On TV this April Fools’ Day: The NCIS team gets a blast from the past, an Original returns, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. battle a green menace and Tru Calling is alive and kicking. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within) here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) | It’s the episode everyone has waited for, as Coulson & Co. team with Marvel favorites such as Bird-Brain (guest star Fran Kranz, Dollhouse), Maggot (Nathan Fillion, Dr. Horrible) and Gilgamesh (David Boreanaz, Angel) to fight the mighty Frog-Man (Alan Tudyk, Firefly).
8 pm NCIS (CBS) | Ziva (special guest star Cote de Pablo, The 33) returns and is all, “Who dat sitting at — no, sorry, on — my desk?!” [Cue a fierce exchange of roundhouse kicks and food anecdotes.]
8 pm The Originals (The CW) | When Hayley goes into labor early, Rebekah (now played by NYPD Blue‘s David Caruso) returns to New Orleans to fulfill her obligations as the Original Aunt, and to reveal a horrifying truth: Klaus might not be the father. (Special guest-star Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood.)
9 pm Supernatural (The CW) | Becky Rosen returns and casts a spell that causes Dean and Sam to swap bodies as inspiration for her new fanfic.
9 pm The Mindy Project (Fox) | Double-episode spring premiere: After that steamy kiss on the airplane, Mindy and Danny return home to find… Casey on her doorstep and Cliff wondering what’s going on. Good thing Min’s situation isn’t anything Speedos and a little three-way male mudwrestling can’t solve! (Thanks, Morgan, for the idea.)
9 pm The Goldbergs (ABC) | Pac-Man comes out for the Atari 2600, and it’s allllll downhill from there.
9:75 pm Tru Calling (MIA Network) | Season 3 premiere: While Harrison snoops into his father’s association with Jack. Tru’s latest case involves the cadaver of Will Gardner, a lawyer whose final phone call to the love of his life got interrupted.
10 pm Justified (FX) | Raylan shoots absolutely everyone, as Wynn Duffy’s eyebrows react.
10 pm Person of Interest (CBS) | Decima succeeds in infecting The Machine, leaving Root with nothing but spam messages about how “her” roommate’s sister-in-law makes $68 an hour working from home.
10 pm Chicago Fire (NBC) | In this planted spin-off episode, Engine Co. 51 works with Chicago’s Wrigley Field Stadium Security to find out who tried to set fire to Clark, the new Cubs mascot.
Happy April 1st! Now click here for Tuesday’s actual What to Watch column.
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