Welcome! Hope your weekend has been restful, and your week as exciting as is healthy for your temperament. In this edition: Finales for “Big Little Lies,” “The Walking Dead,” the penultimate “Good Fight,” and the end to a really great year for “New Girl”! Premieres for “The Son,” “Archer: Dreamland,” “iZombie,” “Brockmire” — and the return of “Prison Break,” after almost eight years! (Thanks, Jack Bauer!) And finally, Louis C.K. is finally back, too: A new special on Netflix, and hosting this week’s “SNL.”


Sunday, April 2

  • Starting at 8, it’s premieres on PBS — Season 6 of “Call the Midwife” and Season 2 of “Home Fires” — and finales on Starz, with Season 2 of “The Missing” and “Black Sails” coming to an end.
  • At 9 p.m. ET/PT, “Big Little Lies” finally comes to an end on HBO and “Homeland” enters the home stretch on Showtime, and the war finally begins on AMC’s “Walking Dead.” At 10, a new “American Crime” airs on ABC, opposite the American crime that was the 1963 Oscars, on FX’s “Feud: Bette & Joan.”
  • Once Upon a Time” and the sadly canceled “Time After Time” start at 8 on ABC, while at 10 your other fantasy choices are “The Arrangement” (E!), “Billions” (Showtime) or “Into the Badlands” (AMC — and closer to 10:25 on that one, of course).
  • In comedy, FOX has merely one episode of “Bob’s Burgers” at 7:30 and “Last Man on Earth” at 9:30, and HBO airs “Girls,” “Crashing” and “Last Week Tonight” starting at 10.

This week’s antepenultimate “Girls” is titled “What Will We Do This Time About Adam?” — a very “Girls” question, in both syntax and subject matter. One hopes for the worst, of course, but presumes merely the most shambolic.

Monday, April 3

  • Late, late in the night, Netflix issues Louis C.K.’s special, the mysteriously titled “2017.”
  • For your Monday night action needs, FOX has a new “24: Legacy” at 8, while at 10, there’s another “Taken” on NBC — and a newly streamlined “Quantico” on ABC, in which we hope to see Caleb (Graham Rogers) again. It’s been a while, and last time we saw him he… Wasn’t doing too well.
  • Of course, at 10 our eyes will be glued to “Bates Motel” on A&E, desperate to see what happens now that that ambitious show’s pulled off the most thrilling, unthinkable twist possible.

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Tuesday, April 4

  • FOX has a full night, starting at 8: After the finale of one of “New Girl’s” best-ever seasons and a new “Mick,” the long-awaited fifth season of “Prison Break” appears, Wentworth intact and everybody else doing, I’m sure, simply splendidly.
  • At 9, opposite the last hour of “Trial & Error” (NBC) before the finale, ABC has a new “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Imaginary Mary,” TBS follows up last week’s truly incredible “Detour” at 10, and at 10:30 Comedy Central does the same with last week’s series-best “Detroiters.”
  • Freeform’s got new “Fosters” and “Switched” at 8; while over at the CW, the “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” finale follows up on its last bonkers cliffhanger… And then the “iZombie” premiere does the same. The DC-verse will probably bounce back from whatever the heck happened last week on “Legends,” but we’re super-intrigued by the world-changing twists dropped on Liv and the Gang leading into this reboot-ish third season of “iZombie.”
  • …Which, come to think of it, is also not unlike “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” which finally returns at 10 on ABC, pitting Daisy and Simmons alone against Hydra, who are now somehow back on top, and Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), who is now somehow no longer bees.

And speaking of parasitic insects: “The Americans” are back fighting them, while dealing with new parenting problems, including a mysterious child named “Henry” whom nobody can quite place, at 10 p.m. on FX.

Wednesday, April 5

  • At 8, it’s a whole new “Blindspot” now that Roman’s (Luke Mitchell) off the chain on NBC, “Survivor” on CBS, or “Shots Fired” and “Empire” on FOX.
  • On ABC, the “Speechless”/”Modern Family”/”Black-ish” block starts at 8:30, and at 10 the second “Nobodies” on TV Land is up against the Season 8 premiere of “Archer” (now on FXX) and series premiere of Amanda Peet & Hank Azaria’s “Brockmire” on IFC.
  • Also in comedy: There’s a new “Full Frontal” on TBS at 10:30 — and based on the week’s news cycle already, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be one for the ages.
  • Starting at 9 on Syfy, “The Magicians” and “The Expanse” are nearing the end of their incredible second seasons, and at 10 there’s “Underground” and “Hap & Leonard,” on WGN America or Sundance respectively.
  • Early in the a.m.: Have you watched “Harlots” yet? Go watch “Harlots.”

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Thursday, April 6

  • Shondaland starts at 8 on ABC, opposite “Supernatural” on the CW and NBC’s “Superstore”/”Powerless” comedy hour — but if you haven’t seen “Scandal” in a while, you might give it a look-see. They’re doing really impressive stuff with the form this year.
  • At 9 on the CW, what threatens to be one of the most amazing episodes of “Riverdale’s” inaugural season airs against the first half of “Blacklist: Redemption’s” finale on NBC.
  • At 10, second seasons of the eye-opening “Dark Net” and “Idiotsitter” premiere on Showtime and Comedy Central.

Late in the night, Amazon releases its season-length celebration of Hugh Hefner for some reason, while Netflix offers the second half of “The Get Down” Season 1 alongside Joe Swanberg’s latest brilliant, moving collaboration with Jake Johnson, “Win It All.”

Friday, April 7: The CW’s got new “Originals” and “Reign” at 8, up against “RuPaul’s Drag Race” at its new permanent home, VH1.

Saturday, April 8: At 9, CBS will air the first “Training Day” in its new timeslot, and AMC will give us two hours of their prestige drama “The Son” before it moves to Sundays next week. At 11 p.m., there’s a new “Samurai Jack” on Adult Swim, and around 11:30, Louis C.K. hosts “Saturday Night Live” on NBC, with unbearable musical guests the Chainsmokers.

After that, it’s just a few hours until the penultimate “Good Fight” on CBS All-Access… And then we rest. Have a great week, don’t worry overmuch about the Russians unless you’ve been collaborating with them in secret, fight the Chainsmokers wherever you may find them, offering no quarter, and don’t forget: “The Handmaid’s Tale” is less than four weeks away.

…The Hulu show, I mean. Not like, in America. That’s at least four weeks away.

Posted by:Jacob Clifton

Austin writer & critic, formerly editorial at Tribune Media & Gawker; Television Without Pity, BuzzFeed, Austin Chronicle, Tor.com and more.