This Week’s TV: JK Rowling's Post-Harry Potter Story Comes To Television

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The miniseries based on JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy arrives this week, as does the premiere of Penny Dreadful’s second season. Plus, get ready for the season finales of Powers and The Last Man on Earth, and see what’s ahead for The Flash, Arrow, Game of Thrones, and more.


Top image from The Flash.


Gotham (8 PM, Fox)

Things are getting bloody this week as the Penguin leads a massacre. And while Bullock and Gordon continue to track down the Ogre, the serial killer breaks down Barbara’s emotions.

The Originals (8 PM, The CW)

When Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black) devises a clever way to get Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) attention, she reveals some startling details about baby Hope and leaves him with an enticing proposition to consider. Elsewhere, while Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) find themselves with opposing views on how best to handle Dahlia’s looming deadline, Rebekah (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers), Davina (Danielle Campbell), and Cami (Leah Pipes) work together to come up with their own strategy. Meanwhile, following a tense stand-off between Elijah and Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) in the bayou, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is left to make a difficult decision about her and Hope’s future. Finally, Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood), who is eager to leave his witch past behind him, approaches Davina with an offer that leaves her intrigued.

Tales of the Grim Sleeper (9 PM, HBO)

True crime fanatics can dig into the Grim Sleeper case, about a serial killer believed to be responsible for at least ten murders in South Los Angeles. This documentary, rather than focusing on the whodunnit, investigates whether the crimes were given insufficient attention because the killer targeted a poor, black neighborhood.

The Returned (10 PM, A&E)

Claire’s secret is revealed; the suspected killer makes a full confession; Victor protects Julie.


Community (Streaming, Yahoo! Screen)

Jeff, Frankie, and her friend, a movie producer named Maury, help Abed complete his unfinished film.


Powers (Streaming, PlayStation Network)

The season finale of the superhero procedural is titled, “F@#K the Big Chiller.”

The Flash (8 PM, The CW)

Barry and the crew set a trap for Wells — and Cisco puts his safety on the line to serve as prey.

iZombie (9 PM, The CW)

A pregnant woman dies after giving birth and after Liv eats her brains, she develops a fierce maternal instinct. Don’t mess with zombie mama.

Agents of SHIELD (9 PM, ABC)

Gonzalez and Coulson may have put aside their differences in order to battle the forces of Hydra.

Person of Interest (10 PM, CBS)

The two latest persons of interest are rival crime bosses, and Reese and Fusco get caught in their war.



Arrow (8 PM, The CW)

Nyssa is back in Starling City training Laurel when the League of Assassins sets their sites on Nyssa. So Laurel enlists Felicity and Diggle to help protect Nyssa.

The Casual Vacancy (8 PM, HBO)

It’s not scifi or fantasy (nor The Cuckoo’s Calling), but JK Rowling’s first post-Harry Potter story comes to television this week in a three-part miniseries. It will tumble out the dark secrets of the small town of Pagford and its denizens during an election for parish councillor. Two parts air on Wednesday and the finale airs on Thursday at 8 PM.

Supernatural (9 PM, The CW)

When Claire Novak gets a lead on her mother, Amelia, she calls on Dean, Sam, and Castiel for help. But the Novak ladies may not get a happy reunion.


CSI: Cyber (10 PM, CBS)

The cyber crime team investigates when nine planes that departed from the same airport face a coordinated Wi-Fi attack while in flight.



Cartoons (5 PM, Cartoon Network)

On Clarence (5 PM), Mary’s mom Dyllis comes to visit and turns the Wendle household upside down. On Steven Universe (5:30 PM), Steven, Amethyst and Garnet chase after a monster that’s been loose in the Temple. On Teen Titans Go! (6 PM), Robin teaches the Titans to play soccer — and naturally, they become obsessed. And on Adventure Time (7:30 PM), BMO’s favorite entertainers unexpectedly find a new home at the tree house.

The Vampire Diaries (8 PM, The CW)

Alaric and Jo reluctantly attend their bachelor and bachelorette parties while Damon and Elena contemplate Damon’s rash offer.


Dig (10 PM, USA)

An ancient religious sect completes all of the pieces to enact their deadly plans. Peter’s (Jason Isaacs) attempt at preventing the impending catastrophe thrusts him into partnership with unlikely allies. Lynn (Anne Heche) realizes the depth of the conspiracy during her investigation into Ambassador Ridell (Regina Taylor), who is expecting a package from the States. Meanwhile, Golan (Ori Pfeffer) tries to crack more clues from the Donaldson case. An emboldened Avram (guest star Guy Selenik) realizes what needs to be done and makes a move to protect his valuable asset.


Olympus (10 PM, Syfy)

Hero makes contact with King Aegeus, while Lykos plots against his father by aligning with his biggest enemy: Minos.



Major Lazer (12 AM, FXX), Axe Cop (12:15 AM, FXX)

The two heroes of the Animation Domination High-Def block continue their oddball adventures.

Grimm (8 PM, NBC)

The latest string of homicides has Captain Renard wondering if a Jack the Ripper copycat is on the loose.


Bitten (9 PM, Syfy)

A kidnapped Elena comes in contact with Savannah but must face a woman who brings a new meaning to the term “mad scientist.”


Lost Girl (10 PM, Syfy)

Bo and Tasmin protect a Japanese warrior, while Lauren deals with death threats of her own.



Orphan Black (9 PM, BBC America)

It looks like everyone’s seeking out Mark this week and he and Gracie want to avoid being found.


Outlander (9 PM, Starz)

A Redcoat deserter from Jamie’s past returns; Jenny goes into labor; Jamie and Ian join the Watch.



Once Upon a Time (8 PM, ABC)

A homecoming ignites a war and a victory for all that’s evil grows closer.

Game of Thrones (9 PM, HBO)

Margaery seeks prudent counsel. Jaime struggles in foreign lands. Dany answers the Harpy’s call.


Last Man on Earth (9:30, Fox)

On the season finale, Phil and Carol resolve their differences. Interesting given how last night’s episode ended.


The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (10 PM, Lifetime)

Charles Siringo connects clues that could mean the end of Lizzie; Lizzie exerts her influence on a witness; Emma reveals that a man may change her relationship with her sister; a woman tempts Siringo.


Penny Dreadful (10 PM, Showtime)

If you haven’t already watched it online, the Season Two premiere sees Sir Malcolm returning to find a new evil hunting Vanessa.


Salem (10 PM, WGN)

Mary and her tormentor, Countess Marburg, meet face-to-face.




I don't watch the series, so I don't know if the design on the walls is significant, but I amused myself with the thought that it's dirty limericks in braille.