendant"

Kyle and Jordan attempt to flee the island, but their escape is made more difficult by the followers who are hunting them down; Walker and Alan plan to halt ILARIA's deadly plan as soon as they find the Mother Tree.

Saturday, April 4

Good Witch (Hallmark) 8 p.m. - "The Storm"

A dangerous blizzard approaches and makes Martha overzealous with power. Meanwhile, Sam gets ready for a visit from his ex-wife; Cassie grows concerned about a pregnant woman staying at Grey House; and Ryan receives a new job opportunity.

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

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Sunday, April 5

Salem (WGN) 10 p.m. - "Cry Havoc"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

(Episode synopses via TV Guide)