“Archer” And “Empire” Return, “The Walking Dead,” “The Path”: TV This Week

Plus: "Dead 7" gives us a boy band apocalypse, and the Amazing Randi is "An Honest Liar"

It’s Monday, time to look at what’s on TV in the week ahead.



At 8pm, CBS’Supergirl crosses TV networks to team up with CW’s The Flash, as Barry’s super-speed takes him back in time and to another Earth. He’s trapped in Kara’s universe, which not be so bad since she needs help dealing with Live Wire and Silver Banshee.


Also at 8pm, the Fosters season finale on Freeform sees Jude question if he’s really gay, while Callie makes a surprising discovery that has her questioning her loyalties.

Magician/skeptic James “the Amazing” Randi is profiled at 10pm on the PBS Independent Lens documentary An Honest Liar, which focuses on his quest to debunk faith healers and psychics, as well as his relationship with longtime boyfriend José Alvarez.




At 10pm, CBS introduces The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special, with Jennifer Lopez, 5 Seconds of Summer and others joining James Corden in the car.




Hulu kick off its latest original drama, The Path today. The show signals the return of Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul to scripted televisionas Eddie, a man in a religious cult run by Hannibal’s Hugh Dancy.

Eddie finds his faith wavering, but how can he leave the place his family calls home?



At 9pm, Empire returns to finish its second season, as Lucius continues to scheme to take back his company. More interestingly, Jamal’s hookup with Skye is public knowledge and he’ll face a backlash from the LGBT community for “flip-flopping” on his sexuality. (TV doesn’t address male sexual fluidity often, so let’s hope Empire sticks the landing.)

If you want to see more of Jussie Smollett, at 10pm appears WGN America’s slave drama Underground, joining sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell. Underground has received plenty of critical acclaim, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, this is a good time.


At 8pm, Bravo airs a new Inside the Actors Studio with Christopher Meloni, who discusses Law & Order, Oz, his GLAAD Awards kiss with Lee Tergesen and more.

At 10pm, the Archer team is back to try on another line of work: Private investigation. Much like how Archer Vice mocked the conventions of Miami Vice, we can expect Season 7 to be chock-full of Magnum P.I. references. Tonight, Archer breaks into a mansion to salvage a starlet’s honor.




On Syfy at 8pm, Dead 7 combines a zombie apocalypse, an homage to The Magnificent Seven and members of Backstreet Boys *N’SYNC, 98 Degrees and O-Town. Coming from the Asylum, the studio that gave us Sharknado and Lavalantula, you can assume its a chaotic mess, in the best possible way.


The highlight, though, is longtime MADtv cast member Debra Wilson as the movie’s Mad Max-inspired villain, Apocalypta.

At 10pm, say goodbye to Cinemax’s >strong>Banshee which begins its final season, with Lucas facing a serial killer. Fingers crossed Lucas’ cross-dressing, hacker accomplice Job (Hoon Lee) gets a satisfying number of badass moments in the final eight episodes.


It’s an extra-special episode of The Simpsons at 8pm, Mr. Smithers finally comes out to Mr. Burns.

He’ll also try to shake off his decades long crush on his boss in the two-part episode, turning to Homer for help in finding a boyfriend. George Takei guest stars as himself.


At 9pm, The Walking Dead closes out another season—this time with the death of a major character. It’s been an uneven season with several missteps (including adding to the death toll of lesbians on television), but hopefully the series will go out with a bang and not a groan.

That’s this week’s highlights. What are you eager to watch?

Lyle Masaki is a fan of obscure superheroes, video games, adorkable guys and that show you loved that got cancelled way too soon.