IMDbTV Picks: Week of April 12

by IMDb-Editors | created - 11 Apr 2015 | updated - 16 Apr 2015 | Public

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1. 2015 MTV Movie Awards (2015 TV Special)

Comedy, Music

In the biggest movie awards show event of the season, MTV gathers a large selection of stars to entertain.

Directors: Hamish Hamilton, Ryan McFaul | Stars: Amy Schumer, Channing Tatum, Vin Diesel, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 281

Amy Schumer hosts a night of many, many stars entertaining us by winning awards that are nice to have on the shelf, all while appearing graceful as the host makes them the butt of her jokes.

Premieres: 8pm Sunday, April 12 on MTV.

2. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Wars to Come (2015)

TV-MA | 53 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Cersei and Jaime adjust to a world without Tywin. Tyrion and Varys arrive at Pentos. In Meereen, a new enemy emerges. Jon is caught between two kings.

Director: Michael Slovis | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Votes: 25,263

For true fan, the year is divided into the short few months that new episodes are on...and the rest of the year, when we wait for the next new episodes. This season is particularly remarkable not only because of Tyrion's complete fall from grace, but due to the reported notable divergences from the widely-known plot in George R.R. Martin's books.

Meaning, anything can happen...and we're all in for lots of surprises.

Premieres: 9pm Sunday, April 12 on HBO.

3. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: New Business (2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

While Megan comes to New York with her mother and sister to collect her belongings, Don has a romance with the waitress. Meanwhile, Peggy and Stan work with a famous photographer on a commercial shoot.

Director: Michael Uppendahl | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,318

Per Matthew Weiner's strict no-spoilers policy, we have no idea what's going to happen in this episode. We can only say that you'd better watch it.

Airs: 10pm Sunday, April 12 on AMC.

4. Silicon Valley (2014– )
Episode: Sand Hill Shuffle (2015)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Monica deals with her new boss; Richard makes a decision about the company's future.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr

Votes: 1,426

As season two starts, the Pied Piper team faces the new challenge of being the hot kids in town, and having stumbled upon their game-changing innovation by accident, the new scrutiny they'll face could end up crushing their sanity. It'll be hilarious!

Premieres: 10pm Sunday, April 12 on HBO.

5. Gotham (2014–2019)
Episode: Beasts of Prey (2015)

TV-14 | 40 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Gordon and Bullock inspect a cold case involving "the Ogre", a serial killer who targets young women in Gotham City. Meanwhile, Fish plots her escape from the Dollmaker, and Bruce and Selina confront Reggie.

Director: Eagle Egilsson | Stars: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara

Votes: 2,668

Finally, "Gotham" is back and drawing toward the season's endgame. But first, we're excited to see a new subplot that will bring a very well-known guest star into the mix for a little while.

Airs: 8pm Monday, April 13 on Fox.

6. TURN: Washington's Spies (2014–2017)
Episode: Thoughts of a Free Man (2015)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, History, War

Abe is eager to get to Washington, while Rogers finds himself a new job.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich, Daniel Henshall, Heather Lind

Votes: 373

AMC's drama about revolutionary America returns, and we're hoping it will grow on us in its second season.

Premieres: 9pm Monday, April 13 on AMC.

7. Cucumber (2015)

50 min | Drama

Modern gay life in Manchester.

Stars: Vincent Franklin, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Fisayo Akinade, Freddie Fox

Votes: 2,689

This wonderful series is soapy in all the right ways, and explores the midlife reboot of very charming, curious middle-aged protagonist named Henry Best, a man who overturns his life in one disastrous evening and might end up all the happier for it.

Premieres: 10pm Monday, April 13 on Logo.

8. Banana (2015)

25 min | Drama

Celebrates love without labels. Join eight different couples on their journey of love, heartbreak, sex, and drama.

Stars: Fisayo Akinade, Freddie Fox, Vincent Franklin, Letitia Wright

Votes: 1,767

The half-hour companion piece to "Cucumber" follows the same plotline from the viewpoint of its young protagonists, all of whom are struggling to find their place in the world. And it's incredibly smart.

Premieres: 11pm Monday, April 13 on Logo.

9. The Flash (2014– )
Episode: All Star Team Up (2015)

TV-PG | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Felicity Smoak and Ray Palmer come to Central City seeking help with Ray's suit; an ex-employee releases deadly robotic bees; a group dinner does not go as planned.

Director: Kevin Tancharoen | Stars: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett

Votes: 4,606

It's another crossover, this time with Ray and Felicity from "Arrow" visiting Barry and the team. The last one was incredible, so we have high expectations for this episode.

Airs: 8pm Tuesday, April 14 on The CW.

10. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013– )
Episode: Melinda (2015)

TV-PG | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The story of Melinda May's transformation into "The Cavalry" is revealed as she finds herself at a crossroads in the war between Coulson and Gonzales. As Skye learns more about her true ... See full summary »

Director: Garry A. Brown | Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker

Votes: 2,520

As uneven as this show was in season one and the first part of season two, we've always enjoyed Melinda May. This opportunity to find out more about her character makes it one of our week's must-watches.

Airs: 8pm Tuesday, April 14 on ABC.

11. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: The Promise (2015)

TV-MA | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Raylan is captured by the authorities, but Art reluctantly lets him go and puts him back on the case. Avery gets to Ava and questions her about his missing money, but she winds up leading Boyd straight to them.

Director: Adam Arkin | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Jere Burns, Joelle Carter

Votes: 1,672

This show ranks among television's best-written dramas, and while we're excited to see how everything ends for Raylan Givens -- and particularly looking forward to the high-noon-style showdown teased in the promo -- we're oh, so sorry to see it go.

Series Finale: 10pm Tuesday, April 14 on FX.

12. Arrow (2012– )
Episode: Broken Arrow (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Lance continues his mission to take down the Arrow. When a meta-human named Jake Simmons, who kills people with blasts of energy and plasma, starts terrorizing Starling City, Oliver is forced to ask Ray for help.

Director: Douglas Aarniokoski | Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland

Votes: 4,238

This is The Atom's second major outing this week...will viewers like what they see enough to watch him Ray fly solo in his own show?

Airs: 8pm Wednesday, April 15 on The CW.

13. Supernatural (2005– )
Episode: Book of the Damned (2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Charlie contacts Sam and Dean after she finds the Book of the Damned - which could help eliminate the mark of Cain; Castiel and Metatron look for Castiel's grace.

Director: P.J. Pesce | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Ruth Connell

Votes: 2,329

Any episode of this show with Felicia Day in it is required viewing.

Airs: 9pm Wednesday, April 15 on The CW.

14. The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)
Episode: The Communication Deterioration (2015)

TV-PG | 19 min | Comedy, Romance

When Raj is asked to create a message on the off chance a NASA mission discovers alien life, the guys fight over what he should do, while Penny contemplates returning to acting.

Director: Mark Cendrowski | Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

Votes: 1,832

Airs: 8pm Thursday, April 16 on CBS.

15. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
Episode: I Could Never Love Like That (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Damon concocts a risky plan to stop Caroline and Stefan from wreaking havoc.

Director: Leslie Libman | Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen

Votes: 737

The news that Nina Dobrev is leaving makes me want to see every moment that leads up to her character Elena's departure.

Airs: 8pm Thursday, April 16 on The CW.

16. The Messengers (2015)

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A mysterious object crashes on earth and a group of unconnected strangers die from an energy pulse it emits, but then re-awaken to find out that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending apocalypse.

Stars: Shantel VanSanten, Diogo Morgado, JD Pardo, Joel Courtney

Votes: 8,432

Take two great TV tastes -- bible-themed programming & apocalyptic drama -- put them together, add some sexy people and bake it in the CW oven. Out pops this drama about a mysterious object falling to Earth and awakening powers in a variety of people.

Friday night is the home of genre programming, so this could fit right in.

Premieres: 9pm Friday, April 17 on The CW.

17. Lost Girl (2010–2016)
Episode: Like Hell: Part 1 (2014)

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy

Bo finds the second shoe and descends to Valhalla to rescue Kenzi.

Director: Paolo Barzman | Stars: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland

Votes: 199

This end-of-the-week treat is a fun, underrated series with a kick-ass heroine.

Premieres: 10pm Friday, April 17 on Syfy.

18. Orphan Black (2013–2017)
Episode: The Weight of This Combination (2015)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Sarah pursues the missing Helena who is held in a faraway compound. Sarah must use her wiles - and acting chops - to deter a Topside investigator who threatens the Leda sisters' lives. ... See full summary »

Director: David Frazee | Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Evelyne Brochu

Votes: 1,178

Season three introduces the Castor clones, "brothers" hunting Sarah and her sisters. Watching Ari Millen as the various male clones, however, may make viewers more deeply appreciate Tatiana Maslany's versatile performance.

Premieres: 9pm Saturday, April 18 on BBC America, airing simultaneously on AMC, IFC, SundanceTV and WeTV.

19. Outlander (2014– )
Episode: The Devil's Mark (2015)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Claire and Geillis stand trial for witchcraft; Claire learns a secret about Geillis' past.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Lotte Verbeek, Bill Paterson

Votes: 3,582

The romance between Jamie and Claire is the heart of this series, but this episode also includes a surprising reveal that may have a significant impact on chapters to come.

Airs: 9pm Saturday, April 18 on Starz.

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