TV This Week, May 3 - 9: ‘Penny Dreadful’ on Showtime

Eva Green in “Penny Dreadful” on Showtime.
Eva Green stars in the second-season premiere of “Penny Dreadful” on Showtime.
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Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills now includes voicing his animated likeness on the 250th episode of “Family Guy.” 9 p.m. Fox

Spoiler alert! “The Last Man on Earth” wasn’t, it turns out. This one-of-a-kind post-apocalyptic comedy starring Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, Mel Rodriguez and January Jones ends its freshman season. 9:30 p.m. Fox

Something wicked: The Victorian-era horror drama “Penny Dreadful” is back for a spine-tingling second season. With Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton. 10 p.m. Showtime



The 2015 rock-doc “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” charts the life, career and tragic death of the Nirvana frontman. 9 p.m. HBO

Nicely packed, bag boy! The special “David Letterman: A Life on Television” salutes the long-serving host of “The Late Show” before he steps down later this month. 9:30 p.m. CBS

A transgender Hawaiian woman shares her love of the islands’ traditional culture with her students in the documentary “Kumu Hina” airing on “Independent Lens.” 10 p.m. KOCE


Might you be persuaded to watch “Undateable” if they did an hourlong live episode? You know, the sitcom? Hello? 9 p.m. NBC

Zooey Deschanel’s not-so-new “New Girl” ends its fourth season, followed by the freshman-season finale of the sitcom “Weird Loners.” 9 and 9:30 p.m. Fox

A new “Frontline” traces the origins of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 10 p.m. KOCE


The family that plays together: The new reality series “The Willis Family” follows the traveling musical clan that made a big splash last season on “America’s Got Talent.” 10 p.m. TLC

Wise guys, eh? Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert talk shop with host David Steinberg on the season premiere of “Inside Comedy.” 11 p.m. Showtime


Dann Florek is back as the now-retired Cap. Cragen, and Andre Braugher reprises his role as defense attorney Bayard Ellis, on a new “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” 9 p.m. NBC

Oceanographer Robert Ballard uncovers evidence of a possible “Nazi Attack on America” specifically, a sunken German U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico in this new episode of “Nova.” 9 p.m. KOCE

They’re back to mucking about for eels, earthworms, ginseng, mushrooms, etc., on the season premiere of the docu-series “Filthy Riches.” 9 p.m. National Geographic Channel

What not to expect when you’re expecting: “Dinner and a Movie’s” Lisa Arch hosts the new pop-up quiz show “Labor Games.” 10 and 10:30 p.m. TLC



The hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” signs off for another season. 8 p.m. CBS

“American Idol’s” Bo Bice lends a hand on a new episode of “It Takes a Church.” 8 p.m. GSN

Two gear-heads seek out and restore classic cars in the new unscripted series “Lost in Transmission.” 10 p.m. History Channel

When it absolutely, positively has to be delivered to the middle of nowhere, it’s a job for the “Dead End Express” in this new docu-series. 10 p.m. National Geographic Channel

The gritty drama “The Red Road” ends its second season. 10 p.m. SundanceTV


What a way to make a living: “Nine to Five” costars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin reunite to play seventysomething gal pals named “Grace & Frankie” in this new sitcom. Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston also star. Anytime, Netflix

“Twilight” meets “Mean Girls” in the 2014 horror comedy “Vampire Academy.” With Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Gabriel Byrne and Olga Kurylenko. 8 p.m. Showtime

Former “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh lends his expertise on a new episode of the docu-series “Cold Justice.” 8 p.m. TNT

“Hawaii Five-0" says “aloha” as in “goodbye” for another season. Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan star. 9 p.m. CBS

“Brad Williams: Fun Size” features the diminutive comic in his first standup special. 10 p.m. Showtime

Colin Firth romances Emma Stone in Woody Allen’s 1920s-set 2014 comedy “Magic in the Moonlight.” 9 p.m. Starz

OMG... TMI! A troubled teen (Britt Robertson) blogs intimate details about her sex life in the 2014 coming-of-age tale “Ask Me Anything.” Justin Long, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater and Robert Patrick also star. 10 p.m. TMC


“Atonement’s” Saoirse Ronan stars as a young woman who spent most of her life in the clutches of a kidnapper in the new TV movie “Stockholm, Pennsylvania.” Cynthia Nixon and Jason Isaacs also star. 8 p.m. Lifetime

“Full House’s” Candace Cameron Bure plays an unhappily-married matchmaker in the new TV movie “Just the Way You Are.” 9 p.m. Hallmark Channel

Reese Witherspoon takes a second turn hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Florence + the Machine performs. 11:29 p.m. NBC

“Christopher Titus: Angry Pursuit of Happiness” is the irascible comic’s latest standup special. Midnight, Comedy Central