Grimm (NBC, Friday 9 p.m.) — Here’s the thing about Grimm: It could be NBC’s highest rated show other than The Voice if they didn’t launch it in August, put it on a three-month hiatus, and air it on Friday nights. This show is the perfect distillation of the boneheadedness of NBC brass.
Banshee (Cinemax, Friday 9 p.m.) — (Season finale) The pilot was good low-budget Cinemax fare, but the next episode was such a mess that I never managed to get back on the train. Did anyone stick with it, and how is it?
The Walking Dead (AMC, Sunday 9 p.m.) — I don’t know what’s going to happen this week, although I’m guessing it’ll be one more stall episode that centers on Tyrese’s crew ahead of the ultimate showdown. But next week’s penultimate episode of the season is written by Scott Gimple (the new showrunner, who also wrote the Michonne episode two weeks ago) and directed by Greg Nicotero, who does the special effects on the show, so it’s going to be epic. I assume.
Girls (HBO, Sunday 9 p.m.) — (Season finale) Wow, last week’s episode had all the awkwardness of a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode with none of the levity. It was just real and uncomfortable and hard to watch, but also kind of great. This week? I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that The Onion headline is accurate: “Next Episode Of ‘Girls’ To Feature Lena Dunham Sh*tting Herself During Gyno Exam While Eating A Burrito.”
Shameless (Showtime, Sunday 9 p.m.) — Did you know that Emmy Rossum could sing? Like, OPERA. I guess she was in Phantom of the Opera back in the day, but I didn’t know that until I ran across this old interview with Conan where she sings opera for a hot dog and it blew out my mindhole.
Bob’s Burgers (Fox, Sunday 9:30 p.m.) — I don’t watch this show as often as I should, but I just want you to know that I’m not snubbing it and that it’s definitely worth your attention in its new timeslot. So watch it. DO IT FOR JOSH.