Welcome to the Watch List, your guide to the week’s streaming and network offerings. In this edition: “Homeland” ends, “Better Call Saul” begins, and “Doctor Who” begins its last outing under the current showrunner.

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Sunday, April 9: After the early-morning, penultimate “Good Fight” on CBS All-Access, at 9 p.m. ET/PT Showtime presents the finale of “Homeland’s” great sixth season, “America First.” Then at 10, “American Crime” on ABC plays opposite “Feud: Bette & Joan” on FX.

At 8 p.m., ABC will air “Once Upon a Time,” and at 9, Reelz completes its two-part documentary “Kennedys: After Camelot.” At 10, there’s “Into the Badlands” on AMC, “Billions” on Showtime, and on E!, we’re getting close to the first-season finale of “The Arrangement.”

It’s also a strong night for comedy: Starting at 10, HBO will air the penultimate episode of “Girls,” the “Crashing” finale, and “Last Week Tonight,” while AMC debuts “Talking with Chris Hardwick” at 11 with first guest Elijah Wood, and Comedy Central premieres TJ Miller‘s “Gorburger Show” at 12 p.m. ET. If you haven’t seen the aggressive marketing campaign somehow, here’s what that is like:

Monday, April 10: FOX has the action, with “24: Legacy” and “APB” starting at 8; “American Dad” and “Angie Tribeca” premiere their seasons on TBS at 10, opposite ABC’s a new-and-improved “Quantico” and NBC’s “Taken.” Also at 10: A&E’s “Bates Motel,” the finale of VH1’s “The Breaks,” and on AMC, the third-season premiere of “Better Call Saul.” At 11, Andy Cohen hosts Dennis Quaid and Jemima Kirke on Bravo, and late in the night Hulu will release the highly anticipated “Polybius” installment of its sci-fi anthology, “Dimension 404.”

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Tuesday, April 11: FOX brings back “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 8 p.m. before a new episode of “The Mick.” At 9, there’s a new “Fresh Off the Boat” on ABC, two more trips to the well for “Trial & Error” on NBC, a new “Detour” on TBS, and the Comedy Central finales for “tosh.0” and Screener favorite “Detroiters.”

In less hilarious shows, we’ve got the season finale of “The Fosters” and series finale of “Switched at Birth” on Freeform starting at 8, while at 9 your choices are “Prison Break” on FOX, “Outsiders” on WGN, or the next step in this great new chapter for “iZombie” on the CW. At 10, FX’s “The Americans” plays opposite the recently returned “Agents of SHIELD” on ABC and the first season finale of Bravo’s bizarre, likeable “Imposters.” And much later in the night, Hulu drops the second-season finale of “The Path” and a new episode of “Harlots.”

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Wednesday, April 12: The intensity starts at 8 p.m., with “Shots Fired” on FOX and a very special Harriet Tubman extravaganza on WGN’s “Underground.” We’ve really been looking forward to that one. “Major Crimes” ends its season on TNT at 9, there’s a new “Hap & Leonard” on Sundance at 10, and at 11, the series finale of “Ripper Street” on BBC America.

CBS has a new “Survivor” at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the next “Empire” airs on FOX at 9, and at 10, the comedy begins: “Archer: Dreamland” on FXX, IFC’s “Brockmire” and TV Land’s “Nobodies,” before what is presumably a very, uh, dramatic and quotableFull Frontal” on TBS at 10:30.

In other Screener favorites: Syfy airs the penultimate episodes of “The Magicians” and “The Expanse” starting at 9. What comes next? Well, it’s going to be a bit of a wait. May has the network debuting Season 3 of “12 Monkeys” in a bizarre way — the whole season over three nights — while “Dark Matter,” “Wynonna Earp,” and new series “Blood Drive” premiere mid-June, with “Killjoys” finally returning June 30.

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Thursday, April 13: Shondaland’s #TGIT starts at 8 p.m. ET/PT, with the alternate-universe, gamechanging 100th episode of “Scandal” sandwiched between a similarly high-concept “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Catch’s” midpoint climax.

The CW’s got a pace-setting “Supernatural” at 8, followed by “Riverdale” — in which Cheryl Blossom crashes Betty Cooper’s birthday party for Jughead Jones, which is the most thrilling logline since like… last week’s… And at 10, the “Blacklist: Redemption” finale hopefully contrives a way for Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) to put his glasses back on, transforming him back from an 8 to a 10. In more intentional comedy, “Trial & Error’s” first singleton episode is followed by “Powerless,” at 8:30 p.m., signaling either more or less faith in one or the other of those shows, and at 9 CBS’s “Mom” is titled “Mushroom Soup & Tantric Sex,” which is par for the course.

Streaming tonight is full of volume, if not depth: Netflix drops Adam Sandler/Jennifer Hudson (yeah) rom-com “Sandy Wexler” at 3 a.m. ET, along with the whole first season of the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” retread and the first episode of the now-weekly “Chelsea.” (But where is our beloved “Chelsea Does“? Will it ever return?) Amazon also drops Season 2 of niche hit “Fortitude,” a small-town quarantine thriller which this season adds Dennis Quaid to the mix.

Friday, April 14: These twisty, uncomfortable, fascinating seasons of “The Originals” and “Reign” continue on the CW starting at 8, and “MacGyver’s” first season comes to an end on CBS. At midnight PST, Netflix drops the incredibly intriguing “Slam,” an Italian adaptation of a Nick Hornby (“High Fidelity,” “About a Boy”) story of teen fatherhood and Tony Hawk. Nothing wrong with staying on brand — but it’s the subtitled, fresh-faced nature of this one that’s fascinating. Brit Hornby’s American adaptations generally show the marks of their translation, and we can’t wait to put on our foreign-language/subtitle glasses and think about his obsessions through that filter. It looks lovely.

Saturday, April 15: Starting at noon, Disney XD is showing five episodes of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” in a row, which is notable, and of course at 11 p.m. there’s “Samurai Jack” on Adult Swim. At 9, BBC America premieres “Doctor Who’s” new season — and companion, Bill (Pearl Mackie), who is the best thing the show’s done in ages — before the American premiere of spooky spin-off “Class,” and also at 9, a new episode of AMC’s “The Son.” Then at 11:29 p.m., the second “Saturday Night Live” this month, with Harry Styles as the musical guest and that’s all that matters.

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Just quickly looking ahead, because next Sunday (April 16) is a doozy: “The Good Fight” and “Girls” finales, premieres for “The White Princess” and Screener favorites “The Leftovers” and “Veep,” and at 8 p.m. the choice between two life-changing events: The Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina on USA, versus the very timely “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees,” airing on, would you believe, CBS.


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Posted by:Jacob Clifton

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