Matt's Weekend Picks: April 29-May 1
The Cleveland Show (Sunday, 8:30/7:30c, Fox)
An ill wind is blowing through Fox's "Animation Domination" lineup — well, the Seth MacFarlane variety, anyway. In a crossover sweeps stunt, a hurricane storms its way through Stoolbend (Cleveland Show), Quahog (Family Guy) and Langley Falls (American Dad). On Cleveland, the storm wrecks the Brown/Tubbs family vacation plans. On Family Guy, the stress of the storm (never easy on dogs) drives Brian to overindulge in questionable substances. And on American Dad, the hurricane wreaks havoc on the Smiths, who foolishly decide to ride it out at home. As for Springfield... The Simpsons go to the Jersey Shore, so apparently they didn't get the memo.
Game of Thrones (Sunday, 9/8c, HBO)
The action is literally all over the map in another eventful chapter of this adult fantasy epic. Up North, bastard Jon Snow is put to the test to prove his mettle among the Night's Watch brotherhood, while Tyrion wryly observes — and we finally ascend the great Wall. At King's Landing, Ned Stark is made aware of what a challenge it will be to be the King's Hand, and gets a surprise visitor. In the land of the Dothraki, Daenerys gets the upper hand on her ruthless brother. Bonus: We're treated to some of the most quotable lines of the entire series, including the treacherous Cersei hissing, "Everyone who isn't us is an enemy," Ned declaring, "War's easier than daughters," and King Robert revealing what people tend to leave out of the songs of legend.
The Killing (Sunday, 10/9c, AMC)
The sadness and tension reach a fever pitch in this terrific mystery drama as the Larsens make final preparations for Rosie's funeral, and suspicion continues to swirl around their daughter's sketchy married teacher. Mayoral candidate Darren Richmond, facing a televised debate, now has to deal with the dilemma that the new prime suspect in Rosie's murder was front and center in his own community-service TV ad. (Awkward!) And while detectives Linden and Holder desperately look for any evidence that isn't circumstantial, do you even have to ask what the weather forecast is? (Hint: It's still wet out there.)
In Plain Sight (Sunday, 10/9c, USA)
How much change can one surly and sultry witness-protection marshal cope with? Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) is about to find out, as this entertaining crime drama launches its fourth season. While her partner Marshall cozies up to an annoyingly perky new female detective from Texas, Mary's flighty sister falls under suspicion when six luxury cars are stolen from the dealership owned by her possible future husband (Joshua Malina). Will her rap sheet endanger her pre-nup? Meanwhile, the boss is interviewing candidates for marshal training, and none of them seem like a good fit with Mary. So what else is new? While In Plain Sight evolves, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (9/8c) returns to its roots, bringing back Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe as detectives Goren and Eames for the show's 10th and final season. Jay Mohr guests in the premiere as a self-destructive fashion icon embroiled in the murder of a call girl. Don't be surprised when he taps into his inner warlock during an explosive TV interview (reminiscent of a certain sitcom bad boy). That's just classic "ripped from the headlines" Law & Order stirring the pot.
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