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The Catch introduces its mysterious benefactor

Photo: The Catch (ABC)
Photo: The Catch (ABC)

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, April 28. All times are Eastern.


Top picks

The Catch (ABC, 10 p.m.): Beloved British thespian John Simm makes his debut as Reese, the mysterious benefactor behind Ben’s operation. He’ll be sticking around for the rest of the season, but he first shows up tonight looking for the bracelet Alice stole last week. That brings Alice and Ben together yet again and puts Alice’s life in danger. Elsewhere, Orange Is The New Black’s Samira Wiley also has her own guest turn on the show. Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is working on her Wiley/Simm fan art as we type.

Orphan Black (BBC America, 10 p.m.): While the official plot description for tonight’s episode focuses on Sarah’s shocking discovery of Neolution’s biotech, there’s only one thing we really care about in this week’s episode: Helena has to pretend to be Alison! Also Rachel makes her first appearance of the season, but, whatever, because Helena-as-Alison! When we told Lisa Weidenfeld this news she was so excited she started spontaneously singing, “Sugar, Sugar.”

Archer (FX, 10 p.m.): It’s the first half of a two-part Archer. The team is invited to a fancy black-tie fundraiser, but things don’t go exactly as planned when party crashers ruin the event. Since William Hughes isn’t exactly sure about the gala’s dress code, he’s he’s going with both a tux and a tiara just in case.

Premieres and finales

NLF Draft (ESPN, 8 p.m.): Let’s get ready to rumble! And by rumble we mean watch a guy at a podium call names while other people celebrate. As we understand it, the NFL Draft is a cross between the Oscars and a high-stakes version of picking teams in gym class. This year’s draft once again takes place from Chicago, but it’s the St. Louis Rams who have the first pick.


Huang’s World (Viceland, 10 p.m.): Though Eddie Huang has officially ended his partnership with Fresh Off The Boat, things have worked out okay for him. In his brand new Viceland show, he travels the world and explores new cultures through their food. In other words, he’s a slightly more bro-y Anthony Bourdain, which, if you’ve ever seen Anthony Bourdain’s show, is really saying something. You can check out the trailer right here.

King Of The Road (Viceland, 11 p.m.): Three teams of the world’s best skaters compete in Thrasher magazine’s annual seven-city scavenger hunt. Or, to use Viceland’s terminology, “The American road trip gets kicked in the nuts.” Viceland captures all that sick action (and lots of people falling over and hurting themselves) in the show’s trailer.


Regular Coverage

Daredevil (Netflix, 12 p.m.)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, 6 p.m.)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8 p.m.)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8 p.m.)
DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (The CW, 8 p.m.)
Scandal (ABC, 9 p.m.)
The 100 (The CW, 9 p.m.)
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)


Streaming pick

Spaced, “Back” (Hulu): Before breaking into wider fame with Shaun Of The Dead, Simon Pegg teamed up with Jessica Hynes to write and star in one of the best comedies of all time, Spaced. The show’s entire 14-episode run is available for free on Hulu and the second season premiere features an appearance from The Catch’s newest cast member, John Simm. Admittedly it might not be Simm’s most important piece of work to date, but, hey, when we get an opportunity to recommend Spaced, we’re going to recommend Spaced.