TV THIS WEEK: Outcast premieres, Powers returns, and more!

It's a weird time for TV. The shows from the regular broadcast season have either already ended or are on the way out, and most of the summer shows are still a few weeks away, so for some the pickings are slim. We've still got some fun stuff this week, though, and I'm not just talking about the NBA Finals. In the next few days we get the return of Powers, the start of the final season of Beauty and the Beast, the season finale of Archer and the debut of Robert Kirkman's new supernatural series Outcast.

Check out the week in TV below. What's on your watchlist?


Powers (PSN) Tuesday, Streaming - "Caracas, 1967," "Funeral of the Century" and "Hell Night"

Season premiere! - The acclaimed superhero procedural series returns for its second year on PlayStation Network this week, and there's chaos on the way. Last year, when Powers premiered, we talked about two things: how long it took for the series to actually get the full-on green light, and whether the series could sustain a life on a generally untested new streaming service for original programming. Well, Powers and PlayStation thrived together, so we got Season 2. Now we get to see if Season 3 is in the cards. This week, The Powers Division tries to contain chaos in the wake of Retro Girl's death, and a new hero tries to fill the void. Check out a preview below.


Person of Interest (CBS) Tuesday, 10 p.m. - "The Day the World Went Away"

By now, if you're a fan, you probably already know that Person of Interest is ending this year after five seasons on CBS, and it's kind of a shame, because it wasn't that long ago that the show was a mainstay for the network. It had a prime timeslot, it was pulling in 10 million or so viewers per episode, and it was drawing critical acclaim thanks to its evolution from procedural to complex science fiction mythology. Now CBS is burning off episodes two at a time, clearing out space for summer event series and other such midseason fare. Sure, ratings are down for the series now, but that's perhaps because viewers have to remember to watch it two times a week, and because it's airing on two of the most competitive nights for broadcast TV (Monday and Tuesday). Then again, maybe it was just its time. Whatever the case, in just a few short weeks it's goodbye. This week, Finch's cover is blown, and Samaritan operatives close in. Check out a preview below.


Beauty and the Beast (CW) Thursday, 9 p.m. - "Monsieur et Madame Bete"

Season premiere! - Beauty and the Beast is, pardon the pun, a strange animal. It's one of the CW's lower-rated shows (though it certainly doesn't perform poorly), and this time two years ago we were certain it was canceled when the final episodes of its second season were shuffled off into the summer. For network shows operating in the traditional broadcast season, that's usually a death sentence, but Beauty and the Beast did well enough that it actually became its network's summer series. When the superheroes and the monster hunters were done for the year, it was time for Vincent and Cat to come out and play. That strategy worked for Season 3, but now we know that Season 4 will indeed be the show's last. That's sad if you're a fan, but still, it's been fascinating watching this show find its own way on a network that often doesn't play by the rules of its four broadcast competitors. Like SupernaturalBeauty and the Beast beat the odds, at least for a while. This week, someone is threatening to expose the beasts, and Vincent and Cat must find out who. Check out a preview below.


Archer (FX) Thursday, 10 p.m. - "Deadly Velvet, Part II"

Season finale! - The last three seasons of Archer have been an interesting exercise in a showrunner's (Adam Reed) attempts to keep his material fresh while remaining true to his characters, and for the most part it's worked. In Season 5, the Archer crew became cocaine dealers, then they became CIA contractors, and now they're private investigators working out of Los Angeles. The question is, what's next? Reed has commented in interviews that he'd like to continue the private eye angle, but we still don't know if FX is bringing the show back for an eighth season. Archer's fanbase is devoted, and its ratings are steady, so there's hope, but for the moment we face the possibility that this is the last we'll see of Sterling and the gang. Somehow I doubt that, though. This week, more bodies turn up on the movie set. Check out a preview below.


Outcast (Cinemax) Friday, 10 p.m. - "A Darkness Surrounds Him"

Season premiere! - Robert Kirkman has already conquered basic cable thanks to The Walking Dead, and now he gets a shot at premium cable with this Cinemax series based on his comic of the same name. The Walking Dead has become the definitive zombie presence on TV, and now Outcast will try to do the same with a tale of demonic possession. At this point, almost everything Kirkman has touched in media has turned to gold. He's already proven his range in comics, and now he gets a shot at doing it on TV. Plus, despite hits like Banshee, Cinemax is still waiting for a breakout phenomon to match it big sister network, HBO. Could this be it? We'll find out. Check out a preview below.



Powers (PSN) - "Caracas, 1967," "Funeral of the Century" and "Hell Night"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Containment (CW) 9 p.m. - "Inferno"

Lex clashes with Capt. Scott; the data recovery center comes under attack; a desperate plea from Jana leaves Lex's world in chaos.


Person of Interest (CBS) 10 p.m. - "The Day the World Went Away"

Read more in our Highlights section above.


Wayward Pines (FOX) 9 p.m. - "Blood Harvest"

Theo leverages his status as the only surgeon in town to get answers about his wife and information from Jason Higgins; Megan Fisher leads research being conducted on the Abbies.


Genius by Stephen Hawking (PBS) 9 p.m. - "What Are We?" and "Where Are We?"

Self-assembling machines, light-up bacteria and a physical demonstration of evolution revolutionize volunteers' views of life.


Steven Universe (TOON) 7 p.m. - "Hit the Diamond"

Steven and the Gems engage in an old fashioned game of baseball.

Beauty and the Beast (CW) 9 p.m. - "Monsieur et Madame Bete"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Orphan Black (BBC) 10 p.m. - "The Redesign of Natural Objects"

Alison's loyalty to the clones is questioned; Cosima makes a final attempt to discover a cure.


Archer (FX) 10 p.m. - "Deadly Velvet, Part II"

Read more in our Highlights section above.


Outcast (Cinemax) 10 p.m. - "A Darkness Surrounds Him"

Read more in our Highlights section above.

Wynonna Earp (Syfy) 10 p.m. - "She Wouldn't Be Gone"

Wynonna and Dolls investigate the snowy Barrens and the rumors of a bloodthirsty beast; Henry confronts his future with Waverly's help.



Outlander (Starz) 9 p.m. - "Je Suis Prest"

Claire and Jamie reunite with the Lallybroch and MacKenzie men during training; Jamie and Claire wage personal battles; an Englishman arrives in camp with new information.



Preacher (AMC) 9 p.m. - "See"

A mysterious duo is after Jesse while he tries to be a ``good preacher''; the enigmatic Cowboy makes an introduction.


Good Witch (Hallmark) 9 p.m. - "Truth"

Cassie works her magic to help Sam make a tough decision and is suddenly faced with a difficult choice of her own.

Game of Thrones (HBO) 9 p.m. - "The Broken Man"

The High Sparrow considers another target; Jaime confronts a hero; Arya makes a plan; memories are awakened in the North.


Penny Dreadful (Showtime) 10 p.m. - "No Beast So Fierce"

No synopsis available.


(Episode synopses via Zap2It)



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