What to Watch This Weekend: The Simpsons goes live
Your daily guide to the most interesting stuff happening on TV and streaming. All times Eastern.
PICK OF THE WEEKEND
Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m.
The Simpsons has been around for, like, 87 years now, so sometimes it seems like they’ve already done all the things. But it turns out, they haven’t. For the first time ever, this Sunday’s episode will find feature a live segment in which Homer (well, Dan Castellaneta) will answer real-time fan questions over the phone. How on earth does that work, you ask? Good question! You can find out all about it (plus see a sneak peek of the episode) in our interviews with executive producer Al Jean here and here.
Michael Ian Black: Noted Expert
Epix, Friday, 8 p.m.
Actor and frequent Twitter pundit Michael Ian Black has had an illustrious career in comedy, from The State to Wet Hot American Summer to, as Black himself notes, many canceled television shows (R.I.P., Stella!). But we don’t often get to see him do a stand-up special, which is a shame, because he is hilarious. Now we just need him to bring back his and Michael Showalter’s Topics podcast…
Starz, Saturday, 10 p.m.
This week’s episode is titled “Best Laid Schemes…,” which sounds like a book I could’ve used in college.
ABC, Sunday, 8 p.m.
As Donald Rumsfeld once said, there are known knowns, there are known unknowns, and there are unknown unknowns. Here’s what we do know aboutQuantico’s season 1 finale: The episode will reveal why and how New York was attacked. How do we know that? Because showrunner Joshua Safran told EW — check out our interview with him for even more intel.
GRACE UNDER COURIC
Under the Gun
EPIX, Sunday, 8 p.m.
Executive-produced and narrated by Katie Couric, this wide-ranging documentary takes a hard look at America’s past and present relationship with firearms. And while the movie takes a strong stand in favor of increased gun control, it includes powerful interviews with real people on both sides of the issue, from “open carry” supporters to victims of recent mass shootings.