What's Worth Watching: The Good Wife, Fear the Walking Dead, Vinyl and Girls for Sunday, April 17
The Good Wife (9/8c, CBS): We're now in the final stretch for network TV's finest drama, with four consecutive new episodes bringing this legal and personal drama to a conclusion. The hook this week brings Alicia (Julianna Margulies) in contact with the NSA, when an agent (Silicon Valley's Zach Woods) is detained by Canadian customs from re-entering the U.S. Will Alicia learn that the agency has been spying on her most private conversations? And Gary Cole makes a welcome return as Diane's (Christine Baranski) husband Kurt McVeigh, who's planning to sell his business and retire—not the best timing, considering Diane's ongoing machinations at the firm.
Fear the Walking Dead (9/8c, AMC): No big surprise that this has been renewed for a third season, as AMC doubles down on zombie thrills. This week's episode brings most of the refugees back to shore, when they spot an isolated family who doesn't give them the friendliest welcome. "What makes you think here's safe?" says the survivalist dad, and the longer they stay, the more his words ring true. As is often the case in this prequel spinoff, we know before they do that in this world of zombie apocalypse, there's no such thing as a truly safe haven.
Vinyl (9/8c, HBO): It's probably best to look at the first season of this ambitious if uneven drama about the 1970s music scene as a continuing work in progress, considering that a new show-runner will be taking the reins next year. Still to be savored for its period milieu and the blockbuster performance of Bobby Cannavale, Vinyl wraps for now with Zak (Ray Romano, also terrific) plotting to take down Richie (Cannavale), while Kip (James Jagger) could once again blow a big opportunity for the Nasty Bits with his wild ways. Followed by back-to-back episodes closing the fifth season of Girls (10/9c)—and remember when that used to be a buzz magnet? Next year will be its final season, and that seems about right.