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). Here are the picks for the week beginning Monday, May 25th:
Turn, “Providence” (AMC, 10 p.m.) – As Andre and Peggy consider eloping, Caleb makes a run to the New York Harbors in a submersible vehicle in hopes of gaining information secretly. Elsewhere, France becomes allies with the rebellious Americans, putting them at odds with the crown as well.
Texas Rising, Series Premiere “From the Ashes” (History, 9 p.m.) – This miniseries takes an odd yet generally unremarkable look at the Texas Revolution of the 1830s against Mexico in the wake of The Alamo. General Sam Houston leads a band of soldiers, known more popularly as the Texas Rangers, to take on the powerful General Santa Anna and his droves of armed troops. It’s fascinating bit of history done with absolutely zero vision beyond relaying arguable facts about the war waged between Santa Anna and Houston. Read Allison’s review here.
Inside Amy Schumer, “80s Ladies” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.) – The irrepressibly talented Amy Schumer uses her brutal, belly-laugh-generating brand of sketch comedy to take on Bill Cosby defenders, riding mechanical bulls, and using credit cards in our modern age.
iZombie, “Astroburger” (The CW, 9 p.m.) – A friend of Major’s apparent suicide leads Liv to dine on the brains of the dead friend, which sends her into a state of anxiety, fright, and hallucinations. A secret computer file found by Clive, however, may be the key to finding out what happened to Major’s friend and save Liv from her newfound paranoia.
Big Time in Hollywood, FL, Season Finale “Art Imitates Death” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.) – In the season finale of Big Time in Hollywood, FL Season 1, intimate drama breaks up the invented reality that Ben and Jack’s film, causing them to rethink their shooting style and schedule.
Aquarius, Series Premiere “Everybody’s Been Burned” (NBC, 9 p.m.) – In the series premiere of this 1960s set historical drama, David Duchovny‘s Detective Sam Hodiak goes searching for a runaway teenager, the daughter of his ex-wife, who turns up in the most frightening and unexpected of places: in the bed of a young, psychotic raconteur and cult leader named Charles Manson, played by Game of Thrones‘ Gethin Anthony.
Louie, Season Finale “The Road – Part 2” (FX, 10:30 p.m.) – The striking, abbreviated fifth season of Louie comes to a conclusion with our schlubby hero and single father of two still on the road trying to make sense of his surreal, beleaguered life, both in and outside of New York City.
The Messengers, “Deus Ex Machina” (The CW, 9 p.m.) – The Messengers are on the hunt for the next Horseman and discover a deadly cyber plot that could effect all of them and their loved ones. All the while, Joshua’s enigmatic past bursts forth into the present and the consequences could prove too damaging for even him to handle.
2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO, 8 p.m.) – This strangely satisfying and consistently fun ceremony is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this year, and the inductees are as great a collection of major music icons as any other years. Look out for tribute to the great Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the late art-rock legend Lou Reed, and pop punk stalwarts Green Day, who will be inducted by Dave Grohl, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O, John Legend, and Beck, among others.
Game of Thrones, “Hardhome” (HBO, 9 p.m.) – Arya’s training in the House of Black and White advances to a new, revealing level that gifts her new knowledge and abilities, whereas Cersei’s problems under the rule of the High Sparrow get far more serious. Elsewhere, Jon Snow’s daring attempt at peace with the Wildlings brings him even further into the territory of the White Walkers, which will clearly be a breeze.
Silicon Valley, “White Hat/Black Hat” (HBO, 10 p.m.) – Silicon Valley’s increasingly superb second season rolls on as Richard and Pied Piper go head-to-head for the streaming business of a major porn company with End Frame, the company that “stole” their algorithm. Meanwhile, at Hooli, Gavin takes a major, barbed beating from his board members and goes out looking for someone to take the blame, which may get in the way of his plans to derail Pied Piper with a lawsuit.
Halt and Catch Fire, Season 2 Premiere “SETI” (AMC, 10 p.m.) – At last we left our central quartet of technological visionaries, Mutiny was just getting off the ground with a ragtag group of programmers, engineers, and coders, and as season 2 opens, they find themselves between a rock and a hard place in regard to the future of the company. Joe and Gordon reunite elsewhere, following the sale of Cardiff Electric, the company they nearly ran into the ground. Prepare to feel as if you’ve read an entire year’s worth of back-cataloged issues of “Wired.” Look for my review of Season 2 later this week.