Gather round the TV, April fools, for a night full of new and returning series, sickening drag challenges, a Will & Grace wedding, and much more.
SEASON PREMIERE: The second season of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger premieres on Freeform tonight. The series follows two teenagers — Tandy (Olivia Holt), whose weaponry makes her the Dagger of the pair; and Tyrone (Aubrey Joseph), who dons the titular Cloak — who come into superpowers while also falling for each other. At the end of the first season, Detective Brigid O’Reilly (Emma Lahana) emerged from what seemed like death, looking mutated and ready for villainy, so look for that to pay off in season 2. With so many other Marvel series falling by the wayside (R.I.P. basically all of Netflix’s Marvel shows, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage), Cloak & Dagger is the rare destination for Marvel fans looking for some comic book TV to savor, and the focus on the powerful and empathetic teen leads gives Cloak & Dagger a lot of charm. 8:00 PM ET on Freeform
NEW SERIES: The CW premieres In the Dark tonight, a new mystery series from, among others, executive producer Ben Stiller. Murphy Mason (Perry Mattfeld) is a blind woman whose life has become a disaster of drinking, ill-advised hookups, and a prickly attitude that leaves her with very few friends. When one of those few friends — a teenage drug dealer — turns up dead, Murphy tries to press the cops to solve the case, which becomes a challenge when the body immediately goes missing. This personality-forward mystery drama also stars Rich Sommer (Mad Men) and Kathleen York (The West Wing). 9:00 PM ET on The CW
SEASON FINALE: The second season of the re-booted Will & Grace comes to a close on NBC tonight, with an episode titled “Jack’s Big Gay Wedding,” which pretty much says it all. Jack (Sean Hayes) looks to make it down the aisle with his boyfriend Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez) despite airport problems putting their destination wedding in peril. Meanwhile Will (Eric McCormack) faces the possible end of a relationship with guest-star Matt Bomer, Grace (Debra Messing) meets a handsome stranger (Veep’s Reid Scott), and Karen (Meghan Mullally) faces questions about her own sexuality vis-a-vis The Handmaid’s Tale’s Samira Wiley. All of which is to say that W&G ends its 10th season in typical, guest-star-heavy fashion. 9:00 PM ET on NBC
RETURNING GUEST STAR: Grey’s Anatomy fans who enjoyed Rectify’s Abigal Spencer as back-from-the-dead Megan Hunt last season will be happy to see her back in Seattle, ready to shake up her brother Owen’s (Kevin McKidd) rather fraught romantic situation with Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and baby-mama Teddy (Kim Raver). Meanwhile Catherine (Debbie Allen) prepares for her first surgery since her cancer diagnosis. 8:00 PM ET on ABC
SEASON PREMIERE: One of the signature shows of the mid-Aughts reality TV boom, Wife Swap, returns to TV on the Paramount Network tonight, for the first time since 2013 (a celebrity version of the series ran until 2015). The format remains simple: two families from very different life circumstances swap married partners in order to walk in each other’s shoes for a moment. Eyes are opened as to how different people live, the values they adhere to, and the ways they can be more open to other experiences. Of course, that’s the ideal. We’re mostly just in it to watch the mixed-up couples fight. 9:00 PM ET on Paramount
Joe Reid is the Managing Editor at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.
TOPICS: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger