For this week’s listings we’re switching things up a bit, with a deeper look at some of the highlights. Check after the break for what we think is especially worth watching this week, and drop in the comments if you see any highlights that we’ve missed. We’ll be focusing mostly on new shows, specials or big movie and game releases, so don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that Game of Thrones or Mad Men is coming on, and we suspect you haven’t either.
Archer Season 5 Finale
Tonight on FX Archer wraps up its first post-spy agency season. Whether or not the “Archer Vice” tag sticks, it’s been a wild ride and after some shaky early episodes it’s continued the quality we’ve become accustomed to. While characters like Archer, Malory and Lana remained mostly the same throughout the transition, cocaine-addicted Pam, occasional dictator Cyril, country singer Cheryl and Dr. Krieger’s Orphan Black moment have been highlights.
(FX, 4/21, 10PM)
30 for 30
This week, ESPN’s documentary series dives into the beautiful game with two movies. The Opposition takes a look at how politics changed the outcome of a 1973 World Cup qualifier between the Soviet Union and Chile, while Maradona ’86 shows one of the game’s greatest players during that year’s FIFA World Cup.
(ESPN, 4/22, 8PM)
Parks & Recreation Season 6 Finale
We’ve almost forgotten that this show was a spinoff from The Office, now that Parks & Recreation is six seasons old. Despite some time on the cancellation hot seat, the show has survived and even thrived as one of the better comedies on the network. Series star and SNL alum Amy Poehler is promising some “exciting moments” in the finale that set up season seven, so have your DVRs ready.
(NBC, 4/26, 8PM)
Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed
If you’re familiar with comedian Jim Gaffigan, you probably already expect plenty of food discussion in his new comedy special. Known for his love of bacon, in his new special obsessions he’s tackling seafood, donuts, fruit and even non-food related obsessions like not wanting to smell. After it airs on sunday night, viewers can stream it on the Comedy Central mobile app, or purchase it on disc or download starting on the 29th.
(Comedy Central, 4/27, 10PM)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO debuts its weekly news hour this week, as comedian John Oliver shifts over from the Daily Show chair to his own vehicle. Promising to cover the news as it happens (as long as it happens on Sunday night, or else it will have to wait until next Sunday), he’ll continue taking a satirical look at current events, just on a new network.
(HBO, 4/27, 11PM)
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
This indie game has already sold over 90,000 copies on PC, Mac and Linux, and it’s coming to the PS4 this week. You play an octopus in a suit pretending to be a human father and… well, that pretty much explains it. Joystiq’s review of the original is a good place to start understanding why the game has been so well received, and its designer says the PS4 edition will have custom controls with Move support, local co-op with multiple players controlling the cephalopod and a focus on the silliness that people really enjoyed about the game.
This week is dominated by NBA and NHL action, as both leagues amp up their playoff action in the first rounds. There’s also plenty of MLB to watch now, and although F1 is taking the weekend off, NASCAR Sprint Cup will be live from Richmond on Saturday afternoon.
NASCAR Spring Cup Toyota Owners 400, Fox, 4/28, 2PM