The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Check out our picks for the week of October 19th:
Gotham, “Rise of the Villains: Scarification” (Fox, 8 p.m.) – The rivalry between the Wayne family and the Galavan brood comes back in full force, with Theo (James Frain) and Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) creating a pact with yet another family, in the latest episode of Fox’s intermittently entertaining take on Batman lore.
Fargo, “Before the Law” (FX, 10 p.m.) – The latest episode of FX’s witty, enveloping take-off of Joel and Ethan Coen’s classic dark comedy sees the Gerhardt family pondering a possible deal with a heavy-duty crime syndicate in North Dakota, while the Blomquists start making moves to clean up an unexpected catastrophe.
The Flash, “Family of Rogues” (The CW, 8 p.m.) – Michael Ironside makes a special appearance on The CW’s hugely enjoyable DC adaptation as the father of Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Golden Glider (Peyton List), who shows up when Barry (Grant Gustin) and his team must help track down a kidnapped Captain Cold.
Drunk History, “Journalism” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.) – One of Comedy Central’s most underrated comedies takes on journalism in its latest sauced episode, covering Thomas Nast and his fight against “Boss” Tweed, as well as the rivalry between Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland to race around the world in the late 19th Century.
Arrow, “Restoration” (The CW, 8 p.m.) – In the latest episode of this CW superhero action-melodrama, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle’s (David Ramsey) feud gets genuinely dangerous when a fight against Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) and a powerful meta-human collides with their rivalry. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Thea (Willa Holland) work to get permission to use the Lazarus Pit once again.
Empire, “Be True” (Fox, 9 p.m.) – The second season of Fox’s flamboyant melodrama continues on with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Anika (Grace Gealey) working on a block party to launch the new label, with Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) headlining. Meanwhile, Hakeem falls for the lead singer of his girl group and Jamal (Jussie Smollett) prepares a collaboration with Ne-Yo.
How to Get Away With Murder, “Meet Bonnie” (ABC, 10 p.m.) – Asher (Matt McGorry) remains apprehensive to work with and under Annalise (Viola Davis) in the latest episode of ABC’s surpassingly trashy hit melodrama. Elsewhere, Wes (Alfred Enoch) encounters even more danger and dark secrets as he continues to search for the reasons behind Rebecca’s (Katie Findlay) disappearance.
The Knick, “You’re No Rose” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.) – From Steven Soderbergh, Cinemax’s first great series, and arguably the best television show currently on cable, continues on as Thackery (Clive Owen) makes his way back to the Knickerbocker to study how addiction takes over the body. Meanwhile, Lucy (Eve Hewson) must deal with the return of her father, a preacher who is visiting the city to make money from local parishioners.
Da Vinci’s Demons Season 3 Premiere, “Semper Infidelis” (Starz, 8 p.m.) – As Season 3 of David S. Goyer‘s historical fiction series opens, the Ottoman Empire is invading Otranto, which means that Leonardo (Tom Riley) and his closest friends and colleagues are on the run, retreating from the onslaught of what’s about to come.
The Walking Dead, “Thank You” (AMC, 9 p.m.) – Anyone who watched “JSS” is certainly wondering where things are about to head, and things aren’t exactly quelled as the new episode starts, with the latest episode of AMC’s juggernaut seeing Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his close friends in the group facing danger as they attempt to return to Alexandria.
Homeland, “Why is This Night Different” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) – Despite the intense and psychologically lacerating research that Carrie (Claire Danes) has gone through, there are still no answers as to exactly who is after her. As she tries to piece suspicions together, Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Allison (Miranda Otto) set-up a new operation and set it into action, which doesn’t go exactly as they planned.