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Here’s what’s up in the world of television for Sunday, May 4. All times are Eastern.


The Simpsons (Fox, 8 p.m.): There are Simpsons Lego Minifigures. There are Lego Simpsons playsets. So why don’t the characters on The Simpsons’ Lego special look like those Lego Simpsons? It just doesn’t make any sense! Or, at the very least, it makes just a little less sense than Springfield suddenly turning into a system of interlocking bricks for the purposes of a milestone episode. Still, in Dennis Perkins’ eyes, everything is awesome.



Once Upon A Time (ABC, 8 p.m.): While Homer and company get trapped in a fantasy world of bricks and pegs, Once Upon A Time welcomes a visitor from Kansas to one of its many Never Never Lands. Gwen Ihnat would like to know if this character is a good witch or a bad witch. 

Mad Men (AMC, 10 p.m.): In an episode titled “The Monolith,” Don ushers in a new evolution in advertising when he touches the weird obsidian slab that serves the door to his new office. At least that’s how it would happen if Todd VanDerWerff, Sonia Saraiya, and HAL 9000 had their druthers. 

Veep (HBO, 10:30 p.m.): Selina goes fly fishing with a potential rival for the presidential nomination. Though, if Kate Kulzick knows anything about TV and fly fishing (and she knows a lot about at least one of those things) she thinks Selina should be more concerned about running into Will Graham. 



Bob’s Burgers (Fox, 7 p.m.)
American Dad (Fox, 7:30 p.m.)
Family Guy (Fox, 7 p.m./8:30 p.m.)
Turn (AMC, 9 p.m.)
The Good Wife (CBS, 9 p.m.)
Game Of Thrones (HBO, 9 p.m.)
Revenge (ABC, 10 p.m.)
Silicon Valley (HBO, 10 p.m.)



Doctor Who (11 a.m.): The 10th Doctor welcomes Alasdair Wilkins to “The Planet Of The Dead”—a.k.a. the American broadcast schedule come 2015.


The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): Kate Knibbs stands to inherit the opportunity to review “Bart The Fink.” The only stipulation is that she spends the entire night in… a haunted house.


A bunch of shows about Mount Everest (Discovery, 8 p.m.): With a tragic avalanche on the world’s tallest mountain still in the headlines, Discovery Channel devotes 90 minutes of primetime to covering the avalanche—plus two Bear Grylls specials, because this is still Discovery Channel.


Resurrection (ABC, 9 p.m.): As the first season concludes, the dead threaten to overrun Arcadia. Still, better than the Dead overrunning Arcadia—everybody knows how Kurtwood Smith feels about hippies.

Hungry Investors (Spike, 10 p.m.): Bar Rescue meets Shark Tank in a reality show that doesn’t sound nearly as exciting as a bar and its patrons being rescued from a tank full of sharks.


Darkman (Flix, 8 p.m.): Long before Liam Neeson had a very particular set of skills, he wanted you to take the pink elephant. Now, don’t disappoint the man: Take the fucking elephant.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (Reelz, 8 p.m.): Clint Eastwood’s vengeance seeking Southern farmer is twice the outlaw tonight—because he’s practically the only non-superhero, non-pop-lit figure on the primetime film schedule.


MLB Baseball: Cardinals at Cubs (ESPN, 8 p.m.): Presenting the only scenario in which a bunch of redbirds are guaranteed to systematically tear apart a herd of bears.


Tomorrow, TV Club’s all about the lone wolves: Jack Bauer’s back, and Todd VanDerWerff has the first word on 24: Live Another Day; meanwhile, Todd’s old partner in combing through the X-Files, Zack Handlen, updates the One Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes dossier on The Lone Gunmen. And then there’s the innermost frets and anxieties of a lovable curmudgeon—but enough about Brandon Nowalk, who has a pre-air review of Louie’s fourth season.



Saturday Night Live (Saturday): A less-interesting Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, hosts an episode featuring a less-interesting U2, Coldplay. But Dennis Perkins is the most interesting Dennis Perkins we know!


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