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Reunite with your favorite Game Of Thrones characters while there’s still time

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Game Of Thrones (HBO, 9 p.m.): Tonight marks the debut of Game Of Thrones’ fourth season, which begins the unofficial countdown to one or more of your favorite characters biting the dust. Will King Joffrey finally get what’s coming to him? Will the show twist the knife and kill off all remaining Starks in some sort of trans-Westeros plot to torture viewers? Will Hodor get Hodored? Todd VanDerWerff can make educated guesses based on the source material, and if he lets any of those spill in the direction of new “newbies” reviewer Erik Adams, What’s On Tonight can make its own guess as to who’s getting Hodored.



Turn (AMC, 9 p.m.): Did you know that spies weren’t invented by the Cold War and Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels? It’s true, and Turn is here to tell the tale of spies who wouldn’t care if their martini was shaken or stirred—because they’re operating in the lead up to the American Revolution, and the martini wasn’t popularized until the 19th century. (Genevieve Valentine hears these characters prefer tea brewed in Boston Harbor, anyway.)


Shameless (Showtime, 9 p.m.): Turns out Shameless will not end its best season to date by slowly transforming into an Orange Is The New Black knockoff: Fiona’s prison release is right there in the episode synopsis. Joshua Alston is pleased with this direction, but sad that Fiona won’t be finding a Crazy Eyes to call her own.

Veep (HBO, 10 p.m.): Plenty of comings and goings tonight—which Veep, beginning its third season tonight, would prefer to render as some sort of crude and cutting turn on “cumming.” Robert David Sullivan welcomes beltway vulgarity’s return to his weekly life.

Silicon Valley (HBO, 10:30 p.m.): And then there’s the latest from noted satirist and profanity artist Mike Judge, which, in all honesty, does a pretty good job of sending itself up. Les Chappell hops on the Google bus to Laughter Town.


Bob’s Burgers (Fox, 7 p.m.)
American Dad (Fox, 7:30 p.m.)
The Simpsons (Fox, 8 p.m.)
Once Upon A Time (ABC, 8 p.m.)
Family Guy (Fox, 8:30 p.m.)
The Good Wife (CBS, 9 p.m.)
Revenge (ABC, 10 p.m.)



Doctor Who (11 a.m.): Hold up: Alasdair Wilkins has already worked his way up to the middle of season three? My, how time flies when you can bend it with the use of alien technology.


The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): Zack Handlen steps up to take on “Marge Be Not Proud,” an episode that Zack says “rips his soul in two.” So you’ve got that to look forward to, we guess.


Ann Curry Reports: Global Warning (NBC, 7 p.m.): This is the consolation Ann Curry gets after being shoved off of the Today show: hosting a special report that whose title makes it sound like the warning is about Curry, not global climate change.


The 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards (CBS, 8 p.m.): Country’s biggest night that isn’t the CMAs or the CMT Music Awards—the differences between which are particularly negligible this year because Kacey Musgraves should be given all country-related awards for the alternately gorgeous/aching/hilarious Same Trailer Different Park.

Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): The latest special from friend-of-The A.V. Club Patton Oswalt makes its basic-cable bow—and unlike its other debut, you can count on this one to go out on schedule.


Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special II: Villains In Paradise (Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.): Or, if you’d prefer a few more colons, Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special II: Villains In Paradise: The Winter Soldier: The Quest For Peace: The Search For Spock: SVU: San Diego: Back In The Habit: On The Move: Their First Assignment: The Legend Of Curly’s Gold.

Man Of Steel (HBO, 6:30 p.m.): Superman gets serious about protecting his adopted home from General Zod—or maybe he’s serious about being a messiah figure. Or a symbol of a fallen America? Whatever he is here, it’s more mixed-up than the drunk Kal-El from Superman III.


Dick Tracy (Flix, 8 p.m.): Warren Beatty directs a hyper-stylized take on Chester Gould’s deathless comic strip, a colorful lark that disappointed Disney by not becoming a Batman-sized hit. (This is still more fun to look at, though.)

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament: Stanford vs. Connecticut (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.): Game Of Thrones is back on TV, Connecticut is in the women’s Final Four—all is as it should be.



In One Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes, Phil Dyess-Nugent remembers the time that CBS thought it could smuggle the envelope-pushing themes of a premium-cable drama into the packaging of a broadcast network show. And they called it: Swingtown. Meanwhile, Marah Eakin treats TV dad Bob Saget to the Firsties gauntlet. Good news: He doesn’t mention the first time he met your mother.



Raising Hope/The X-Files: It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday, and this weekend we had to do it twice: First Phil Dyess-Nugent checked in with the Chances one last time, and Todd VanDerWerff and Zack Handlen bid adieu to reviews of X-Files reruns. Spoiler alert: Scully was The Mother this whole time.


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