Sunday night survival guide: How to navigate this week's biggest TV events
Clear your DVR, check the batteries in your remote, and stock up on snacks that don’t make any noise when you eat them: You’ll need to be in peak TV-viewing form this Sunday, April 12, which promises to be even more packed with shows than your average Sunday night. (Yes, it’s possible.)
Game of Thrones is back. Veep is back. EW cover star Amy Schumer is hosting the MTV Movie Awards. Mad Men continues its final run. It’s enough to make even the most seasoned TV fan go a little weak at the knees—but EW is here to help. We’ve pulled together a game plan to help you get through the evening without missing a watercooler-worthy second.
7:00 p.m. Have you binged Netflix’s latest original, Daredevil, yet? If not, WATCH episode 1 now, just to have all your bases covered.
8:00 p.m. WATCH the opening of the MTV Movie Awards (MTV/ VH1), because you can count on Amy Schumer to keep it bold, real, and possibly a little bit filthy in her intro. Know that by about 15 minutes in, you’ll have seen the most dependably entertaining part of the show—and if any Avenger kisses any other Avenger while J.K. Simmons yells that it’s not his tempo, you know the clip will be online by the end of the night.
So at that point, you could start this week’s Call the Midwife—but since it airs without commercials, there’s no chance to catch up to the Movie Awards in real time. Instead, stick with Schumer for now—here’s hoping our fearless host gets a lot of screen time. Maybe switch to Madam Secretary (CBS) or Once Upon a Time (ABC) during commercials, because you’re not looking for anything serious. Or grab a snack! The night is young. You need your strength.
DVR: Call the Midwife (PBS)
9:00 p.m. WATCH the season premiere of Game of Thrones (HBO). Easiest decision you’ll make all week.
DVR: Now this is where things get complicated. We suggest DVR-ing The Good Wife (CBS), but comedy fans might want to go with the season premiere of Nurse Jackie (SHO) or the next two episodes of The Last Man on Earth (FOX) instead.
10:00 p.m. WATCH an all-new Mad Men (AMC). Roger has a mustache now. Second easiest decision you’ll make all week.
DVR: A new episode of Silicon Valley (HBO) is followed by the season premiere of Veep (HBO) at 10:30 p.m. Anglophiles and history buffs may want to check out Wolf Hall (PBS), featuring Homeland’s Damian Lewis as Henry VIII and starring veteran stage actor Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, instead. But this week will bring plenty of opportunities to catch the episode in reruns. And did we mention that Veep is back?
11:00 p.m. WATCH Last Week Tonight and unwind to the reassuring sound of John Oliver’s intelligent rage.
11:30 p.m. Two options: WATCH some of the freshly recorded shows clogging up your DVR… or go to bed. We think you know which one is the right choice.