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Salem arrives to provide suitably sacrilegious Easter viewing

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Here’s what’s up in the world of television for April 20. All times are Eastern.


Salem (WGN America, 10 p.m.): Salem? We hardly know ’em! Yes, if Zack Handlen’s pre-air review is any indication, the preceding wordplay is just about as clever as the World’s Greatest Newspaper’s first foray into scripted original content. One the bright side: If you’re looking for a way to perk up Easter dinner, the various sinners and heretics gathering in Salem ought to restore life to even the most ham-laden family gathering.



Bob’s Burgers (Fox, 7 p.m.): The Belchers are the only Animation Domination family that has to work on Easter. Figures. Alasdair Wilkins would be similarly bitter, but at least his work doesn’t involve manning a fryolator.

The Good Wife (CBS, 9 p.m.): The title of tonight’s episode, “All Tapped Out,” had What’s On Tonight all excited for a Good Wife equivalent to the popular Simpsons-themed mobile game, Simpsons Tapped Out. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, but Sonia Saraiya is still amped about Michael J. Fox’s return as Louis Canning.

Game Of Thrones (HBO, 9 p.m.): Westeros attempts to move on from that thing. Not wanting to incur the wrath of the Spoiler Police, Erik Adams and Todd VanDerWerff will just go on pretending like everyone in Game Of Thrones is torn up about Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing).”


Once Upon A Time (ABC, 8 p.m.)
Family Guy (Fox, 8:30 p.m.)
Turn (AMC, 9 p.m.)
Mad Men (AMC, 10 p.m.)
Veep (HBO, 10 p.m.)
Silicon Valley (HBO, 10:30 p.m.)



Doctor Who (11 a.m.): Alasdair Wilkins puts a cap on season-three coverage with what he promises to be “a rare grade.” We’re hoping it’s a grade that’s set at a 210 degree angle—that’s a grade so rare, it’s physically impossible!


The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): Springfield goes Dennis The Menace when George H.W. and Barbara Bush buy a house on Evergreen Terrace. Rowan Kaiser was trying to take a nap in a hammock when that disruptive “Two Bad Neighbors” came by, running under the hammock so quickly that it spun around in a comical fashion, trapping Rowan in a web of his own relaxational hubris.


Dateline NBC (NBC, 8 p.m.): The Peacock’s attempt to ride on other network’s coattails with its “TV’s best night just got better” ad campaign looks a little silly now that Dateline has claimed American Dream Builders’ former timeslot. Or maybe those ads were talking about the few weeks in 1989 when NBC’s Sunday nights belonged to The Jim Henson Hour. Yes, you’re right, commercial: Those were TV’s best nights.


Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): Hallmark gets uplifting with a series about diligent employees of the post office from the creator of Touched By An Angel. Though an hour of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” would be just as uplifting.

In My Dreams (ABC, 9 p.m.): And just in case you forgot that America’s leading greeting-card manufacturer runs this Easter game: Hallmark Hall Of Fame (technically the longest-running primetime series in TV history, because the sentiment of a Hallmark card is eternal—and also money) presents this rom-com variation on Inception.


Lindsay (OWN, 9 p.m.): Lindsay Lohan’s reality series concludes its run on OWN in order to return to its original network home: The world around us.

Hop (ABC Family, 8 p.m.): Wait, how did the fuzzy-wuzzy CGI nightmare portrayed by Russell Brand in this movie escape The A.V. Club’s Inventory of terrifying pop-culture rabbits?


The Matrix Revolutions (BBC America, 8 p.m.): One more reminder that today is a religious holiday, brought to you by your mom.

Stanley Cup Playoff: Game 3: Lightning at Canadiens (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.): This year, why not get all of your Stanley Cup Playoff news from @DonCherryParody, Twitter’s premier ALL CAPS parody of Canada’s loudest, proudest, foot-in-the-mouthest sports broadcaster.



This Monday, TV Club celebrates questionable prospects: Stephen Bowie delivers a One Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes on the too-complicated-to-live anthology series The Richard Boone Show; Molly Eichel throws shade at the supposedly satirical/legitimately cringe-inducing MTV comedy Faking It; and Phil Dyess-Nugent calls for revolt in the presence of The Boondocks without Aaron McGruder.



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